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Vanilla Pod Restaurant

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2 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.
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Vanilla Pod Restaurant
Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells Co Meath
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Tel: +353 46 924 0063

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Efficient staff, good quality, carefully sourced ingredients and excellent cooking with good value
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Horse Racing nearby
  • Hunting/Shooting (nearby)
  • Spa (Other)
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Banqueting
  • Beauty - Massage
  • Beauty - Salon
  • Beauty - Treatments
  • Breaks - Off Season
  • Breaks - Short
  • Breaks - Special Interest
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Budget Accommodation (under €100 for two)
  • Business Hotel
  • Children's Baby Sitting Arranged
  • Conference Venue
  • Family Friendly
  • Live Music
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Night Club
  • No Smoking Establishment
  • Open New Year
  • Private Parties
  • Smoking Area
  • Smoking Area Covered
  • Smoking Area Heated
  • Smoking Area Seated
  • Wedding Venue
  • Contemporary International
  • Atmospheric
  • Breakfast Venue
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Business Meal
  • Buzzy Atmosphere
  • Café Bar
  • Cocktails
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Contemporary Bar
  • Cool Venue
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Informal
  • MSG Free
  • Music - Other Live
  • Music - Trad
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Party Venue
  • Pub Grub
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Wine Bar/Café

Vanilla Pod Restaurant

Although reached through an entrance just inside the foyer of the Headfort Arms Hotel and in common ownership, this attractive bistro style restaurant is run as an independent entity. In contrast to the hotel, it is very modern, with lots of pale wood, recessed lighting and sleek informal table settings.


Efficient staff show you straight to your table to choose from a well-structured contemporary menu, which offers quite a few dishes (including some vegetarian) which can be chosen as a starter or main course.


Good quality, carefully sourced ingredients are used, from named suppliers many of them local. The cooking is excellent and the presentation delightful, without being at all fussy or over-decorated.


Enjoyable starters might include a delicious confit of duck with honeyed fig, rocket salad & orange essence, and a very different but equally appealing Glenboy organic goats cheese, with a salad of Parma ham, red onion & corn salad.


Similarly contrasting main courses might include a strong vegetarian choice – an impressive wild morel mushroom risotto with parmesan crisp, perhaps – and (as this is beef country) a really good steak, such as a perfectly cooked fillet wrapped in Parma ham, served on a tomato bread crostini; with a topping of duck liver paté, this is rather like beef Wellington without the pastry crust, and comes with a wild mushroom sauce.


Desserts are homemade (the day’s choices are on a blackboard) and quite homely; a popular choice which can be shared is chocolate fondue, with a plate of prepared seasonal fruits.


There is an interest in wine - specials are offered from time to time, and there are sometimes wine evenings, perhaps matching a special menu (eg Spanish) from a particular food culture.


The all-in price for these specials is particularly good value, as is the value menu.

Seats 80 (private room, 40). D 5.30-10pm, Sun all day, 12.30-9.30. 2/3 course value D with tea/coffee €21.95/25 (All evening Mon-Fri, Sat 'til 7pm, all day Sun); also à la carte. House wine €19.95. Children welcome (children's menu); wheelchair access (public areas & toilets); air conditioning. Closed 24-26 Dec. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 18-05-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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On main Dublin-Cavan road, left section of black &white building on right.

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