Wonderfully opinionated.. by Bibliocook.com,
This review is from: Bridgestone 100 Best Places to Stay 2006 (Paperback)
With 15 years of eating and sleeping the length and breadth of the country in a tireless quest for the best of the best, John and Sally McKenna have it down to a fine art. This year's editions of The Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants and The Bridgestone 100 Best Places to Stay are as wonderfully opinionated and idiosyncratic as ever. And also, very importantly, they are independent. The McKennas and their travelling editors pay for their own meals and accommodation, refusing - as they note at the start of each book - any offers of discounts or gifts.
The wonderful thing about the Guides is their celebration of the kind of host and hospitality that Ireland should be famed for - but often isn't. there are great quotes from Patricia Farrrell at Iverna Cottage in Spiddal who doesn't write a breakfast menu but invites people to "have what ever they want, and they usually have everything!" from a spread of fruit, cereals, fish and breads; Grove House's Katarina Runske - "I want everyone to feel comfortable, at ease and welcome"; and about Pam Mulhaire's elegant Knockeven in Cobh where she makes people feel "not merely welcome, but extra-welcome, double welcome, triple welcome."
While the prose sometimes goes a little over the top (although I did love the mention of "rollicking Roly's") it's not many people that will be sitting down reading these books from cover to cover. If you're planning a special night out or weekend away, you could do a lot worse than resort to consulting the McKennas.