Best places to eat, drink and sleep in Ireland named – and they’ll blow you away
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Best places to eat, drink and sleep in Ireland named – and they’ll blow you away

A PUB in Dublin has been named the best in Ireland at the annual National Hospitality Awards, but it was only one of a number of illustrious award winners from across the Emerald Isle.

The Stag’s Head beat out runners-up Doheny & Nesbitt for the title of Ireland’s best pub, whilst Loam in Galway was named as Ireland’s best restaurant.

Other awards included best nightclub, best destination hotel and best cocktail bar – with establishments from all across Ireland represented.

Here is a selection of Ireland’s most awe-inspiring establishments, according to Hospitality Ireland:

Best Casual Dining – The Washerwoman (Dublin)

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Glasnevin, Dublin is the setting of The Washerwoman – housed in a stone cottage dating back to 1700 and named after the many ‘washerwomen’ who hung their clothes out to dry along Glasnevin Hill.

The Washerwoman [Picture: Facebook] The Washerwoman [Picture: Facebook]

Best City Hotel – Hayfield Manor (Cork)

Originally a merchant’s manor house, Hayfield Manor prides itself as an upscale experience within a short walk from University College Cork and Cork Opera House. Very posh.

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Hayfield Manor [Picture: Facebook] Hayfield Manor [Picture: Facebook]

Best Cocktail Bar – Vintage Cocktail Club (Dublin)

Dublin’s candle-lit Vintage Cocktail Club has lived up to its name, with various reds, golds and browns giving it a bit of a speakeasy vibe. Definitely somewhere you’d want to sip a mojito.

Vintage Cocktail Club [Picture: Twitter] Vintage Cocktail Club [Picture: Twitter]

Best Destination Hotel – Sheen Falls Lodge (Kerry)

Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare, Co. Kerry is eye-catching enough on its own terms, but the beautiful Kerry countryside surrounding it really seals the deal. A destination indeed.

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Sheen Falls Lodge [Picture: Facebook] Sheen Falls Lodge [Picture: Facebook]

Best Dining Experience – Mulberry Garden (Dublin)

Situated in south-side Dublin’s Donnybrook district, Mulberry Garden locally sources of all its produce and serves it in a chic room with floor-to-ceiling windows along with an outdoors terrace.

Mulberry Garden [Picture: Twitter] Mulberry Garden [Picture: Twitter]

Best Hotel Bar – Ashford Castle’s Prince of Wales Bar (Galway)

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Ashford Castle should need no introduction, but its Prince of Wales Bar – built in the late 1880s – is less well known. With its opulent fabrics, fine wood panelling and indisputable history – talk about living like a king.

The Prince of Wales Bar at Ashford Castle [Picture: Facebook] The Prince of Wales Bar at Ashford Castle [Picture: Facebook]

Best Hotel Restaurant - Inis Meáin, Restaurant & Suites (Galway)

Run by Marie-Thérèse and Ruairí de Blacam, Inis Meáin offers a rare opportunity to experience a private island retreat in an incredibly remote location. And that’s without mentioning the food.

Inis Meáin [Picture: Facebook] Inis Meáin [Picture: Facebook]
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Best Local Restaurant – Macnean House (Cavan)

Macnean House in Blacklion, Co. Cavan is an Irish gastronomy restaurant with an elegant look and upscale B&B guestrooms. Chef-owned, Macnean prides itself on a particularly close-knit, local vibe.

Macnean House [Picture: Facebook] Macnean House [Picture: Facebook]

Best New Establishment – Farrier and Draper (Dublin)

Having only launched this year, Farrier and Draper hasn’t had long to learn the ropes – but you wouldn’t know it judging by its rustic, traditional atmosphere.

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Farrier and Draper [Picture: Facebook] Farrier and Draper [Picture: Facebook]

Best Nightclub – The Wright Venue (Dublin)

With ultra-modern DJ equipment, chandeliers and seven individual bars, The Wright Venue is classed as a “super-club”. Now it has one more asset to add to an already impressive list.

The Wright Venue [Picture: Facebook] The Wright Venue [Picture: Facebook]

Best Overall Hotel – The Europe Hotel & Resort (Kerry)

On Lake Leane, The Europe Hotel & Resort features a spa, an indoor pool, body treatments, a fitness centre, tennis courts, horseback riding and views across the lake. No surprise there then.

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The Europe Hotel & Resort [Picture: Facebook] The Europe Hotel & Resort [Picture: Facebook]

Best Overall Restaurant – Loam (Galway)

Galway’s own restaurant and wine bar was awarded a Michelin star earlier this year, and now it’s been voted Ireland’s best restaurant. Not a bad 2016.

Loam [Picture: Facebook] Loam [Picture: Facebook]

Best Pub – The Stag’s Head (Dublin)

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Set in the centre of Dublin in Dame Court, The Stag’s Head has it all. From frequent singsongs, to after work throngs, right through to its regal Victorian setting – it’s the best pub in the land.

The Stag's Head [Picture: Facebook] The Stag's Head [Picture: Facebook]

Best Seafood Restaurant – O’Grady’s on the Pier (Galway)

With a name like that, you’d think O’Grady’s on the Pier would know what makes a good seafood dish – and you’d be right, clearly. They catch their produce daily and with its position surrounded by sea, was it even a choice?

O'Grady's on the Pier [Picture: Facebook] O'Grady's on the Pier [Picture: Facebook]
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Best Sporting Pub – The Back Page (Dublin)

Pubs dedicated entirely to sports have become hugely popular in recent years, so it’s no mean feat to be named the best in such a sports-loving country. Dublin’s The Back Page has managed exactly that thanks to its intimate interior and rowdy atmosphere.

The Back Page [Picture: Facebook] The Back Page [Picture: Facebook]
Note: This article was amended at 17:30 on 12/04/2017 to reflect that the Washerwoman does not have a roof terrace overlooking the Liffey.