This is a lovely building set in a lovely location in the middle of the country. It is in off the road but well signposted and advertising bar food. We stopped by yesterday on our way back from a walk in the beautiful Altamont Gardens. We fancied a nice warming bowl of soup. We were served promptly, but were disappointed with the quality and value for money. The soup had a distinct packet taste, complete with skin on top and was served in those shallow bowls you expect to get at a large function. Service was enthusiastic to a fault. We were approached by three different people to ask if we wanted dessert or coffee. We didn't really want either but eventually ordered coffee under duress. It was cold. We felt €15 for two mediocre bowls of soup and two cold coffees was bad value for money. I seldom write negative reviews, but I really believe if you have a business that is a bit out of the way to get to, you need to make the experience one that is worth going back for and one that people will spread a good message for you! It doesn't take much to provide really good homemade soup in nice crockery. While I appreciate that staff were being helpful and enthusiastic, there needs to be some coordination to avoid customers feeling somewhat harassed!
- Also Known As:
- Ballykealey Country Hotel
- Ballykealey Manor Hotel Ballon, Ireland - County Carlow