Griffins Garden Centre & Restaurant in Dripsey, co. Cork has been?crowned?winner of Ireland?s Best Scone 2015.
Following thousands of votes, hundreds of nominations, ten finalists and an expert judging panel, Griffins Garden Centre was crowned home of Ireland?s Best Scone at a Yeats-inspired afternoon tea in Dublin?s Merrion Hotel.
The garden centre received a cash prize and the prestige of baking the best scones in Ireland, as voted for by the public and judged by some of Ireland?s top foodies.
Ireland?s Best Scone, run by Goodall?s and Odlums, two mainstays in Irish baking – has been running for four years and year-on-year, the competition has increased in terms of both nominations and votes.
In late April, nominations were received from hundreds of people via Twitter and Facebook, and over two thousand votes were cast by the public for their favourite scone from the list of ten finalists.
This year, the public votes accounted for 50% of the judging. The other 50% of the score was awarded by the expert panel which included Catherine Leyden, Odlums? brand ambassador; Paul Kelly, Executive Pastry Chef at the Merrion Hotel;? author of ?Food from an Irish Garden?, Fiona Dillon; and winner of Goodall?s Best Scone 2014, Graham Herterich aka The Cupcake Bloke.
Opened in 1995, Griffins Garden Centre & caf? is situated in the heart of Dripsey. It?s owned by Margaret Griffin and marks 30 years in business this year.
Griffins is nestled in the heart of the Lee Valley, and its garden restaurant and caf? are renowned for their quality produce, with regular customers travelling from across Co. Cork, and from further afield to visit Griffins.
On winning the top accolade and now being home to Ireland?s Best Scone, Margaret Griffin, said: ?Being named as a finalist in Ireland?s Best Scone in early May was incredible.
?We received huge support from our customers and the local community throughout the voting stages but to be named as the overall winner of Ireland?s Best Scone in unbelievable!
?We?re very particular about the ingredients that we use and our recipe has been passed down through the generations from Granny Griffin.
?Our head baker, Mary O?Mahony, aka our very own Granny Griffin bakes each batch of scones with spoonfuls of love and care.
?We?re now home to Ireland?s Best Scone, and it?ll be scones all round when we take the winning plaque back to our hometown of Dripsey.?
The list of all ten finalists for Ireland?s Best Scone were:
- Sophia Housing Caf?, Cork Street, Dublin
- Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, Co. Cork
- Horse and Jockey Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
- Limerick Strand Hotel, Limerick City, Co. Limerick
- Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, Co. Wexford
- Fitzpatrick?s Shop, Glounthaune, Co. Cork
- Meet You Here Cafe, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon
- Mitchells Cafe, Kylemore, Co. Galway
- Lena?s Tea Rooms, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
- Savoury Fare, Athlone, Co. Westmeath