Ireland is not only a country of green rolling hills, great local pubs and amazing legends and folklore, it is also country of foodies. Although I was not so sure about the Irish cuisine and their stews, on my trip to Ireland I discovered that Irish food is absolutely delicious!
One of the restaurants Josh and I visited on our week-long trip to the Emerald Isle, was Kate Brown’s restaurant and pub in Ardfert, Kerry.
We had been here before two years ago on our very first trip to Kerry together.
Although Kate Browns is just a cosy country restaurant, people travel up to an hour (or 5 hours in our case, as we drove straight to Kate Brown’s from Tralee) just to eat here. The food is extremely delicious, and the service is very friendly and heart-warming. The second time we went (yes, we went twice in a week – no shame) it felt like we were old friends being welcomed home.
On our first day – a Sunday, we were presented with the ‘roast menu’. On Sunday’s Kate Browns serves great roasts with beautifully cooked vegetables, and you can choose to order a set menu with starters and deserts for a very attractive price.
It will probably not come as a surprise when I tell you the restaurant is heaving on Sundays! And for good reason. Although the roasts are very well cooked (the Irish way), the meat (Pork, Turkey or Beef) is delicious. You can switch out the mash for gratin potatoes!
The second time we went to Kate Brown’s I had the lemon and butter fish – and let me tell you: this fish was perfectly cooked, the sauce was to die for and the overall dish was absolute perfection. I cannot recommend ordering this dish when visiting Kate Brown’s restaurant and pub!
Kate Brown’s is also well-known for their delicious deserts. From sticky toffee pudding to their finger-licking good cheesecakes, You simply cannot leave the table without having been lured in by their desert menu.
It would be an absolute shame for anyone visiting Kerry to not have eaten at Kate Brown’s! Although it is very down to earth, the food is of an incredibly high standard. In the winter they (used to?) burn peat in the hearths which fills the restaurant with a beautiful rustic smell.
The pub and restaurant is located in Ardferd which is within driving distance of Fenit, Tralee and Ballyheigue and about half an hour from Castlegregory. A great place to recharge your batteries after a tiring Kerry walk and definitely one of the best restaurants in the area.
Kate Brown’s is located on the Main Street in Ardfert. I would call to see if they accept reservations as it can become quite busy in the weekends and during the summers. They are open every day from 10:30 am to 11 pm except for Sundays when they open at noon.