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Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Gastro Pub & Restaurant with a strong emphasis on good food, drinks and a relaxing atmosphere. Open Wed - Fri from 5pm for dinner, Sat and Sunday from 1pm for brunch & dinner. Winner of the Overall National Bar of the Year 2014 and Best Modern Irish Cooking in a Bar 2014. Winner of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) Best Gastro Pub in Meath Award 2013, 2014 and 2020.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Contemporary
Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very chatty nice bar keeper and friendly waitress create friendly atmosphere. I had fish and chips as had not eat them yet in this trip and it was almost my last day. Chips were best I get this trip and fish was just right cooked...and delicious. Highly recommend this place for visit for pint or dinner.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 13 March 2022 via mobile

We haven't been to the Central since pre Covid times and it certainty did not disappoint. We went for the Early Bird Menu, 3 courses for €25. We both had wings to start, they were so good, they had a honey glaze on them, very...different but very nice. The lemon & lime chicken was very tasty and the asian chicken fried rice was full of flavour. Both desserts were delicious and the guinness was lovely too! Very friendly and attentive staff at the Central and Chef is very accommodating when asking for dishes without a certain ingredient, always goes a long way when dining out. Would highly recommend the Central for food.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 15 February 2022

A group of us went to The Central for dinner as part of a hen weekend. First off, I dealt with Tara over email who couldnt have been more accommodating and helpful. I had to change our booking a few times due to the change...in restrictions and there was no problem at all. The venue is lovely and all the staff were so friendly and helpful. The food and cocktails....Omg they were delicious!! I really can't fault it at all! Great venue, food and staff. Thank you for a great evening and for looking after us all so well! 😊More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 3 January 2022 via mobile

We had a private party in the secret bar in the Central the night after our wedding.We were 40 people.We pre ordered finger food.Tara and Justine and all of their team were so fantastic and welcoming.They communicated well in advance and were so attentive. The...bar was perfect for a private party,intimate and fun.They allowed us to bring our own guitar and/or use their music.The finger food was incredible! Fantastic cocktails and a modern and cosy atmosphere which is a hard combo to find. I highly recommend The Central for private parties.They have various private bars each offering different capacities and atmospheres and the staff are so wonderful.Thank you for an amazing night! Pearl and BrianMore

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 31 December 2021 via mobile

We had a lovely Christmas work dinner with excellent service and good food. We were extremely well looked after and brought upstairs when it was time to vacate our table. I would definitely return and recommend.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 20 December 2021 via mobile

Wow. What an amazing place to visit. Its been a while but it was as good as before if not better. I had the scallops special and it was amazing. A friend had a steak. He said it was the best he's had in a...while. A couple of gorgeous cocktails to finish. The staff were so friendly and offered us an excellent service. Great buzz in the place. Will definitely be backMore

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 31 October 2021 via mobile

We had a super meal in the Central, fabulous food and great service, so relaxed. Great attention to detail with the plates of food and all of our desserts were yummy too. X

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 28 October 2021

I enjoy going here for a bite to eat ,and i really like there coffee and cakes . Only bad thing ,is it can be very loud and its only open part-time

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 26 September 2021

Today was our first visit to the Central. Everything was absolutely fresh and perfect - we had the early bird menu (great variety). We had the delicious crab salad starters, grilled sea bass for mains and bailey's cheese cake with coffee and drinks. My husband...is Italian and quite fussy about his food but was full of praise for this place. All the staff were very kind and professional, and last but not least the Central is really beautiful, spotlessly clean with a great atmosphere. Highly recommended, we can't wait for our next visit.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 26 July 2021

Very good menu, plenty of interesting options. Fantastic booking system. Staff very friendly and helpful. Good food. One thing is that I felt the outdoor area was a little squashed in terms of social distancing (perhaps 4 or 5 tables too many), but I understand...restaurants are all trying their best at the moment.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Response from Michael_Gav | Property representative |
Margaret - our manager Justine Norton will organise to post out gift vouchers to you if you buy them over the phone. She is not in today, but will be from 10am tomorrow Wednesday. Phone 03353 46 902 7999. Best wishes... More
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Yes, The Central Bar and Restaurant offers takeaway services.

The Central Bar and Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5