Wanted to try this restaurant having heard about it for some time. What a disappointment! Simply not up the standard of the price expected. It is 'blue-book', but the dining experience was more akin to a B&B.
The wine was very well matched with the dishes, but the food itself was merely average and was expecting a lot more from it.
This brings me to my next big disappointment, the service. the staff were trained to the level of weddings or banquet waters without any modicum of class or demeanor.
I think were approached by nearly every member of the floor staff asking the same questions again and again, and even the more mature members ( I presume the managers) simply did not know enough about either the food or wine to justify the price of the meal. The table settings were a disaster, forks and knives tossed down on the table in any random order.
These are just a few of the low-lights for me, and I could go on , but the crux for me was when we were informed 5 times, from 5 different people that our souffles had be 'dropped' and we were offered no form of libation to calm our nerves during the 20 minute wait. We did suggest to one of the staff that a glass of desert wine would be nice, and it was fuzzily agreed that this would be 'on the house', this did not transpire as the manageress made sure that every item was included, and failed to apologize for the delay, or even ask how we enjoyed the meal when paying for the bill.
We will not be back until this hotel is either renovated or sold to someone with a strong belief in service and value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small luxury country house hotel built in 1830 and set in extensive gardens and estate. Acclaimed fine dining restaurant and very popular Seafood Bar combined with on-site cookery school make Dunbrody a favourite destination amongst foodies but also for those seeking to experience Irish heritage coupled with traditional hospitality.A small boutique spa offering a range of holistic therapies completes the offering at Dunbrody. Ideal spot for those seeking to get away from it all and chill. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dunbrody House Hotel
- Dunbrody Country House Hotel Arthurstown, Ireland - County Wexford