Having visited for a drink a while ago I was keen to try Arthur Mayne in Donnybrook for food. An opportunity arose last week somewhat by accident as I had a table booked at a place in town however with the protests taking place though it more sensible to head out of town. Another challenge was timing, finding a place serving food at 4pm in Dublin is quite tricky it seems!
Arthur Maynes is located in what used to be Longs, completely restored and revamped, its the Dublin outpost of a Cork pub of the same name. Its a gastropub I suppose or just a pub serving food… either way its good, very good!
On a freezing cold rainy windy Wednesday we arrived into Arthur Maynes, relatively quiet given the odd time of day but there was a fire going and it was toasty. We took a seat there and looked through the menu. I love the styling of the pub, apothecary and perfume bottles galore, it’s full of character yet functional and cosy.
The menu has some nice comforting and homely dishes – pork belly, bakes, pies – that kind of thing. Along with sharing platters, nibbles and small plates. There also seems to be a couple of specials each day. We were there just as the dinner menu was taking over from lunch.
It was difficult to choose but I settled on bruschetta (€5.50) to start (a strange choice given the venue I know but I wanted something later because of the main course!) and one of the specials for my main course, a beef pie (€12.95)made with their own brewed beer and topped with mashed potato. My ideal comfort food. He chose mussels (€8.95) to start (he won the battle of the starters) and the pork belly (€14.95)for mains. The twice cooked pork came with creamy mash and a cider and wholegrain mustard jus.
The bruschetta was a huge portion considering it’s in the ‘nibbles’ section – 4 pieces of toasted bread topped with finely chopped tomato, red onion and garlic. It was ok, probably not something I’d hugely recommend here, maybe if you wanted a quick bite of something to share but it was the only slight blip! The mussels on the other hand, plump and juicy mussels, a big portion for a ‘small plate’ and served in a delicious broth.
The beef pie was one of the nicest dishes I’ve eaten in a while, perfectly balanced sauce, lots of beef and vegetables and perfect mash topping. I’m still thinking about it. My pie did come with chips, not quite sure why as they weren’t needed but they tasted good too, I just had a couple. His pork belly was equally good and well polished off – just the right amount of fattiness and wonderful tastes.
We had a few drinks with our food (it’s Christmas afterall!) – Sunbeam for him (Arthur Mayne’s own beer) and a red wine, Domaine des Lauriers, a Cotes du Rhone for me. The beer was priced at €5.30 a pint and the glass of red at €6.80.
Our total bill for all that food, including 4 pints and 4 glasses of red wine came to just €90.15 (without service). I was very impressed with the quality of food and drink and the place itself and very much look forward to a return visit soon.
Before we left we enjoyed a cocktail and a whiskey… my cocktail was an apple mint vodka concoction and very delicious!
Arthur Maynes | 48 Donnybrook Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 | (01) 218 7869
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