Georgina Campbell is one of Ireland’s leading food and hospitality writers. Her practical and down-to-earth approach has earned her many fans. During the last 11 years, the same honesty has applied to her comprehensive and critically acclaimed, independently assessed guides to Ireland’s best places to eat, drink and stay.
Commenting on this year’s winners, Georgina said; “Since the credit crunch started to bite, stiff competition is forcing many establishments to re-evaluate their offerings, to the benefit of guests: with so much choice it is the places offering something special that will thrive – all award winners here today have gone that extra mile, they are the cream of the crop, the brightest and the best, and the Guide is very proud to give them due recognition.” These extremely prestigious awards are seen displayed on the walls of many of the country’s leading establishments.
GUESTHOUSE OF THE YEAR 2009: ARD NA BREATHA DONEGAL TOWN
Although in what has become a mainly residential area on the edge of a thriving town, Albert and Theresa Morrow’s Guesthouse and Restaurant is tucked into a quiet corner of a busy working farm and is indeed, as they say on their brochure ‘ A PLACE WORTH FINDING’. It was one of the first in Ireland to receive the EU flower award for eco tourism, and the EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE, ATTENTION TO DETAIL, AND CONCERN FOR ALL THINGS ENVIRONMENTAL – COMBINED WITH A VERY HAPPY ATMOSPHERE- IS A CONSTANT SOURCE OF DELIGHT TO GUESTS, MANY OF WHOM NEVER FEEL THE NEED TO GO OUT OF AN EVENING AS THE Morrow’s run a restaurant here also. Cooking is good and the natural flavours of fine ingredients take centre stage in very enjoyable dishes that are prepared by Albert and served by staff who take pride in offering real Irish Hospitality. Many guests opt to stay in on their first evening and never feel the need to go out for the remainder of their stay and its easy to see why.There’s even a proper bar and well chosen wine list with a welcoming open fire,MOST DEFINITELY A PLACE WORTH FINDING.