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The Forge

Kilbride Cross | Ballon, Carlow, Ireland
+353 59 915 9939
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“lunch” (17 reviews)
“scones” (12 reviews)
“sunday roast” (2 reviews)
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Irish, Cafe, Soups
$$ - $$$
Kilbride Cross | Ballon, Carlow, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had some soup here! It was delicious! The staff were very friendly and helpful. It was nice to see a proper Irish place to chill in. I loved the decor and the vibe also. The toilets were spotless. I would recommend it to everyone!

Thank MccarthyF
Reviewed 3 November 2017

dining room was lovely and cosy. Not a lot of space to seat customers though. One of the workers was handling food with her bare hands which I didn't find very appropriate concidering there were a pair of tongs to lift scones and treats with....More

Thank sophie826
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Stopped in for a bit of lunch, its right on the main road so you cant miss it , has good parking to the rear, at time we went there wasn't many people there so the girl told us to take a seat. we had...More

Thank sambuca46
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We called in after a visit to nearby Altamont Gardens. We were warmly greeted and invited to chose our prefered seats. We shared a starter of deep fried mushrooms, followed by two sandwiches. I chose double cheese toastie, my wife had roast beef ciabbata. Both...More

Reviewed 14 August 2017

I called here with my husband on a Sunday lunch time for a light lunch. They were serving roast dinners but we had a starter and a dessert. The staff showed the lovely Irish hospitality as we were visiting the area for a few days....More

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We had to wait for a table, which is usually a good thing, however, not on this occasion. Main course was distinctly average, dessert can only be described as a catastrophe. I had been offered fruit crumble, what followed was tantamount to slop, not a...More

Thank Iain E
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Mary Jordan and her crew run this very popular restaurant with tireless kindness & charm. Very welcoming and the food is good & locally-sourced.

Thank Obligado
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

We found this restaurant by chance. Mary the owner and our waitress Kiera were fantastic. The food is fresh and comforting. We were so full but we HAD to have the dessert and also take homemade scones home with us. Have a chat with Mary,...More

Thank Setta E
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous setting. Colourful and welcoming from the outside. Beautiful flowers and quaint decor. Food was lovely and the staff couldn't be friendlier. A real little gem of a place

Thank Lorraine R
Reviewed 15 July 2017

The staff were very friendly, polite and efficient. The restaurant was attractive and clean with paintings by local artists for sale on the walls. We were brought a carafe of water and our order quickly taken. We both chose the lemon sole and were told...More

Thank David T
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
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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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