The Woodford Dolmen Hotel is favoured by guests and customers for its friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere and its Plum Tree Bistro is highly renowned for its fabulous traditional Irish and International Cuisine.

Our Executive Head Chef Laurence Richards began his career at the prestigious London eaterie Brown’s Hotel, where he quickly moved up the ranks from commis chef to chef gardmanger while training Jamie Oliver, who also started his career there.

He then moved to the London’s United Oxford and Cambridge Gentlemen’s Club, where he held the position of sous chef, where he “cooked for Royalty and the English gentry”. After this he spent time working in Canada’s finest Steak House, Hy’s Steak House, where he perfected the art of cooking the perfect steak.

In Ireland, he has worked in the Hilton Hotel Dublin, the Talbot Hotel and the Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort before moving to the Woodford Dolmen and bringing his expert knowledge of American, French and British Cuisine.

Dolmen Hotel Head Chef - Laurence Richards

At Woodford Dolmen Hotel Chef Richards creates appetizing menus offering a carefully-selected choice of dishes using only the freshest local market produce and fresh herbs from the Woodford Dolmen’s own herb garden.

Come dine at Woodford Dolmen Hotel and taste it for yourself!

Our Suppliers

We are proud of the food we serve and work with some of the very best suppliers. All beef on our menu is of Irish origin and boasts full traceability.


Kish Fish with over 50 years experience, operated by the O'Mara family near Howth, Dublin.

Beef, Lamb & Pork

Doyles of Dublin – complete traceability from farm to fork guarantee.

Kavanaghs of Enniscorthy – family business for 50 years, rearing their own stock, own processing beef hung for 21 days, emphasis on traceability from local farms.


CJ O’Loughlin family run business since 1964. Bord Bia approved with emphasis on locally sourced produce.

Fruit & Vegetables

Cullens of Gorey - local growers with harvesting and delivery within 24 hours.

Hoseys of Carlow sourcing the best available produce daily with emphasis on seasonality.

Coolanowle Organic Farm

All our beef burgers, black pudding and sausages are supplied form Coolanowle Organic Farm, an award winning organic farm located in Arles, Co. Laois, 5km from the hotel.

Rapeseed Oil

Natures Oil – local company based in Castledermot. Rapeseed is a healthier alternative to traditional cooking oils.

Allergy Information

All our soups, sauces & gravies are all Gluten free and coeliac friendly. Our dessert ice-creams are also gluten free.

Allergen information is clearly stated on all our menu's.

We are an allergy aware premises, we understand the needs of the allergic customer and we operate a food safety management system with trained staff to control major food allergens and other foods which our customers may wish to avoid. Our Allergen Data Sheets state the allergen content of each item which can be purchased, however some of our menu items contain nuts, peanuts, seeds and other allergens or ingredients which are available in our kitchens and while may not be included as an ingredient on your desired dish may cross-contaminate by use of the common area that they occupy. Please speak with a member of staff if you wish to make a suitable choice and we encourage those customers who have allergies to make themselves known to our serving staff.