Review: Harte’s of Kildare

Harte’s of Kildare
Kildare Town

During the week of fine weather Ali and myself decided to head to Killinthomas Woods for a walk. It gives me the chance for an added bonus as I can also collect a bag of wild garlic to top up my pesto reserves. Before heading over, both feeling a little peckish, we decided that a lunch detour was in order first. I had been to Harte’s for lunch once previously and was very impressed but Ali had never been. As one of only two places in Co. Kildare to be listed in the latest McKenna Guide (the other being The Ballymore Inn) I’ll take any excuse for another visit. 

We arrived around half one on a tuesday and to my surprise it wasn’t too busy. The staff were friendly from the outset and knew their stuff when it came to the selection of craft beers on offer (Ali was driving!). We were both impressed with the choices on the menu and had a hard time settling on something. I went for the steak sandwich with potato skins and a Red Ale while Ali chose the burger. The steak sandwich was magnificent! Juicy and tender steak on toasted sourdough with sweet onion relish, blue cheese and a mountain of mixed leaves and thinly sliced cucumber….it wasn’t the easiest to eat but every bite was worth the mess! The potato skins were crisp and well seasoned while the garlic mayo was smooth and full of flavour. We didn’t have the time (or the room) for desserts so we left it at that, wanting more! 

As for the price, €33 may seem a decent amount for lunch but the portion size is very generous and we only required a light supper later that evening. The sandwiches and soups were considerably cheaper so it certainly caters for all needs and budgets. Highly Recommended.

Lunch Ratings:

Food: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Selection: 9/10
Value for Money: 8/10

Overall: 8.5/10 Highly Recommended

Harte’s of Kildare,
Market Square,
Kildare Town,
Co. Kildare

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