Our ethos is to champion local food producers by using the finest quality ingredients sourced from within Leinster, to create wholesome, contemporary, tasty dishes that we are proud to call "Rathwood"

Important Notice

We are now operating daily from the Woodshed Cafe with reduced capacity. We are providing outdoor seating along with sheltered outdoor seating. Breakfast, lunch, teas, coffees & cake will still be available on a smaller scale - along with option of takeaway

At this time we will not be taking reservation or orders. We want to thank our customers again for be patient during this time and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon.


Our Guidelines

Please note: 

  • Reservations are temporarily unavailable and we will not be taking cake orders at this time
  • Special Offers currently unavailable
  • Breakfast served as usual from 9.30am - 12pm
  • Carvery & Deli served 12pm - 3pm
  • Selection of popular desserts also available



The MerryTree is a popular, relaxed restaurant serving Rathwood visitors from Breakfast (9:30 am - 12pm), until late afternoon/ evening daily. Our lunch menu fuses traditional flavours with the best of world foods, with an emphasis on organic and local produce. We also use McCabe’s coffee, roasted in local Wicklow and can offer organic Rathwood wine sourced directly from France.

We can accommodate dietary selections and pride ourselves on our healthy menu options. You can enjoy our luxurious (and famous) cakes knowing they are homemade on-site daily using the best ingredients.

Our restaurant seats up to 160 people so booking is not required. We also offer a private dining room that seats up to 70 people which can be booked in advance. Free Wifi is available across the restaurant. Our staff are friendly and can advise you on the different menu options. We offer group bookings, a home catering menu and takeaway options. 

Proud Winners of the RAI (The Restaurant Association of Ireland) award for the ‘Best Casual Dining’ in Carlow for 2017.


Rathwood Merry Tree Restuarant Opening Hours:


Our restaurant is closed at the moment due to the government's advice. We hope to be back open soon. We will be operating from The WoodShed Cafe on a smaller scale with sheltered outdoor dining and Take Away options.