The inaugural Best of the Best Pubs in Dublin Award 2017, as voted by Dublin’s publicans, has been won by Kehoe’s of South Anne Street.
The award was presented to Kehoe’s owner Louis Fitzgerald at a gala event in the Mansion House to celebrate the bicentenary of the Licensed Vintners Association. The LVA, which claims to be the oldest trade association in the country, has been representing Dublin publicans since 1817.
Peter’s Pub in Johnson Place, which is owned by Enda Keogh was the runner up.
The Bank on College Green was the inaugural winner of the Best of the Best Pubs for Food award. The pub is owned by David Chawke. The runner up was The Old Spot, on Bath Avenue.
These new Licensed Vintners Association awards are in memory of former publican Oliver Hughes, founder of the Porterhouse Group, who passed away last year. He was a former Chair of the LVA.
Current Chair Deirdre Devitt said they were celebrating the Best of the Best in memory of one of the best. “Oliver was not so much a man of his time as a man way ahead of it. He was just so innovative as a businessman. You can see that by counting the number of craft breweries there are now.”
“These awards are really to honour Oliver’s memory, and to celebrate as he would, excellence in the pub trade. These are the pubs that Dublin publicans themselves rate as the very best. That’s what makes these awards that bit special”.
Voting in the awards was by LVA members only and the votes were counted by BDO.
Pictured: Eddie Fitzgerald, Deirdre Devitt, Niamh, Louis and Helen Fitzgerald, Holly and Elliot Hughes and Charlie Chawke.