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2012 Hotel & Catering Gold Medal Award Winners

THE EUROPE HOTEL & RESORT a chic five star resort on the shores of Lough Lein in Killarney, has been crowned the champion of Irish hospitality. 

The hotel, owned by the Liebherr Group, took top honours when it was awarded the Irish hospitality industry’s highest accolade, the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Award for Excellence 2012 at a gala ceremony in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel last night,Tuesday, 25th September.

The Europe Hotel & Resort, on the shores of Lough Lein, in Killarney
Running for more than two decades, the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards are recognised as the leading independent awards programme for the Irish hospitality industry.

Judged by hospitality experts with a proven track record in industry operations, the Gold Medal Awards recognise and reward excellence in hotels, guest houses, restaurants, spas, clubs and catering operations across the island of Ireland.

As well as the supreme award, a total of 17 category awards were presented at this year's black tie ceremony, which was attended by 400 leading hoteliers, restaurateurs and caterers from across Ireland. (See winners below.) The Europe Hotel scooped the top title after winning the hotly-contested Gold Medal Award for Best Five Star Hotel, sponsored by Edward Dillon & Co, earlier in the night.


Gold Medal Award for Five Star Hotels, sponsored by Edward Dillon & Co
The Europe Hotel & Resort, Kerry

Gold Medal Award for Four Star Hotels, sponsored by Digiweb
The Lodge at Castle Leslie, Monaghan

Gold Medal Award for Three Star Hotels, sponsored by Tourism Ireland
Downhill House Hotel, Mayo

Gold Medal Award for Country Houses, sponsored by Aon
Lough Inagh Lodge, Galway

Gold Medal Award for Town Houses, sponsored by Aon
Ariel House, Dublin

Gold Medal Award for Fine Dining Restaurants, sponsored by Churchill in association with Bunzl McLaughlin
Restaurant Forty One at Residence Members Club

Gold Medal Award for Bistros & Brasseries, sponsored by Champagne Pannier by Classic Drinks
Aldridge Lodge, Wexford

Gold Medal Award for Casual Dining, sponsored by Gleeson incorporating Gilbeys
The Cornstore, Cork

Gold Medal Award for Ethnic Restaurants, sponsored by Cobra
L'Arco Italian Restaurant, Clare

Gold Medal Award for Cafés & Tearooms, sponsored by Bunzl McLaughlin
The Tea & Garden Rooms, Clare

Gold Medal Award for Spas, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland
Monart Destination Spa

Gold Medal Award for Member Clubs, sponsored by Tech Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
Carton House, Kildare

Gold Medal Award for In House Catering, sponsored by Keelings
Aramark Ireland at Oracle, Dublin

Gold Medal Award for Institutional Catering, sponsored by IFSA (Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance)
Haven Bay Care Centre, Cork

Gold Medal Award for Wine Experience, sponsored by Gleeson incorporating Gilbeys
The K Club, Kildare

Gold Medal Award for Best Newcomer, sponsored by BWG Food Service
Masterchefs at The Pavilion, UL, Limerick

Gold Medal Award for Customer Experience, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland
BrookLodge Hotel & Spa, Wicklow

The Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Award for Excellence 2012
The Europe Hotel & Resort, Kerry

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