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17th Feb 2020

The best places in Ireland for breakfast and brunch have been revealed

Dave Hanratty

Oh, and the “ultimate Irish sausages” if you’re into that sort of thing…

If you love the following:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Sausages
  • Rankings

Then you’re in luck, for the very best breakfast venues, the best places for brunch and the “ultimate” Irish sausages for 2020 have all been revealed.

That’s right, the winners of the 2020 Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards – in association with Fáilte Ireland – have been announced.

Let’s not stand on ceremony, then, the winners are as follows…

Irish Producer Awards

Meat: McCarthys of Kanturk, Cork (that’ll be the “ultimate sausages” then)

Eggs: Belview Eggs, Drogheda, Louth

Dairy: The Little Milk Company, Dungarvan, Waterford

Fruit: The Apple Farm, Cahir, Tipperary

Preserves: Filligans, Glenties, Donegal

Irish Bread Award

Rua Deli & Café, Castlebar, Mayo

Best Brunch (Public Vote)

Arán Artisan Bakery & Bistro, Kilkenny (pictured above and below)

Runners up:

  • Seasalt Café & Deli, Cobh, Cork  
  • Kelly’s Kitchen, Newport, Mayo
  • Sweet Geranium Café, Drumshanbo, Leitrim
  • Osta Café & Wine Bar, Sligo

Irish Breakfast Menu

Hotel: Limerick Strand Hotel, Limerick

Highly Commended: The Twelve Hotel, Barna, Galway

Small Stay: Lough Bishop House, Collinstown, Westmeath

Highly Commended: Archways B&B, Rosslare, Wexford

Five-Star Hotel

Winner: Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen, Fermanagh

Highly Commended: Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg, Clare

Highly Commended: Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, Enniskerry, Wicklow

Four-Star Hotel

Winner: Avalon House Hotel, Castlecomer, Kilkenny

Highly Commended: Cliff at Lyons, Celbridge, Kildare

Highly Commended: Vaughan Lodge, Lahinch, Clare

Three-Star Hotel

Winner: Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff, Cork

Highly Commended: The Kileen House Hotel, Killarney, Kerry

Highly Commended: Stauntons on the Green, Dublin

Country House

Winner: Huntington Castle & Gardens, Clonegal, Carlow

Highly Commended: Ashley Park House, Nenagh, Tipperary

Highly Commended: Ardtara Country House, Upperlands, Derry

Guest House

Winner: The Quay House, Clifden, Galway

Highly Commended: Heatons House, Dingle, Kerry

Highly Commended: Lancaster Lodge, Cork


Winner: Sheedy’s Doolin Boutique B&B, Doolin, Clare

Highly Commended: Danny Minnies, Annagry, Donegal

Highly Commended: The Wilder Townhouse, Dublin

Visitor Attraction

Winner: Hillsborough Castle Café, Hillsborough, Down

Highly Commended: The Commons Café at MoLI, Dublin

Highly Commended: Good Day Deli, Nano Nagle Place, Cork

Sustainability Award

Ashford Castle, Cong, Mayo

“The great thing about being able to offer a hearty Irish breakfast is that you don’t have to be the biggest to be the best and indeed, can be a venue of any size to compete in this important and competitive arena,” said Georgina Campbell as the awards were unveiled on Monday.

“Serving up a good quality breakfast can have a lasting impression on customers. Doing the simplest of things well is enough to encourage a return visit and build a strong reputation for your establishment, regardless of how many people you can seat.”

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