Archive for the ‘Press Reviews’ Category
Last night we were delighted to be awarded the Failte Ireland “Best Customer Experience” in the extremely prestigious Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medals 2012. And on Monday we were told we had won the “Best Resort Spa” in RVSP Magazine’s 2012 Spa Awards AND the “Restaurant of the Month” in Bord Bia’s Just Ask Campaign. Needless to say we are very chuffed and honoured.
At the Taste Council Summer School here in the BrookLodge, the Government was urged to protect food labelling terms such as farmhouse and artisan. Read all about it in the following article in The Irish Times by Alison Healy.
It’s coming to late summer and early autumn and it’s the perfect time for some great country walks. Last weekend’s Irish Times and Sunday Times featured two different Wicklow walks, both of which commence very near Macreddin, and are repoduced below. Why not try them out, and if you fancy a bit of spoiling afterwards, well you know where to come… (They are also linked in PDF format below, in case you want to print them out – enjoy)
An article on Conferences and Events in the BrookLodge, that appeared in the Sunday Business Post May 27th 2012.
WOW! The 2012 Bridgestone guides have just been published and we’re very happy campers. In the 100 Best Places to stay in Ireland, John & Sally McKenna tell us that “The BrookLodge has been the most dynamically creative hotel in Ireland over the last decade” and “if you want your mind to be opened, and blown apart, by the most authentic experience of food, hospitality and nature imaginable, then the BrookLodge will do just that for you”. Then in the Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2012, Evan is the centre of attention as they tell us that “his vision of food is of Wicklow as Cockaigne, the land of plenty, of luxury and ease, and this is what he has created. He turns every day into Lughnasadh, with every day a day devoted to the art of eating”. To say we’re chuffed is putting it mildly!
You can buy either of these excellent guides at http://www.bestofbridgestone.com/shop/
The Bridgestone Guides 2011 Megabytes Awards
In John McKenna’s final blog of 2011, he announced his Megabytes Awards and we were thrilled to be included.
Inspiration of the Year: The Taste Council Summer School, Brook Lodge, Macreddin
Some events are important because they create a new language with which we can dicuss the things that matter. The first Taste Council Summer School, orchestrated by Evan Doyle and held at Macreddin’s Brook Lodge Hotel, was just such an event and its three sessions, on Middle Farm Agriculture, Education and Food, and Brand Ireland, have given Irish food a new lexicon within which we can frame the debate of the future and our food. The evening feast, with all the food coming from Wicklow (save for David Llewellyn’s Dublin wines), was one of the greatest events in Irish culinary history.
We mean business! We’re delighted to announce that the BrookLodge is the recipient of the “Business Hotel of the Year 2012″ award at the Georgina Campbell Ireland Hospitality awards, that took place yesterday, October 11th, at Bord Bia’s HQ in Dublin. It’s a nice one for us, as not many people realise that as well as being a food, spa and leisure destination, we also have a big following in the conference, meetings & events market, both in Ireland and abroad.
Ireland’s longest-running hospitality accolades, the Georgina Campbell Awards are completely independent. They are not commercially driven and in no way affiliated with trade associations or marketing groups; there is no charge to establishments for recommendation or any element of the awards process. Every year Georgina Campbell and her team of experienced assessors comb the country’s hotels, country houses, guesthouses, restaurants, pubs and cafés, seeking out the best consumer experiences.
The citation for the award was as follows:
Food tourism and agriculture may be the hot white hopes for recessionary Ireland, but many of our best establishments are identifying other equally attractive niche markets and, along with several other categories in these awards, business tourism is a key one.
Former winners of this award have been hotels offering outstanding facilities for conferences and business guests, along with varying attributes that make the venue especially attractive, including a scenic or especially convenient location, great food and ancillary leisure activities for delegates. But this year’s winner not only has all of those – a beautiful rural location, excellent business and conference amenities and back up services, loads of down time activities (challenging or relaxing, as required), and a stunning food offering – they also have an extra ace up their sleeves, in the form of a Green-Meet programme. This hotel is renowned for its innovative and ethically-inspired approach to food and hospitality, and they have rightly identified that ‘hosting an environmentally responsible meeting is an important statement about your company’. To the hosts this all comes naturally – they have been doing it for years, and full details are given on their website; to most customers it will come as a refreshing new idea, a rewarding way of giving added value to their event, or any business stay. A great contributor to the business and conference market in Ireland, this an especially worthy winner of the Business Hotel of the Year Award.
BUSINESS HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2012
The BrookLodge & Wells Spa Macreddin Co Wicklow