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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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A welcoming 17C former coaching inn set in a picturesque village; it’s a simple place with a relaxed, intimate feel and candlelit tables in the evening...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
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All reviews roe venison crab starters and mains panna cotta prawns burger beautiful village county carlow sunday lunch baby potatoes cooked to perfection from start to finish wonderful night superb food dining experience mouth watering
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Reviewed 20 December 2020 via mobile

Fabulous lunch in this lovely spot. Very interesting menu, great wines, lovely service. Certainly a hidden gem.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 29 August 2020 via mobile

Went for dinner here on Friday 28th of August and thankfully we managed to get in, now I know why you need to book in advance. The food was delightfully presented and tasted as good as it looked. The staff were attentive and catered for...all of our needs. It’s a very unique and rustic bistro, certainly leaves an impression. The only slight criticism we would have is that the online menu needs to be updated to fit what we were offered. Just an idea. Will attach some photos to show you what we had. Well done and we will be back!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 15 August 2020

We spent a week in Clonegal at the Gate Lodge and we were recommended Sha-Roe as THE dining experience. Very difficult to get a next day reservation, fortunately due to a cancellation we got a table and had a very pleasant evening. The food itself...is already an event, cooked to perfection. The staff and the owner were great too, very professional and efficient but still very friendly. Highly recommended for anyone visiting the area, just don't forget to book well in advance.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 17 March 2020

My wife and I along with friends recently travelled to Clonegal, in county Carlow, for dinner at a lovely bistro called " Sha Roe ". This establishment is renowned for its quisine locally and in Carlow. Clonegal is a quiet village, and there is a...homely local next door to the restaurant. The menu is varied and has something for everyone. My starter was a Japanese seafood ramen, with salmon, crab, noodles and vegeatables in a soy broth. Most unusual and gorgeaus. Other starters were Monkfish fritters with poached prawns, or pheasant burger with braised red cabbage. All winners, as were the main courses. Loin of Wicklow venison, fillet of Cod, Butternut squash, pan fried roasted rack of pork chop, or the one I had, braised beef cheek with mushroom and pancetta. All main courses were incredible and the service and atmosphere were great. I cannot praise Sha Roe enough. Prices are reasonable and the couple who run the place have a little gem on their hands. Booking here is essential as they are fairly busy for the forseeable future. We will return soon dv.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 4 March 2020 via mobile

Last Saturday night I brought my boyfriend down to Sha-Roe for his birthday dinner out. It was the night of storm Jorge and it was absolutely wonderful to arrive in such a fabulous Georgian house to be greeted by the wonderful Stephanie. The atmosphere in...the restaurant is just perfect, dimly lit with stove lighting and customers all in the one room with a view of the kitchen which I always love. We had a fantastic 4 course meal. We were served freshly baked mini rolls on a lovely rustic board after we ordered. Then out came our starters, I opted for the monkfish fritters on tartar sauce with picked prawns on Marie rose sauce with a variation of hot and cold this was wonderful and I had some roll to wipe up the sauces! Himself went for pheasant burger with game chips in a red cabbage sauce and my god was the pheasant so tender. We both loved our starters. Our meal continued to get better with my cod for mains topped with leeks and brown mushrooms and my other half had a rack of pork lion in a cider and apple sauce and then we had wonderful side of sauteed baby potatoes, cheesy cauliflower in a delicious sauce and homemade chips. We cleared away every bite it was just wonderful. Eventhough we were full we just knew we needed to order dessert if starters and mains were anything to go by. We both had a dark chocolate moouse cake with vanilla ice cream and I actually spotted salted caramel ice cream with another dessert and asked Stephanie for this with mine and it wasn't a problem! This dessert was mouth watering, I'm still dreaming of it!! The moouse was truely amazing I cannot recommend it enough. We finished our meal with a coffee and a fresh mint tea and chatted about our Michelin worthy meal. There's a lovely room off the dining area to relax in by another fire and lovely country pub next door - it was a wonderful night from start to finish and I thank Stephanie and her husband Henry profusely for a fantastic night. I cannot wait to go back again.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 4 February 2020 via mobile

Superb food, intimate and romantic environment, worth the drive out and we most certainly will be returning....

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 7 January 2020

We've been going to Sha Roe for 10 years. Its never let us down for lifes special moments. Had the pleasure of dining again in November and again the food was stunning. However it is the little touches that truly sets it apart. Beautiful home...made scones on arrival, the attentive staff, the warm welcome. I would have been happy dining on the side dishes. The leek gratin was very hearty. How they continue to produce food at this level without any noticeable change in pricing escapes me. Looking forward to our next booking already. As a special extra we got some of Henry Stones chicken Pate for Christmas. Superb.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 29 December 2019 via mobile

Like so many people who visit this restaurant, it was recommended to us and we have now visited this exquisite place numerous times in the last 6 months, it has become one of our favorite fine dining restaurants in Kildare, it always seems busy and...we would advise booking well in advance. This restaurant has so many qualities that we like, it is set in a lovely location, the building gives a kind of homely feel and the welcome we always receive on arrival makes us feel more like friends than customers. The staff are so very efficient,friendly and helpful, we often go with my mother who is in a wheelchair and they make that process very simple in what it a compact space. The food is always excellent, beautifully presented and no dish to date has disappointed to date, the menu is a little quirky with lots of options for differing tastes, on occasion the chef has kindly made slight variations to dishes to suit my tastes, nothing seems too much trouble. We always look forward to visiting this restaurant which is a 60km journey for us, we always leave feeling it was a superb fine dining experience and great value for money. If you are like me and read a selection of reviews to try and get an overall opinion of any place, I would strongly recommend that you disregard the idiotic review of JohnC below, I will give him some leeway for the fact that it was his first review and might have been his first meal out too. He clearly has issues and hopefully will come through therapy with a more balance view and a chip on both shoulders ( Local chips obviously ).More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 19 December 2019

Christmas 2019 I couldn’t think of a better way to start Christmas 2019 than a return visit to Sha-Roe Bistro. Your experience starts the minute you step inside. You’re greeted with the warmest welcome and made feel spoiled straight away. On this occasion we enjoyed...pre-drinks in a room across from the dining area. Sat in front of a toasty open fire I mean! We both enjoyed a three course and ended the night with a cheese board and port. The food is just incredible. The atmosphere is something special and the service flawless just a perfect evening in every way. Thank you Sha-Roe you never fail to impress me. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 17 December 2019 via mobile

Lovely village.. lovely restaurant. A bit pricy to be honest... menu needs updating and they don't take criticism lightly. Enjoy. And please support local producers.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Hi,Its Clonegal,Carlow
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Hi,It opens at 7pm.im not sure whats days it closes but I think if you have a large booking on a day they dont open,they will accomadate you
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  • Sha-Roe Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 5
    • Service: 5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5