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The MerryTree Restaurant by Rathwood

Rath, Carlow, Ireland
+353 59 915 6285
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“cakes” (18 reviews)
“pitta” (2 reviews)
“pavlova” (2 reviews)
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Irish, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Rath, Carlow, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was here for lunch with family ,now I love coming here to have a lovely dinner ,but oh boy was I disappointed! first of all as I waited to be serve, I noticed a few people asking for their dinner to be re heated ,I...More

Thank Pennykav
Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

Stopped by this cafe for coffee today and a great find. Staff were so friendly and engaging, clearly they enjoyed what they do and it showed in the quality of produce we experienced! A number of boutique shops throughout the building and look forward to...More

Thank Grace S
Reviewed September 23, 2017

The breakfast in this restaurant is very poor, eggs under cooked, toasted bread still white and cold, sausages and hash browns are average, bacon is pale and greasy. by the time you have queued for your order, the plate of food has to be whisked...More

1  Thank karenkh73
Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

Had a really lovely lunch here with the family. Staff are unbelievably nice and the service is amazing. Food was lovely with a good kids menu. I had a great chicken pitta which was delicious.

Thank JenK105
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

The place is nice for a family day out but the restaurant is overpriced for what you get. Staff could be nicer and food was cold when it eventually arrived.

2  Thank Aaron K
Reviewed August 8, 2017

August Bank Holiday Monday 2017 we had booked two adults and two children, boys aged 4 and 3 for the Teddy Bear Picnic at 1.00pm. Price Adult €6 Children €10. Included in the price children receive a pair of bear ears, voucher for free tub...More

Thank Benmadigan
Reviewed August 2, 2017

A vulgar spread of 'celtic tiger' style shoe shops, beauty parlours and other retail experiences I could do without. Noisy restaurant and irritating toy train with incessant infantile music. If you visit with young kids, be prepared to spend serious money.

1  Thank Obligado
Reviewed June 9, 2017

Recently three of us visited for lunch on June bank holiday Monday. I expected the restaurant to be busy judging by the number of cars in the car park, however there is seating for 300,(asked) and there was no difficulty being served and finding a...More

Thank pat1187
Rathwood, Public Relations Manager at The MerryTree Restaurant by Rathwood, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2017

Thanks for the great rating and review Pat, we look forward to welcoming you to Rathwood again soon

Reviewed June 7, 2017

The play facilities for children (and adults!) is great - especially the maze map of Ireland - we all had lots of fun getting lost! The food is lovely, and the playground is right beside the cafe so the children could play while the adults...More

Thank 2rokin
Rathwood, Public Relations Manager at The MerryTree Restaurant by Rathwood, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2017

Many thanks for the great review, we hope you will visit Rathwood again soon!

Reviewed June 7, 2017

Lovely place to visit. Lots of things to see and do for kids but above all the food was really nice. We had afternoon tea for 2 adults and 2 kids which the staff just charged €30. Very good value for such a wonderful meal....More

Thank sue p
Rathwood, Public Relations Manager at The MerryTree Restaurant by Rathwood, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2017

Thank you Sue for the great rating and review, you look forward to welcoming you can your friends to Rathwood soon!

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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 - $24
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Kids
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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