The VM Restaurant, Viewmount House, Longford is the inaugural winner of the Georgina Campbell Sunday Lunch of the Year Award 2012. The restaurant, which opened three years ago, was the brainchild of James and Beryl Kearney, who together with Euro-Toques chef, Gary O’Hanlon, have created a dining experience that is second to none.
“It is a new award and we are really chuffed that they gave it to us,” said Beryl speaking to the Leader recently. “She (Georgina Campbell) came to visit us a couple of weeks ago with her husband. She booked under a different name so we didn’t know it was her. Also, it was her first time sitting in the restaurant and getting a feel for it.”
According to Beryl, the management at Viewmount House felt quietly confident upon Georgina Campbell’s departure that she had enjoyed her meal.
“They had a fish and a meat dish,” said Beryl. “We knew that she was impressed with the standard of food.”
In looking at the significance of the award, Beryl points out that Georgina Campbell is “very well thought of in food circles and she’s a really good PR person.” Already Viewmount House has garnered national attention from 2FM and the Irish Independent following the announcement of the awards.
Commenting on her choice for the Sunday Lunch of the Year Award 2012, Georgina Campbell wrote: “...although spending on the big nights out may be down, Sunday Lunch is back with a vengeance for family get-togethers. But forget about the carvery lunch of old, what we’re seeing more of now is a seriously classy outing, where the venue is chosen with care so that family members of all ages can get together in lovely surroundings and relax around the table to enjoy the very best of food at a more reasonable price than is usual at dinner.
“Viewmount is one of those exceptional restaurants where any meal is a real treat - suppliers are credited with pride and the cooking, by Euro-Toques chef Gary O’Hanlon, is outstanding, with all the little niceties observed. So any visit to this delightful restaurant is sure to be a memorable experience – and guests should make sure to allow time to enjoy a stroll around the beautiful gardens too.”
Added to this is Beryl’s belief that the VM Restaurant would not have achieved its great success without chef Gary O’Hanlon.
“Gary is meticulous in his work and thanks to him that’s what gives us a top class Sunday lunch,” she said.
The VM Restaurant offers a choice of five or six starters, main courses and desserts as part of their v28 Sunday Lunch offer.
“When you come in for Sunday Lunch with us, you know what it is going to cost you. There are no hidden prices here,” she said.
Sunday lunch at the VM Restaurant, Viewmount House, is served from 1pm to 3.30 / 3.45pm and booking is essential.