Which of these spots will bag best breakfast in Ireland?


    As you all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you might as well eat something utterly delicious which is sure to keep you going all morning long. Why not pop into one of these top-notch hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, cafés or visitor attractions that have really nailed the whole breakfast phenomenon, bagging themselves a nomination for the the nation’s best breakfast?

    From five star hotels and cosy cafés to the finest country houses in the Emerald Isle, the shortlist for the 2020 Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards in association with Fáilte Ireland have been announced. Taking place on February 17th at the InterContinental Dublin, the Irish Breakfast Awards celebrate the finest Irish food producers and those who take special pride in serving the best breakfasts and brunches in Ireland to tourists and locals alike.

    Each shortlisted establishment has been independently assessed and recognised by Georgina Campbell and her team as being among the leading breakfast venues in Ireland. Almost 40 names have been shortlisted across the 17 Award categories which include Irish Breakfast Menu of The Year, Irish Breakfast Food Awards, Ireland’s Best Brunch, Best Irish B&B Breakfast and Best Irish Breakfast at a five-star hotel.

    Speaking ahead of the Awards, renowned food writer and author Georgina says, “No one should underestimate the importance of a great breakfast. It is fundamental to maintaining and building Ireland’s international standing as a country with an outstanding food culture and a reputation for warm hospitality. Tourists select a hotel or guesthouse for many reasons, but breakfast ranks among the most important and is often the reason guests return in the future — or not.

    “The aim of the Irish Breakfast Awards is not only to reward those who are raising the bar for breakfast, but to encourage others to consider what they can do to ensure that they are showcasing and supporting the best local and Irish producers. And now, more than ever before, it’s not just about sourcing and serving great Irish food. Establishments have to ensure consistently high standards of service and offer value for money, while being mindful of the impact their business is having on the environment.

    “We all have a responsibility to createa more sustainable planet, and the hospitality industry has a significant role to play,” said Georgina. “This is why we have introduced a new Sustainability Award for 2020, which will recognise a hotel, guest house, B&B, café or visitor attraction for its contribution and commitment to the environment.”

    The awards will be attended by leading representatives from the hospitality industry, food writers and food organisations and with special guest, chef and author, Rachel Allen. Now in their fourth year, The Irish Breakfast Awards in association with Fáilte Ireland are regarded as among the most important food awards in Ireland, due to their independent, anonymous assessment process and the industry standards they promote.

    The shortlist is as follows, excluding brunch places, which will go to a public vote, and Ireland’s best breakfast menu.

    • Carlow: Huntington Castle, Clonegal
    • Clare: Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg
    • Clare: Vaughan Lodge, Lahinch
    • Clare:Sheedy’s Doolin Boutique B&B, Doolin
    • Cork: Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff
    • Cork: Good Day Deli, Cork City
    • Cork: McCarthy’s Of Kanturk, Kanturk
    • Cork: Lancaster Lodge, Cork City
    • Derry: Ardtara Country House, Maghera
    • Donegal: Danny Minnies Country House, Annagry
    • Donegal: Filligans, Glenties
    • Down: Hillsborough Cafe and Stableyard Tearooms, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
    • Dublin: Stauntons on the Green
    • Dublin: The Wilder Townhouse
    • Dublin:  The Commons at MoLI
    • Fermanagh: Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen
    • Galway: The Quay House, Clifden
    • Kerry: Heatons Guesthouse, Dingle
    • Kerry: The Killeen House Hotel, Killarney
    • Kerry: Quinlan’s Fish, Caherciveen
    • Kildare: Cliff at Lyons in Celbridge
    • Kilkenny: Avalon House Hotel, Castlecomer
    • Louth: Belview Eggs, Drogheda
    • Mayo: Rua Cafe & Deli, Castlebar
    • Tipperary: Ashley Park House, Nenagh
    • Tipperary: The Apple Farm, Cahir
    • Waterford: The Little Milk Company, Dungarvan
    • Wicklow: Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, Enniskerry

    We can’t wait to hear the results, and to test them out for ourselves! To check out some of our own breakfast recipes, head to our breakfast recipe category on our website, or click here.