Athlone has been commended not once but twice in Best of Ireland 2017, an annual publication that shines a light on the good and the great that Ireland has to offer.
In this year’s edition, Athlone’s Thyme restauarant won the title of 'Westmeath’s Best Restaurant', while Ireland’s oldest pub, Sean’s Bar, is recognised as one of the country’s finest drinking establishments, in the category of ‘Best Pubs’.
Best of Ireland features a team of leading journalists' top picks when it comes to the nation's best pubs, clubs, restaurants, venues, hotels, festivals, events, and much more. It is an invaluable guide for visitors to these shores, as well as locals looking to get better acquainted with the cream of the Irish crop.
"It's easy to become blind to the pleasures that our own country harbours," Hot Press editor and publisher of Best Of Ireland, Niall Stokes, said. “Far too often, we are so caught up in the hustle and bustle of getting by and of trying to make a living that we close our eyes and our ears – and sometimes our hearts – to what is around us. Well, it’s time to waken up! Ireland is rocking, seven days a week. That's what Best Of Ireland celebrates."