Having been there now I understand why Natalie Collins speaks with such passion in her voice when she speaks about The Silver Restaurant, she has emulated the excellence of Newbridge Silverware in a restaurant. Everything in Natalie’s restaurant is about ‘what the customer wants the customer gets’. All food is homemade on the premises, 100% Irish and where possible locally sourced. There is a large focus on gluten friendly which makes the silver restaurant very coeliac friendly.
The staff couldn’t be more obliging and are extremely knowledgeable about everything on the menu. The dishes change daily and are only displayed on the carvery counter in small portions meaning it is fresh and hot when the customer gets it, all part of the service. Mains on Saturday were lamb shanks with mint jelly and red wine sauce; chicken with asparagus and artichoke in a white wine sauce, loin of bacon all served with mashed potato, seasonal vegetables and homemade chips or a selection of salads. Main courses are around €9.95 offering exceptional value for money. Soups were vegetable or potato & leek, served with homemade bread. Everything (except the lamb) can also be served in children’s portions. Natalie is always trying to introduce new ideas to the menu and has already had a lot of compliments on the new cheese boards, a selection of cheeses with fruit.
So whether it’s popping in with the girls after dropping children to school for scones and coffee, the whiff of java republic coffee and homemade scones with freshly whipped cream is far too tempting, lunch or afternoon tea. The afternoon tea is truly divine and great value at €10 per person.
Natalie has a pianist in every day during the week, a guitarist on a Saturday and a jazz band on a Sunday for brunch. The all goes to creating the grand surroundings that the restaurant offers.
The restaurant is open daily from 9am to 5pm, except on a Sunday where they open at 11am.
Don’t forget to visit the desert counter before you leave, but only go with no thoughts of calories in your head and enjoy. A fine display of pavlova, carrot cake, chocolate tarte and lots of smaller cakes will welcome you. There is also a fridge full of Tipperary organic ice cream for the children with toppings from marshmallows, white chocolate and lots more.
Also available is a small selection of wines and a marvelous champagne at only €25 a bottle
Natalie Collins is a chef by profession and her love for food really shows on the menu every day. Natalie personally supervises the kitchen daily but can always be found on the floor welcoming her customers in, she works the tables like the perfect host ensuring that everybody is happy and that their expectations are being met.