If you've been to an Irish B&B or any other form of accommodation in Ireland, the traditional Irish breakfast is an important part of that experience.
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And while many establishments serve up a breakfast that's worth talking about, only a few will get a national award.
During the fall of 2021, the Georgina Campbell Awards were announced and they included nods to Ireland's best hotels, restaurants, chefs, pubs, and more.
The competition is the longest-running hospitality awards contest in Ireland and is among the industry's most coveted.
The Irish Breakfast Award was among the 29 awards given to people and businesses across the country.
Here is a look at the winners:
The Mariner Hotel
The owners of Westport’s newest boutique hotel say they use “the finest & freshest, local & Irish ingredients in all of our food and our breakfast is no exception.”
Campbell's guide describes it as a “well-priced base to explore the area and is within walking distance of all the town's attractions.”
The hotel includes a popular bar and restaurant called Bistro@The Mariner, where you'll get that fantastic breakfast!
You don't have to be a hotel guest to avail of the meals at the Bistro, however.
A number of local producers, including Kelly's of Newport, provide the restaurant with the wholesome ingredients that go into each and every dish.
Prices start at $103/€88 per night.
Why not take an award-winning walking tour or even a food tour of the town while you’re there? Check out the Westport Walking Tours Facebook page for more details.
And when you’re in Mayo, don’t forget to check out these other attractions as well.
Wild Honey Inn
It is Ireland’s only Michelin-starred pub and the perfect place to stay if you're touring this part of the country.
Expect to get seasonal dishes using local, organic ingredients cooked by the owner and head chef Aidan McGrath. That, of course, also includes breakfast.
Several rooms are available on the ground floor located next to the garden. Prices are a bit more expensive than other B&Bs in the area.
The average B&B rate is between €170 and €250 per night.
The award-winning breakfast is cooked by owner John Barrett and served up in a large dining room that also includes a conservatory where you’ll get views of Keem Bay.
While meals are primarily for residents, non-residents are always welcome to avail of the B&B’s afternoon tea or dinner if there’s room.
The average B&B cost at Bervie starts at an affordable €55 per night.
Some of the other winners of the 2021 Georgina Campbell Awards include the following:
HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Park Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen, Dublin
PUB OF THE YEAR
The Olde Glen, Carrigart, Co Donegal
COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR
Enniscoe House, Ballina, Co. Mayo
GUESTHOUSE OF THE YEAR
Castlewood House, Dingle, Co Kerry
B&B OF THE YEAR
Hazelwood Lodge, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare
FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, Adare, Co Limerick
PET-FRIENDLY HOTEL OF THE YEAR
The Twelve Hotel, Barna, Co Galway
If you're still looking for more options on where to find a good breakfast in Ireland, take a look at the 2020 winners.