By Kim O'Leary
Naas’s landmark Osprey Hotel today revealed plans to completely redesign and refresh its dining space and lobby, which will hold a new 130 seater restaurant called Herald & Devoy.
Herald & Devoy is due to open on Thursday July 13.
The owners of the four-star Kildare hotel, The PREM Group, have started the redesign which is part of an overall €3m investment into the Osprey. The new eye-catching lobby will include a ‘casual chic’ brasserie, ready to delight all guests with ‘Coffee-To- Go’ and all day dining fayre on offer.
The Osprey has enlisted several well-respected names from the worlds of food and architecture, such as well-known architect and television personality Hugh Wallace and food writer and consultant Hugo Arnold.
The launch of the restaurant is good news for Naas and the surrounding areas, with up to 15 new permanent jobs expected to be created.
Herald & Devoy will be designed and created by architect Hugh Wallace of Douglas Wallace Architects who has over 30 years’ experience in the interior design and architectural field.
The new look restaurant will aim to break the boundaries of traditional cafes and restaurants by offering modern all-day menus with original dishes as well as a twist on the classics refreshed for a new discerning pallet. The bar will be open daily and will serve lunch, dinner and a large selection of wines, cocktails and craft beers.
Head Chef Noel Walsh will be in charge of the kitchen, and with 14 years of experience behind him, he is excited at the prospect of creating dishes which are traditional but with a modern surprise. “We have spent a huge amount of time to prepare our new menus which we feel will have something for everyone. Many of the dishes will take a modern twist on old classics but ultimately, what we will serve will be really good food that everyone will enjoy,” said Mr Walsh.
The restaurant’s quirky name is a tribute to John Devoy, an Irish rebel leader, as the Osprey Hotel is built on the old Devoy Barracks site, which was named after him. When Devoy moved to the US he worked for the New York Herald newspaper which has led to the name, ‘Herald & Devoy.ʼ
The PREM Group, who have owned the hotel for the past two years, are involved in various other projects in both the UK and Ireland including Tulfaris Hotel and the Cahernane Hotel.
“Naas is growing a reputation for good food and the Osprey is delighted to be playing its part in bringing a sense of relaxed food and service that many will have enjoyed in international 4 star hotels and indeed neighbourhood brasseries across the world,” said Peter Brennan, the hotel’s General Manager.
For more details see www.osprey.ie or call (045) 881111.
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