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Travellers' Choice2023
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, International, Irish, Bar, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, View, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
About
With old world character and charm combined with a modern and relaxed ambiance, we take pride in offering our patrons a relaxed and delicious dining experience which The Snailbox is renowned for. Having won the "Best Welcome & Customer Service Award" in 2010, we have built our reputation through our friendly and efficient service accompanied by the finest & freshest ingredients prepared by our Head Chef Monica and her team. Monica has now introduced her own signature Snailbox desserts that are being served daily in our restaurant. Our menu philosophy is simple; fresh, tasty, home-made and locally sourced ingredients served to you with a smile. Click below to view any of our mouth-watering menus
PRICE RANGE
€14 - €33
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
International, Irish, Bar, European
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Entering the bar you are faced with lots of photos or visitors and customers where baseball caps across the world. When you enter there are an amazing array of baseball caps on the ceiling filling every space. (7200 to be precise). This is a bar...and restaurant of character and great hospitality. The food is very good and came amazingly fast considering how busy it was. The owners circulates around in the restaurant talking to all customers and gives everyone his time. The highlight was the Baileys Cheesecake though as it was amazing. A definite visit if your in the area.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was very good service and very warm nice food. The ceiling was full of hats which created very unusual and nice atmosphere. Waitress was very kind. I would definitely go there again.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Warm welcoming restaurant. A lovely choice on the menu, and value for money. Brilliant athmosphere. Lots of car parking spaces. Highy recommend it. Staff brilliant.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent service and excellent food. Warm welcome and comfortable surroundings. Good menu with fresh food. Lovely views in summer.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024 via mobile

Very cosy atmosphere with good food and friendly staff, could not fault one thing fireplace in the bar is a nice touch on a cold day

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 November 2023

Very Expensive considering how basic the menu was. Ordered the black pudding starter and it was so disappointing. Two pieces of black pudding on some shredded carrot for a tenner. Would find it hard to go back.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

We booked the restaurant for 8.15 on a Sunday evening- large restaurant and bar - great service and atmosphere We both had the beef stir fry and it was excellent,beef lovely and tender. Prices were good also not over the top. Definitely worth an other...visit Gerry BrowneMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 23 August 2023

The "Snailbox" restaurant is a must. When we entered the restaurant we have seen all the baseball caps up on the ceiling. We started talking with the owner of the restaurant and in the end we changed our baseball caps against the Snailbox caps -...what a great idea. It's a lovely souvenir. The owner and the stuff were very friendly and the food was excellent.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

Been here several times and we keep going back again and again. Stephen is a great host and the entire menu is delicious. Nice elevated setting looking over some lovely Co. Meath farmlands.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 22 July 2023

I understand what the attraction is here. This place has a very small, limited menu and is grossly overpriced. Grossly overpriced! It’s not a cheap eat here. It’s a pub with restaurant prices.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 16 July 2023

Fantastic spot. Beautiful food, lovely atmosphere & very kind and friendly Staff. Very reasonably priced. Made our little boy feel very special on his birthday by coming out with a candle on his dessert singing Happy Birthday. I've nothing negative to say. We will definitely...be back!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 9 July 2023 via mobile

What a view. Great friendly staff. The food was all very good especially the rum and Raisin ice cream. There was 6 of us. The shrimp and black pudding starters were all excellent . The mains were very good except the steak which was supposed...to be med but was more medium well to well.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 5 July 2023

I wished we lived in Ireland so we could go here all the time! We loved it so much we came back for lunch. Everyone was so welcoming and the food was absolutely fantastic!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 25 June 2023

Great food and friendly owner. Food delicious. Good choice. Would definitely recommend. Good range of starters

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 8 June 2023

Really nice dinner with family and friends, chicken in mushroom sauce was delicious, as was ice cream desert, Guinness beautiful and staff super competent and friendly.

Date of visit: June 2023
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I booked it over the phone by credit card but I’m sure you can pay on arrival
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Hi. No pictures. When you find it you will take lots of photos. The view is fab.
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The Snailbox is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5