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The MerryTree Restaurant by Rathwood

Rath, Carlow, Ireland
+353 59 915 6285
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Irish, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Rath, Carlow, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

Went into the Merry Tree after a day spent visiting Santa and having a train ride, it was a lovely day in Rathwood, marred by a terrible disappointment after the Santa visit when we went for dinner. At a time of year when plenty of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BaldyConscience
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

It's grand kind of sums it up. The chocolate tray bakes are very expensive and below average. The desserts are huge if that's what you want. The biscuit bases can be like concrete. Difficult to break. They seem to be fond of putting wilted greens...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank SparklyDiamond
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

Who went out amount today and then we went to rathwood for coffee tea cake and some savoury dishes by far the best food we've had since we got here we're staying in the Wolseley hotel

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank davidO8013CE
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

Went here for afternoon tea, had heard great things and it definitely lived up to the reputation. You have to call in advance and book, there were three of us so we booked for three. Very big portions, if we had ordered tea for two...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank bitofabear
Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely brilliant food here and the selection of dessert is out of this world. Very friendly staff in the restaurant.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jimmyber1234
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Part of the Rathwood complex the restaurant serves a good range of hot and cold food. Their coffee is very good!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank mneylon
Reviewed August 19, 2018

This restaurant is in a lovely centre, reminiscent of Avoca with really nice knick-knacky things to buy. The restaurant looks like it would be nice but it was truly dire. My dad ordered quiche of the day and chips. It was appalling. The chips were...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank dublingirl960
Reviewed July 26, 2018

Lovely homemade food full of flavour and with something to suit every taste and dietary requirement. definitely worth a visit especially around Christmas time as there are activities for all the family.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Cathrynol
Reviewed July 17, 2018 via mobile

All the food is locally sourced. Our meal was perfect. Everyone cleaned their plates. The staff are all very friendly and very helpful with the more fussy eaters. Loads of pastries on offer. Check it out.

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank darren r
Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

Of course Rathwood is well known for many things from the infamous Christmas Train to great furniture, to the Ireland Maze and of course for good food. Visited here over easter and had great fun. Food was incredibly tasty and great value. Particularly nice on...More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Kim K
April 11, 2016|
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Response from Flakyfriend | Reviewed this property |
It's in Co. Wicklow, Just east of Tullow (about 7 min drive). If you find the Chocolate Garden on the map, you will get to Rathwood as they are next door neighbours.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $23
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rath, Carlow, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Carlow  >  Carlow
  • Phone Number: +353 59 915 6285
  • E-mail
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, DessertsFriendly, family run Visitor Centre offering delicious wholesome meals cooked with seasonal and local ingredients, home baked desserts, great coffee and surprising creative family events! Set beside a leafy Forest, on the Carlow-Wicklow border, Rathwood gets rave reviews from critics and locals alike. Famous for its scrumptious chocolate mud pie and double layered pavlova, this is a modern restaurant that is a wonderful place to visit for a light lunch or more inventive cuisine, with delicious desserts made daily in their own bakery.The Restaurant has over 300 seats in various settings, from the cosy snug, outdoor patios to the spacious function room, so you don’t need to worry about bookings. Groups and special celebrations catered for in our private Shillelagh Function Room, office lunches or just a friends get together! If you are celebrating at home or don’t fancy cooking tonight, don't forget to check out our Catering Menu.A haven for gluten free food, Rathwood is always busy with a lively yet homely atmosphere. One of the few places where you can get a gluten free sandwich and a dessert!!
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