The Anglers rest has been an institution in West Dublin for years. Long before it’s present incarnation it was a favoured watering hole within easy reach on the City (about 10 mins from City Centre) while still feeling like the country. It is situated on Knockmaroon Hill in the Strawberry Beds. This stretch of road running alongside the Liffey from Chapelizod was at one time the main road out of Dublin. The M50 bridge should provide fabulous views of the Liffey Valley if the powers that be didn’t feel the need to erect walls on either side to stop anyone seeing anything! Be that as it may, the setting for the Rest is idyllic and worth a visit just to see it if you have never been before.
The décor has been completely changed. All the dull stained wood is gone, re-painted in neutral shades of blue, greys and green. All very Farrow and Ball and very nice it has to be said. It has gone from old style pub to modern café bar. The menu is now modern bistro, with starters like chowder, smoked salmon platter, Caesar salad and goats cheese bruschetta. Main courses list fish cakes, fish pie, homemade burger, a selection of steaks and a ploughman’s platter. In addition there are blackboards dotted around with daily special, which are mostly fish dishes and on this day I had a choice of bream, monkfish tails wrapped in Parma ham and a scallop and prawn salad.
My companion Mary wasn’t very hungry and just ordered the chowder with brown bread, while I decided to go for it. Since Wrights are one of the biggest suppliers of fish in Ireland, I decided to stay maritime and asked for the scallops as a starter and the monkfish for the main course. Sparkling water completed the order.
We asked for my starter to be served first, so I ended up sharing my three scallops, which were perfectly cooked and served with a fennel salad and dressing. This was a good start and next up came the chowder and my main. Mary’s chowder was very good, lots of fish and delicately flavoured, but in fairness it’s hard to mess up chowder. The monkfish was very good, again not a difficult dish, but this was perfectly cooked, great flavours and I enjoyed it a lot.
We have been in several times since, and the Anglers Rest is serving good food at value for money prices. The setting is superb, and if this Summer there is any good weather, you could do worse that spend it sitting outside in this sylvan setting.