The Speckled Door Bar & Restaurant
Old Head, Kinsale, Kinsale
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Reviewed 02nd August 2011 (visited 1 August 2011 )
Was in the Spec yesterday for a nice Bank Holiday Monday lunch, unfortunately I was very disappointed! It was busy enough and service was fast and efficient, the girl serving us was very polite and attentive, the mussels were gone as a starter so I choose the Bullens Bay Chowder instead, my friend had the homemade veg soup. Both were tasteless. My chowder was a very watery consistancy, found bits of salmon in it alright and what I think may have been fish skin! At €6.95 a bowl, I was not impressed. I had the cajun chicken ciabatta for main and this wasn't much better. One small piece of cajun chicken on half a slice of ciabatta with a rather unusal sort of ketcup over the bread??? (From prevoius visits I think it is the same sauce they serve over the chicken wings). Accompanied by a portion of chips and a tiny side salad/garnish of lettuce, quarter tomatoe and cucumber slices. My friend's roast beef was pretty basic with mash, turnips and peas. At €11.95, it was a very substandard main for both of us. We didn't bother with dessert and to be honest, we wont be back. I've visited the Spec on a few occassions always willing to give it another go but the food doesn't seem to be improving. The only thing keeping this place going is the lovely location and the great girls serving the tables.
Reviewed 04th June 2011 (visited 28 May 2011 )
After golfing at Old Head, this is considered to be the 19th hole of the course. They were very welcoming and shared some stories (craic) with us. The beer was cold and we couldn't resist the soup and fish. Both were flavored great and served in an attractive manner. Service was attentive and friendly. The restaurant overlooks the sea and the views were relaxing.
Reviewed 16th July 2010 (visited 3 July 2010 )
We frequently stop at the Speckled Door after a day at the beach in Garrettstown and have never been disappointed. Wheter its just a bowl of soup, a sandwich or dinner all the food is fantastic. On our most recent visit I had the fish and chips while my husband ordered the steak sandwich. The fish was perfectly fresh and although my husband enjoyed his sandwich he was disappointed he didn't order fish because I was raving about it. The portion sizes are huge and the chip are perfect. It tends to get busy and sometimes service can be slow but it allows you a chance to enjoy your drink.
Reviewed 04th August 2009 (visited 3 August 2009 )
I used to go here all of the time a few years ago and i decided to go there yesterday with my partner, it was a dreary day but the views from the open plan window are lovely and really make this a better than pub grub looking place, the food however was not as good as i remembered. i ordered the fresh fish of the day and received a massive portion, i t was lovely, my partner ordered the beef and it was very gritty and the vegetables are frozen and not fresh. The service however was great but a bit pricey for pub grub.