Canal Cafe restaurant
Lyons Road, Celbridge, Kildare, Celbridge
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Reviewed 25th February 2015 (visited 22 February 2015 )
Have been twice in the last month. The breakfast stand for 2 is really nice and I thought was good value at 18.90 for what you get. Went back for lunch as the menu looked so lovely. Got Cajun burger, which didn't disappoint. I find some items on the menu overpriced and others good value. The staff were a little bit difficult to get their attention but really friendly and helpful. Could do with getting some new less rocky chairs so sit on a couch or booth but well worth a visit.
Reviewed 04th May 2014 (visited 4 May 2014 )
Terrible service. Awful coffee. Mediocre food. Really let's the beauty of the place down.
Reviewed 06th August 2013 (visited 5 August 2013 )
This place is a hidden gem in the quaint village of Kildare.I was visiting friends and we went her for lunch.Check out the quiche and salad delicious!
Reviewed 30th July 2012 (visited 15 July 2012 )
Initially had been here for a quick coffee late one Saturday and decided to return on a sunday for leisurely lunch. Wont be returning mainly because of the service - there were 3 to 4 staff for a small cafe with limited menu and none of them knew the meaning of service. Most of us there that day I think I can honestly say had similar experience - ignored on arrival, ignored when waiting to order (in addition later arrivals having their order taken first). Plus when I get a latte, I dont expect to get it in a small coffee cup (I'm not expecting starbucks but when you get your coffee before your food that you are kept waiting for, you have to order another!). Plus sandwich I had was very dry as no butter on it, only "rustic slice of ham with cheese and chutney on side, so if you didnt like the chutney, well.... Dissappointing in all.
Reviewed 28th September 2011 (visited 25 September 2011 )
But my partner and i have eaten at the Canal Cafe several times. I usually have the Pate and She has a sandwich or cheese. I have to start this review by stating that the Food has always been extremely tasty thought slightly on the pricey side. However i have always had a problem with the slowness of the service. However this was taken to an all time low last Sunday. My partner and i arrived on a sunny day and went in to request that we could sit outside and also to get menus. We were instantly made to feel that our being there was an invonvenience (menus were almost thrown at us). We were then told someone would be out to take our orders. 10 minutes past with several waiting staff igoring us even though there was no one else outside. 15 minutes past and a waiter came out to clean up a table next to us looked at us with our menus and disappeared back inside. when 20 minutes had past and it was quite obvious they were not going to provide any service to us we decided to leave. While the food is good here and the sorrounding very well landscaped and maintained the service we found to be utterly atrocious. I am only writing this review as this is not the first time that i have experienced what can only be described as contempt from the staff here. A shame to ruin what is a perfectly good cafe serving perfectly good food in magnificent sorroundings. I for one will not be back.
Reviewed 19th April 2011 (visited 17 April 2011 )
Lovely spot this. Enjoyed on a warm balmy Sunday afternoon.Sat outside. The baked ham and cheese sandwich on homemade brown bread with spicy apple sauce was gorgeous.The lovely reconditioned old buildings now housing shops was a treat.The fresh tea leaf tea in silver pot was delish for tea lovers.Service was good and good value too. Lovely grounds beside the Grand Canal. Well worth a visit.
Reviewed 27th February 2011 (visited 25 February 2011 )
I love coming to Village at Lyons - it's just so pretty and it great to combine it with a walk by the canal. This visit, we had the dog with us so we sat outside. The staff provided cushions which made it all the more pleasant given that the skies were overcast at the time. I'm coeliac and the options for me are not great so we decided to just have two hot chocolates. They were beautifully presented, piping hot and very enjoyable. We paid on leaving and were shocked to hear that the price of a hot chocolate had increased to €4! Yes, that's right: €4 per hot chocolate! Excluding some 5* destination where you are given a pot of hot chocolate to share for about €10 euro - but which provides you with more than one mug each - it's probably the most expensive hot chocolate I've ever had! The staff themselves even agreed it was expensive. It is a pity that prices have gone up here: a hot chocolate here used to cost less than €3. A 33% increase in less than 1 year! Not what one would expect in the current economic climate. It must be an added surcharge for observing the picturesque village while dining!
Reviewed 15th January 2012 (visited 15 January 2012 )
A great location for a Sunday afternoon walk and lunch. The only problem is that you can only book the Canal cafe for parties of 6 or more and the main building / restaurant doesn't provide light lunches. There were more than 6 of us so we had to go for a walk whilst waiting on a table to be free'd up. When we did get sitting down and after quite a wait, the food was very good, we had pizzas, a chicken curry, burger, cottage pie, club sandwich etc. Coffees were great also, desserts weren't very impressive for a cookery school. Overall, a nice experience, staff were helpful and friendly considering how busy they were.
Reviewed 25th August 2010 (visited 13 August 2010 )
We ate here at lunchtime on Friday and were waiting about 30 mins to be seated. It's not a huge place, seats about 30 at a push I'd say. The staff were all really lovely and friendly. I know the place was packed but the noise levels seemed to be extremely high and I found it hard to hear what my partner was saying even though he was only sitting opposite me. To eat I ordered the eggs florentine and himself had the charcuterie plate. The eggs came with toast but when I asked if they had any gluten-free or wheat-free bread the answer was no and so I just had 2 poached eggs on spinach with some butter over the top which at €9 was a bit rich. The charcuterie plate was enough for one and the bread that came with it was lovely according to my partner. However they'd left the plastic on the outside of the slices of chorizio which I thought showed poor attention to detail as you didn't notice until the meat was in your mouth and you were forced to fish the plastic out. We also had a freshly squeezed oj and a gorgeous lemonade to drink. The menu has plenty of choice for brunch/lunch but I'd like to see a few more salad choices and some wheat-free bread available.