Have stayed in Dunboyne Castle Hotel on breaks before and as its relatively a short distance from my house (20mins on the motor way) we decided to treat our family to a sunday lunch in the newly relaunched IVY restaurant in the hotel. Immediately upon entering, we were really impressed with the new decor (I especially loved the new padded dividers which are located in the room - which allow diners to enjoy their dinner in much more privacy then before, ideal if you are on a romantic night out - or in our case dining with 2 young children - who were entralled with them and didn't disturb fellow diners in the restaurant!). As always, the staff in the restaurant were as pleasant and ammenable as ever - and went through the new menu options with us. I went for the tian of salmon and smoked salmon - it was divine! Followed by the pan fried fillet of cod with a herb crust, loved loved loved the mash with it (and definately get a side order of cream spinach too - really complimented it!) Portion size was generous and our children's meals were brought out straight away while we enjoyed our starter - An extra lovely added touch was the childrens menus had spongebob pictures on it and other cartoon characters which the kids loved (means nothing to adults but it made the kids day!!!!). It was only while dining there yesterday that we realised that "Kids go free" for Sunday lunch......amazing value! (this includes main course and dessert and a drink!) My husband had the new duck spring rolls followed by the steak (both of which were gorgeous). My top marks goes to my dessert choice though Lemon and Lime Semi Fredo and Earl grey tea sorbet.....sounds odd, but so refreshing, particularly with the warm weather yesterday! We ended up having a lovely drink outside in the sunshine afterwards..... Really looking foward to going back again soon - next time for an overnighter or weekend stay though!!!!
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