Best of Ireland Magazine

Upstairs @ West listed in the Hot Press 'BEST OF IRELAND' Magazine

 - celebrating Ireland, it’s People and Places

Hot Press magazine has announced the Best of Ireland 2014: a beautifully compiled annual publication that shines a light on the good and the great that Ireland has to offer.   Listed among the Hot Press Best of Ireland 2014 is Upstairs @ West, The Twelve Hotel, Barna. West is a modern take on a classic - a contemporary riff on a New York-style club restaurant. Beautifully lit, flattering and gleaming, with a sweet cocktail bar, cosy booths and smooth dark wood, West is a proper restaurant, a grown-up room and a reminder of why some things in life are too good to change.    With executive chef Martin O'Donnell in the kitchen, West showcases the finest local produce, sourcing the best wild and cultivated ingredients, highlighting them at the optimum moment of seasonal perfection and then preparing and presenting them in a way that is completely respectful of their individual integrity, and totally delicious.    No stranger to awards, Upstairs @ West has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award on more than one occasion, a second AA Rosette and the Restaurant Association of Ireland’s Best Wine Experience in Ireland. The Twelve Hotel is continuing with their winning habit of blazing trails, picking up praise and amassing awards! 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. “Delivering our guests superior service is a top priority at Upstairs @ West” said Fergus O’Halloran, General Manager, “we are thrilled to be listed among the Best of Ireland and delighted that our efforts have been acknowledged by Hot Press. We look forward to extending our high level of service to even more guests over the coming months.” Best of Ireland includes a comprehensive lifestyle guide, the 70 best restaurants in Ireland, venues, music, nightlife and their contributors' recommendations for entertainment, food, sport, fashion and tours. "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! There is mischief afoot. Joining in, and being part of the action, is far more fun than going home to sleep. Ireland is rocking, seven days a week. That's what Best of Ireland aims to celebrate."

 Upstairs @ West serves dinner Wednesday to Saturday and every Bank Holiday Sunday.

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Paul Cotter

Bad Dog, 16 Seapoint, Barna, Galway