Harte’s of Kildare
“What have you done to him??!” Katie is not happy. It’s my birthday and we are sitting around the table eating. Shane takes a sip of wine (a Monte Tombole Valpolicella Superiore) and observes how spicy it is. His plate is filled with an assortment of Spanish cheese and he’s thoroughly enjoying himself. None of this may sound strange but just two months earlier this scene would have been inconceivable. He came on holiday to Tenerife and suddenly his age began to show. Katie, his girlfriend is appalled at the change. I on the other hand, am ecstatic – he’s getting old, just like me. For his birthday last week I decided to take him for lunch, a nice lunch. It’s what us older folk do.
Tuesday isn’t always a good day to go for lunch. I had originally planned on bringing him to Dublin but nowhere that I wanted to go is open on a Tuesday lunchtime. We decide instead to stay local and make the short drive to our Mother’s home of Kildare Town, to Harte’s. Winners of countless awards, Harte’s is situated in the centre of Kildare town with ample parking to the front. We arrive just after 1pm and although we have no problems getting a table, the restaurant is busy, much busier than I expect on a Tuesday. The stone walls and wooden floors and tables give the old pub exactly that feel and although a relatively large restaurant, it manages to remain cosy and intimate. The lunch menu offers something for everyone with starters, mains and desserts along with soup and sandwich options. We decide on a main course each with the Fish Pie special eventually getting my vote.
Worth The Wait
The food is quite slow to arrive. Shane is in a bit of a hurry and although we thought we had left plenty of time for lunch we are under a bit of pressure now. The server apologises before we say anything and the food quickly follows. My fish pie is worth every second of the wait. Under the mashed potato topping lies the most generous pie filling I have seen in a long time. Rich and creamy it is packed with fresh and smoked fish with some finely chopped vegetables adding a hint of texture. The pie is perfectly seasoned and is joined by a simple salad and a slice of delicious homemade brown bread. I’m a very happy camper.
As we are tight for time, we leave it at that. I have eaten so much that I think dessert may not be the best idea anyway. I order a coffee to take away and pay €35 for 2 x main courses, a sparkling water and a takeaway coffee – money well spent.
Harte’s of Kildare,