Douglas Hyde Restaurant @ Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa
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Reviewed 10th August 2015 (visited 24 July 2015 )
An absolutely amazing place, I had a voucher for 2p/overnight stay incl. afternoon tea in the drawing room, full use of the spa and leisure facilities, breakfast and late checkout. I booked a dinner table in the Douglas Hyde for 8pm because we wanted to visit the spa after enjoying the most delicious cream tea, comprising of a generous plate of sweet and savoury tidbits and a choice of various tea and coffee specialties. The spa was an experience, many themed surprises like the stone bench with a warm rain shower and sounds and lights mimicking a thunderstorm. I could have stayed longer but dinner was approaching fast. We had a table for 2 near the fireplace and I felt at home immediately. We never felt alone as there was always a staff member immediately at hand when we wanted something. The quality of the food was extraordinary and the prices did not feel over the top, and we were impressed by the efficiency of the kitchen staff. Breakfast was excellent and plentiful, we could even order from the a la carte menu without having to pay for an upgrade. Our luggage was brought to our car in the meanwhile and we left happy and with the promise to be back as soon as the opportunity arises again.
Reviewed 07th November 2014 (visited 27 October 2014 )
The dining area is impressive, but divided into three separate rooms, some of which are a bit bright. The waiting staff are pleasant and look the part, but I suspect lack sufficient training, as there were a few minor issues e.g. waiting a long time for water and tea. The food was good but not spectacular. It was all attractively presented, but some of it did not deliver on taste. The fillet steak was well cooked and tender but was a bit lacking in flavour. Sorbet should cleanse the palate but the sorbet here tasted very sweet, perfectly ok as a dessert, but not good in a sorbet. The desserts looked very nice but again were not particularly tasty. Our meal was pleasant and the surroundings were lovely, but the food was not as good as it should have been for the price. The meal was included in the price of our stay, but a la carte it would have been overpriced for what it was. With just a few relatively minor improvements to the food and service it could be excellent, but unfortunately there was a sense of a restaurant resting on its laurels (at least on the night we were there).
Reviewed 05th May 2012 (visited 7 March 2012 )
My review here is mixed as we were staying in the hotel and had 2 evening meals one was wonderful and one was mediocre. The first night there was no wedding in the hotel and the food was delicious and well served. The second night there was a wedding and the quality of the food served was not great, particularly as we expected the standard of the previous night. We asked for mash (it was delicious) not boiled potatoes, but out came the boiled. It took 2 waiters before we managed to get a scrap of cool mash. There are a lot of people (not waiting staff) who float around checking all is well, but if you comment they just smile falsely and move on. Certainly love the hotel, so I'd say chance the restaurant if you like a risk!