The Porter House, based in Castlebridge, Co Wexford, has won the overall Irish Pub Awards National Irish Pub of the Year 2017. The Wexford pub was crowned national champion after winning the Best Local Pub, one of eight categories announced at last night’s awards.

Overall winners of the National Irish Pub of the Year 2017 was Myles and Sharon Doyle from The Porter House, Castlebride, Co Wexford

The Awards were presented by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D., at the Gala Ceremony in the RDS Concert Hall on 8 November 2017. The winners were selected from over 500 applications in this joint national awards programme which is presented by the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA).

The Porter House, based in Castlebridge, Co Wexford, is owned by Castlebridge native Myles Doyle and his wife Sharon. The pub, which employs ten staff, completed a major redevelopment in 2015. Although the Porter House is a traditional old-style pub with deep roots in the local community through local sponsorships and the work it does in raising funds for charities, it is also constantly innovating and is focused on its customer’s changing needs. The pub has recently introduced a specialised gin menu, local craft beers and a new premium whiskey offering.

At the inaugural Irish Pub Awards, Pat Crotty, VFI President said:

“The Porter House is a great representation of what the Irish Pub is all about, a place to meet family and friends, enjoy great food, listen to music and be entertained or just spend quality time away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. We are delighted that tonight, as an industry we have been able to showcase the best that our Irish Pubs have to offer in terms of creativity, innovation and excellence. The pub offering has changed dramatically in the past decade. Publicans have responded to changing consumer demands and we have seen this tonight in what our pubs are now offering in terms of excellent casual dining, contemporary beers and spirits, tourist attractions and overall entertainment to suit all types of customer”.

The Irish Pub Awards eight category winners are:

Innovative Pub of the Year – The Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

Pat Crotty, President VFI, Minister Brendan Griffin T.D., Brian Cleary, Managing Director, BOIPA, John Gleeson, Chairman LVA presenting the award for Innovative Pub of the Year to Brigitta and Peter Curtin, The Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna.

Best Music Pub- Matt The Millers, Kilkenny City

Pat Crotty, President VFI, Minister Brendan Griffin T.D., Victor Finn, CEO IMRO, John Gleeson, Chairman LVA presenting the award for Best Music Pub to Brendan Treacy, Ray Brophy, Matt The Millers, Kilkenny

Best Outdoor Space- The Terrace at Dinn Rí, Co. Carlow

Pat Crotty, President VFI, Minister Brendan Griffin T.D., David Whelan, Commercial Director, Bulmers, John Gleeson, Chairman LVA presenting the award for Best Outdoor Space to Niall McLoughlin, The Terrace at Dinn Rí, Carlow

Outstanding Customer Service- The Bog Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Pat Crotty, President VFI, Minister Brendan Griffin T.D., John O’Callaghan, Trade Marketing Manager , Heineken, John Gleeson, Chairman LVA presenting the award for Outstanding Customer Service to Kate Forrestal and Donal O’Gorman, The Bog Road, Portlaoise

Best Tourist Pub- The Stag’s Head, Dublin

Pat Crotty, President VFI, Minister Brendan Griffin T.D. Keith Fagan, Sales Director, Molson Coors, John Gleeson, Chairman LVA presenting the award for Best Tourist Pub to John Coady,Rory Bannon, The Stag’s Head, Dublin

Pub Personality of the Year-  Johnny Quilty – The Goat Bar & Grill, Clonskeagh, Dublin

Pat Crotty, President VFI, Minister Brendan Griffin T.D., Jim Cummins, National Account Director, IDL Pernod Ricard, John Gleeson, Chairman LVA presenting the award for Pub Personality of the Year to Aoife Quilty, Johnny Quilty, Dara Quilty, The Goat Bar & Grill, Dublin

Best Local Pub – The Porter House, Castlebridge, Co. Wexford

Pat Crotty, President VFI, Minister Brendan Griffin T.D., Anne Maire Phillips Channel Director On-Trade, Diageo, John Gleeson, Chairman LVA presenting the award for Best Local Pub to Sharon and Myles Doyle, The Porter House, Castlebridge

Best Food Pub-  Mickey Finn’s, Redcross, Co. Wicklow

Pat Crotty, President VFI, Minister Brendan Griffin T.D., Damien Smyth, Sales Manager Musgraves, John Gleeson, Chairman LVA presenting the award for Best Food Pub to Ashley & Leigh Williams, Mickey Finn’s, Wicklow

The award categories are sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance, Bulmers, Diageo, Heineken, IMRO. Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Molson Coors and Musgrave Marketplace. Media Partner is Irish Independent and trade media partner is Drinks Industry Ireland. Skillnets is the management development partner.

Photos by: Conor McCabe