Re-opening of the Quality Hotel in Youghal
There will be some familiar faces, but many new team members welcoming guests to the Quality Hotel Youghal this season. The hotel has opened its doors after a very long absence.
There was a real buzz and great anticipation in the air when staff got together on Wednesday for a tasting menu prepared by new Head Chef, Valdemar Guerreiro, and his Sous Chef, Tiago Figueiredo, both from the Algarve and who bring new flavours and signature dishes to Redbarn.
“We opened and closed on one day in 2020. That was the 13th of March.” Noted proprietor, Allen McEnery. “It’s two and a half years since we closed for the winter after the Halloween break in 2019. I’d say our hotel may probably have been closed the longest due to Covid-19.” Allen went on to note. “We were fortunate to have our self-catering accommodation available for the past two summer seasons and that helped us to stay afloat. People felt safer having their own front door, rather than staying in a hotel – and the wide-open spaces of Redbarn Beach were ideal for a protected family break. However, folk missed the fun, the foodservice, and the social interaction of the hotel amenities. We are just so happy to be up and running again!”
There have been some exciting new developments since the hotel was last open. The Boardwalk to Youghal has been of considerable benefit to both guests and locals alike and a Hot Spot wood fired sauna now operates on the lower terrace for those who need to warm up after a dip in the cold sea! The Redbarn food emporium on the sun terrace will be back up and running with new additions, such as the Sea Breeze Patio Bar, serving fresh draught beers and other refreshments. A new and well-know Imokilly ‘food-to-go’ truck will also serve tasty bites outside the hotel, and your favourites, Pizza Tosca and La Creperie pop-up will continue to serve delish pizzas, crepes and waffles on the Patio for that special holiday treat!
The enormous impact on the hospitality industry due to Covid-19 has been very difficult. However, The Quality Hotel took the opportunity to complete additional renovations in two more apartment blocks, as well as in the lobby. Sadly, along with all tourism businesses, it now faces further struggles due to soaring prices caused by the war in Ukraine. “We must stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people in this, their darkest hours. This is the most important thing we can do”