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Best of Local Irish Food and Drink – Good Food Ireland Awards Reveal Finalists

The Good Food Ireland® Awards for food and drink experiences on the island of Ireland have revealed the shortlisted finalists!

Good Food Ireland® has announced the shortlisted finalists for its highly-regarded awards. The winners are due to be revealed at a high-profile business lunch taking place on Monday 17th April at The K Club, Co Kildare.

An independent panel of industry experts created the shortlist of finalists in each of the award categories, who are approved by Good Food Ireland®, the Trustmark for local food and drink experiences on the island of Ireland, and were subject to meeting strict criteria through onsite inspection.

The public also has the opportunity to cast their votes for their favorite places across the island of Ireland in the Food Lovers Choice Award.

Margaret Jeffares, Founder and Managing Director of Good Food Ireland® says, “There is great excitement around the return of The Good Food Ireland® Awards this year to celebrate the successful collaboration of cross-sector businesses working together for inclusive economic growth.

“All of those wonderful businesses who have made the shortlist are a committed collection of passionate and driven people who genuinely capture the essence of Ireland’s food and drink.”

Good Food Ireland® Awards Finalists 2023

Hotel Of The Year

  • Grand Central Hotel Belfast
  • Hayfield Manor, Cork
  • Celtic Ross Hotel, Cork
  • Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel, Dublin
  • The Merrion, Dublin
  • The Europe Hotel & Resort, Kerry
  • The K Club, Kildare
  • The Dunraven Adare, Limerick

Culinary Haven Of The Year

  • The Bushmills Inn, Antrim
  • Killeavy Castle Estate, Armagh
  • Ballymaloe House Hotel, Cork
  • BrookLodge & Macreddin Village, Wicklow
  • Killeen House Hotel & Rozzers Restaurant, Kerry
  • Cashel House Hotel, Galway
  • Rathmullan House, Donegal
  • Ghan House, Louth

Restaurant Of The Year

  • Fish City, Antrim
  • An Port Mor, Mayo
  • Prime 74, Tipperary
  • The Lemon Tree Restaurant, Donegal
  • Potager Restaurant, Dublin
  • Woodruff Restaurant, Dublin
  • Aniar, Galway
  • Fishy Fishy, Cork
  • Hugo’s, Dublin

Pub Of The Year

  • The King’s Head, Galway
  • The Glyde Inn, Louth
  • The Tavern Bar & Restaurant, Mayo
  • Harte’s of Kildare, Kildare
  • Mikey Ryan’s Bar & Kitchen, Tipperary
  • The Lifeboat Inn, Cork
  • The Oarsman, Leitrim
  • Rusty Mackerel, Donegal

Café Of The Year

  • Sweet n Green, Clare
  • Kelly’s Kitchen Café, Newport
  • Farmhouse Café & Bakery, Dublin
  • GROW HQ, Waterford
  • Fennelly’s of Callan, Kilkenny
  • The Hungry Bear Café, Wexford
  • Barrons Bakery & Coffee House, Waterford
  • Kelly’s Café, Wexford

Shop Of The Year

  • The Roughty Foodie, Cork
  • Country Choice, Tipperary
  • Buddy’s Farmers Market, Dublin
  • Brogan’s Butchers, Meath
  • Cavistons Seafood Restaurant & Food Emporium, Dublin
  • Leaf & Larder Delicatessen & Bakery, Kerry
  • Firecastle, Kildare

Food Truck Of The Year

  • The Garden Cafe Truck at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Cork
  • CRAFT West Cork at The Celtic Ross Hotel, Cork
  • Koha Street Kitchen, Sligo
  • SEABISCUIT at The Strand Cahore, Wexford

Sustainability Award

  • GROW HQ, Waterford
  • BrookLodge & Macreddin Village, Wicklow
  • Connemara Smokehouse, Galway
  • Oriel Sea Salt, Louth
  • Fish City, Antrim
  • Atlantis of Kilmore Quay, Wexford
  • O’ Shea Farms, Kilkenny

Excellence In Food Tourism Award

  • Long Meadow Cider, Armagh
  • Burren Smokehouse & Visitor Centre, Clare
  • Ballymaloe Cookery School Organic Farm & Gardens, Cork
  • Wilde Irish Chocolates, Clare
  • Vintage Tea Trips, Dublin
  • The Glyde Inn, Louth
  • Coppenagh House Farm, Carlow
  • Producer Of The Year – Fruit & Vegetables
  • “Garryhinch Wood Exotic Mushrooms”, Offaly
  • The Apple Farm, Tipperary
  • O’Shea Farms, Waterford
  • Kearns Fruit Farm, Wexford

Producer Of The Year – Meat

  • Coppenagh House Farm, Carlow
  • Market House Ennistymon, Clare
  • Calvey’s Achill Mountain Lamb, Mayo
  • Jane Russell’s Original Irish Sausages, Kildare
  • Kelly’s of Newport, Mayo
  • Donabate Dexter, Dublin

Producer Of The Year – Fish & Seafood

  • Burren Smokehouse, Clare
  • Ummera Smoked Products, Cork
  • “K’O’Connell Fish Merchants “, Cork
  • Realt na Mara Shellfish, Kerry
  • Atlantis of Kilmore Quay, Wexford

Producer Of The Year – Bakery & Chocolate

  • Koko Kinsale, Cork
  • Praline, Cork
  • Jinny’s Bakery & Tea Rooms, Leitrim
  • Walshe’s Bakehouse, Waterford
  • Ditty’s Bakery, Derry

Producer Of The Year – Drinks

  • Armagh Cider Company, Armagh
  • Jackford Irish Gin, Wexford
  • Western Herd Brewing Company, Clare
  • Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur, Cork
  • Dew Drop Inn & Brewhouse, Kildare

Producer Of The Year – Dairy

  • Glastry Farm Ice Cream, Down
  • The Village Dairy, Carlow
  • Freezin Friesian, Waterford
  • Killowen Farm, Wexford
  • Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese, Meath

Producer Of The Year – Jams & Savoury

  • Wexford Home Preserves, Wexford
  • Leahy Beekeeping, Galway
  • Achill Island Sea Salt, Mayo
  • Wild Irish Foragers & Preservers, Offaly
  • Harnett’s Oils, Down
  • Keogh’s Crisps, Dublin

Producer of the Year

  • Supreme Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to Food Production
  • Outstanding Contribution to Irish Food and Drink Internationally
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Source : Irish Central