The Castle Arch was recently honoured with a visit from Inspire Magazine’s dining critic, Michael Grace. He delivered a stellar review on our establishment, which included praise for our highly-skilled staff and his fondness for our “retro” menu options. Through hard work and an unfailing commitment to serve all guests well, we are proud to re-emerge as strong competition against the many hotels in Trim, Ireland.

“I’m happy right across the board”

The Inspire Magazine review began at the charming street gate to the Castle Arch. This entranceway is all that remains of the original Wellington Hotel. Extensive renovations transformed the former building into the beautiful accommodation currently available and placed our new interiors under scrutiny. Fortunately, Castle Arch was deemed “very elegantly designed”. Grace even appreciated our “fine central bar area”.

He also found our service strong, despite the many guests in attendance that day and remarked on the value this attributed to a dining establishment. However, his deepest praise was reserved for our three-course package.

Grace aptly pronounced that “food will always be the engine room of hospitality.” For only €18.95, he and a companion ordered:

  • Vegetable soup and prawns in filo – Our starter was described as “well-made”, “surprisingly good” and “quite delicious.” He said the soup was smooth and correctly flavoured, while the prawns were crispy and meaty.
     
  • Grilled pork chop and chicken Maryland – Grace seemed impressed with our mains, complimenting the size of our chops, how they were cooked and the quality of its accompaniments. He couldn’t recall any establishment currently serving chicken Maryland and considered the dish a tribute to the ‘70s when it was “the height of Irish gastronomic sophistication.” It was even suggested that the offering be made the house special.
  • Apple toffee cake and the profiteroles – The desserts were savoured as keenly as the rest. Grace enjoyed the large, moist slice of confectionary and choux, cream-filled pastry buns topped with chocolate sauce.
    They ended the excursion with tea, coffee and a few glasses of the house white wine, a mere €5.75 each. Spending only €60.00 for the entire experience, Grace considered the pleasure a steal. In fact, he couldn’t find one dish that ranked below average.

They ended the excursion with tea, coffee and a few glasses of the house white wine, a mere €5.75 each. Spending only €60.00 for the entire experience, Grace considered the pleasure a steal. In fact, he couldn’t find one dish that ranked below average.

This review is considered “above normal for Ireland”, demarcating us as “a stand-out example” of hotels running as they should.

“History and nostalgia cannot be ignored”

As far as Michael Grace is concerned, “the Castle Arch has reclaimed its rightful place as Trim’s very own hotel.” With many different things to do in Ireland, we’re proud of this position in the midst of Meath’s flourishing tourism industry. We were especially thrilled to be featured and thank our loyal customers for affording us the privilege of receiving such a fine evaluation.