I had been trying to get to Kelly’s for ages, it has a great reputation.
I left it too late to secure accommodation so decided to book dinner in the Beaches Restaurant and a spa treatment for the morning. We stayed in a local hotel on a room only basis and had planned to have breakfast at Kelly’s also.
We arrived at 7.30pm. The dining room was large and pleasantly decorated with eye-catching arty pieces. It was almost empty at that time and so looked a bit large and daunting. We were shown to our table for two in a far distant corner of the room. Initially this seemed ideal but soon after, as the tables close to us were all large groups it became almost too noisy for us to speak to each other.
We ordered wine and were given menus. I chose the duck starter and the hake to follow, my friend also had the hake but preceded by mushroom soup. I found the food to be very average. My starter was tasty and looked appetising but the hake was insipid and bland and I felt, undercooked a tad. The fish was served with a massive new potato in its jacket and some baby carrots which looked rather sad alone in a dish. Presentation was definitely lacking. My friend was unimpressed with her soup – when asked if everything was alright we said yes, it was alright but one expects more from a set menu at €43.50. Alright is mediocre. Not good. Also we were not offered an A la Carte menu. There was almost no time between when we received the menus and ordered, the starters arrived in seconds and the main course was also served swiftly…too swiftly.
I believe it was the proprietor who handed us a dessert menu whilst at the same time continuing his conversation with those sitting at an adjacent table. This was disconcerting for us. He appeared to be totally inattentive and we felt that we were not being treated as well as those staying as guests. After dessert no one came near us.
It said on the menu that coffee would be served in the Ivy room so we stood up and made our way out. We lingered at the exit for some time before deciding to leave. We approached the reception desk and asked directions to the Ivy room and also if we could settle our bill. We paid the bill €113.00 which we felt was a huge waste of money as apart from my starter nothing else was really enjoyed. We had our coffee in the Ivy room where the waitress came running in to check that we had paid. We assured her we had. The waitress was blameless. We left.
The next day we ate a lovely breakfast at a different venue. We didn’t feel like Kelly’s again but we did arrive for pre-booked spa treatments. I had a back massage by Rachel. She was excellent, no fuss, knew her stuff and the spa itself is lovely. A little expensive at €41.80 for thirty minutes but I couldn’t fault the actual treatment. My friend had a pedicure and I think she was happy too.
While waiting on my friend I sat in the garden and I must say that was very nice. The weather was great and the surroundings impressive but the food was just not up to the mark for us on that Tuesday night. What a shame as it had been a long awaited visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1895 the Kelly Family has personally overseen this truly fine beach side resort hotel. Locally produced food, specially selected wines and nightly entertainment are very much part of the tradition as well as tennis, snooker, bowls, croquet and a choice of local championship golf links. Pamper yourself and relax in our luxurious SeaSpa, incorporating thermal spa, 12 treatment rooms, seaweed bath and serial Mud Chamber. Focus on health and well-being in our Aqua Club and gym or come for our special activity midweek breaks in Spring and Autumn. Voted "Hotel of the Year 2011" Georgina Campbell Guide and Hospitality Ireland. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kelly`s Hotel Rosslare
- Kelly`s Resort Hotel And Spa