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Ireland's best breakfast has been named

By Sarah Finnan

February 17, 2020 at 3:37pm

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The winners of the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards have been announced.

Breakfast joints across the country were in the running for the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards, all hoping to take home the gold.

Now in their fourth year, the awards are organised in association with Fáilte Ireland and honour the country's best brekkie - from the cult favourites to classics with a twist.

Eight businesses across the country were recognised in categories including Five-Star Hotel, B&B and Guest House. The shortlist of nominees was announced late last month but it looks like a decision has finally been made as we now have a definitive list of winners.

30 venues shortlisted for best brunch were whittled down to just one following a public vote.

And where has the country's best brunch? Looks like you'll have to head to Kilkenny as the best brunch can be found at Arán Artisan Bakery & Bistro in Kilkenny.

Considered to be one of the most popular meals for people to enjoy out - it looks like brunch isn't just a passing trend after all.

Other winners include the Hillsborough Castle Café which came out on top in the Visitor Attraction category and McCarthys of Kanturk in Cork which won the Breakfast Meats Award while the best five-star breakfast can be found at the Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen.

This year saw a special sustainability award added to the mix which went to Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo. Recognised for its environmental credentials, it impressed for is sustainable practices - including its food souring policy and commitment to local seasonal produce.

It's also the first five-star hotel in Ireland to be awarded GREENmark Plastic Smart recognition by GreenTravel.ie for its efforts in responsible tourism and commitment to removing all single-use plastics by 2022.

Speaking of the awards, founder Georgina Campbell said: 

“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."

Marked improvements were noticed in the three-star hotel category, which according to Campbell has become more focused on its breakfast offering.

You can check out the full list of winners here.

READ NEXT: PICS: 13 Galway brunch dishes to get you in the mood for food

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