Vanilla Pod & Kellic Bar

Vanilla Pod, Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, Meath, Ireland, A82 D2C1
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Opening Information

Monday - Thursday 5pm-10pm

Friday & Saturday 5pm - 11pm

Sunday 12.30pm - 9.30pm

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Families and Children Welcome

About Vanilla Pod & Kellic Bar

Although it is under the umbrella of the Headfort Arms, The Vanilla Pod is a self-contained contemporary restaurant that has earned itself regional national acclaim in its 10 plus years of operation.

The ‘Pod’ as it is affectionately known amongst its loyal fan base offers a wonderful choice of International cuisine in a contemporary bistro atmosphere.

We pride ourselves on good quality, carefully sourced produce from local suppliers, using ingredients that are in season and offering specialties such as locally reared lamb and locally produced cheeses.

The Vanilla Pod has been rated in ‘Tom Doorley’s Top 100 Places To Eat in Ireland’ and has consistently featured in the coveted Bridgestone & Georgina Campbell Guide to Ireland.

Cuisine: Irish, Contemporary, European
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Sunday, 12 July 2020

Even post Covid-19 the vanilla pod did not disappoint. Had a wonderful birthday dinner for my husband's birthday. Thoroughly enjoyed. Food was fab, service was impeccable as always. Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 July 2020

We have been to the vanilla pod so many times& normally love the whole experience. I feel so disappointed with our visit yesterday. I know we are in different times &we are all learning. There was no social distancing anywhere - the place was full to capacity, service was so slow. Menus were being reused between customer &as they were paper no sanitising between customers. Dirty cutlery was being lifted from table straight onto a tray with clean cutlery &same member of staff went to a few tables but tray not wiped down.We were going with guidelines &left after our 90minute but we had only starter &main. We would have liked dessert but felt we should leave as table still had our dinner plates after finishing 10minutes previously. I had 2go 2the bar to pay no service, waiting staff were so busy &trying there best. When we sat down all the tables around us were full &wen we left the same people were still there. I completely understand these are hard times for everyone but wen we decided to go out for the first time since March, i wished we stayed at home. We spent €110 on a meal that we didnt enjoy.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 July 2020

Service a little fast last night between courses. Also found it a little expensive last night. Food was excellent as always and staff fantastic.

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Visited On Friday, 10 July 2020

Staff were lovely and super friendly, food was delicious, it was my first time there and wont be my last!

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Visited On Thursday, 09 July 2020

The staff were fantastic and welcoming as usual. Plus the food, especially the ribs were top notch again.

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Visited On Friday, 03 July 2020

Food was lovely and service was excellent tables very well spaced out was nice evening

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Visited On Saturday, 04 July 2020

Every member of staff should be commended. Social distancing was fantastic, friendly and really helpful.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 July 2020

Thanks for a great evening. It was our first night out post Covid, we were really looking forward to it and everything was perfect.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 July 2020

Very enjoyable first night back out. Service was excellent and the staff were amazing. Well done, we w I’ll be back doon

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Visited On Friday, 03 July 2020

Food and service excellent. Glass of wine €7 a little expensive

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Lovely evening with our family event at the Headfort Arms' Vanilla Pod. Great food and service with lots of buzz in the restaurant.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 March 2020

From the moment we walked in, we were greeted by two amazing ladies. Real natural conversation and couldn't do enough for us. Unfortunately I cannot remember their names! The food was delicious, we all had empty of plates and were raving about how amazing it was. One of the lovely servers asked if it was a special occassion and when we mentioned mums birthday, she came out with cheesecake and made a fuss of her. It was above and beyond and I cannot thank them enough. Will definitely be back....could not fault a thing. Loved the Vanilla Pod, thank you for a fabulous night.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Come here for dinner with friends.Absolutely delicious Food,welcoming atmosphere and fantastic service!!!Love this place.....

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

The service and food at the Vanilla Pod is always 100%. Lareina and her staff were very attentive, friendly and professional

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Visited On Sunday, 16 February 2020

Just fabulous - the food was delicious as always. Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. The service is alway superb - staff cant be anymore helpful.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

Great service, food and value. Highly recommended restaurant in the heart of the town.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

Really lovely meal, excellent service. Only compliant was tables were very tight together and restaurant was quite loud. I actually couldn’t get out of my seat without asking the lady behind me to pull in her seat.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

I would highly recommend the Vanilla Pod. Staff are very welcoming. Manager Lareina is always highly efficient and her ability to multi task is second to none.

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Visited On Friday, 31 January 2020

Every couple of months myself and three of my friends meet up coming from all different areas,one from Cavan,one from Kilcock and two from Ashbourne. It's been our spot for the last few years and we thoroughly enjoy it. We are probably nearly always the last ones to leave. The food is excellent and the service is just as excellent too. It's always the same girl that serves us and I'm embarrassed I don't know her name but we always yet s have a laugh with her too. In fact I requested a Kinder Bueno cheesecake for my friend and she was blown away that the chef had made one that very morning. Much appreciated by the way. Hopefully we will be venturing to Kells for our catch ups for many years to come.

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Visited On Sunday, 26 January 2020

Always great. Went on Sunday evening. Kids eat free and their food was great as was ours

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Visited On Saturday, 25 January 2020

Staff amazing and so friendly food was great atmosphere was electric always a great spot

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Visited On Sunday, 19 January 2020

My wife and I dined at the Vanilla Pod on the 19th of January 2020 to celebrate Aine's birthday. We found the staff to be excellent, The restaurant is a nice place to be except that on the night in question the background music was a little loud for our tastes. The tables looked a little bare and could have done either with full table clothes or perhaps red runners down the centre of each. The food was exceptional overall and good value for money but the chicken supreme could have had more peas included in the dish. We will be returning to the Vanilla Pod again in February for St. Valentine's Night.

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Visited On Wednesday, 01 January 2020

Amazing food and staff

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Top Nosh as always ... superb evening, delicious food, terrific service ... consistently good ... we will be back ... xxx

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Fabulous meal, very busy as being NYE but did not feel anything negative about that.

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