We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book a Stay + Win a Getaway Book your hotel on TripAdvisor and you could win a great trip!

The Conservatory

$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
The Old School House | R756, Laragh, Ireland
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

28 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 24: English reviews
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Left after 30 muns as we couldnt get served despite going to the service area 3 times. Poor and inattentive staff. Have to be losing a lot of business due to poor staffing mgmt. Nice looking place, cant cimment in the food as we couldnt get any

Thank danoconnor99
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here with my husband & 3 teenage children on our way back from Glendalough. What a special place!! Beautiful tasty homemade food, stunning suroundings with great attention to detail & a very friendly personal welcome. Can't wait to go back.

Thank Angela T
Foxrock, Dublin 18.
Level Contributor
22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

If "The Conservatory" was in Dublin, Paris, London, NY or Rome you'd need a 2nd mortgage and/or the Lottery jackpot to dine here. Thankfully Lisa & her "Conservatory" are in Laragh, Co. Wicklow, a mere 2/3 minute drive from Glendalough. The atmosphere is laid back & totally relaxed in a beautifully airy conservatory attached to a magnificent old schoolhouse with... More 

Thank mikefagan1
Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

30km in to our cycle loop we stopped for coffee and cake but ended up having lunch as well. big bowl of home made veggie soup and slow roast beef sambo followed by coffee and both apple and rhubarb tarts with ice cream all while sitting in the sun. Second time this summer we have done this route and the... More 

Thank John S
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

A stunning cafe. Beautiful garden and interior. A family run place, everything seems to be homemade and well taken care of. We had scones with raspberry and strawberry jam and clotted cream, all delicious. An amazing sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream and one of the best hot chocolates I have ever tried. When we arrived most of the... More 

Thank kat_0616
Level Contributor
65 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

After a long day of driving through the Wicklow Mountains this cafe was perfect. Delicious fresh food, enthusiastic staff, delightful atmosphere and charming decor. No complaints at all, we wished we could have stayed longer and sampled everything on the menu! Don't bother going anywhere else: here is where you will find genuine hospitality and hearty delicious food.

Thank Naomi Beth M
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

We went to Glendalough to cheer on some cyclists at the race on that day and decided to have some tea at The Conservatory. The cakes were fantastic (apple and rhubarb) and we had both with their excellent vanilla ice-cream! We were lucky to have really warm and sunny weather so we sat outside. The staff were really friendly and... More 

Thank DimT_78
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016

very cosy, it looks like a country kitchen in a magazine. Housemade scones, soups and cakes. Delicious!

2 Thank Angela2009
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

We were just about to leave Glendalough to grab a coffee in the next village when we spotted this cute cafè. The staff was very friendly and they had great tarts and meringue cakes. Nice interior, very bright and nice since the ceiling was of glass. Excellent, I definitely recommend a visit if you are interested in places with that... More 

2 Thank Tinde T
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2016

A cafe out of the ordinary with a cosy, restful atmosphere. Went there after a walk and found more than a coffee place: bright and cosy atmosphere where you want to relax with a good book or for a chat, decor which is a pleasure for the eyes and home made food.

1 Thank Sophie C

Travelers who viewed The Conservatory also viewed

Laragh, Vale of Glendalough
Laragh, Vale of Glendalough
Laragh, Vale of Glendalough

Been to The Conservatory? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Irish, Cafe, European, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Old School House | R756, Laragh, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Wicklow  >  Vale of Glendalough  >  Laragh
  • Phone Number: 040445302
The Conservatory is a hidden gem - a real find whilst we were exploring the Military Road south of Dublin, and well worth a visit, especially if you happen to be visiting Glendalough (one of Irelands most popular tourist destinations). The staff at The Conservatory are wonderfully friendly and hospitable, and the cafe/restaurant is so very quaint and gorgeous that was deservedly voted in The Bridgestone 100 best restaurants in Ireland 2010. It is an absolutely delightful and charming addition to the existing B&B.

It has had various online reviews:

Contact details: Lisa de la Haye - 353 0404 45302 (mob: 353086 105 0592
Emails: lisa@theconservatory.ie

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Conservatory and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from The Conservatory staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?