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The Merry Ploughboy

Rockbrook, Edmonston Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin Dublin 16, Ireland
+353 1 493 1495
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Rockbrook, Edmonston Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin Dublin 16, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We came on the Rural Pub Tour so we didn't see the music but it was a quaint pub! Not too crowded because it was a Wed but very authentic Irish.

Thank Kristen D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place, fresh food with great flavour, lovely efficient staff x great buzz. We went about 5 pm x luckily got a table 10 mins later too late.. music at weekends if a big crowd book parlour table..

Thank dowlingkate
Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

we went for the evening show and thoroughly enjoyed it the food, singing, dancing and staff all top notch staff so helpful and friendly well worth a visit and only just outside dublin

Thank drout
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Arrived early and barman let us wait till 12.30 serving. Music playing was a bit loud but the ambience was nice very old Irish feel could be in the heart of the country. L. Menu was good not fancy had the goats cheese salad and...More

Thank Miriam B
Reviewed August 29, 2017 via mobile

Great food at a great price.... Better than Johnny foxes anyday. Easy to find and the staff are very nice... Would recommend it to people wanting to have a nice lunch and great views of dublin.

Thank Wayne W
MerryPloughboy, Owner at The Merry Ploughboy, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2017

Thanks for the review and delighted you enjoyed your visit and the views. Between ourselves and Johnnie Fox's there are some excellent choices for lunch in the mountains. See you again soon!

Reviewed August 16, 2017

Great atmosphere, service and food. I ordered chicken liver pate for starter and chicken for main. All very well served and tasty.

Thank Geelonka
Reviewed August 15, 2017

This place is set up for bus groups so they pack the people in. The food was wonderful but took forever to get served. Entertainment started long before we had finished eating. I had a goat cheese dish, trout & apple dessert. Plus Irish coffee....More

Thank cookieladyangel
Reviewed July 19, 2017

Excellent food. Fast service. Too many people in such a place. It's hard to eat and uncomfortable ... Due to too many people the staff is not too friendly, they simply have too much work .. overloaded !!

Thank Jonirj1
Reviewed July 12, 2017

We had a large party who met there for dinner and we all enjoyed good service and excellent meals. Wish we could have caught some of their famous music and dance show. We had starters through entrees and everyone was happy with their meals.

Thank comerharris
Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

Stopped in here for a quick pint and some food after a game of golf.The Guinness was good and we decided to get some wings to share. The wings were very good with good sized portions. Staff are friendly but it's a busy spot so...More

Thank 80bgt
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Questions & Answers
June 11, 2017|
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Response from MerryPloughboy | Property representative |
There is a choice of at least one, but usually two roast meats every Sunday. These are part of the "specials" menu each Sunday. Best Regards, Eoghan.
October 7, 2016|
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Response from 458Dennis | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry but we had private transportation. Enjoy.
Candace A
May 12, 2015|
Response from MerryPloughboy | Property representative |
Hi Candace, Eoghan here from the Merry Ploughboy. We are approx 25 to 35 mins driver from the Merrion Hotel, depending on traffic. Our shuttle collects from around the corner from the Merrion Hotel on Stephen's Green (the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
$12 - $45
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
12:30 PM - 9:30 PM
12:30 PM - 9:30 PM
12:30 PM - 9:30 PM
12:30 PM - 9:30 PM
12:30 PM - 9:30 PM
12:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rockbrook, Edmonston Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin Dublin 16, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 493 1495
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Located at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, the Merry Ploughboy is a destination gastro pub. Being a proud member of "Good Food Ireland", the pub offers the best of Irish food produce which includes a variety of specials to choose from each day along with Sunday roasts at the weekend.
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