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The Forge Restaurant

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1 euro 'Best Budget' denotes moderately priced establishment (max. less than €50pps for accommodation or €35 for 3-course meal without drinks) Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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The Forge Restaurant
Kilbride Cross, Ballon Co Carlow
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Tel: +353 59 915 9939

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'The Forge for home baking and local produce' is their motto and it sums up nicely the timeless appeal of Mary Jordan's unpretentious daytime restaurant.
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Family Friendly
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
  • Outdoor Dining Avail. (summer)
  • Smoking Area
  • Smoking Area Seated
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Traditional Irish
  • Al Fresco
  • Atmospheric
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Party Venue
  • Sunday Dining
  • Tea Rooms
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Wine Bar/Café

The Forge Restaurant

'The Forge for home baking and local produce' is their motto and it sums up nicely the timeless appeal of Mary Jordan's unpretentious daytime restaurant. Off the road but handy to it and with ample parking, the granite building dates back to the 1700s and it makes a great place to break a journey for a wholesome bite.


Originally a steward’s house, then later operated by the Murphy family as a forge, country shop and post office until the early 1970s, this characterful premises has been run as a restaurant for over a decade.


While retaining the flag floors, sash windows and replicas of original timber work, recent restoration has allowed the bright sunshine into the the original hallway. The dining rooms are on each side, one with the original flagged stone floor and a large fireplace space now containing a wood-burning stove; oilcloth-covered tables emphasise the homely kitchen theme of the furnishings. 


Mary takes pride in sourcing local ingredients and her menus offer simple home cooking - fresh scones and jam, home-made vegetable soup, ploughman's sandwiches and comforting hot lunch time favourites like baked ham, roast beef, or an excellent fish pie. There may also be some more some contemporary offerings, such as tasty panini (with quality fillings, such as freshly sliced ham) and the delicious seasonal country desserts could include rhubarb crumble and strawberry cheesecake.


It's good to see seasonal produce used, and local suppliers credited on the menu.


There is also a tourist information point as well as local art and craft work for sale. Walkers are welcome and packed meals supplied on request.


All round, a great little place for a break and known for its consistency.

Seats 60 (outdoor, 30, private room, 14). Open 9.30-5 daily (Sun 12-5.30), L 12.45-3.30 (Sun, 12-5.30). Late opening by arrangement; Set 3 course L €15-20, also A la carte. House wine €21. Wheelchair friendly; children welcome (high chair, childrens menu, baby changing facilities); parking. Closed 10 days at Christmas. MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 03-05-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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Off the N80, between Ballon and Bunclody.

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