There were four Dublin winners at today's Georgina Campbell Awards 2019, which took place in Bord Bia's headquarters in Dublin. The Seafood Café by Niall Sabongi was named "Seafood Restaurant of the Year", with Campbell saying that seafood was becoming more popular, and sustainable seafood was "making its mark".
Michael's in Mount Merrion took home "Family Friendly Restaurant of the Year", no doubt helped by chef/owner Gaz Smith's "Seafood September" initiative, where children can eat seafood for free when dining with their parents. "Seafood September" was started last year as a way to get children eating more fish, and it's been such a success that other restaurants around the country came on board this year to offer the same deal.
The other Dublin winners were The Marker Hotel in Grand Canal Dock, which was named "Business Hotel of the Year", and Whelehan's Wines in Loughlinstown, South Dublin, which won the "Wine Award of the Year". This is the second award this month for Whelehan's Wines who also took home the "Best for Wine Lovers" award at this year's Food and Wine Awards.
"Restaurant of the Year" went to The Strawberry Tree, the country's first certified, fully organic restaurant, in Brooklodge Hotel in Wicklow, and Hotel of the Year went to Adare Manor, which reopened last November after a multi-million euro restoration. Adare Manor was also named global "Hotel of the Year 2018" at the international "Best of the Best Awards" in Las Vegas last month. Better start saving if you want to see what all the fuss is about.