Pay As You Please

Eat

Restaurant

1 euro
Address:
Pay As You Please
New Market Lane, High Street , Killarney Co Kerry
Dislike Like
100%
1 votes
Tel: +353 86 306 8253

Please mention ireland-guide.com when enquiring.

Located in an old warehouse in the centre of town, Rob O’Reilly and Barry McBride’s funky restaurant opened with no name but it’s become known as ‘Pay As You Please’ thanks to the novel system of payment – ie inviting diners ‘to pay what you think the food is worth’
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Bistro
  • Al Fresco
  • Atmospheric
  • Breakfast Venue
  • Cool Venue

Pay As You Please

Located in an old warehouse in the centre of town, Rob O’Reilly and Barry McBride’s funky restaurant opened with no name but it’s become known as ‘Pay As You Please’ thanks to the novel system of payment – ie inviting diners ‘to pay what you think the food is worth’.


While not a new idea, this is the first time it has been tried in Ireland, except perhaps very short term in pop up restaurants. Like plenty of ideas that ‘couldn’t work’, it has been surprisingly successful and, far from slipping away into the crowd without paying, most customers seem to enjoy the experience and estimate a fair amount of cash to leave.


Very much in tune with the times, the tone is rustic chic or just plain funky, with very basic unmatched furniture (some would say junk), including old school desks among the tables. Old films (silent, or without the sound) are sometimes projected onto a white painted wall, and the enthusiastic young staff are pretty funky too.


The short price-free menu might offer soup (serving it in a hollowed-out bread loaf seems the right thing to do here), bruschetta, salads and pizza.


Rob O’Reilly (the man with the hat) is front of house and, although the menu is limited, what comes out of Barry McBride’s kitchen is good; it does no harm having a Ballymaloe Cookery School graduate cooking in an operation like this, and the fact that it attracts all ages and types of client - old and young, local and tourist - is a testament to the foundation of quality that lies beneath the novelty.


It has a relaxed feel to it, and everybody loves it. No receipts, of course, and no wines either – but you’re free to bring your own.

Seats 40 (+10 outside). Open 10am-4pm daily in summer, D Thu-Sat. Ring to check times off season abbreviations
Last Updated: 23-02-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

Might also like

Park Hotel Kenmare

Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Hotel / Restaurant
Distance: 20.8km
Park Hotel Kenmare - County Kerry
92%
12 votes
5 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average Deluxe Accommodation Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade

Even the most jaded traveller would have to agree that a stay at this renowned hotel is always a treat. With a magnificent waterside location in the midst of Ireland’s most scenic landscape, it has views over gardens to the ever-changing mountains across the bay ...

Sheen Falls Lodge

Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Hotel / Restaurant
Distance: 20.9km
Sheen Falls exterior.jpg
100%
4 votes
5 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average Deluxe Accommodation Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade

Set in a 300-acre estate just across the river from Kenmare town, this stunning hotel made an immediate impact from the day it opened in April 1991; it has continued to develop and mature most impressively since then and a major refurbishment plan has recently been compl ...

Ard na Sidhe Country House

Caragh Lake, Co. Kerry
Hotel
Distance: 22.5km
Ard na Sidhe Country House
100%
7 votes
3 euro Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade

Set in woodland and among award-winning gardens, this peaceful retreat is in a beautiful and romantic mountain location overlooking Caragh Lake.  Ard na Sidhe ('Hill of the Fairies') was constructed in 1913 for Lady Edith Gordon (a keen gardener) to the designs of ...

The Boathouse Winebar & Bistro

Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Restaurant / Wine Bar
Distance: 22.8km
The Boathouse Winebar & Bistro - Kenmare County Kerry Ireland
100%
1 votes
2 euro Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Serious About Seafood

Located in the grounds of the gorgeous Dromquinna Manor on the shores of Kenmare Bay - a stunning property rescued from dereliction by John “At Your Service” Brennan and re-opened as a ‘glamping’ destination and wedding venue in 2012 – this ...

Mary Annes Tea Rooms

Tralee, Co. Kerry
Café
Distance: 26.8km
image coming soon
100%
9 votes
1 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality.

Everybody loves Mary Anne’s Tea Rooms - with its charming period furnishings, oilcloth or linen-covered tables and delightful mismatched chairs and china, it’s an oasis of old world gentility in the heart of Tralee. Above and in common ownership with one of ...

Directions

Off High Street, on the laneway behind Quill’s Woollen Market.

Trip Planning Tools

My Ireland Guide

Local Recommendations

Hospitality

  • By Distance
  • By Category

Comments

There are currently no comments

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment
Not a member? Register for your free membership now!
Or leave a comment by logging in with:

Facebook & Twitter Recent Activity

Apps and Books