Star of RTE’s Home of the Year, Hugh Wallace, along with Kildare Football Manager Cian O’Neil and Kildare County Manager Peter Carey, have launched the new 130-seater restaurant, Herald & Devoy, at The Osprey Hotel in Naas.
Hugh, who has over 30 years experience in the interior design and architectural industry, was drafted in to transform the Osprey’s former brasserie into the light-drenched and comfortably modern space that is Herald & Devoy.
The outcome is a relaxed, airy eatery, flooded with natural light and anchored with luxurious leather booths and a stunning mosaic cocktail bar.
Speaking about the project, Hugh said: “Myself and my team were delighted to be involved in this project. The Osprey Hotel is a landmark property in the heart of Kildare. The new restaurant Herald & Devoy will be a fabulous space for guests and residents alike.
We wanted to create an elegant bistro feel that took its inspiration from the huge glazing that was already a hallmark feature of the property.
This glazing together with the spectacular outdoor water feature inspired us to utilise reflective services and a mixture of tactile materials. We hope people will really enjoy dining here as much as we have enjoyed designing the space.”
Another well-known name involved in the venture is food consultant Hugo Arnold, known for his work on bestselling cookbooks such as the Avoca range and Wagamama’s cookbooks. He also previously worked alongside celebrity chef Richard Corrigan.
Hugo developed the menu at Herald & Devoy with head chef Noel Walsh, taking inspiration from classic dishes like seafood cocktail and braised belly of pork. Hugo said: “Noel’s touch is both assured and confident with a distinctly modern edge. This is the kind of menu that suits early and mid-week diners as much as someone looking to celebrate at the weekend.
The large, airy stylish space Hugh has created brings a real sense of occasion regardless of whether you are eating a sandwich, burger, or a super large steak (or even just enjoying a cup of tea).”
Head Chef Noel Walsh is heading up the kitchen, and with 14 years of experience behind him, is excited at the prospect of creating dishes which are traditional but with a modern surprise.
Noel said: “I am really looking forward to cooking our new dishes. We have spent a huge amount of time preparing our new menus which we feel 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.”
The new restaurant is part of an overall €3 million investment into the four-star Kildare Hotel. The new space will act as a café bar restaurant with an all-day menu serving coffee, sandwiches and salads as well as classic dishes like steak and crab cocktail and will offer prosecco on tap as well as craft beers. The launch of the restaurant is good news for Naas and the surrounding areas, with 15 new jobs created.
Herald & Devoy is now open and currently taking bookings. For more information, visit www.osprey.ie or call (045) 881111.