Hello & Welcome.

The Forge is a rural restaurant with a local food ethos, home baking tradition and a warm welcome.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (10am – 4:30/5pm)

Open Bank Holiday Mondays

 For reservations (advised for Sundays) please call 059 91 59939.

We are located on the N80 between Ballon Village and Bunclody Town.

We are just 1km from the beautiful Altamont Gardens, 5km from Myshall Village, 10km from Tullow Town, 7km from Clonegal Village, 10km from Bunlcody and 5km from Ballon.

The Forge Restaurant, Kilbride Cross

The Forge Restaurant, located in the heart of the Irish farming countryside in county Carlow, prides itself on combining the best of Irish cooking traditions with quality local produce. Open since June 2001, owner Mary Jordan and her team have become well renowned for their scones, jam, tarts and large hearty dinners. Providing quality and value is key to Mary’s success. Her support of local suppliers ensures the freshest of produce and the highest standards of traceability.

 The Forge is less than 1km from the majestic Altamont Gardens, donated to the State by Corona North and maintained by the OPW, the gardens are open year round and regularly host walking tours and gardening events. The adjoining walled garden  is home to Robert Miller’s wonderful nursery which displays a large collection of inspiring plants for your own garden. Children love the rambling and carefree walk down to the Slaney River.

Not surprisingly ‘The Forge’ gets its name from a blacksmith’s forge that once occupied the site. Situated on a four cross roads the old forge stood alongside a post office and shop  – it was the center of community life for those who lived in the townlands of Kilbride, Boggan, Sherwood, Knockdoorish and Milltown. 

Today the restaurant, operating from the beautifully restored c. 120 year old granite building, carries on the tradition of the four cross roads as a meeting place where passers can have some lunch, do business, get news, or simply share life’s little moments over a cup of tea. All are welcome.