Unfortunately, similar to other reviewers, we felt that we received poor value for money at Dunbrody Country House Hotel. We visited on the 15th of February as a family of four, and while we found the food to be good and the surroundings lovely, we left feeling we were victims of the restaurant trying to extract as much money as possible from us.
When booking the table, I enquired about the arrangements for children, and was told that they could eat off the early Bird menu or the bar food menu which would be charged at half-price for half portions. Before ordering for our 12-year-old from the early Bird menu, I checked again with the restaurant manager about having half portions for our 12-year-old, and he said he would check with the kitchen, but that it wouldn't be a problem. Similarly, when enquiring about the size of the slider Burgers for our 8 year I enquired about the portion size, and was told that it would be perfect for the child.
Our eight-year-old was only able to one of the two slider burgers served and our 12-year-old didn't finish his main course and was too full to order a desert, given the adult portion sizes served.
When we were presented with the bill, we were charged full price for both children.
When I pointed out to the restaurant manager the conversation I had had with both himself and the person advising us as we were booking the table in relation to children's portion sizes, he said that he had misunderstood my enquiry and thought that it related only to the size of the soup portion from the early Bird menu. He did say that he would honour the agreement, but then only took 10 Euro from the €50 charged for the children's food.
It is apparent that Dunbrody doesn't really have a clear policy in relation to children, and in truth the location is probably best suited to couples and adults than family. Ours where the only children in the restaurant that evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small luxury country house hotel built in 1830 and set in extensive gardens and estate. Acclaimed fine dining restaurant and very popular Seafood Bar combined with on-site cookery school make Dunbrody a favourite destination amongst foodies but also for those seeking to experience Irish heritage coupled with traditional hospitality.A small boutique spa offering a range of holistic therapies completes the offering at Dunbrody. Ideal spot for those seeking to get away from it all and chill. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dunbrody House Hotel