Four Cork food companies shortlisted for breakfast awards

Four Cork food companies shortlisted for breakfast awards

The Castle Cafe, Blackrock Castle, Blackrock. Picture: Larry Cummins

Four Cork businesses are among those shortlisted for an award at this year’s Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards, in association with Fáilte Ireland.

Each establishment on the shortlist has been commended by an independent assessment team for creating a breakfast menu that stands out from the crowd and Ms Campbell said they are “setting standards that others in the Irish food industry should strive towards.”

The Cork nominees include two food producers, a café, and a B&B.

They are Bantry House and Garden, the Castle Café, in Blackrock Castle, Woodcock Smokery, in Castletownshend, and Longueville House, in Mallow.

Longueville House won the ‘best country house breakfast award’ in 2018 and other previous Cork winners include The Crawford Gallery Café, and Aherne’s Seafood Restaurant & Accommodation, in Youghal.

Sally Barnes, of the Woodcock smokery in Castletownsend, west Cork. Picture: Dan Linehan
Sally Barnes, of the Woodcock smokery in Castletownsend, west Cork. Picture: Dan Linehan

The Hayfield Manor Hotel was also highly commended in 2018.

“Some of my most memorable meals have been around the breakfast table, yet it has for too long been the Cinderella of dining experiences,” Georgina said when announcing the shortlist. “The Irish Breakfast Awards aim to change all that, by encouraging establishments to create menus that introduce visitors to our vibrant food culture by showcasing the best local and Irish foods and crediting our dedicated local producers.”

The award ceremony takes place on February 19. It will be attended by up to 200 representatives of the hospitality industry, food writers, and food organisations and with special guest, chef Neven Maguire.

“Now in their third year, it’s amazing to see how Irish establishments are shaping the breakfast culture on our little Island with hotels, guest houses, visitor attractions, and cafés embracing the uniqueness that the first meal of the day can offer as a dining experience,” Ms Campbell added. “Breakfast is an especially important meal for many establishments, as it is the last thing guests will eat before they leave and before they pay the bill.

“It may also be the reason guests and tourists return in the future.”

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