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Awards and Accolades

January 2017: Bushmills Inn named Best Boutique Golf Hotel in Ireland in the 2017 Golfers Guide to Ireland Awards

January 2017: TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2017

November 2016: Clare Island Lighthouse named Europe’s Best Costal Boutique Hotel at the World Boutique Hotel Awards 2016

November 2016: National Hospitality Awards 2016

Best City Hotel - Hayfield Manor
Best Boutique Hotel - Tankardstown House

November 2016: Maeve Walsh, Chef de Partie at Restaurnant Forty One, wins Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year

October 2016: Rathsallagh House wins Best Historic Hotel Wedding Experience at the 2017 Historic Hotels of Europe Awards


October 2016: The Duck Restaurant at Marlfield House is Bord Bia - Just ask Restaurant of the Month for October. 

October 2016: Yes Chef Awards 2017

Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Dublin - l'Ecrivain Restaurant
Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Leinsterl'Ecrivain Restaurant

September 2016: Gold Medal Awards 2016

Overall WinnerMount Juliet Estate
Ireland’s Wine ExperienceHayfield Manor
Ireland’s Hotel Breakfast - Castle Leslie Estate
Ireland’s 4 starred HotelMount Juliet Estate
Ireland’s Fine Dining RestaurantMount Juliet Estate
Ireland’s Chef of the Year – David Hurley at Gregan’s Castle 

September 2016: Georgina Campbell Awards 2017

Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year: The Duck Terrace Restaurant at Marlfield House, Co.Wexford
Country House of the Year: Viewmount House, Co.Longford

August 2016: Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud wins Best Restaurant at FOOD&WINE Magazine's Restaurant Of The Year Awards 2016.

Other wins include:
Best Restaurant in Leinster – Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet Estate
Best Chef in Leinster – Gary O’Hanlon of Viewmount House
Bowe Family of Marlfield House were inducted into the FOOD&WINE Magazine Hall of Fame


July 2016: Currarevagh House listed amoung Top 10 Hotels for fishing in Great Britain & Ireland by The Independant Newspaper (UK) 

July 2016: The Irish Times 50 Great Places to Stay or Eat in Ireland 

Romantic Hotels
One Pery Square, Limerick
Classic Hotels
Mount Juliet Estate, Co.Kilkenny
Castle Durrow, Co. Laois
Castle Leslie Estate, Co. Monaghan
Small Hotels
Viewmount House, Co.Longford
Newforge House, Co.Armagh
Places to Eat
The Duck at Marlfield House, Co.Wexford

May 2016: Ardtara Country House, Co. L'Derry crowned AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Northern Ireland at the AA Hospitality Awards 2016.


Other Winners include:
Best Hotel Restaurant Munster: Gregans Castle Hotel 
Best Chef Munster: David Hurley at Gregans Castle Hotel
Best Hotel Restaurant Leinster: The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet
Best Restaurant Ulster: Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge
Best Chef Leinster: Rob Krawcryzk of Brabazon @Tankardstown House
Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant: Restaurant FortyOne at The Residence 


March 2016: Hot Press Magazine Top Hotels in Ireland 2016:

Best for Old World Charm:
Marlfield House, Co. Wexford
Ghan House, Co.Louth

Best for Relaxation:
Park Hotel Kenmare, Co.Kerry

Best for Glamour:
The Merrion, Dublin

March 2016: Hot Press Magazine Top Restaurants in Ireland 2016:

Rathmullan House, Co.Donegal
Chapter One, Dublin
L'Ecrivain, Dublin
Campagne, Kilkenny
Brabazon @ Tankardstown House, Meath
Sash Restaurant at No.1 Pery Square, Limerick
Dunbrody House, Co.Wexford
Marlfield House, Co.Wexford
Rathsallagh House, Co. Wicklow

March 2016: Ulster Regional Finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards

Best Hotel Restaurant 
Best Restaurant
Best Chef
John Mathers of Newforge House, Armagh
Best Wine Experience

March 2016: Munster Regional Finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards

Best Hotel Restaurant:
Best Chef
David Hurley of Gregans Castle Hotel, Co.Clare
Best Customer Service
Moy House, Co.Clare
Best Wine Experience
The Sash Restaurant at No.1 Pery Square, Limerick 

March 2016: Leinster Regional Finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards 

Best Restaurant
Best Hotel Restaurant:
Brabazon Restaurant at Tankardstown House, Meath;
The Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny
Wineport Lodge, Westmeath
Best Chef:
Gary O'Hanlon of Viewmount House, Longford
Rob Krawczyk of Brabazon Restaurant Tankardstown House, Meath
Ken Harker of The Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny
Best Customer Service
Viewmount House, Longford
Wineport Lodge, Westmeath
Best Wine Experience

February 2016: Ireland's Best 100 Places to Stay, The McKennas' Guide

Ballymaloe House, Co.Cork
Rathmullan House, Co.Donegal
The Mustard Seed, Co.Limerick
No.1 Pery Square, Limerick
Viewmount House, Co. Longford
Ghan House, Co.Louth
Coopershill House, Co.Sligo
Wineport Lodge, Co.Westmeath
Newforge House, Co.Armagh
Gregan’s Castle Hotel, Co.Clare

February 2016: Ireland's Top 100 Restaurants, The McKennas' Guide

Viewmount House, Co.Longford
Tankardstown House, Co. Meath 
Browns Restaurant, Derry/Londonderry 

February 2016:Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2016

World's number one Luxury Country House Hotel - Dunbrody House 

January 2016: Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Awards 2016 


Hotel of the Year: Gregans Castle 
Guest Experience of the Year:The Mustard Seed


Ireland’s Country House and Guesthouse :Carrig Country House and Restaurant, Co Kerry
Ireland's Chef of the YearDavid Hurley, Head Chef at Gregan’s Castle, Co Clare 
Ireland’s Fine Dining Restaurant:Tankardstown House, Co Meath 
Ireland's Hotel Breakfast :The Castle at Castle Leslie Estate, Co Monaghan
Service to the Industry :Dan Mullane, The Mustard Seed, Co Limerick

August 2015: Wins For Blue Book Restaurants At The FOOD&WINE Restaurant OF The Year Awards 2015

Restaurant of the Year: Thornton's Restaurant 

Best Restaurant in Dublin: Thornton's Restaurant 

Best Chef in Leinster: Garrett Byrne, Campagne

Best Chef in Dublin: Derry Clarke, L'Ecrivain

Best Customer Service: Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

Entrepreneur Award: Kevin Dundon, Dunbrody House 


June 2015: Food columnist Joe McNamee lists Blue Book Houses in his annual foodie awards

The Gourmands Choice:

Restaurant Forty-One


First Date/Romantic Restaurant: 

Gregan's Castle Hotel

Longueville House

Ballymaloe House 


June 2015: Newforge House titled Guest House of the Year at the fifth Licensed & Catering News Awards.

May 2015: Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud wins Restaurant of the Year at Restaurant Association Annual Awards.

Other Blue Book Winners on the night.
Best Chef Leinster- Rob Krawczyk of Brabazon @Tankardstown House
Best Restaurant Leinster-Campagne
Best Private Dining-Restaurant FortyOne
Best Chef Munster-David Hurley of The Dining Room @ Gregans Castle
Best Hotel Restaurant Ulster-Ardtara Country House
Best Restaurant Manager- Stephane Robin of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

May 2015: Wins for Bushmills Inn and Newforge House at the 37th Annual Northern Ireland Tourism Awards.

Best Place to stay - Hotel of the year: Bushmills Inn

Best Place to stay - Serviced Accomodation: Newforge House


May 2015: Hot Press Magazine Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland 2015:

Listed Blue Book Restaurants.


Ballymaloe House

Brabazon @Tankardstown House


Chapter One

Dunbrody House

Gregans Castle


Rathmullan House

Rathsallagh House

Restaurant FortyOne

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud


April 2015: Blue Book Houses Win At The Ulster Regional Irish Restaurant Awards

The Best Wine ExperienceSnaffles Restaurant Castle Leslie Estate

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine - Ardtara Country House Hotel 

The Best Hotel Restaurant - Bushmills Inn Hotel & Restaurant , Newforge HouseArdtara Country House Hotel , Snaffles Restaurant Castle Leslie Estate

The Best Chef - Eddie Attwell of Ardtara Country House Hotel 


April 2015: Blue Book Houses Win At The Leinster Regional Irish Restaurant Awards


The Best Wine Experience - The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet, Brabazon at Tankardstown House


Best Customer Service - Ghan House Restaurant, The Restaurant at Wineport Lodge

The Best Hotel Restaurant - The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet, Castle Durrow Restaurant, Brabazon at Tankardstown House, The Restaurant at Wineport Lodge, The Restaurant at Marlfield House


The Best Restaurant Manager - Declan Maxwell of Chapter One Restaurant, Stéphane Robin of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud


The Best Chef - Garett Byrne of Campagne, Graham Gallagher of Castle Durrow, Robert Krawczyk of Brabazon at Tankardstown House

The Best Restaurant - Campagne


February 2015: Rathsallagh House Awarded Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant on the Month.

Bord Bia’s Just Ask campaign encourages diners to look for information on where the food on their plate comes from when eating out. The Restaurant of the Month award is given to restaurants and cafés that demonstrate best practice in providing customers with this information.



“Top 25 Hotels in Ireland”   The Merrion HotelHayfield ManorCastle DurrowCastle Leslie
 “Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Ireland” Ballyfin DemesneThe Merrion HotelHayfield ManorCastle Leslie
"Top 25 Small Hotels in Ireland" Currarevagh HouseThe Mustard SeedNewport HouseBallyfin Demesne

"Top 25 Family Friendly Hotels" Longueville House

“Top 25 Hotels for Service” Merrion Hotel, Hayfield ManorBallyfin Demesne

November 2014: Major Wins for Blue Book Houses at 2014 National Hospitality Awards

Best Restaurant Overall(Overall Winner)Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
Best Seafood Restaurant(Overall Winner)King Sitric Restaurant
Best Boutique Hotel (Overall Winner)Tankardstown House
Best Hotel Restaurant(Overall Winner) Park Hotel Kenmare
Best Boutique Hotel and Best Hotel Bar - Castle Leslie Estate
Best Dining Experience and Best Hotel Restaurant - Blairscove House and Restaurant

October 2014: Castle Leslie Estate wins Best Castle Historic Hotel at the Historic Hotels of Europe Awards 2015. 


October 2014: Bushmills Inn wins IGTOA Boutique Golf Hotel of the Year Award 2014


October 2014: Newforge House Wins The Good Hotel Guide Céser Award: Irish Guest House of the Year 2014


October 2014: Wins for Blue Book Houses at Georgina Campbell Awards 2015.

Tankardstown House: Country House of the Year 

Brabazon Restaurant at Tankardstown House: Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year

Gregans Castle: Pet friendly Hotel of the Year

Blairscove House and Restaurant: Outstanding Guest Experience of the Year.


September 2014: Bushmill's Inn wins AA Hotel of Year for Northern Ireland


September 2014: Coopershill House Smoked Venison Awarded 2 Gold Stars at Great Taste Awards 2014


September 2014: Hotel & Catering Gold Medal Awards

Gregans Castle wins the "Supreme Winner" Award

Gregans Castle wins "Country House of the Year" Award

Francis Brennan of the Park Hotel Kenmare receives the "Service to the Industry" Award

Castle Leslie wins "Hideaway of the Year" Award

Castle Leslie wins "Best Hotel Breakfast" Award


August 2014: Multiple Wins For Blue Book Restaurants At The FOOD&WINE Restaurant OF The Year Awards 2014

Restaurant of the Year: Chapter-One

Best Restaurant in Munster: Gregans Castle Hotel

Best Chef in Munster: Gregans Castle Hotel

Best Sommelier: Ballymaloe House

Best Customer Service: The Mustard Seed


June 2014: Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards Blue Book Winners:


Best Hotel Restaurant in Leinster: The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Country Estate

Best Hotel Restaurant in Ulster: Newforge House 

Best Hotel Restaurant in Munster: Gregans Castle

Best Customer Service in Leinster: Marlfield House

Best Customer Service in Dublin: Chapter One

Best Restaurant Manager in Dublin: Stephane Robin at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland: The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Country Estate 


June 2014: Newforge House wins Guest House of the Year 2014 at the Licensed & Catering News Awards 


May 2014: Castle Leslie Estate earns 2014 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.


April 2014: Robb Report lists Ballyfin Demesne as in their World’s Top 100 Resorts issue.


February 2014: Barberstown Castle wins Best Castle Wedding Venue for the second year running at weddingsonline awards 2014.


January 2014: Castle Durrow, Castle Leslie Estate, Hayfield Manor and The Merrion Hotel win Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards for 2014

Ireland’s Blue Book is delighted to announce that Blue Book hotels, Hayfield Manor, The Merrion Hotel , Castle Durrow and Castle Leslie are among the top 25 hotels in Ireland according to the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2014.


November 2013: Ballyfin Demesne wins the Garden Trophy 2014 award from Relais & Chateaux

Delighted to announce Ballyfin Demesne wins the Garden Trophy 2014 award from Relais & Chateaux. The Garden Trophy award recognises the most beautiful of the many Relais & Châteaux Hotel gardens.


November 2013: Newforge House and Mount Juliet Country Estate win Good Food Ireland Awards

Newforge House in Magheralin, Co Armagh won the Culinary Haven of the Year Award.
Mount Juliet Country Estate in Co. Kilkenny won Restaurant of the Year and also the Supreme Award.

October 2013: The Merrion Hotel and Hayfield Manor win Condé Nast Travellers' Choice Awards 2013


October 2013: The Wineport Lodge, The Mustard Seed and Ballyfin Demesne win at the Hospitality Ireland Awards 2013


Ballyfin Demesne won Best Hotel in Ireland

The Mustard Seed won Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland.

The Wineport Lodge won Best Boutique Restaurant in Ireland.


October 2013:Coopershill House Venison and Longueville House Apple Brandy win at the 6th Annual Blas na hEireann, Irish Food Awards 2013

Longueville House Apple Brandy won a Gold Award for their Apple Brandy

Coopershill House won a Bronze Award for their Smoked Venison

October 2013:Wins For Newforge House, The Mustard Seed, Longueville House and The Park Hotel Kenmare at the Georgina Campbell Awards 2014 

Newforge House in Magheralin, Co Armagh won the Country House of the Year Award 2014.

Newforge House also won the Irish Breakfast National Award 2014

The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge won the Hideaway of the Year Award 2014

The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge also won Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year Award 2014

Longueville House Cider and Irish Apple Brandy won the Natural Food Award 2014

Francis Brennan of the Park Hotel Kenmare, Co Kerry received the Georgina Campbell Award 2014 for Services to Irish Food & Hospitality.


September 2013:Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet Awarded Michelin Star  

The luxury Mount Juliet Estate is delighted to announce it has been awarded a prestigious Michelin star for its Lady Helen restaurant. The gourmet restaurant, which already boasts 3 AA rosettes, was awarded the accolade for both its service and contemporary menu.

Earlier this year the Lady Helen also won the ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ in the coveted Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards.


September 2013: Tankardstown House winner of AA Guest Accommodation of the Year


September 2013: The Mustard Seed and Gregans Castle Win 2013 Gold Medal Awards 

Ireland's Blue Book is delighted to announce that The Mustard Seed in Co. Limerick has won the Gold Medal for Best Restaurant in Ireland and Gregans Castle has won the Gold Medal for Best Country House at the prestigious Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards for Excellence 2013. Founding member of Ireland’s Blue Book, Myrtle Allen from Ballymaloe received the Service to Industry Award.


Blue Book Winners:

Best Restaurant in Ireland: The Mustard Seed

Best Country House in Ireland: Gregans Castle

Service to Industry Award: Myrtle Allen from Ballymaloe House



August 2013: Blue Book Winners at the Food & Wine Awards 2013

Ireland’s Blue Book is delighted to announce that Chapter One Restaurant has once again received the Restaurant of the Year Award, while L’Ecrivain Restaurant was awarded Best Service for 2013 at the Food & Wine Awards on August 25th in Dublin.


Blue Book Winners:

Best Restaurant: Chapter One

Best Service: L'Ecrivain Restaurant




June 2013: Blue Book Winners at the Good Eating Guide Awards 2013


The 2013 Good Eating Guide Awards took place on June 17 in Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin. Ireland’s Blue Book is delighted to announce the following Blue Book winners:

Best Restaurant in MunsterGregans Castle Hotel, Co. Clare
Best Restaurant in UlsterBushmill’s Inn, Co. Antrim
Best Chef – Overall – Derry Clarke L’Ecrivain, Dublin 2
Best Wholesome FoodBallymaloe House, Co. Cork

June 2013: Irish Restaurant Awards

Declan Maxwell of Chapter One Best Restaurant Manager in Ireland 2013

Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland: The Lady Helen in Mount Juliet Country Estateirish_restaurant_awards_2013.jpg (IrishRestaurantAward)

Best Wine Experience in Ireland: Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud


Regional Blue Book Winners:

Best Customer Service: Westmeath: The Wineport Lodge

Best Hotel Restaurant: Co. Laois: Castle Durrow

Best Hotel Restaurant: Co. Sligo: Coopershill House

Best Hotel Restaurant: Co. Cork: Ballymaloe House

Best Hotel Restaurant: Co. Limerick: The Mustard Seed

Best Hotel Restaurant: Co. Meath: Brabazon Restaurant @ Tankardstown House

Best Chef: Co. Wexford: Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House




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Ireland's Blue Book is delighted to announce that the following Blue Book houses have been included the "100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland 2013".

January 2013:

Ireland's Blue Book is delighted to announce that Coopershill House and Ballyfin Demesne are recipients of Andrew Harper Awards for 2013. Ballyfin Demesne in Co. Laois won a Grand Award and Sligo's Coopershill House owner Simon O'Hara won the Hospitality Award.

October 2012

Ireland's Blue Book is delighted to announce that the Good Hotel Guide has awarded special César Awards to Ballymaloe House in Co. Cork and Currarevagh House in Co. Galway.

August 2012

Ireland's Blue Book is delighted to announce that the King Sitric Restaurant and Townhouse was inducted into the Food & Wine Hall of Fame at The "FOOD & WINE" Magazine / Maison Louis Latour Restaurant of the Year Awards.

August 2012

Ireland's Blue Book is delighted to announce that Moy House in Co. Clare was the winner of the "Style Award" at The "FOOD & WINE" Magazine / Maison Louis Latour Restaurant of the Year Awards.

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