Moville pub "cream of the crop"

An Inishowen pub has won one of Ireland's most prestigious 'Best Pubs' competitions after being named Pub of the Year by the Sunday World.

Earlier this year, Rosato's bar in Moville was widely acclaimed after featuring in the 'Pub Spy' receiving a five star review, the owners, Edward and his wife Margaret Harkin are delighted to be given the Best Pub status.

The popular news columnist was particularly impressed with the good mixture between modern and "olde-worlde pub charm" and the barman, "pointing out that he was serving drink, serving food, helping people with the local geography and helping others to find accommodation."

Proprietor Eddie Harkin prides himself on continually offering excellent service and is really proud with being named "cream of the crop"

"Originally when pub spy came to our bar in the summer we were delighted to be given the "wow" factor, but to come out top is unbelievable. We were up against a lot of good competition and we're really proud. Our hard work and the staff's hard work have paid off."

In the newspaper feature published this Sunday the paper said: "It's tough out there for publicans these days and after years of doing well, more and more small, family-run pubs are being forced to close down."

The statement has never been truer with news from the VFI stating that 41 of Donegal's pubs have been forced to shut their doors in the past three years.

"It has been tough for pubs and businesses in the area, but thankfully we're doing ok. Our food is really popular with locals and we're delighted with their support. Hopefully being named Pub of the Year will be good for the whole area as there has been a huge culture change in the past few years and places aren't as busy as they once were," said Eddie

The bar, which was praised for its atmosphere and cleanliness, beat off competition from other bars around the country including Monks, in Ballyvaughan Co Clare and McHugh's in Sligo.

"I think Rosato's always has a nice atmosphere about it so it was nice for the reviewers to pick up on that and although they didn't have anything to eat, I think the good food helps add to the ambiance. They always remarked on the cleanliness which is of huge importance to us and all the staff."