Awarded Carlow's Best Hotel Restaurant 2018 by the Restaurant Association of Ireland. The Woodford Dolmen Hotel is favoured by guests and customers for its friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere. The Plum Tree Bistro is highly renowned for its fabulous traditional Irish and International Cuisine.

Executive Head Chef Laurence Richards has managed the kitchen here at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel of the past 5 years and brings his expert knowledge of modern American, French and British cuisine to his dishes. Chef Richards creates appetizing menus offering a carefully-selected choice of dishes promoting local produce carefully designed to emphasize the taste of fresh foods.

The fresh herbs, you may be surprised to learn, come from our Chef's herb garden. Each and every dish is delicately prepared and artistically presented for your culinary enjoyment. At the Plum Tree Bistro, every meal is a pleasure.

An extensive wine list is available to complement your meal and after dinner, you can enjoy a drink in the relaxed and comfortable surroundings of our lounge bar. The Plum Tree Bistro is the perfect place to relax, unwind and refuel after a full day of activities exploring Carlow or attending a conference in our wonderful facilities.

Breakfast is served daily from 7.00am to 10.30am enjoy a delicious array of choice including cereal, fruit, pastries to your full Irish.


Carvery Lunch is served Monday to Saturday from 12.15pm to 2.30pm, see our sample menu (subject to change) of some of the wonderful choices available.

Sunday Carvery Lunch is served from 12.15pm to 4.00pm see our sample menu (subject to change).

Mon-Sat Menu (PDF)

Sunday Menu (PDF)


Evening Menu is served from 5pm to 9pm midweek and later at the weekend. The Plum Tree Bistro serves an array of delicious meals with appetizing dishes for all tastes.

Restaurant Menu (PDF)

Wine List (PDF)

Private Dining

Here at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, we can cater for any occasion. If you are celebrating Communion, Confirmation, Christening, Anniversary we can guarantee you beautiful Private Dining Menu's full of choice. We even have a Menu designed for young adults and children. Daytime Private Dining is available till 4pm. We have a choice of private Suites to choose from for your Special meal. (Please note to add beef as a main course option would increase this menu price to €31 per person).

Private Dining Menu (PDF)

Young Diners Private Dining Menu (PDF)

Meet our 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 Chef’s own herb garden.

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 with 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.

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

We are proud of the food we serve and work with some of the very best suppliers. Many of our suppliers are local and feel free to visit our list of trusted suppliers. At our hotel all our menus are allergy compliant. Visit our allergy information page to learn more.

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday: 2:30pm until 9pm

Fridays: 2:30pm until 9:30pm

Saturdays: 2:30pm until 10pm

Sundays: 4:30pm until 9pm