Recently visited Beckett’s restaurant with a small group for a business lunch on the recommendation of friends. Plenty of car parking out front, and the house itself had a welcoming and homely feel. We were warmly greeted by our host and promptly seated in the conservatory area, which was appropriately decorated for the Christmas season.
In the room:
The conservatory was bright and spacious and the table well presented, with crisp white linen and clean glasses and cutlery. We did spot a few cobwebs on the columns throughout the room, and the low winter sun did nothing to hide the dirt on the conservatory windows, but that’s something easily remedied. The plush padded chairs at table are worth an honourable mention as we found them particularly comfortable. Ambience was quiet and relaxed, and the clientele a mix of locals and small groups out for a working lunch.
At the table:
The bread basket lacked variety, with one choice of white and brown bread, but the offering was fresh and there was plenty for everyone. The butter could have been a little softer and proved difficult to spread.
Good selection of starters on the Christmas lunch menu, and I was pleased to have selected the warm salad with Clonakilty black pudding. Well presented on the plate, the sweet mustard dressing and mild smokiness of the Toulouse sausage complemented the dark flavour of the pudding well.
Likewise, a good selection of main courses, and having mistakenly ordered the vegetarian option of red kidney bean and coriander Wellington (thinking it was beef wellington!), I was glad I had. Often the vegetarian option is an afterthought in restaurants, but the Wellington here was very good indeed. The pastry was crisp and the filling flavourful with a subtle hint of coriander, which I really enjoy. A serving of vegetables and roast potatoes normally accompanies the main, but I asked for a side order of chips instead. I was disappointed when this didn’t arrive, and had almost finished the main before I saw any staff to enquire.
All was forgiven when the desserts came to the table, and once again the wide selection meant that there was something to everyone’s taste. The Christmas pudding was my preferred choice; rich, moist, and hot throughout, it was covered in a deliciously warm brandy crème anglaise. The pudding was the best I’ve had in a long time, and perfect on a cold winter’s day.
Tea and coffee were average, and there was only one milk jug (with a chip on the pouring spout) between our group, so it was a bit of a stretch. Cappucino, Latte and Expresso were available at an additional charge.
At 24 euro the lunch was reasonably priced, and given the attention to detail of the food and wide selection on the menu I was more than happy with the offering. The additional service charge of 12.5% was a little more difficult to swallow - I like to reward for good service when I receive it, but I found the service at table to be variable and at times rushed and a little distracted.
The restroom was easy to locate on the ground floor, and although small was clean and tidy with plenty of mirrors. All facilities are located on a level ground floor, and corridors and doors are suitably wide to accommodate wheelchair users.
Enjoyed my first visit to Beckett’s restaurant and found the food to be the real star of the show - excellent quality and presentation, a well-designed menu, providing a wide variety of Irish and international flavours. Service was variable, but overall would recommend Beckett’s if you’re looking for quality food in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Becketts hotel is a 3-star property located on the outskirts of Dublin city which was the home of the famous Irish writer Samuel Becketts' mother. This Country house has been fully restored maintaining many or its original features. It boasts 10 guestrooms beautifully designed including double, single, twin and suite. ... more less
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