The Bay Tree restaurant
4 Stanhope Street, Athy
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Reviewed 31st January 2014 (visited 31 January 2014 )
Fell across this lovely cosy restaurant at lunch time on a day visit to Athy. Very warm and welcoming staff on a rainy day. Perfectly sized and some tables were already reserved. Most customers were locals and staff obviously knew them by name. However we felt most welcome as first time visitors. Staff naturally friendly, warm and very welcoming. Fantastic variety on the menu. They have the best value lunch time menu deal but even though we opted for the regular menu we had two beautiful lunches of open smoked salmon sandwich with salads, one vegetarian loaf with salads, two mouth watering deserts, tea and a latte for €29. It was just a pity this little gem closed at 5pm.
Reviewed 27th March 2012 (visited 25 March 2012 )
I read some good reviews about this place so we decided to go for dinner on Saturday night, but the place wasn't open and there were no opening hours in the window, so I'm not sure if they open for dinner anymore. Anyway instead we ate here for lunch on Sunday. We had roast chicken and cajun chicken. Both were very tasty, with good quality ingrediants and the staff were lovely and friendly. However the place itself doesn't have a great ambience, it's just like a lunchtime cafe, and the food was definitely overpriced at 12 euro per dish. Overall I'd say it could be nice at lunchtime during the week (they did seem to have a lunchtime special), but if they do open for dinner, I wouldn't really recommend it.
Reviewed 28th August 2009 (visited 29 May 2009 )
Love this place, had the carbonara last time and it was gorgeous, very chilled out atmosphere, lovely friendly staff and great service.
Reviewed 19th July 2009 (visited 6 June 2009 )
We only chanced on this restaurant when we were staying at the hotel closeby. It was the dessert/cake display that lured us in- lots of lovely looking homemade cakes and desserts! We went for early bird menu- and really could not fault anything- quality just perfect- really good, interesting dishes and made very well. Homemade soda bread to nibble on. Staff lovely, with just the right level of attention- It´s a pity I don´t live closer but if I was anywhere nearby would be back like a shot.
Reviewed 24th May 2009 (visited 15 May 2009 )
Honest food, honest portions, honest prices, good value, great service, wonderful wine selection. We were welcomed with little fuss and directed to our table, had just sat down when chilled water and a basket of hot homemade bread arrived. this is lovely as I can review the menu without hunger pangs. Oh what bread, soft on the inside crusty on the outside, full of seeds and warm throughout to accept the rich yellow butter.....OH Heaven. I started with a homemade Ham Hock terrine which came with a lovely selection of baby leaves and a perfect onion marmalade. I had to be careful to leave room for the next course but the terrine was too good and I threw caution to the wind. Rightly so. Main course. I had selected the spatchcocked chicken despite past experience elsewhere where I was served a splayed sparrow. Not on this occasion. What I was presented with was a beautifully plump and golden bird which obviously had lived longer than the aforementioned sparrow. This chicken fell off its bones, was bursting with honest to goodness old fashioned "mammy made it" chicken flavour. I thought I should die now! The vegetables were bright fresh and flavoursome, Locally sourced I suspect. Potatoes like they should be in Ireland, fluffy and dry, no mashing with milk here thank goodness. When I finally lifted my head to rejoin the tables conversation, (Not before demolishing the chicken mind you!) I found that an hour had passed and little had been said. Normally I would think this a bad sign, but in this place these people had been wooed into a reverential silence by the delights they were consuming. All six diners with satisfied grins insisted we MUST carry on to the dessert menu. Dessert: every dessert at The Bay Tree is made in house, the vast majority are gluten free as is the case with all the rest of the food. This was useful as we had two coeliacs with us. Delicious Delicious Delicious I thought as I wafted off into a mist of chocolate and toffee and cream delight