The Dew Drop Inn is in the village of Kill, close to Naas in Co. Kildare. We recently reviewed their sister establishment, Harts Bar in Kildare and some friends from this part of the word told us to try the Dew Drop Inn. The pub is in the middle of Kill, and is a focal point for the village and the surrounding areas.
The Dew Drop looks good from the outside; it is a large building with its own car park to the side, and some outdoor seating to the front. In October 2007 Ronan Kinsella and Paul Lenehan took over this landmark pub that has been renowned for its food, drink, and craic for many years. The Dew Drop Inn is in the heart of Kildare horse country, across the road from Goffs Bloodstock Sales and a short drive from Punchestown Race course.
The lads have put their own stamp on the pub right from the start, from the opening of their live music venue “The Late Lounge”, which has featured bands like the Hothouse Flowers and comedians Ardal O’Hanlon and Jason McAteer, Recently a full refurbishment of the lounge and with it a new approach to the food and service, means that it is increasingly gaining a reputation as a restaurant.
A recent trip to see some friends in Kilteel meant we were in the area, so Sunday lunch for me and Deirdre seemed like a plan. We arrived quite late in the day, at almost 6pm, but the dining room was still pretty full with mainly families sharing their Sunday meal. The inside is fairly traditional, with wooden floors, leather seats and big tables. The Sunday lunch menu doesn’t really follow the traditional form, it’s not a carvery, but there are plenty of favourites to keep everyone happy.
Starters include chicken liver pate with redcurrant jelly and crispy toast, chicken wings in homemade sauce, goat’s cheese tartlet with red onion marmalade and smoked haddock and cod fishcake. Starters are priced between €5 and €8.
One of the hot cooking concepts in restaurants at present is the hot rock method of cooking steaks. This is where your chosen steak is delivered to the table on its own hot rock, and you cook it yourself. It’s a lot of fun, and very popular, and the Dew Drop Inn offer a choice of four steaks that can be ordered this way, ranging in price from 7oz sirloin at €16.95 to the 80z fillet at €23.95. Other option son the menu include the aforementioned fishcakes as a main course, beer battered fish and chips, Dew Drop burger of Thai red curry. There is also a specials board, and on our visit there was a 16oz rib eye and a seafood cassoulet topped with fillet of cod. The main courses vary in price from €12 to €15.
We got a couple of cokes, some water, and a shared portion of the chicken wings to start and then the fishcakes for Deirdre while I picked the 16oz rib eye. First up were the wings, which were huge, and smothered in a tangy, spicy sauce with celery sticks and blue cheese dips. They were very good, and we didn’t manage to finish them all, big as they were. My rib eye had great flavour, and was served on a bed of mash with big, chunky onion rings and Deirdre’s fish cakes were the highlight, the flavours of the three types of fish were all there with flavour to spare.
We really couldn’t face a dessert after all this food, so just finished our drinks and paid. Our bill came to just under €50, but bear in mind the rib eye was the most expensive item on the menu by a long shot, so expect to pay around €20 for two courses, a little more for the steak. The Dew Drop Inn is very good, the food is above average, the room is nice and the service was faultless. Perfect for a casual meal mid-week or a weekend treat.