Let me start by saying that this place has some good plus points, the menu, the ambience and, in part, the staff. Indeed, the two meals we ordered from the main menu where fine, lovely even, if a little over priced. The menu itself, while not vast, was interesting and varied.
My problem with our visit to Ballyrobin was the children's menu, which was the usual fare of chicken goujons, sausages etc. Yes, there was a starter course of soup or cheesy garlic bread and a couple of sweet options but nothing that would sit out of place in a cafe. In cases like this we usually try an option from the main menu for our 8 year old, but there was nothing suitable so we went with pizza and chips. Having observed the proud display of Taste of Ulster awards I was hoping for a home made pizza, but we received what looked like a small frozen version, overly cheesy and with no other topping, accompanied by skinny chips. The chips on the main menu are hand cut, and were lovely, not a poor imitation of McDonalds. I firmly believe that younger diners should be offered an equivalent standard of food to that which is offered to adult diners and this was most certainly not the case here.
The service was strangely haphazard given that there only two or three other small parties dining at the same time, however, the staff were very friendly, if a little slow to serve drinks.
Overall, as our daughter is one third of our dining experience it is hard to submit a positive review for the Ballyrobin. Had we received better service and had the children's menu been better we would have felt better about the price of the meal. As it is, we are disappointed and unlikely to return.
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