Ashtons is set in a great location along the Dodder, and styles itself as a rugby pub (we'll forgive them for that). I've been to it on many occasions over the last fifteen years.
Let's get the main negative out of the way first. It's a wee bit expensive for what it is. A decent starter and a main will set you back 25-30€. That's fine for Ross O'Carroll-Kelly and his He-Man rugger mates, but it's a bit expensive for the rest of us.
Now to the good stuff. As I said, the location is great. Ask to be seated in the left hand corner, if possible, as it offers a nice view of the outside world. The staff are usually attentive, and food arrives in good time.
I usually start with the wings, and they are very good, perhaps even Elephant & Castle good. There are various other options I've tried, and you usually can't go wrong with the soup. Be aware however, that the soup is quite large and you might be best to ask for it without the bread as it's very filling otherwise.
The signature piece nowadays is the "steak on the stone." For me it's a bit gimmicky and time consuming. I'm impatient and hungry; the last thing I want is to be told that I now I have to cook my own dinner! I've heard good things about it mind, but it's not for me. Their burgers are good. The chicken burger is succulent and tasty, but if you've started with the wings you might want to go for the steak burger. Be warned, it's been known to be a bit dry.
Desserts are really good. Can't go wrong with the chocolate brownie or the banoffi.
Worth noting, they've recently introduced a craft beer menu, which offers some really nice beers. There were about 8-10 to choose from last day out, and I'd advise you to give one a go.
So yeah, improve the price and potentially fine tune the main and you've got a five star restaurant.
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