Annagassan’s The Glyde Inn won the award for ‘Best Lunch’ in Ireland last night, taking home a Gold Excellence Award at the CIE Tours International Annual Awards of Excellence in Dublin on Tuesday night.
Conor and Paul O’Neill from The Glyde Inn were present at the awards ceremony where they accepted their award from Fiona Ross, Chairperson of CIE Tours Internatinonal. The win was a considerable achievement for the local family run business, having been nominated for the awards for the very first time.
A spokesperson for CIE Tours International said, “To win a Gold Award on their first outing is a tribute to the focus on excellence and hospitality at the county Louth establishment.”
The awards are now in their 30th year and recognise the best hotels and tourist attractions across Ireland based on feedback from over 25,000 customers throughout the year. Each winner achieved a customer satisfaction rating of over 92% from CIE Tours International visitors with Gold Award Winners achieving the highest satisfaction ratings in their respective categories.
In total 84 hotels and tourist attractions from across the island of Ireland won awards, with 13 overall category winners being awarded a Gold Award.
The Glyde Inn was the only Louth-based winner at the awards but there were merit wins for the Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort and Brú na Bóinne Newgrange & Knowth in the hotel and visitor attraction categories.
There was also a Gold Excellence Award for the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in the Best Visit category. The attraction was opened in 2015 by Jack and Stephen Teeling, sons of John, in the Liberties in Dublin.
The traditional Irish pub and sea view restaurant is no stranger to award recognition.The Glyde Inn was awarded National Pub of The Year and Irish Food Pub of the Year 2018 at the Irish Pub Awards at the RDS in Dublin.