Where to Eat in Kells: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 27, 2017 Oliva Fomby

Discover the best restaurant in Kells, Ireland including vanilla pod, Jacks Railway Restaurant & Bar, The Bective, Butterfly Garden Cafe, The Round Tower, Headfort Lounge, The Book Market, Zen Palace, Bits & Bites Garden Cafe, Kelltic Bar
Things to do in Kells

1. vanilla pod

The Headfort Arms Headfort Place, Kells, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +353 46 924 0084
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 250 reviews

vanilla pod

Reviewed By clareyfairy7 - County Meath, Ireland

It was with trepidation I attended with my sisters and mother. I have dined in the Vanilla pod once before and enjoyed it but I’ve never to a “brand” specific night like this before. There was limited info given regarding the menu when booking and as some of our party are particular about certain foods I was nervous someone would be left hungry. Thankfully it was a fabulous night! The food and drink kept coming for the entire night, all of which was delicious. One of the party can’t have eggs and they fully accommodated when one of the cocktails contained egg whites. The pair from Listoke spoke about the gin and brand at points throughout the night but it was a few lines here and there, they fully understood people were there to eat drink and be merry, not to sit in a class like environment listening to hours of info. Overall a very enjoyable night and excellent value at €50

2. Jacks Railway Restaurant & Bar

Bective street | Bective street, Kells, Ireland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, International, European, Pub Dinner, Late Night HK$86 - HK$290 +353 46 924 9745
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Jacks Railway Restaurant & Bar

At Jack's Railway our vision is that: Restaurant, is like your favorite meal that brings you back good and kind memories of past times, gives you hope for what lies ahead of you. And no matter how difficult the recipe the comfort of it makes it easy to make. Our place must be a place for all your senses and soul.Fresh food cooked with love and passion, accompanied with amazing wine, it is all served with great care and attention, with the pinch of friendly talk by the fire and drizzle of music and art events. This is our favorite recipe. A genuineness of atmosphere,friendliness and presence of good company.

Reviewed By Peter D

What a nice surprise to find in kells. This place has all the signs of management that really want to make a difference. Very clean and slick and a nice warm welcome. The food was delicious so I guess the owners have a passion for food .
Without doubt ..value for money and nice surroundings..
Well done jacks

3. The Bective

Bective Square | Meath, Kells, Ireland Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining Irish, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +353 46 924 7780
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 306 reviews

The Bective

We run a full restaurant service and all of the items on our A La Carte menu are also available to take away - simply phone in your order and collect it (this service is not available during very busy nights). We also have a lovely dining room/bar available upstairs to hire for private functions of any kind (seats 50 people). It has a private Terrace, its own bar and bathroom facilities. Contact us for details of our party platters and finger food menus. We take bookings, but walk-ins are also welcome. We cater for groups and private parties and we are family-friendly, with a children's menu and outdoor play area available. General manager Joan Donegan (Head Chef) & Yvonne Flanagan Johnson (Restaurant Manager) look forward to welcoming you to The Bective. We are open from 5pm to late from Wednesdays to Saturdays and from 3pm to 9pm on Sundays (and bank holidays) and there is ample street parking available outside the restaurant.

Reviewed By clararyan - Kells, Ireland

Enjoyed our meal in the Bective last weekend. The staff were laid back and helpful, no delays in taking our orders or receiving our food which was great. The starters were a very generous size and tasty and the desserts were absolutely Delicious (definitely recommend the cuppa love!)
Overall a very enjoyable experience with a nice relaxing atmosphere.

4. Butterfly Garden Cafe

Bective Square, Kells, Ireland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Butterfly Garden Cafe

Reviewed By MrsEFitz

I absolutely love this place. The coffee is amazing. The food is incredible. I went recently with friends and had the Ceaser Salad was certainly not disappointed beautiful. Staff are so friendly so obliging. They really make you feel welcome. Would highly recommend this place for Breakfast, Lunch or just coffee and cake. Lovely place to go even just to have a catch up with friends.

5. The Round Tower

Kells, Ireland Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pub, Irish Lunch +353 46 924 0144
Excellent
37%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

The Round Tower

Reviewed By Bozeman-Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

Enjoyed a nice meal in The Round Tower this afternoon. Great menu, full of good steak options, fish dishes, chicken and Thai dishes. Quite an impressive variety to be fair. I had the home made beef burger which was huge and really tasty.
Very good, prompt service with smile and very decent prices.
A good option if in Kells. I was here before quite a few years ago. It was good then and it has maintained that standard up to now.

6. Headfort Lounge

Headfort Lodge Headfort Place, Kells, Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Bar, European, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +353 46 924 0063
Excellent
32%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
5%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 37 reviews

Headfort Lounge

Reviewed By Holly182

Had a pitstop here on a business trip for lunch and it was delicious. Reception area a bit dated on arrival but lounge area looks like its been recently refurbished and quits stylish. Had a bowl of lovely hot veg soup and homemade style brown bread with butter and both were delicious. Staff were extremely friendly and courteous. Will be back next time im up this way!

7. The Book Market

Market Street, Kells, Ireland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +353 87 417 4000
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

The Book Market

Reviewed By Bernie S - Belfast, United Kingdom

We went to Kells to see the high crosses and came upon this little cafe/ second hand bookshop. Very friendly service and lovely apple slices with cream. We bought a few books too at either one or two euros each. A great place to stop.

8. Zen Palace

Carrick Street, Kells, Ireland Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Delivery, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +353 46 925 2799
Excellent
66%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Zen Palace

Reviewed By Irish_Traveller085 - Ireland

There's not a lot to say about Zen Palace. The staff are friendly with service that is neither good nor bad. The food is typical Chinese, nothing exceptional but grand. The decor is questionable, but not unbearable. The only real negative is the constant in and out of people for takes outs, it kind of cheapens the place a bit.
Will I go back? Yes of course.

9. Bits & Bites Garden Cafe

9 Kenlis Place, Kells, Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Cafe, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +353 87 607 0909
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 46 reviews

Bits & Bites Garden Cafe

Reviewed By jillianon

You can’t fault the service but I’m not a huge fan of the full Irish breakfast, perhaps it might be advisable to order an alternative from the small but well put together menu

10. Kelltic Bar

Headfort Place, Kells, Ireland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks, Lunch HK$78 - HK$283 +353 46 924 8300
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Kelltic Bar

A classic Irish pub in the heart of Boyne Valley Co.Meath. Open 7 days. We operate as a part of the Headfort Arms Hotel. Serving drinks with a late bar Thursday to Sunday and full bar menu available Mon-Fri 4pm-9.30 and Sat&Sun 12 Noon-9.30. Great bar for Cocktails featuring our brand new updated Cocktail Menu designed by the bar staff themselves.

Reviewed By John M - Enniskillen, United Kingdom

When a waiter doesn't write the order down, you know something's not going to be right. We ate here just before Christmas and the food was very good. My wife very specifically asked that there were no peppers on her pizza. It arrived with peppers. When she pointed them out to the waitress, she said, no they are Jalapenos! All in all, the food was good but the waiting staff just didn't seem to cut it. They were hard to get the attention of and didn't seem to be overly switched on.

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