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Reviewed 6 November 2020 via mobile

I often have a snack here when I have my lunchtime breaks in Farmleigh. I always find it very good and all the staff are excellent. I would recommend to anyone visiting the park.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 15 March 2020

Being a nice Spring day i drove to Farmleigh to have a coffee and cafe in the restaurant this afternoon. It is my mothers favourite sunday afternoon treat drive through the park followed by coffee and cake in The Boathouse My mother has a disability...issue and she has the appropriate ticket on the car. I normally am allowed drive her up to the boathouse to leave her in and i bring the car back to park in the general carpark. Today i was refused permission by Shay the lodge person to drive her up too many people there only pedestrians allowed Turned car around with one disappointed motherMore

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 22 February 2020 via mobile

Met friends on Friday for coffee in The Boathouse in Farmleigh. The setting is idyllic. The spring bulbs coming in to bloom, snowdrops, crocuses & daffodils in abundance. The restaurant is lovely. It was very busy, we forgot it was mid term break. It is...well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 27 August 2019 via mobile

We used to come here regularly. But haven't really been here in a year or so. Was here for lunch today and it was horrible. We both had lasagne which used to be lovely. Not any more! There was a token slice of tomatoe on...top. I say token once there appeared to be no actual tomatoes in it. Just minced meat and a clunky fatty bechamel sauce. Totally horrible and I couldn't finish it. A shame this has happened to this lovely location. Service was also really slow, queued for a long time to place the order first.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 25 August 2019

We dropped in during a day trip and as we had been on buses, Luas and rented bikes, we needed to wash our hands first. The washrooms are a disgrace. No soap apart from some dregs in a cheap soap dispenser, no hot water and...in this day and age there is no place for old fashioned taps that you have to grab and twist. Especially in a public place. It was all very off putting. The food was quite nice but we thought it was overpriced. €29 for two plates and two coffees! It was a sunny day but no one bothered to dry the seats outside following an earlier rain shower, we had to do that ourselves. Complacency is the order of the day here probably due to lovely location and captive audience.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 4 July 2019

Ordered two meat pies which appeared fine until we tried to cut them to discover that the pastry was only on the top and the rest was a plastic container made look like pastry. What an immediate dis-appointment. Leaving that aside the food was just...mediocre, luke warm and so were the staff. It’s a long way off the quality when it first opened. What a pity and won’t be going back. The visitor center further down the park is far betterMore

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 30 June 2019 via mobile

Called by for lunch with a friend, Sunday 2.30pm so still quite busy, Oh but the abysmal lack of any type of staff training, long queues, staff like headless chickens, frustrating in the EXTREME! Stood in an ever lengthening queue, which was apparently TOTALLY INVISIBLE...to the 2 staff behind the counter who were making A cup of coffee, then spilling it down the sink, under the watchful eye of one another and their backs to the ever lengthening line of prospective customers...my blood pressure rising, I asked if we could have some "service", at this stage there are 9 people waiting to be served by the said pair. Had to ask for table to be cleared of previous diners trays and crockery...this happened, but clearer would have been happy to take off with 1 tray and its contents, instead of the two on the table, the 2nd tray had a cup and tiny teapot on it, but was going to be left behind!!!!! Neighbouring dirty tables ignored. Nobody returned with a cloth to wipe down the table, if this is not "best practice" then surely it might fall into the category of "common sense" or even perhaps "hygiene"?? Ordered quiche arrived, very nice with coleslaw and lil side salad but, no comment, no smile, and.....no cutlery...when I asked for a knife and fork I was replied to, by the young man, in an exasperated tone, and an "of course", as much as to say, "wouldn't common sense tell you I can't possible carry a cold tea plate AND cutlery, but in fairness, he did come back. It was all so haphazard and unfriendly and ungracious, we both decided, lovely location, food and presentation not bad but, staff so untrained and lackluster, we won't be back except mid morning weekdays when they are not under pressure and then, for a coffee only. Food and service over in HalfWay House in Ashtown, or up the village in Myos, second to none but unfortunately, ...no duck pond!! I did ask to speak to the Manager at the initial "2 staff coffee making episode stage", a very pleasant young man, and, as if by magic, staff behind the counter rose from 2 to 6, but unfortunately, the lack of any type of a system, training or efficiency was still the overriding experience. Nobody appeared to be in charge and certainly nobody was in the slightest concerned that their snail- pace operation resulted in queues out the front door... the "big picture" was missing as all seemed to operate in the bubble of "not my job/problem". Suggestion to Management, how about 2 or 3 staff delegated to actually "serve", one on the cash, one on clearing and CLEANING tables with the improviso that "Customer Service" starts with a smile, and if they are sufficiently articulate, maybe a salutation....these kids quite obviously hated their jobs and boy, did it show!! But, the ducks and ducklings were an entertainment and when it started to drop rain, in fairness, someone inside activated the canopy to keep us dry so, someone was "on the ball"!! This little spot obviously a goldmine, nice selection of lunchtime options, prices as you would expect for such- like location, Oh but, somebody with sufficient experience in the food-service industry needs to be employed to bring service up to par.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 8 June 2019 via mobile

We had a chicken wrap and toasted ham and cheese sandwich, americano and weak cappuccino. Also small box of Pringles. Cost €27. Wrap was burned black on one side and had to be sent back,sandwich was very bad value for €9.20. Clear case of price...gouging of a captive audience. Would only chance again for coffee. Such a pity as the surroundings are so lovely.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 18 February 2019 via mobile

I visit here regularly on the weekends when I visit the Phoenix Park. I love their coffee, cake selection and their food to order is delicious. I recently got this salad and it was beautiful. I can't wait to return to try more food!

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed 13 February 2019

I had lunch here with two friends, the place was quiet when we arrived but filled up pretty quickly. We had a chicken and brie panini which was great, a baked ham, cheese and relish panini which was nice but totally overpowered by the (sweet...pepper?) relish. Both had a nice little side salad on the plate, with a pleasant dressing. The third was a club sandwich which was fine. What was great was the huge pot of tea for three, a really lovely cup of tea and lots of it. The loos really need an overhaul. Well equipped with paper and towels etc., but shabby to the point that they look dirty. It's a shame because the cafe itself is nice and clean and airy. Overall it was fine, but not spectacular. A lovely spot, and I'd imagine it's really lovely to sit out when the weather is better.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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