We attended a wedding there yesterday and it was really disappointing. Many people declined the starters and soup courses and even those who didn't for the most part didn't seem to finish the food. The meat/fish were barely warm as were the veg which was served in small portions, the chocolate dessert was very weak in terms of chocolate flavour. The waitresses were few and were attempting to serve 200 or so guests by bringing two or three dishes from the kitchen at a time. Nobody asked if we were ok. Some people were still getting their food as we were actually finished that course. There was quite an amount of leftovers at our table and the waitress who never smiled attempted to tidy all the leftovers while still at the table rather than just quickly bringing them to the kitchen. Also the wine was not topped up regularly. I would guess service was spread out over 4-5 hours. The stone steps down to the toilets are too dangerous for the old or tipsy. I am not sure about a band playing in the front hall, does not fit in with the old grandeur of the room. The bar area is small and the drinks are expensive given the country location. This is a beautiful house and very nicely restored in quite a convenient country location but the service and quality of the food do not live up to expectations set by the facade of the house. Perhaps it could attend to smaller groups in a more orderly fashion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ireland's Perfect Romantic, Historical and Cultural Getaway Destination. Magnificent Middleton Park House, a spectacular Georgian Country House sitting high on a hill amidst secluded woodland with views over lovely rolling countryside and the splendour that is County Westmeath. For over a hundred years a private country residence, Middleton Park House has been painstakingly restored and renovated and is now the perfect setting for your exclusive, intimate and romantic dream wedding. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Middleton Park House Hotel Castletown Geoghegan
- Middleton Park House Castletown Geoghegan, Ireland - County Westmeath