Kettle’s Hotel and restaurant is situated between Swords and Ashbourne, in the middle of rural north county Dublin. This family owned and run boutique hotel is set in a contemporary stone building with large picture windows, newly remodelled rooms and a busy bar on the ground floor. Colin and his brother oversee all aspects of the business from front desk to restaurant and functions with a great team behind them. Over the past seven years it has built a strong reputation as a wedding venue and was recently voted number three in Dublin
The restaurant is on the first floor, and large picture windows afford great views over the rolling countryside. The restaurant can be entered from the car park or through the hotel. The room is split over two levels with a bar area at the entrance which is perfect for pre-dinner drinks. With dark burgundy walls, an open cream marble fireplace and a selection of gold and purple seating, banquet seating on the upper level and around the walls on the lower level this room has a real sense of elegance, a great destination to relax and unwind with friends or family.
They have recently rebranded as Kettle’s Steakhouse and Wine bar and currently open from 5.30pm Thursday evening to Sunday lunch time, offering a good value early bird menu of 2 courses for €16.95 or 3 courses for €19.95 served between 5 and 7pm plus a well presented a la carte all evening. The early bird offers a selection of 4 starters and 4 mains with choices such as spicy chicken wings, garlic mushrooms or soup of the day to begin and followed by the seafood daily special, a char-grilled pork cutlet or an 8oz sirloin steak.
Working off the a la carte there were some additional choices like caramelised goats cheese crostini, a seafood chowder and a salad of wild mushroom, spinach and rocket with prices ranging between €4.00 for the soup of the day to €8.95 for the chef’s platter.
Mains also display good value ranging from €12.95 for a traditional beef burger to €18.95 for a skewered kebab of beef, pork, chicken and lamb. There is also a ‘from the grill’ section where all steaks are char-grilled and range between €21.95 for a 10oz rib eye to €31.95 for the 16oz
The wine list is short and to the point, with a good selection offered by the glass or as a carafe. Bottles ranged from €21.95 for the house red and white, Chilean Elvaro to €35.95 for Wakefield, an Australian Shiraz. We decided on a shared carafe of Sauvignon Blanc and a jug of iced water and a basket of warm homemade bread including mini loaves of Guinness bread and perfectly soft butter were brought to the table. My real pet hate when dining out is hard butter.
To start I was tempted by the coriander and lime scented prawn’s, a generous helping of prawns pan-fried in the most delicious dressing and served on a bed of salad with a plum tomato and lemon salsa while my husband enjoyed the creamy seafood chowder which was packed with smoked cod, prawn, salmon and mussels. I followed with the seafood special which was pan fried salmon served on a bed of spinach with lemon butter and gratin potatoes. Being a steak house Fred went with the 16oz rib eye which came with mushrooms, onion and chunky handmade chips and pepper sauce on the side. At Kettle’s it is the little touches that make the difference, the dressings and how light everything is that when you’re finished you don’t have that ‘Christmas Day’ feel, just nicely satisfied
As it was such a beautiful evening we waited to order dessert and finished our wine, chatting and enjoying the splendid views. Dessert options were sticky toffee pudding, double chocolate cheesecake and apple pie. We shared a meringue nest with berry compote and ice cream as a lighter option, just as well we were sharing as the portion was large, teas completed the evening
Kettle’s is a find; a well-run family business serving good food at value for money prices in a fairly plush space. The hotel is a welcome alternative to the more sterile corporate entities that surround the airport, and as a spot for some Sunday lunch, or other evenings in the Inn Lounge, it's a contender.