Taste of Ulster member Beech Hill Country House Hotel Derry-Londonderry has been Highly Commended in the Four Star Hotel Category at the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards.

The winners were announced at a ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin on Thursday 22nd March.

Explaining the reasoning behind the Awards, Georgina Campbell said

“How often have you had a wonderful dinner in a hotel, only to be disappointed by breakfast? Our winners can inspire others to up their game and ultimately, we hope, lead to everyone being able to enjoy an authentic breakfast experience that reflects the locality.”

Announcing the award for Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Georgina Campbell said the hotel was “beautifully set in peaceful woodland and gardens”.

“This charming hotel dates back to 1729 and proprietor Patsy O’Kane (very deserving recipient of an MBE in 2014, in recognition of her service to the tourism and hospitality industry) is a caring hostess who loves her hotel to bits.

“History matters here – US Marines had their headquarters here in World War II (a small museum of the US Marine Friendship Association still attracts interest) and the comfortable rooms give a home to Patsy’s ever-growing collection of antiques.

“Good food is also central to Patsy’s ethos and a very good breakfast is served in the Ardmore Restaurant, which has a conservatory area running along the garden side, overlooking water features and makes a lovely bright place to start the day.

“Quality comes first here and there are no gimmicks, just a menu offering many all-time favourites, excellent food (including seasonal produce from the restored walled gardens) cooked simply and well – and solicitous service from caring staff. Just what discerning guests want, in fact” she concluded.

The Georgina Campbell Awards are Ireland’s longest running independent hospitality awards.