The Village at Lyons & La Serre Restaurant

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The Village at Lyons & La Serre Restaurant
The Village at Lyons, Celbridge Co Kildare
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Beautifully situated alongside the Grand Canal, with the entrance - guarded by stone lions and a new lodge which sports the trademark soft Lyons green - just beside the 14th lock, the Village at Lyons opened to some acclaim in 2007
  • Archery
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Cookery Classes
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Falconry
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Horse Racing nearby
  • Quad Biking on-site
  • Wine Courses
  • Banqueting
  • Breaks - Short
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Children's Baby Sitting Arranged
  • Conference Venue
  • Family Friendly
  • Ground Floor Bedrooms (accessible for less able)
  • Heli-Pad
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Remote
  • Location - Scenic
  • Location - Waterside
  • Meeting Rooms
  • No Smoking Establishment
  • Open New Year
  • Outdoor Dining Avail. (summer)
  • Private Parties
  • Romantic Venue
  • Shop - boutique
  • Smoking Area
  • Smoking Area Covered
  • Smoking Area Heated
  • Smoking Area Seated
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Contemporary International
  • Al Fresco
  • Atmospheric
  • Attractive Views
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Business Meal
  • Character Pub
  • Cocktails
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Formal
  • MSG Free
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Party Venue
  • Romantic
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

The Village at Lyons & La Serre Restaurant

Beautifully situated alongside the Grand Canal, with the entrance - guarded by stone lions and a new lodge which sports the trademark soft Lyons green - just beside the 14th lock, the Lyons Demesne opened to some acclaim in 2007.

The two restaurants - the fine dining Mill Restaurant, and informal Café La Serre – were originally envisaged as the first stage of an unusual project, The Village at Lyons, to include some small specialist shops, a cookery school and accommodation, and the completed sections sit well in their imaginatively landscaped setting with delightful little gardens and ever-present water.

Following the untimely death of proprietor Dr Tony Ryan in 2008, there was a noticeable slowdown and the stunning fine dining restaurant, The Mill, was closed.

However, The Mill reopened styling itself as Ireland’s premier Wedding and Corporate Venue. The Mill, (and several other areas, including The Garden Room and The Shackleton Room) makes a delightful venue for private gatherings, including exclusive weddings - there is a tiny chapel (it has to be seen to be believed), and the accommodation, in luxurious 2-bedroom ‘cottages’ (complete with Aga in their bespoke kitchens, amongst many other unexpected features), will delight all who stay here.

Restaurant La Serre:

You approach the main entrance past stone statuary and a bed of box balls, over a little bridge (pausing to admire the mill race below) and in through a massive front door which leads straight into the bar; known as The Lyons Den, it’s a welcoming room with a huge fireplace, plenty of comfortable well-worn leather furniture and a full figure portrait of a lady to welcome arriving guests.

The former Café La Serre is along a corridor towards the back of the building, and it’s a very relaxed and informal space, with a covered courtyard area, an oyster bar and a high-windowed Turner-style conservatory that offers tables in a bright space alongside the maturing gardens.

The Courtyard & Cookery School:

Open in recent years, The Courtyard (open Wednesday to Sunday) contains a collection of retail options which include NP2 Jewellery, Design by Renaissance & Nature in Harmony. While the cookery school which was initially run by chef Clodagh McKenna now has several chefs in residence offering an array of cookery classes designed to cater for different levels of interest and ability.

Conferences/Banqueting (100/180), broadband wifi. Seats 73 (outdoors, 20); open Wed-Sat for L&D, L 12-2.30pm, D 6-9.30pm, Sun L only 12-7pm; reservations are advisable; L 2/3 course €25/30; 2/3 course set D menu Wed-Fri 6-7pm €25/30; then a la carte (2/3 course €37.50/45). New Classics menu (old dishes from Café La Serre) including Steak and Chips, Fish Pie, Mussels and much more, price range €8 - €25. House wine €27. Closed Mon & Tue, 25-26 Dec, Good Fri. Heli-pad. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 02-04-2016
Author: Georgina Campbell


Left turn just before bridge in Celbridge village for Ardclough. Follow road for a couple of miles, you will come to a part in the road that has some really tight bends with warning signs. Shortly after that there is a left turn (as signed by a small pale green sign opposite turn). Drive over the hump back bridge and it is immediately on the right with 2 big lions on pillars flanking a gate.

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