Located in a development in the centre of Johnstown village, just five minutes’ drive from Navan, this popular and fashionable gastro-pub is in the same ownership as Franzini O’Briens Restaurant in Trim, and worth a visit.
Wood-panelling, red brick walls and candles on the tables combine to create a modern rustic feel, and the international-style menu has broad appeal, with starters like duck spring rolls, pan-fried black pudding and prawn won tons likely to be under €10, and main dishes including pizzas, pastas, burgers and chicken dishes at around €20 or less, although fresh fish may rise a little above this level.
There are tasty vegetarian choices too, including good salads, also appealing side dishes (eg stringy onions, spring onion mash and home-made fries) and a nice dessert menu - a light tangy ginger and honeycomb pudding, for example, with crème anglaise.
Service is friendly and efficient, and a well-priced wine list offers a balanced range including a house champagne, two dessert wines and some decent wines by the glass.
The weekday Early Bird dinner offers particularly good value.