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The Keeling Gold Medal Awards took place on September 27th 2016 in Lyrath Estate Co. Kilkenny. Now in their 28th year, The Gold Medal Awards are regarded as the leading independent awards within Irish Hospitality. Presented by Hotel and Catering Review, the night recognises excellence across all catering operations, including Hotels, Restaurants, Guest Houses, Spa’s and Leisure Facilities. A nomination is seen as a benchmark of excellence, with the awards becoming more contested year on year.

Excel Recruitment were delighted to sponsor the Industrial Caterer category, awarded to The Pavilion located at The University of Limericks North Campus. It was a pleasure to see so many of our clients duly rewarded for the hard work and excellence in their respective class. Our Hospitality Team as ever were in strong numbers on the night.

Ireland’s City Hotel – Public Vote

  • Absolute Hotel Limerick
  • Hayfield Manor Hotel
  • Limerick Strand Hotel
  • Morrison A DoubleTree By Hilton
  • The G Hotel
  • The Glasshouse
  • The River Lee
  • The Westbury

Winner: The Westbury Dublin

 

European Restaurant

  • Boqueria
  • Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley
  • La Bucca Dunboyne
  • La Bucca Ratoath
  • Talavera – Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel
  • Ristorante Rinuccini
  • Toscana Restaurant Dame St

Winner: Ristorante Rinuccini 

 

Event Caterer of the Year

  • John Coughlan Catering – Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby
  • John Coughlan Catering – Irish Golf Open
  • Masterchefs Hospitality
  • Seasons at Guinness Storehouse

Winner: John Coughlan Catering – Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

 

Ireland’s Business Hotel sponsored by Corporate Catering Services

  • Absolute Hotel Limerick
  • Clarion Hotel Cork
  • Clayton Hotel Leopardstown
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin-Blanchardstown
  • Limerick Strand Hotel
  • The Croke Park
  • The Gibson hotel

Winner: Crowne Plaza Dublin 

 

Ireland’s Chef of the Year sponsored by Pallas Foods

  • Boqueria
  • Carrig Country House & Restaurant
  • Gregans Castle Hotel
  • Limerick Strand Hotel
  • MacNean House & Restaurant
  • Pickle Restaurant
  • Wild Honey Inn
  • Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland

Winner: David Hurley at Gregans Castle Hotel 

 

Ireland’s Family Friendly Hotel – Public Vote

  • Diamond Coast Hotel
  • Dingle Skellig Hotel
  • Fota Island Resort
  • Galway Bay Hotel
  • Hotel Westport
  • The Dunloe
  • The Garryvoe Hotel
  • The Newpark Hotel with Escape Health Club & Aveda Spa

Winner: The Dunloe

 

Ireland’s Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

  • Carrig Country House & Restaurant
  • Gregans Castle Hotel
  • Hayfield Manor Hotel
  • MacNean House & Restaurant
  • Mount Juliet Estate
  • Ristorante Rinuccini
  • Tankardstown House
  • The Mustard Seed

Winner: Mount Juliet Estate

 

Ireland’s Five Star Hotel sponsored by Noel Recruitment

  • Ashford Castle
  • Hayfield Manor Hotel
  • Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa
  • Park Hotel Kenmare
  • The Europe Hotel & Resort
  • The G Hotel
  • The Killarney Park Hotel
  • Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland

Winner: Ashford Castle 

 

Ireland’s Healthcare Caterer

  • Milford Care Centre
  • St John of God Hospital
  • St Patrick’s Mental Health Services
  • The Q Cafe Company Limited @ Santry Sports Clinic
  • The Ulster Independent Clinic

Winner: The Q Cafe Company Limited

 

Ireland’s Industrial Caterer sponsored by Excel Recruitment

  • Catering Department at TCD
  • Clongowes Wood College
  • KSG Group at University College Dublin
  • Pavillion at UL
  • St Columba’s College

Winner: Pavillion at UL 

 

People’s Choice Awards – Ireland’s Favourite Place To Eat 

  • Avenue by Nick Munier
  • Boqueria
  • Pickle Restaurant
  • Raw Food Rebellion

Winner: Boqueria 

 

Ireland’s Site Contract Caterer sponsored by Keelings Farm Fresh

  • Catering Department at TCD
  • Corporate Catering Services Ltd @ Regeneron
  • EMC Information Systems International
  • ISS Catering at HPE Galway
  • KSG Group at Microsoft
  • Sodexo, PayPal
  • Sodexo @ VHI, Kilkenny
  • The Q Cafe Company @ Eurofound

Winner: Sodexo

 

Ireland’s Three Star Hotel

  • Carrickdale Hotel & Spa
  • Claregalway Hotel
  • Conyngham Arms Hotel
  • Dingle Benners Hotel
  • Killeen House Hotel & Rozzers Restaurant
  • The Ardagh Hotel & Restaurant
  • The Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort
  • The Riverside Hotel Sligo

Winner: Killeen House Hotel 

 

Ireland’s Hotel Spa – Five Star sponsored by Sodexo

  • Ashford Castle
  • Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa
  • Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa
  • Muckross Park Hotel 7 Spa
  • Park Hotel Kenmare
  • The Europe Hotel & Resort
  • The G Hotel

Winner: The Europe Hotel & Resort 

 

Ireland’s Hotel Spa – Four Star

  • Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa
  • Galgorm Resort & Spa
  • Hodson Bay Hotel
  • Ice House Hotel
  • Kelly’s Resort Hotel
  • Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa
  • Seafield Golf & Spa Hotel
  • The Brehon

Winner: Galgorm Resort and Spa

 

Ireland’s Wine Experience sponsored by Febvre & Company

  • Ashford Castle
  • Harvey’s Point Hotel
  • Hayfield Manor Hotel
  • Hodson Bay Hotel
  • House wine and taproom
  • Ice House Hotel
  • MacNean House & Restaurant
  • Ristorante Rinuccini

Winner: Hayfield Manor Hotel 

 

Ireland’s Four Star Hotel

  • Armada Hotel
  • Harvey’s Point Hotel
  • Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa
  • Mount Falcon Estate
  • Mount Juliet Estate
  • Seafield Golf & Spa Hotel
  • The Lodge at Ashford Castle
  • Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort

Winner: Mount Juliet Estate

 

Ireland’s Front of House Team/Team Member

  • Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa
  • Armada Hotel
  • Ashford Castle
  • Carrickdale Hotel & Spa
  • Castle Leslie Estate
  • Corporate Catering Services Ltd @ IMI
  • Dunraven Arms Hotel
  • Gregans Castle Hotel

Winner: John Burke – Armada Hotel 

 

Ireland’s Hotel Breakfast – Public Vote

  • Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa
  • Ballyvolane House
  • Brook Lane Hotel
  • Castle Leslie Estate
  • Dunraven Arms Hotel
  • Gregans Castle Hotel
  • Moy House
  • Park Hotel Kenmare

Winner: Castle Leslie Estate

 

Ireland’s Wedding Venue – Public Vote

  • Armada Hotel
  • Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa
  • Ballyvolane House
  • Castle Leslie Estate
  • Dromoland Castle Hotel
  • Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens
  • Fota Island Resort
  • Tankardstown House
  • The Brehon
  • The Garryvoe Hotel

Winner: Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa 

 

Ireland’s Casual Dining Experience

  • Anocht Restaurant
  • Boqueria
  • Fitzpatricks Bar and Restaurant
  • Hayfield Manor Hotel
  • La Bucca Ashbourne
  • La Bucca Ratoath
  • Randaddy’s Taste of Adventure
  • Saba Restaurant
  • Seafield Golf & Spa Hotel
  • Toscana Restaurant Dame St

Winner: Anocht Restaurant 

 

Ireland’s Country House & Guest House Experience

  • Ard na Sidhe Country House
  • Ballyvolane House
  • Carrig Country House & Restaurant
  • Castlewood House
  • Gregans Castle Hotel
  • Moy House
  • Tankardstown House
  • The Mustard Seed

Winner: Castlewood House

 

Ireland’s Guest Experience sponsored by Robert Roberts

  • Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa
  • Ballyseede Castle
  • Ballyvolane House
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin-Blanchardstown
  • Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa
  • Killeen House Hotel & Rozzers Restaurant
  • Mount Falcon Estate
  • Moy House

Winner: Crown Plaza – Blanchardstown     

  • Service To The Industry Winner – Lee Kidney – Mespil Hotel
  • Overall Supreme Winner – Mount Juliet Estate 

 

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