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Rachel's Garden Cafe

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Old Kilkenny Road | Arboretum Lifestyle and Garden Centre, Leighlinbridge, Ireland
+353 59 972 1558
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

ate here recently and really enjoyed it . the food was of a very high standard and tasted great . lovely setting in a great garden centre . only complaint was that although quality was excellent , quantity was lacking , maybe a little larger portion of stew would be better .

Thank dazza69Tipperary
Kilkenny, Ireland
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Food is always lovely, coffee is the best around but could sometimes be just short of hot, scones always too well baked but these are just minor details, otherwise lovely.

Thank 142Redhead50
Cork, Ireland
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237 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Visited the Arboretum on a Sunday and had lunch. My past experience here is very mixed but had no choice as was with family. The Arboretum is a pleasure to visit but the restaurant certainly is not. Same problems exist - no cutlery out, no water, asked staff for water and she didn't bring any, if you ask for less... More 

Thank Redsionnach
Waterford, Ireland
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Lovely coffee here and pastries. Staff always very helpful and friendly. Shops also good for browsing.

Thank Francesmonica
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Lovely food. Lots of choice, from full carvery meals to salad lunches and scrummy cakes and desserts. Reasonably priced. Lots of seating with the added bonus of piano music.... very odd to see the keys tinkling away on their own!👻. After a leisurely lunch you get to while away many hours in their lovely shop, currently bedecked in Christmas fayre... More 

Thank joaneebee
Boston, Massachusetts
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214 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

This place is surrounded by beauty, it's people, and the lovely atmosphere. The food offered was superb! Tender bacon with a velvety parsley sauce, accompanied by the tastiest carrot and parsnip mash, while mashed potato and roast potatoes cooked to perfection added to an overflowing plate. There were so many offerings from soups, salads, quiche, stew, something for everyone. Desserts... More 

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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Really expected to be giving 4 or 5 here but were disappointed. No vegerarian hot choice. Very limited salad selection, either vegetarian option contained eggs and dairy, the lentil loaf and bean salad were completely tasteless. We were looking forward to eating here and were surprised that vegetarians weren't catered for in a garden cafe

Thank ansean
Arboretum_Team, Manager at Rachel's Garden Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven. We are disappointed you did not enjoy your meal with us in our award winning Rachel's Garden Café. For vegetarians vegetable quiche, goats cheese bruschetta and a lentil loaf which can all be heated to the customers request. These delicious dishes are served with a choice of salads, chips or potato's... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Came down for breakfast this morning. I'm a veggie so ordered the veggie option. The girl at the counter picked up the potatoes with the tongs from the rashers, I declined the breakfast and decided I might be safer with the fried egg and toast. Handed an uncooked egg. Surely the default should be cooked whites??? My tea was ok.... More 

Thank stierdafa
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76 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Always a pleasure to eat there ! Never been disappointed by the food or service ! Rich and flavoured food , huge and tasty killer deserts! You just don't know what to go for ! Love it !

Thank KateCatrinel
Arboretum_Team, Manager at Rachel's Garden Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven and for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted you enjoyed your meal & service in our award winning Rachels Garden Cafe. Our desserts are certainly famous, all made on the premises with generous portions, we like to spoil our customers! Hope to welcome you back again soon! More 

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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Ireland's garden centres are little oases of domestic and culinary culture that American plant entrepreneurs would do well to mimic. Rachel's Garden Café at Arboretum is the crown jewel of them all. Visitors approaching Rachel's Garden Café must first pass through "Rachel's garden," itself. This commercial nursery is a feast for the eyes and nose. The abundance of gorgeous, lush,... More 

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Arboretum_Team, Manager at Rachel's Garden Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you reviewing Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven and Rachel's Garden Café which I am delighted you enjoyed so much! You have captured the essence of the café from the delicious . W are glad you enjoyed it so much! Hope to welcome you back again soon More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Irish, Cafe, European
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Kilkenny Road | Arboretum Lifestyle and Garden Centre, Leighlinbridge, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Carlow  >  Leighlinbridge
  • Phone Number: +353 59 972 1558

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?