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Bates Restaurant

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Bates Restaurant
3 Market Street, Rathdrum, Rathdrum,

Telephone: 0404 29988

The Wicklow Set are known to be a discerning lot and, when they give a nod of approval to a restaurant in their foothills, there has to be something worth investigating. The loca...

Bates Restaurant
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Opening hours:
Tues-Fri 6,00pm -9.30pm
Saturday 5.30pm- 9.30pm
Sunday 12.30pm-3.00pm
Contemporary Irish
A La Carte:
Starters €8.95 - €14.95
Mains €18.95 - €26.95
Value Menu:
2-3 Course
€19.95 - €24.95
Sunday Lunch:
Children's Menu:
Yes - €10.00
Number of Covers:

About The Restaurant

The Wicklow Set are known to be a discerning lot and, when they give a nod of approval to a restaurant in their foothills, there has to be something worth investigating. The location of the restaurant is a picturesque old stone building in Rathdrum which dates from 1785 and was originally Bates Inn and has been used in many film sets. It is basically a long cottage room but of course it is a distinctly cool and modern long cottage room with an open wood stove and an open kitchen. Here some of the best food available in the Garden of Ireland is being produced and served to eager diners. Emphasis is on local, artisan and organic produce, where possible cooked with an assured hand. Air dried beef Braesola is with rocket & Pecorino shavings whilst glazed goats chese is paired with grilled aubergines, courgettes and peppers.   Atlantic crab meat has a red and yellow pepper salad and a lemon vinaigrette, whilst a plate of cracking Irish smoked salmon comes traditionally with lemon, shallots and capers.  They also do delicious saute Shitake, oyster mushrooms, garlic and parsley with chargrilled breads as well as an Antipasto selection of Italian cured meats with Kalamata olives and pickles.  Oh, and the panfried Black Tiger prawn, and seared scallops, with chillies and a bisque are to die for.  Main courses are cracking value from Slow cooked pork belly, white pudding, caramelised apple and tarragon sauce through to a Mixed Fish Platter of seabass, salmon, mackerel, king prawns and sardines.  Panfried duck breast, Puy lentils, crispy pancetta and Balsamic jus is superb.  Pork fillet medallions come with potato pancakes, Camembert and wild mushroom sauce whild pan roasted rack of Wicklow lamb is with creamy mash and rosemary jus.   Superb. Cracking fish is also available, the menu of course changes, but it might be sole on the bone, or panfried Greencastle John Dory or monkfish but whatever it is, it will be served in an interesting accomplished manner. They also have fab steaks from the grill at amazing prices - a 16oz T-bone is just €23.95 whilst a 10oz fillet of beef is €24.95. The real carnivore will love the Mixed Grill of Fillet medallion, strip loin, lamb cutlet, pork belly and chicken at €26.96  Do leave room for their scrumptious desserts. Pannacotta has fresh fruit compote; crème caramel might be with an orange or lemon sorbet; they do a divine warm chocolate pudding with haselnut icecream which, believe me, is worth the 15 minute wait.  An ample Sunday 2/3 course lunch where, almost like France, you will see all the locals relaxing. There is also a 2/3 course Value Menu €19.95/€24.95 available. This place is really charming. It only seats 50 people so make sure you are not out in the cold and book in advance.

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