Here are a few suggestions in /around Meath:
The Station House, Kilmessan (a converted railway station building with guest rooms and a traditional restaurant with an excellent reputation - people come from far and wide)
And a new & popular place in Ashbourne, Il Bucca, Italian - pizza / steaks
Hudson's Bistro, Navan (never been I have to admit but am told it's good).
I'm sure the hotel concierge can give you some good advice too.
Enjoy your trip.
Thanks so much AnnieTee! I have written all down. Have a great day!
now ive heard the same about the station house but i was there only once, last year and it was really really bad.
our food came out cold! we sent it back and it came back cold again! service was dreadful-its actually the first time i have ever complained in a restaurant in ireland (of course ive been to worse but this place was expensive).
the manager was very sympathetic about it which was fine but then when we were leaving we could see half the kitchen and waiting staff out smoking outside. i wouldnt go back but then i have heard good things also.
Hi, I have two fine dining recommendations for you if that might interest you at all, they are expensive but I suppose you pay for top quality.
The first is not in Co Meath, but on the other hand it's not a million miles away either!. Do a search for Macnean Bistro. It's owned and run by chef Nevin Maguire in the town of Blacklion, Co Cavan - very, very, very good food. I'd estimate it's a 40 minute drive from where you'll be staying but I'm not hugely familiar with the area so perhaps the hotel staff could enlighten you. If fine, interesting and good quality food is what you're after Macnean Bistro will be your best bet.
There's also Wineport Lodge, again maybe a 45 minute drive but one that's well worth it on the upper end of fine dining. Fabulous wine list, what a suprise!!
Hope that's useful.
Thanks Uisce! Do you know if these places are kid friendly? We're not opposed to driving for good food! We live in a suburb and usually drive 30ish minutes for good resturants.
I'd fall over with shock if they had kids menus, I'd suggest contacting them directly with regard to high chairs etc, but then it depends on the age of your children. I'd hazard a guess that both may not be the most suitable spots for small children, they really are 'fine dining' in the true sense of the word. Contacting them directly would be my suggestion.
In addition to AnnieTee's suggestions
Gaylord Tandoori (Navan) the best Indian in the county!
The Spire (Duleek)
vanilla pod (Kells) in Headfort hotel
Pretty Orchid - Thai (Navan) in same building as the cinema) bustly, friendly place and good value for money (insofar as dining out in ireland can be said to be so!)
The Forge (Carnaross, near Kells) small place in countryside - GM-free, real cuisine! booking required
The Belfry (outside Mullingar & outside meath but worth the journey)http://www.belfryrestaurant.com/
i know the lady who posted has already made her trip but for anyone else reading to pick up tips -
Hudson's is closed (Don't know why it was a fab restaurant)
The thai restaurant in Navan is actually called The Thai Orchid - and is great.
I ate in Station house last year and thought it quite nice and would go back again. They did a great bufet on a sunday with Jazz music. Not sure if still doing.
New Restaurant called Zucchini's in Navan. Excellant. Really top food.
In Dunshauglin (between Navan and Dublin) there is a pub called the Sibin which does good food.
Think that is it around Navan
I would second the nomination for Francini O'Brien's in Trim. It is in right next to the castle (if you are walking up to the main gate look left). It is casual, but nice. Not traditional but contemporary. Family friendly. Good food. Reasonable prices. Nice selection. We ate there a couple of times when in Trim.
When in Kells, there are 3 very good places that I would recomment.
The Forge Restaurant in Carnaross.(You have to book this, it's in a country house about 4 miles outside of Kells, very nice food ranging from Steaks Seafood but a little bit expendsive, very good quality, would a trip.
In the hotel in Kells, The Headfort Arms, their restaurant the Vanilla Pod is very nice, nice varitey and good qualilty.
There is also the Bistro in Kells, which is a small family run restaurant very good quality food.
Hope this helps.