The Abbey restaurant in Carrigaline is situated in the old Hogan’s premises on the Main Street. In fairness, it’s not really that old, as the building underwent a major make over in 2007, and the contemporary design anything but old. They are open since February 2011 and have been making a good name for themselves since then.
From the outside the premises is dominated by the big picture window, while inside the bar runs down one side, with stylish red leather covered stools, while banquette seating and tables and chairs run the length of the other side. Stylish & welcoming, an eclectic mix of granite, mirrors and walnut and a high ceiling entrance with German designed spiral light fittings greet a visitor on entrance. Modern wooden tables and a mixed selection of wooden chairs and leather seats in a variety of colours complete the look.
The Abbey is an restaurant with a defining atmosphere. Candle lit tables are overlooked by a wine gantry stocked with an extensive mixture of reasonably priced old & new worlds wines. The sophisticated, minimalistic décor, the ample space between the tables and the warmth of the brown, red and cream colours makes for a comforting ambience.
Lunch is served from Monday to Saturday fro, 12-4pm, and you can choose from a light bite of soup, chowder or pate for less than €6, or you might try their gourmet sandwiches or salads such as a warm chicken salad with soy sauce, garlic and spring onion, or a Piri Piri chicken and chorizo sausage with rustic potatoes. There are also daily main courses for €9.95, or the chef’s special at €8.95.
In the evening the menu changes and features fish cakes, Thai red curry, a choice of steaks and there are evening specials on the blackboard. Whilst having a cappuccino you would be forgiven for thinking that you were in a cosmopolitan European city rather than Main Street Carrigaline. Open for teas and coffees throughout the day with fresh scones, cakes, pastries and light bites.