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The Forge

) #2 of 2 Dessert in Carlow #22 of 57 Places to Eat in Carlow ££ - £££ Irish, Cafe, Soups
Kilbride Cross | Ballon, Carlow, Ireland
+353 59 915 9939
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“lunch” (17 reviews)
“scones” (11 reviews)
“roast pork” (2 reviews)
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Irish, Cafe, Soups
££ - £££
Kilbride Cross | Ballon, Carlow, Ireland
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1 - 10 of 74 reviews

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

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

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We were heading to Altamont gardens and decided to have lunch in the forge on route. We hadn't been in years but had positive experiences in the past and were very much looking forward to it. There were 2 adults and 3 kids and we...More

2  Thank Rachgr
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Visited here when up at Altamint gardens nearby. Georgous home made scones and coffee. Very quaint and lovely history of the building

Thank bridandtom
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Went here for Sunday lunch. Lovely homely place with friendly helpful staff. Both our meals were excellent, arrived piping hot with plenty of meat and fresh veg and potatoes. I had the lamb which was beautiful and the home made mint sauce was really lovely....More

Thank ruthandjoe
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Really fresh lunch. Chicken on ciabatta with delicious salad and coleslaw accompaniment. Friendly & efficient service also.

Thank Golf-Food
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Love this place so friendly and homelike food is fab love going on a Sunday afternoon easy to park . Away from town's and hassle..♡

Thank ailishtracey
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Stopped here for lunch having visited the Altamont gardens & cafe. It was recommended by the lovely girl in the cafe. Good lunch then went to pay & happened to mention we'd been in Leitrim week before. Turns out that the proprietor used to work...More

Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Popped in for lunch with my wife and baby and had great service and lovely home cooked roast pork and chicken. Both were tender and tasty and portion sizes were decent. We had apple crumble and apple tart for desert both of which were clearly...More

Thank Philoconnor
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • 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
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
  • E-mail
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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