UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT - re-assessment pending
Easy to spot with its smartly canopied frontage and crisply trimmed box trees flanking the entrance, hungry guests can head straight in to their table in the restaurant or call in to the attractive modern pub next door, The Wild Boar (thewildboar.ie). In common ownership with The Box Tree, it has interconnecting doors and offers a more casual setting to enjoy good food from the same kitchen, or for drinks before and after your meal.
The classy interior is gently contemporary, decorated in elegant tones - soft sage, blue-greys and complementary browns and creams – and with tweedy checks on upholstered furniture softening the look in the restaurant, which has fashionably bare tables, traditional white linen napkins and very comfortable wooden-backed dining chairs. Banquettes with comfy cushions act as room dividers, and alcoves allow privacy for families and small groups.
Well-designed lighting creates a warm atmosphere – with some light fittings featuring antlers, a reminder that the Wicklow Hills are close by, and a link with menus that may offer specialities such as Wicklow Blue cheese and, in season, local Glenmalure venison.
A ‘Wait here to be seated’ sign just inside the door may seem a little out of place in this exceptionally well-run restaurant, as friendly and well-trained staff are very quick to make arriving guests feel at home. Menus, wine list, water and delicious breads are delivered, and a well-informed server soon returns to explain the specials and other highlights of the attractively-priced menus.
A good buzz, stylish surroundings and value for money make this a popular place.