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Kerry and Cork Win Big at Knorr’s Great Carvery of the Year Awards

The Heights Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry and The Elm Tree, Glounthaune, Cork have been named as the best hotel and pub in the country to serve carvery in this year’s Knorr Great Carvery of the Year competition. The winners were unveiled by Welsh international rugby referee Nigel Owens at the Knorr Great Carvery of the Year Grand Final at the Herbert Park Hotel in Dublin.

Launched in 2010 by Unilever Food Solutions Ireland, Knorr Great Carvery of the Year is an all-island search for Ireland’s best pub and hotel carvery. Recent research carried out by Unilever found that carvery is still hugely popular with Irish people. Two in every three eat carvery meals on a regular basis, with 25% eating carvery at least once a week. The research also emphasised that pub and hotel food remain serious business with over 50 per cent of people choosing carvery as the preferred destination for a weekend family meal or Sunday lunch.

Speaking at the final, Business Development Chef at Unilever Food Solutions, Mark McCarthy said: “The standard of entry to the competition was amazing. All of the finalists in the competition proved to be of an exceptionally high standard in terms of value for money, food quality and customer service.

Now in its seventh year, the nationwide Knorr Great Carvery of the Year competition is firmly established as the premier carvery competition on Ireland and Northern Ireland’s culinary calendar. The two overall winning venues will each receive PR and Marketing support as well as a specially-commissioned wall plaque to inform customers that they are about to sit down and enjoy the best carvery in Ireland.

Overall winners:

Great Carvery Hotel of the Year: The Heights Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Great Carvery Pub of the Year: The Elm Tree, Glounthaune, Co. Cork

Provincial winners:

Great Carvery Hotel of the Year

Leinster: Whitford House Hotel, Wexford
Munster: The Heights Hotel, Kerry
Connacht: Hodson Bay Hotel, Roscommon
Ulster: The Silver Tassie Hotel, Donegal

Great Carvery Pub of the Year

Leinster: Beaumont House, Dublin
Munster: The Elm Tree, Cork
Connacht: The Merry Monk, Mayo
Ulster: The Market Yard, Derry

For more details, see www.greatcarvery.com.

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