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The Bective

€€ - €€€Irish, European,
Bective Square | Meath, Kells, Ireland
+353 46 924 7780
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“steak” (26 reviews)
“chicken wings” (15 reviews)
“seafood” (5 reviews)
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Irish, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Bective Square | Meath, Kells, Ireland
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We hosted a large family gathering at the Bective in September, and once again, we were absolutely thrilled with the event. The staff made it all so easy to arrange; nothing was too much trouble, and everything went really well. The food was great, and...More

1  Thank dwa2015
Reviewed 6 days ago

Always nice a diner at The BectiveVery nice people in there. Really enjoyed it with our family. Thank you

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1  Thank dialowca
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lord I love this place! Friendly helpful wait staff, personal attention from the manager and most importantly - great food. A gem of a spot and well worth the 80km round trip for us.

2  Thank MKeane2017
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

We stopped here based on the ratings, and the fact that it was an easy walk from the hotel we were staying in. Upon arriving, we walked upstairs and were asked by the waitress if we had a reservation. We answered no, but noticed the...More

1  Thank DonFD
YvonneFlanagan, Manager at The Bective, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

DonnFD Thank you. After careful scrutiny of your review, one distinctly gets the impression your overview of our restaurant can be best deduced as distorted, bringing into question your honourable intentions. We are a very busy restaurant and at 6/6.30 on a Saturday evening, I'm...More

Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Excellent food excellent service. I cannot say enough on how great this restaurant was. Even went above and beyond and helped us find music and pub!

2  Thank Eve M
YvonneFlanagan, Manager at The Bective, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Eve M, We always strive to provide the very best service and customer care. Sometimes it's just the little things..! Hope you enjoyed your trip.

Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Visited here last Sunday 12/8/18 with my partner. Both went for the early bird. To start, Goats Cheese salad & Chicken wings in a mild chili sauce with dip. Both were very good & plentiful. Mains. Stirred fried chicken & veg in a honey mustard...More

5  Thank philip l
YvonneFlanagan, Manager at The Bective, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Philip l Thank you for your lovely review and positive feedback. Happy to hear you enjoyed your first visit to The Bective and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Stopped off in Kells to break up a journey and stumbled on this great find! It was prettt busy and we didn’t have a reservation so we fully expect to be turned away but the staff found us a table. The food was amazing and...More

6  Thank Margaret Anne H
YvonneFlanagan, Manager at The Bective, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks you for your review Margaret Anne H, Delighted you stumbled upon us and enjoyed your experience.

Reviewed 5 August 2018

What a pleasant surprise wandering into the Bective for dinner. Hubby says among the best lamb he has had and my fish was excellent. Dessert was baked alaska, not your mothers Baked Alaska either, fresh twist on an old favorite of ours !

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5  Thank Cathy O
YvonneFlanagan, Manager at The Bective, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Cathy O Glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your review.

Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Really good food and friendly service. Menu catered for the whole family with the three children having Penne, Pizzas, Chicken Wings from the children’s menu. I ordered off the early bird and got wings and an excellent beef short rib and my wife ordered from...More

5  Thank HotCurryMuncher
YvonneFlanagan, Manager at The Bective, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

HotCurryMuncher,Thanks for the feedback- we appreciate it. Look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 5 August 2018

we had a wonderful meal this week in the Bective. We were welcomed with a smile and treated so well. the staff were very knowledgeable about the food and the ingredients. I just wish we lived closer! thanks to the fantastic manager, Rachael for her...More

4  Thank vmaxwell2018
YvonneFlanagan, Manager at The Bective, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks vmaxwell2018 for your lovely feedback and kind words. We hope you visit us the next time you're around. We enjoyed the chat also. Yvonne

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Response from YvonneFlanagan | Property representative |
Hi AliensAreReal69.... Are blind guide dogs real too...?
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Response from KJ1910 | Reviewed this property |
Simon, We're a friendly, fun bunch and we don't hold grudges, and you are entitled to your opinion. It's just we were all a little hurt by the poor review as we always go the extra mile as we did on your brothers 18th, to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
15:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bective Square | Meath, Kells, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Meath  >  Kells
  • Phone Number: +353 46 924 7780
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We run a full restaurant service and all of the items on our A La Carte menu are also available to take away - simply phone in your order and collect it (this service is not available during very busy nights). We also have a lovely dining room/bar available upstairs to hire for private functions of any kind (seats 50 people). It has a private terrace, its own bar and bathroom facilities. Contact us for details of our party platters and finger food menus. We take bookings, but walk-ins are also welcome. We cater for groups and private parties and we are family-friendly, with a children's menu and outdoor play area available. General manager Joan Donegan (Head Chef) & Yvonne Flanagan Johnson (Restaurant Manager) look forward to welcoming you to The Bective. We are open from 5pm to late from Wednesdays to Saturdays and from 3pm to 9pm on Sundays (and bank holidays) and there is ample street parking available outside the restaurant.
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