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The Forge

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Kilbride Cross | Ballon, Carlow, Ireland
+353 59 915 9939
10:30 - 16:30
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Tue - Fri 10:30 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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
Henfield, United Kingdom
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386 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 kitchen to produce a lovely smoked salmon salad which had many different ingredients. Was full... More 

Thank ian239
Kinsale, Ireland
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 ordinary fish pie acceptable but 12 euros i think not. I had to ask for... More 

Thank sarahfrnch
theforgekilbride, Owner at The Forge, responded to this review

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 going to respond to a few of the remarks made in this review. The fish... More 

Kilkenny, Ireland
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 arrived just before 12 and were told cooked dinners weren't ready until 12.15....fair enough so... More 

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County Laois, Ireland
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79 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
Co Wexford, Ireland
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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. Would really recommend this place for an enjoyble meal and we will definitely be calling... More 

Thank ruthandjoe
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

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

Thank Golf-Food
Carlow, Ireland
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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213 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
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 with our Best Woman's cousin back in the day. Such a coincidence or... only in... More 

Thank Teresa C
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 home made. They also have great coffee and it was very good value

Thank Philoconnor

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$16
Irish, Cafe, Soups
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, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?