Athlone and Mullingar venues are carvery finalists

Two local venues in Athlone and Mullingar have beaten off competition from hotels around the country, to be shortlisted in the fourth annual Great Carvery of the Year competition.

The Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone and the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar are through to the next stage of the competition following a six-week long public vote, in the Connaught and Leinster categories respectively, and are in with a chance of being crowned the Great Carvery Hotel of the Year.

A total of 48 venues are in with a chance of being crowned the Great Carvery Public House of the Year and the Great Carvery Hotel of the Year at this year’s grand final in Dublin in September.

There was a huge response to this year’s public vote, which, for the first time, saw a text vote introduced alongside the online vote.

The 24 finalists will be announced at the end of August, with all finalists invited to attend the grand final in September. Here the provincial winners from each province will be revealed, along with the overall winners.

Competition ambassador Tommy Bowe will be on hand to present the awards. For more information, see



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