Ireland’s Best Pub at the 2022 Georgina Campbell Awards

A Co Cork pub, Co Tipperary’s only five star hotel and fine dining restaurant in Loughrea, Co Galway were among the big winners in Georgina Campbell’s annual Hospitality Awards.

At the 2022 Awards, designed this year as a year-end unveiling announced between Christmas and New Year, Cronin’s of Crosshaven was named Ms Campbell’s ‘Pub of the Year’ for 2022.

Run by the Cronin family since 1970, the “charming pub on the harbour” has weathered the challenges of Covid and flooding to emerge stronger than ever, she said.

“This is a true family business that serves the community and the community supports it in return.

“Exactly what a local should be – and a real find for visitors.”


Cashel Palace, Co. Tipperary

Cashel Palace, which reopened last year after a multi-million dollar reboot, was voted Ireland’s top five-star hotel.

The “really great hotel” was “a resounding success,” Ms Campbell said, adding that it “still exudes that old-fashioned vibe and hospitality that modern hotels just can’t replicate.”

Lignum in Co Galway has also been awarded ‘Best Restaurant’ at the well-known Food and Hospitality Writer’s annual awards, which have been held for 24 years, while Garret Byrne from Campagne in Kilkenny has been awarded ‘Best Chef’ of 2022.

Shortlist of winners 2022:

  • 5 Star Hotel: Cashel Palace, Co Tipperary
  • 4 Star Hotel: Kilronan Castle, Co Roscommon
  • 3 Star Hotel: Blue Haven, Kinsale, County Cork
  • Restaurant: Lignum, County Galway
  • Chef: Garret Byrne, Campagne, Kilkenny
  • Pub: Cronins, Crosshaven, Co Cork
  • Hospitality Hero: Richard Corrigan
  • Innovation Award: Kelly’s Hotel, Co. Wexford
  • Business Hotel: Nox, Galway
  • Wine & Drinks: Union Wine Bar & Kitchen, Waterford
  • Unforgettable Experience: The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
  • Pet Friendly Destination: Carberry Cottage Guest Lodge, Durrus, Co Cork
  • Family Friendly Hotel: Doonmore Hotel, Inishbofin, County Galway
  • New Arrival: Alumni, Rathangan, Co Kildare
  • Global Cuisine: Leaves, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

2022 has been “something of a triumph of hope over expectations” for the hospitality industry, Ms Campbell said, hailing Ireland’s food, tourism and hospitality industry as “an exciting and ever-evolving story despite facing major challenges”.

“Widespread closures were predicted as we emerged from the pandemic, but the industry’s sheer resilience in the face of massive challenges is extraordinary,” she said.

“There have been losses and these businesses are sorely missed, especially when they are family owned, but the big surprise is not just how well many are doing, but how many exciting new businesses continue to open.

“Far from just surviving, for many the emphasis is now on ‘recover, recreate and rebuild,’ and it’s great to see.”


Richard Corrigan – Campbell’s “Hospitality Hero” for 2022

Chef Richard Corrigan, described as a “big-hearted ball of energy and enterprise”, was Ms. Campbell’s “Hospitality Hero” for 2022; whilst Jane O’Callaghan of Longueville House in Cork Cork (read our review here) was awarded ‘Host of the Year’ for 2022.

Rúibín in Galway was named Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year, while Native Seafood and Scran in Portstewart, County Derry received Ms Campbell’s award for Seafood Restaurant of the Year.

A Happy Place award was presented to popular chef Gaz Smith, who runs Michael’s & Little Mike’s in Mount Merrion and Big Mike’s in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Casual dining went to the likes of Margadh at the RHA in Dublin and Savoir Fare in Westport, while the likes of Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa in Tralee, Co Kerry and Inish Meáin Farm Stays received sustainability awards.

The full list of winners and mentions is available at Ireland’s Best Pub at the 2022 Georgina Campbell Awards

Fry Electronics Team

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