Rosslare's 'The Arches' is voted Ireland's best B&B
WEXFORD had a good haul at the recent Georgina Campbell awards, which advises consumers on the best places in the country to eat, drink and stay.
Receiving the prestigious award for both best B&B of the year and Best B&B Breakfast were Chris and Eileen Hadlington of The Archways B&B in Rosslare. The Archways is famed for its fantastic culinary delights and Chris goes to great efforts to ensure that his guests experience the best of what Wexford has to offer, cooking with local and home grown products. 'We try to use all local produce,' Chris said. 'I even rear my own pigs and make my own sausages. We even make our own jams and preserves and everything. A particular hit is our Bacon jam, made from locally sourced bacon from Pat O'Neill. We've had great compliments on it and we've even been contacted about getting it into some local stores around Wexford.'
Chris and Eileen were delighted to receive the award and hope that it is a good thing for Wexford tourism as well as themselves.
'I was involved in the hotel business for years upon years,' Chris said. ' The B&B is a form of semi-retirement for us. We really enjoy what we do here and it's great to have been acknowledged for it. Hopefully it's a good thing for Wexford as well as a good thing for us.'
Meanwhile, Billy Whitty of Aldridge Lodge in Duncannon scooped the prize for Seafood Chef of the Year.
Aldridge Lodge had been a previous winner of 'Newcomer of the Year' at the Georgina Campbell awards in 2006 and since then Billy and his partner Joanne Harding have gone on to earn a reputation for their excellent food and warm hospitality. In preparing his seafood dinners, Billy uses fish from nearby Kilmore Quay and Dunmore East, as well as crab and lobster which is brought up from Duncannon harbour by Billy's father Tommy in season.