Griffins Garden Centre & Restaurant in Dripsey, Co Cork has won the title of Ireland’s Best Scone for 2015.
Opened in 1995, Griffins Garden Centre & café 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 café are renowned for their quality produce, with regular customers travelling from across Co. Cork, and from further afield to visit Griffins.
On receiving her award, Margaret Griffin commented: “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.”
Commenting on why the winning scones are so good, TV chef and Odlums’ Brand Ambassador, Catherine Leyden, said: “Light and delicious, the fruit scones from Griffins were just a joy to taste, leaving the judges and myself wanting to sample more!”
The competition, now in its fourth year, was started in 2012 and is run jointly by Goodall’s and Odlums. 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 the past two weeks, 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 2014’s winner, Graham Herterich aka The Cupcake Bloke. The list of all ten finalists for Ireland’s Best Scone were:
- Sophia Housing Café, 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