Booked beaches restaurant in Kelly's Rosslare on a Sunday this June 2014. My friend -who was my guest just loves this restaurant!! We were a "tad" late -but no problems -but when I booked I was told there were 2 sittings for Sunday lunch. The carpark was full, which augers well for the Hotel. We were seated in a lovely bright area of the big restaurant and speedily got menus and water and served by a very friendly waitress. As I hadnt seen my friend for a while we were still chatting when the waitress asked did we need more time?? This was after 5 mins of receiving the menus!! So we asked for more time but I had picked a wine and asked for that. Before the wine was served we ordered our courses-nice selection of starters and mains but nothing special-considering it was €27 for 3 courses + coffee. I think the starters came as the wine was served-almost just minutes after!! Mine was prawn cocktail, my friends deep fried Calamari and she loved it !My starter was ok , nothing special-off the tray of starters prepared , I suspect! Mains were very large-Roast beef, Lemon sole--usual sides. Service was far too fast-we had little time between starter plates taken up and mains served!!. Like a conveyer belt! ....maybe we were being rushed for 2nd sitting but there were plenty of tables free at this stage. Billy-the owner was making his way around the tables saying a "brief" hello and "asking was everything ok?"---I do admire this gentleman----he does this tirelessly everyday -at least twice a day in BOTH restaurants (La Marine as well)...BUT.. he does not have time for small talk and I am going to this hotel for over 30 years and yet he darent stop and talk or "recognise " you for fear of losing his "SWEEP" throughout the Hotel. Moving to dessert quickly.... I asked for mine to take home but said I would have coffee----was told coffee is only served in the other area -near dance floor . My friend enjoyed her dessert and with my dessert to go we walked up to where the after dinner coffee is served. I love good coffee-as does about 1 million Irish people who have possibly bought Nespresso coffee machines in the past 5 years!!..but the only coffee (tea is available by the cup--not pot!) was poured from like a water machine-dark liquid!! and may I say not pleasantly by the unfriendly ladies at the counter! This is mainly the reason why I am writing this review as I usually only write 5 star reviews!!i dont eat dessert but I like a double espresso to finish dinner---I was told it would cost €2.30 for a single espresso and similar for a cappucino if wanted? If this Hotel wants to take feedback and understand what might be value for money or 4 star quality( as this hotel is in many ways)--coffee should be served at the table where we dined and good coffee!!
I am a regular diner at La Marine -where service , value and service is second to none! Beaches restaurant should be attentive to each and every diner -even those of us who are near neighbours (not staying at the Hotel) but supporting it all year around.
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