National Hospitality Awards 2019 - Winners Revealed

At the National Hospitality Awards 2019, the industry awards for the Irish hospitality sector, held on Monday October 7, some of the finest hospitality businesses in the country were represented at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel.

At the awards ceremony, the businesses gathered together to witness the winners being announced, with The Devlin picking up the overall “Best New Establishment” accolade, seeing off competition from Le Perroquet, Waterfront House and The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens.

Searsons was named overall “Best Bar”, coming in ahead of The Front Door, Hargadon Bros and The Goat Bar & Grill.

The overall “Best Restaurant” award went to Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, with Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites, Aimsir Cliff at Lyons and Bastible also in the winners’ stable.

Overall “Best Business Hotel” went to InterContinental Dublin, while overall “Best Hotel” was awarded to The Shelbourne, and O’Callaghan Collection was named overall “Best Hotel Group”.

Elsewhere, The Bridge 1859 was named overall “Best Sporting Bar”, Pichet was crowned overall “Best Casual Dining” venue and The House Restaurant at the Cliff House Hotel took the title of overall “Best Hotel Restaurant”.

The full list of businesses honoured at the National Hospitality Awards 2019 (with overall winners noted in bold) is:

Best Boutique Hotel

The Morrison
Ballyvolane House
Butler House

Best Business Hotel

InterContinental Dublin
Conrad Dublin
The Westin
The Davenport

Best Casual Dining

The Winding Stair
Coppinger Row

Best City Hotel

The Merrion
Hayfield Manor
The Montenotte Hotel
The Mont

Best Cocktail Experience

Vintage Cocktail Club
The Liquor Rooms
The Liquor Lounge

Best New Establishment

The Devlin
Le Perroquet
Waterfront House
The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens

Best Conference Venue

The Conference and Events Venue at The Mansion House
The Shelbourne
Limerick Strand Hotel
Citywest Hotel

Best Dinning Experience

The Lady Helen Restaurant, Mount Juliet Estate
Marlfield House
Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate
Ballynahinch Castle

Best Destination Hotel

Ballynahinch Castle
Harvey’s Point
Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa
Sheen Falls Lodge

Best Gastropub

Matt the Thresher
The Legal Eagle
The Tavern Bar & Restaurant
Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder

Best Hotel Restaurant

House Restaurant, Cliff House Hotel
West, The Twelve
The Lady Helen Restaurant, Mount Juliet Estate
The Restaurant, Harvey’s Point

Best Hotspot

The Ivy
House Dublin
Café en Seine
The Devlin

Best Nightclub

The Foundry

Best Hotel Bar

The River Club, The River Lee
Lemuel’s, Conrad Dublin
10 Fleet Street Bar, The Morgan Hotel
Dylan Bar, Dylan

Best Hotel

The Shelbourne
Ashford Castle
Cliff House Hotel
The Merrion

Best Restaurant


Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites
Aimsir, Cliff at Lyons

Best Bar

The Front Door
Hargadon Bros
The Goat Bar & Grill

Best Resort Hotel

Ashford Castle
The Europe Hotel & Resort
Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa
Mount Juliet Estate

Best Seafood Restaurant

SOLE Seafood & Grill
Linnane’s Lobster Bar
O’Grady’s on the Pier
Wild & Native

Best Sporting Bar

The Bridge 1859
Slattery’s Bar
The 51 Bar
Jerry Flannery’s Bar

Best Traditional Pub

The Stag’s Head
Lowry’s Bar
Hargadon Bros
P. Egan

Best World Cuisine

China Sichuan

Best Customer Service

The Europe Hotel & Resort
Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa
Greenes Restaurant
No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa
The Auld Stand

Best Wine List

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
Brasserie on the Corner
The Twelve
No. 1 Pery Square

Best Wedding Venue

Luttrellstown Castle Resort
Rathsallagh House
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa
Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa

Best Value Hotel

Glashaus Hotel
The Maol Redieh Hotel
Waterfront House
Absolute Hotel Limerick

Best Local Restaurant

Eala Bhán
The Cottage Restaurant
Airfield Estate
Wild & Native

Best Wine Bar

Whelehan’s Wines
64 Wine
Brasserie on the Corner
Le Perroquet

Best Catering Job

Aramark @ Oracle
Seasons @ The Guinness Storehouse
Masterchef @ Thomund Park

Best Catering Supplier – Specialist

Keelings Select
Bretzel Bakery

Best Catering Supplier

Pallas Foods
Musgrave MarketPlace
BWG Food Service

Best Drinks Supplier

Classic Drinks
Heineken Ireland
C&C Gleeson

Best Hotel Group

O’Callaghan Collection

Best Bar Group

The Fitzgerald Pub and Hotel Group

© 2019 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Dave Simpson. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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