Mickey Finn’s wins Irish Pub Award for best food

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

MICKEY Finn’s Pub in Red­cross has won a pres­ti­gious award for serv­ing the best pub food in the land.

The Irish Pub Awards recog­nise the best pubs na­tion­ally, with eight cat­e­gory win­ners awarded across seven coun­ties in Ire­land.

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 .

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 food of­fer­ing at Mickey Finn’s Pub is un­usual in that beer is either used in the recipe or staff will rec­om­mend a com­pat­i­ble beer with each dish.

It also does tours of the brew­ery next door, the Wicklow Brew­ery, in­clud­ing the mar­ry­ing of each beer sam­ple with a ‘ Celtic Ta­pas’ and fin­ish­ing with a ‘ Beeramisu Desert’ which is made with vanilla stout.

With chef ’s from around the world, Mickey Finn sources lo­cal in­gre­di­ents where pos­si­ble and pro­duces most of the menu on site.

Its brew­ery malt bread is made us­ing the spent grain from the beer and it serves its own be­spoke ‘Derek Dunne’ sausages which are in­fused with the Wicklow Brew­ery’s St. Kevin’s Red Ale. Fin­ger food in­cludes Helles Beer-bat­tered fish and chip cones. Co-owner Leigh Wil­liams said: ‘over the past ten years, we have de­vel­oped into a des­ti­na­tion of­fer­ing a vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence that opens up all of the senses.

‘Tast­ing beer with fool evolved as part of the tour since we opened the brew­ery in 2014.’

Events have be­come a very im­por­tant as­pect of Mickey Finn’s ap­proach.

It hosted the Red Cross Beer Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber for the sec­ond time, in­clud­ing five lo­cal brew­eries, live mu­sic and a bar­be­cue.

It also re­cently held its sixth an­nual Fa­ther Ted Fest where staff dress up in all sorts of char­ac­ters.

‘We put a big fo­cus on theme nights such as Span­ish ta­pas with Span­ish gui­tarists and fla­menco dancers,’ said Leigh.

The pub and its friendly staff are a mag­net for both the lo­cals and tourists alike with Tra­di­tional Irish Mu­sic and Irish Danc­ing ses­sions, acous­tic evenings and story-telling nights.

Wicklow Brew­ery is at the fore­front of the craft-beer ex­plo­sion and was es­tab­lished in 2014 af­ter tourists vis­it­ing Mickey Finn’s kept con­stantly look­ing for lo­cal beer.

Janet Mi­ley from Mus­grave Mar­ket­place, Pat Crotty, Pres­i­dent of the VFI, Leigh Wil­liams and Ash­ley Wil­liams from Mickey Finn’s Pub and Ruth Gil­li­gan from Mus­grave Mar­ket­place at last week’s awards cer­e­mony.

Hazel Killeen, Kath­leen Mor­ris and Mary Scarfe at the open­ing of ‘The Pot­tery’ restau­rant in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel. GRAND OPEN­ING

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