The Conservatory Tea House restaurant
The Old School House, Laragh
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Reviewed 18th November 2010 (visited 13 November 2010 )
This restaurant and it’s staff is definitely quirky. It’s nothing like I have ever been to before. We arrived with 10 people without a booking, so I can understand it wasn’t easy to fit us in. We were seated in the dining room at the back, which was basically like sitting in someone else’s livingroom. It looked beautiful, but it was cold and had no atmosphere. And then the waiting began. After 30 minutes somebody took our order. Another hour and our starters came out. We asked for some extra bread. We never got it. Neither did we get any of our drinks- even though we asked for it at least three times . The mains arrived eventually. The steak sandwich was inedible, a lot of fatty bits on it. When we finished our meal, surprisingly we finally got our drinks –they had remembered after all! Staff wasn’t necessarily unfriendly but they were stressed, and were just all over the place – complete chaos. Also very expensive for what you get. Maybe we got there on a really bad day, but none of us will go back there that’s for sure!
Reviewed 21st June 2010 (visited 14 May 2010 )
A beautiful conservatory attached to a beautiful house in beautiful surroundings. We had built up an appetite after a long walk in Glendalough and were delighted to find this unusual tearoom. I agree with other reviewers that it is on the pricey side in today's environment.We all enjoyed our soup which was followed by a sublime chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling.
Reviewed 20th June 2010 (visited 12 June 2010 )
A very nice idea, with good food located in a very nice building, however in the true Irish way executed badly. Restauranteurs always forget the most important part of the dining experience, service, service, service and this place lacks staff training and general manners. Rude staff and ignorant in the ways of service do not make up for a great building, with a good food offering, in a great location. Do not waste your money here, choose somewhere that knows about the customer. Also a bit expensive for todays market.
Reviewed 18th June 2010 (visited 13 June 2010 )
After a hike in Glendalough, this is the perfect place for a rest- nice coffee, gorgeous jam, fantastic food if slightly on the expensive side. The service did leave us a little upset- the only smile was from the owner who came out at one stage but the staff themselves didn't seem to want to crack a smile. The soup was delicious but at 7 euros a bowl, one did wonder if it was worth it and the desserts are excellent but pricey again. 2 desserts and 2 coffees alone set up back by about 17 euros! Not the prices you expect outside Dublin city centre... They have jams to buy as well which at 4.50 for the small one is exceptionally expensive but a treat! If money was no object, the ambience is nice, the food is excellent, i would definitely go back!
Reviewed 10th May 2010 (visited 2 May 2010 )
An absolute hidden gem - really good food, lovely ambience and great value. The restaurant/cafe is based in a conservatory attached to the side of a lovely old building that is a guesthouse. The interior decor is adorable and the atmosphere friendly and welcoming, but the real star is the food. The day's menu is put up on a blackboard each day. We had a lovely fish chowder, and fishcakes - both really good, followed by a chick pea tagine kind of thing (yummy spice mixture in this) and a really unctuous well-made pumpkin risotto that was deliciously creamy with tons of parmesan. For puds we had a lovely sticky toffee pudding and because they knew it was spouse's birthday, they gave us a piece of very good chocolate cake (I'd say they used very good chocolate in this) with happy birthday written on the plate in chocolate sauce. With two big glasses of house red and cappucino, the bill was around €25 per person. Highly recommended for the quality of the food, lovely ambience and friendly, welcoming staff.