Mabel Crawford’s Bistro is the restaurant here at Fitzgeralds Vienna Woods Country House Hotel. We pride ourselves in giving our guests the best in upscale dining! With this mission in mind we were delighted that last year we won a Glanmire Business Award for being the ‘Best Place to Eat & Drink’ for the year ending 2017.
We are always delighted when people enjoy themselves and love the taste of our food which is made with the finest of Irish ingredients. Our Restaurant caters for everyone with a wide variety of menu options to choose from and boasts of old world elegance and charm.
Our restaurant has an interesting history and story to tell. One day, while moving an old catering fridge, a blocked doorway was found. The Maintenance Manager, was asked to demolish the boarded doorway and on doing so we discovered Lady Mabel Crawford’s old kitchen and pantry which dates back over 150 years! Our country house hotel was originally the private residence of Lord and Lady Crawford, founders of the Beamish Brewery. We renamed our Bistro in honour of the Lady of the House and her legacy lives on in the hotel. By looking around you can see the history and story behind the restaurant. It showcases several original fireplaces, and interesting features such as an old safe built into the wall, cubbyholes and a walk-in wine cellar.
A special area in Mabel’s Crawford Bistro, the snug, is very popular! A little nook in the wall perfect for semi private dining with a comfy semi-circle seat perfect for intimate get togethers.
Another interesting area off the side of the restaurant is the Oak room used for our breakfast buffet. It is rich in history with thick wooden doors with a face and eyes carved into them. This tells us that it was once a billiard room but originally it was a library.
If you want something more casual, we also have Crawford’s Bar & Lounge where there’s a separate menu to choose from. Our bar & lounge is perfect after a stressful day, plenty of couches and armchairs to sink into and relax and of course in front of an open fire (be careful not to fall asleep). There’s a choice from finger licking ribs to burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and more. It’s even possible to have more than one with our sharing platter where you can enjoy spicy chicken wings, golden onion wings, spare ribs, fried goujons, duck spring rolls, potato wedges and a selection of dips.
Whether you're a guest or someone who just wants to pop in for a bite to eat you are more than welcome to try some of our amazing food selection we have to offer!
If you would like to experience upscale dining in our bistro or relax in our bar & lounge don’t hesitate to contact the hotel at 021-4556800 to either book a reservation or hear more on what we have to offer.