Best Seafood Restaurant Finalist

Congratulations to O’Grady’s on the Pier winner of Best Seafood Restaurant!

The 26th Annual Gold Medal Awards took place last night, 22nd September in Dublin City.  Judged by industry experts, the awards recognise and reward excellence in hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, spas, clubs and catering operations across the island of Ireland.

Aqua was thrilled to be short listed in the Best Seafood Restaurant category!  But O'Gradys on the Pier took the award in the end, we want to wish them sincere congratulations.  We feel very proud to have been in such company with them as the ultimate winners and the third shortlisted restaurant with us Aldridge Lodge.

A big congratulations to all the various members of each category and the final winners.  Lets just say the team who attended from Aqua, Charles, Robert and Mark did their bit of celebrating and might just be feeling a little delicate today!

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Gold Medal Award Finalists 2014

Best Seafood Restaurant

Aldridge Lodge                                                                        Aqua Restaurant

O’Grady’s on the Pier - WINNER

Best Five Star Hotel

Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa                                             Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort

Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Club                           Hayfield Manor

Sheen Falls Lodge                                                                  The Europe Hotel & Resort

The Merchant                                                                         The Westbury Hotel

Best Four Star Hotel

Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa                                             Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Harvey’s Point Hotel                                                             Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens

Mulranny Park Hotel                                                            Seafield Golf & Spa Hotel

The Brehon                                                                            The North Star Hotel

Best Three Star Hotel

Blue Haven Hotel                                                                   Carrickdale Hotel & Spa

Great National Abbey Court Hotel                                      Headfort Arms Hotel

Inishbofin House Hotel

Country House

Ard na Sidhe                                                                             Ballyseede Castle

Ballyvolane House                                                                   Gregan’s Castle Hotel

Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel                                                       Red Cliff Lodge

Tankardstown House                                                              The Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate


Aldridge Lodge                                                                         Ariel House

Castlewood House                                                                  The Castle at Castle Leslie Estate

The Old Bank Townhouse                                                      Wild Honey Inn

Fine Dining Sponsored by Frylite

Ananda Restaurant                                                                  Gregan’s Castle Hotel

Hayfield Manor                                                                        Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens

Restaurant FortyOne                                                              Seafield Golf & Spa Hotel

Snaffles in the Castle Leslie Estate                                        Tankardstown House

Casual Dining

Anocht                                                                                        Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Brasserie on the Corner                                                           Cornstore (Cork)

Fota Island Resort                                                                     The River Lee Hotel

The Tavern Bar & Restaurant                                                 Wild Honey Inn

Ethnic Restaurant

Ananda Restaurant                                                                 Chakra by Jaipur

Jaipur Restaurant                                                                     L’Arco Italian Restaurant


Cafes and Coffee Shops

Brasserie on the Corner                                                        Cafe Noir Parkpoint

Fitzpatricks                                                                              Kai Cafe and Restaurant

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens                    SLICE

The Silver Restaurant

Best Spa

Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa                                             Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Club

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa                                         Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa

No.1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa                                             Seafield Golf & Spa Hotel

The Brehon                                                                            The Europe Hotel & Resort

In-House Catering Sponsored by Keelings

Aramark Ireland (Intel HQ)                                                  Aramark Ireland (PWC)

Sodexo Ireland Ltd (Ebay)

Institutional Catering

GMIT Catering Company                                                      Haven Bay Care Centre

Marymount University Hospital & Hospice                       Pavilion at UL

Sodexo Ireland Ltd (Clongowes Wood College)

Wine Experience Sponsored by Classic Drinks

Ananda Restaurant                                                                Ardilaun House Hotel

Brasserie on the Corner                                                        Harvey’s Point Hotel

Jaipur Restaurant                                                                   O’Grady’s on the Pier

Field to Fork Award Sponsored by Calor Gas

Ballyvolane House                                                                 Jacques

Kai Cafe and Restaurant                                                       Limerick Strand Hotel

No. 5 Fenn’s Quay Restaurant                                             SLICE

Best Breakfast- Public Vote Sponsored by Nestle

Castlewood House                                                                 Crowne Plaza Dundalk

Druids Glen Resort                                                               Gregan’s Castle Hotel

Hayfield Manor                                                                      Hodson Bay Hotel

Muckross Park Hotel                                                            The Castle at Castle Leslie Estate

Wild Honey Inn

Best Family Friendly Hotel-Public Vote

Athlone Springs Hotel                                                          Dingle Skellig Hotel

Hotel Westport Leisure Spa Conference Hotel                Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa

Lyrath Estate Hotel                                                               Mulranny Park Hotel

The Newpark Hotel

Hideaway of the Year-Public Vote

Ard na Sidhe                                                                            Cromleach Lodge

Gregan’s Castle Hotel                                                             Inishbofin House Hotel

Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel                                                     The Castle at Castle Leslie Estate

The Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate

Value for Money Hotel- Public Vote

Ariel House                                                                              Crowne Plaza Northwood

Dunraven Arms                                                                       Great National Abbey Court Hotel

Limerick Strand Hotel                                                            Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel

The Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate

City Hotel of the Year- Public Vote

Hayfield Manor                                                                        No. 1 Pery Square

The Croke Park Hotel                                                              The Dylan Hotel

The Marker                                                                                The Merchant

The River Lee Hotel                                                                 The Westbury Hotel

Customer Experience

Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort                                         Aldridge Lodge

Ananda Restaurant                                                                  Ariel House

Brasserie on the Corner                                                           Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel

The Brehon                                                                                 The Castle Leslie Estate

Eco-Friendly Hotel of the Year

Gregan’s Castle Hotel                                                              Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel

The Gibson Hotel                                                                     The River Lee Hotel

Service to the Industry Sponsored by UPC

To be announced at the 26th Annual Gold Medal Awards ceremony.

Supreme Winner

To be announced at the 26th Annual Gold Medal Awards ceremony.

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Hotel & Catering Review is the leading business-to-business publication for the Irish hospitality and tourism industries, bringing a wealth of information and advice on running a hotel or catering business today.

Hotel & Catering Review runs the prestigious Gold Medal Awards, which has recognized and rewarded excellence in the Irish hospitality and catering industries for 26 years. To find out more about it, visit the awards page.

The 26th Annual Gold Medal Awards took place on September 22nd 2014 in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dublin.

Congratulations again to O'Gradys on the Pier for  'Best Seafood Restaurant' 2014!


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