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National Hospitality Awards 2018 - Winners Revealed

By Dave Simpson
National Hospitality Awards 2018 - Winners Revealed

At the National Hospitality Awards 2018, the industry awards for the Irish hospitality sector, held today (Monday October 15), 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 Ivy of Dublin picking up the overall “Best New Establishment” accolade, seeing off competition from Bresson of Monkstown, The Grayson of St. Stephen’s Green and Dublin’s Iveagh Garden Hotel.

Zozimus of Dublin’s Anne St. South was named overall “Best Bar”, coming in ahead of An Púcán of Galway, The Bank on College Green and the Franciscan Well Brewery of Cork.

The overall “Best Restaurant” award went to Dublin’s One Pico, with the capital’s Taste at Rustic, Aniar of Galway and Co. Wexford’s Aldridge Lodge also in the winners’ stable.

Overall “Best Business Hotel” went to The Conrad of Dublin, while overall “Best Hotel” was awarded to Ashford Castle, and The Doyle Collection was named overall “Best Hotel Group”.


Elsewhere, Searsons was named overall “Best Sporting Bar”, Bastible 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 2018 (with overall winners noted in bold) is:

Best Cocktail Experience

Vintage Cocktail Club
The Sidecar, The Westbury
Stella Cocktail Club

Best Bar


An Púcán
The Bank on College Green
Franciscan Well Brewery

Best Gastropub (Sponsored by IXI)

The Legal Eagle
Bar One
Flanagan’s Gastro Pub
Hargadon Bros

Best Traditional Pub

Lowry’s Irish Music & Whiskey Bar
Walsh’s Stoneybatter
The Sky & the Ground


Best Boutique Hotel

Marlfield House
Ballyvolane House

Best Destination Hotel

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Harvey’s Point
Ice House Hotel
Sheen Falls Lodge

Resort Hotel


The Europe Hotel & Resort
Castle Leslie Estate
Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa
Sheen Falls Lodge

Best Hotel (Sponsored by Bookassist)

Ashford Castle
The Westbury
Cliff House Hotel

Best City Hotel (Sponsored by Bookassist)

The Westbury
Hayfield Manor
The Shelbourne
InterContinental Dublin

Best Dining Experience

Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites
1826 Adare
Linnane’s Lobster Bar

Best Hotel Bar

No. 27 Bar & Lounge, The Shelbourne
Dunbrody Country House Hotel
The Sidecar, The Westbury
Lemuel’s, Conrad Dublin

Best Value Hotel

Absolute Hotel Limerick
Sheraton Athlone Hotel
Cork International Hotel
Glashaus Hotel

Best Conference Venue (Sponsored by Connect 2FI)

InterContinental Dublin
Great Southern Killarney
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Limerick Strand Hotel

Best Business Hotel (Sponsored by Connect 2FI)

Conrad Dublin
The Westin Dublin
The River Lee
Montenotte Hotel

Best Casual Dining

The Winding Stair
Cava Bodega

Best Local Restaurant

Michael’s Mount Merrion
The Cottage Restaurant

Best New Establishment (Sponsored by Get the Shifts)

The Ivy
The Grayson
Iveagh Garden Hotel

Best Restaurant (Sponsored by IXI)

One Pico
Taste at Rustic
Aldridge Lodge

Best Seafood Restaurant

Matt The Thresher
O’Grady’s on the Pier
Jacks’ Coastguard Restaurant
Wild & Native

Best Wine Bar

64 Wine
La Cave Wine Bar
Piglet Wine Bar

Best Wine List

La Cave Wine Bar
The Winding Stair
The Twelve

Best Sporting Bar

The 51 Bar
Jerry Flannery’s
Sinnotts Bar

Best Nightclub

Everleigh Garden
The Wright Venue
Copper Face Jacks

Best Wedding Venue

Rathsallagh Country House
Castle Leslie
Ballygarry House
Luttrellstown Castle

Best Customer Service

Koh Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
Harvey’s Point
Greenes Restaurant
Markree Castle

Best Drinks Supplier (Sponsored by Checkout)

Classic Drinks
Diageo Ireland
Heineken Ireland

Best Catering Supplier (General) (Sponsored by Checkout)

Pallas Foods
La Rousse Foods
Musgrave Group
Bunzl Ireland

Best Catering Supplier (Specialist) (Sponsored by Checkout)

Gahan Meats
Wild Irish Game
Sheridans Cheesemongers

Best Catering Job (Sponsored by Get the Shifts)

Masterchefs Hospitality at Thomond Park
Guinness Storehouse
Aramark at PwC Ireland
Aramark at Oracle EMEA Limited

Best Hotel Group

The Doyle Collection
Tetrarch Group
O’Callaghan Collection

Best Bar Group

The Chawke Pub Group
Louis Fitzgerald Group
Press Up Entertainment Group

Best Hotel Restaurant

The House Restaurant, The Cliff House Hotel
West Restaurant at The Twelve
The Harvest Restaurant at Dunbrody
The Conservatory, Marfield House

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