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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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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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214 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 of 5 bubbles 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
Dublin, Ireland
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

As a motorcycle touring group, we are always looking for good places to eat where there is also good, secure parking. Mary and her staff always makes us feel really welcome and the parking out the back is great with loads of space. The food is always top quality and service is excellent and friendly. If we have a large... More 

Thank CRRG_Dublin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We were visiting Altamont Gardens where the cafe was closed but there was a sign directing us to The Forge. We popped in for a sandwich but ended up having dinner instead. We couldn't resist the big bowl of steaming potatoes we had spotted on another table. We both ordered the roast pork which came stuffed with beautifully cooked vegetables... More 

Thank moonlightshimmer
Dunboyne, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This is a home away from home. Breakfast, scones, main course lunches and sandwiches - traditional fare done well. Relaxed, homely atmosphere. Staff are pleasant and service is attentive and personal. We call in here after our annual visit to Altamont Gardens. This year we barely made it before closing time (late afternoon) but we weren't rushed.

Thank EJMeath2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Nice food excellent value nice customer service and good value for money.. excellent on a summer day

Thank Andrew H
Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

We all had a wonderful lunch on our last day visiting my brother and his wife. The soup of the day was perfect. We enjoyed everything we ordered. The staff was great and the owner came out and asked us if everything was grand. Can not say enough good things about it.

Thank vei4
Waterford, Ireland
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123 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We had breakfast here, and the options were full-Irish or nothing. They had a section called 'Continental-ish' but that only consisted of bread and scones! That being said our full Irish was very tasty, excellent bacon and eggs, but the sausages were only ok. Mountains of delicious home-made brown bread was served, but they also served stodgy sliced pan toast.... More 

Thank declanjhayes

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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?