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The Forge

) #2 of 2 Dessert in Carlow #20 of 52 Places to Eat in Carlow €€ - €€€ Irish, Cafe, Soups
Kilbride Cross | Ballon, Carlow, Ireland
+353 59 915 9939
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“lunch” (17 reviews)
“scones” (11 reviews)
“sunday roast” (2 reviews)
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Irish, Cafe, Soups
€€ - €€€
Kilbride Cross | Ballon, Carlow, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I called here with my husband on a Sunday lunch time for a light lunch. They were serving roast dinners but we had a starter and a dessert. The staff showed the lovely Irish hospitality as we were visiting the area for a few days....More

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had to wait for a table, which is usually a good thing, however, not on this occasion. Main course was distinctly average, dessert can only be described as a catastrophe. I had been offered fruit crumble, what followed was tantamount to slop, not a...More

Thank Iain E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mary Jordan and her crew run this very popular restaurant with tireless kindness & charm. Very welcoming and the food is good & locally-sourced.

Thank Obligado
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found this restaurant by chance. Mary the owner and our waitress Kiera were fantastic. The food is fresh and comforting. We were so full but we HAD to have the dessert and also take homemade scones home with us. Have a chat with Mary,...More

Thank Setta E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous setting. Colourful and welcoming from the outside. Beautiful flowers and quaint decor. Food was lovely and the staff couldn't be friendlier. A real little gem of a place

Thank Lorraine R
Reviewed 14 July 2017

The staff were very friendly, polite and efficient. The restaurant was attractive and clean with paintings by local artists for sale on the walls. We were brought a carafe of water and our order quickly taken. We both chose the lemon sole and were told...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Off the road between Bunclody and Carlow , hard to find but worth the stop . Home produced sandwiches , cakes and jams .Locally sourced fresh meats .Pleasent location , you can dine in outside courtyard or inside in resturant. Service was good and cost...More

Thank mlb186643
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Driving to Wexford from Dublin, we were looking for somewhere to Breakfast. Got there before they were open, but they made us most welcome, inviting us in. Food served quickly, nonetheless. Great start to a brilliant day!

Thank philip m
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Had lunch here after visiting Altamont Gardens and was impressed with the food. My starter was pate which was lovely and creamy and served with very thin toast. There was no fish on the mains menu that day but it was no problem for the...More

Thank ian239
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Sorry I am a cafe snob, and am easily disappointed but there is only one room worth sitting in that was the proper forge on the right. The other was ordinary but warm and had little screaming children the table a mess. The menu very...More

1  Thank sarahfrnch
theforgekilbride, Owner at The Forge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

To Sarah French, thank you for your custom. We are disappointed to read your review. We accept your feedback on the meal you had with us. We have to presume the Fish Pie itself was very good- otherwise you would surely have said! We are...More

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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$16
Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:30 - 16:30
10:30 - 16:30
10:30 - 16:30
10:30 - 16:30
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kilbride Cross | Ballon, Carlow, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Carlow  >  Carlow
  • Phone Number: +353 59 915 9939
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Our restaurant is a casual place in which to get honest food in a warm and welcoming setting. Lunch is served from 12:30 every day Tuesday - Sunday. From 10:30am onwards our traditional Irish scones are fresh out of the oven - along with our fresh tarts and other diet crushing desserts. We have a strong association with the local farming community and are committed to local suppliers for meat, dairy, fruit, vegetable and other produce. All are welcome & we are wheelchair accessible. Looking forward to welcoming you and yours to The Forge.
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