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We are excited to welcome you to our home, where we hope that you will relax and enjoy an intimate dining experience and enjoy our home cooked foods with selected wine pairings

ABOUT GROOMS

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About the house

The Ranch, previously known as ‘Groom’s Cottage’, was commissioned in 1882 by Henry Moore, 3rd Marquess and 8th Earl of Drogheda, for the head groom of his estate. 

The ornate Victorian home was designed by renowned architect William Isaac Chambers and has since been named a protected structure, with careful restoration undertaken in 2004. 

It is located in the heart of Monasterevin town, which is colloquially known as ‘the Venice of Ireland’ thanks to its waterways. In 2019, Sean and Audrey happened to drive by the house and spotted a ‘for sale’ sign. Having both secretly admired the house for many years, they immediately went about doing everything possible to make it their forever home.

About the food

It had long been a dream of Audrey’s to become a chef and upon buying this home she felt that it would be the perfect place to bring her dream to life, the historic house creating a wonderful venue for an intimate evening of good food and relaxation. 

Her hope is to make guests feel welcome and relaxed, by doing everything possible to make their evening both enjoyable and memorable. She has prepared a delicious seven-course tasting menu, which can be adapted to meet everyone’s preferences and needs. 

Additional plates will also be provided during the meal, such as homemade breads, butters and herb oils, sauces, vegetable dishes, along with teas, coffees and petit fours to finish off the evening. 

Wine pairing is also offered alongside the tasting menu, as is a full wine list should guests prefer to choose their own.  

Having eaten in JP McMahon’s Michelin starred restaurant Aniar in 2015, Audrey has been a great admirer of his work. 

In late 2019 she undertook a 6-week complete Irish cookery course with him, also going on to work with him in 2020 to improve upon her skills. 

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Audrey takes the techniques that she has learned as well as her love of food and combines them with her own personal flair and ideas to create what she hopes is a menu that you will enjoy at Grooms

Everything served in Groom’s will be made by Audrey in her own kitchen in the Ranch, with each guest also receiving a small momento from the kitchen to bring home.

Wine pairings by Jean Smullen

Wine pairings will be chosen by Jean Smullen, WSET Dip, who has been working in the wine business in Ireland for over 27 years. 

A co-presenter for over twelve years on Newstalk’s popular wine slot, ‘Movies and Booze’ with Sean Moncrieff, Jean also writes a wine column for the Sunday World. Jean has presented wine on television for RTS’s 4 Live and is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers.

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Wine Gift Boxes

Treat someone this year with a choice of our 3 or 4 bottle Wine Gift Boxes from our wine selection. Complete with tasting notes.
€59 / €75 delivered anywhere in Ireland.

Call us or complete our contact form below to order.

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UPCOMING EVENT DATES

Private Bookings

Our room is available for private bookings or meetings. We can cater for up to 10 people. 

Complete our form below with your details and we will get back in touch.

REVIEWS

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Bennis Dergkamp
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May 15, 2022

I have to say, that was one of the best culinary experiences I've ever had. The food prepared by the massively talented chef Audrey was sensational. The service provided by Alex and Chloe was excellent. It was such a relaxed atmosphere and it made for a great evening.

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Amy Farrell
February 7, 2022

Wow!!! The menu had so many elements and hidden surprises. Each dish created with spectacular detail and flavour. I can't even pick a favourite because they were all stunning, the fillet beef was seasoned and cooked to absolute perfection. Each mouthful was magical. Last night I ate two foods that I generally absolutely detest - but I would have happily eaten another plate and honestly probably another. I watch a lot of cooking shows and often you hear "that little bit of acidity compliments or cuts through bla bla bla" and I am always like ye right that little dribble is what transforms a dish - but I get it now. Chef Audrey knows damn well what she is doing because when I ate those prawns with the teeny dribbles of goodness they just knocked the dish out of the world. The wine pairings - PERFECTION Alex our server was class! He had us laughing and never without an empty glass. Dining at Grooms at the Ranch is an experience that everyone needs to try. We will be back again for sure! And again and again ❤

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CONTACT / BOOK

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We take Friday & Saturday bookings only.
If you wish to book, please complete our form with all relevant details and we will respond at our earliest convenience.

The Ranch, Dublin Rd, Monasterevin, Co Kildare, W34 T384

LATEST NEWS

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Enjoyed a glass of wine after service last night with some of our guests who particularly liked our wine pairings especially Tor Del Colle Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from and Rare Apple Ice Wine. Found this lovely thank you gift this morning from one of our guests how nice is that 😀
New amuse bouche for the new summer menu #intokildare #kildarefood  #kildarerestaurants #monasterevin
Finished another blanket this week inspired by the colours in the painting in the restaurant quite happy with the result
Cannot quite believe that we are finalists in all these categories …………. We are so overwhelmed ………… thank you so much ☺️ #intokildare #kildarerestaurants #kildarefood #flavoursofkildare #monasterevin #monasterevinblueway
Latest creation made for a very special friend of mine
We are delighted to be opening reservations for June, July and August for our new summer menu. Please contact us via our website call or email to make a booking and we have a limited number of private bookings available for our garden pavilion as requested 😀 #kildarerestaurants #kildarefoodie #flavoursofkildare #intokildare
When a sausage roll gets Groomed 😂 #intokildare #kildarefoodie #kildarerestaurants
Last nights bread course #kikdarefoodie #kildarefood
What a perfect accompaniment to our apple dessert ………….. delicious #kildarefood #kildarefoodie #irishrestaurants
😘 thank you glad you enjoyed your evening #kildarefood #kildarefoodie
Due to covid we have a cancellation for this Saturday night if anyone is interested just get in touch
Sharing our first recipe from The Ranch.....Charred Mackeral with Rhubarb Chutney and Pickled Cucumber - a very popular one at the restaurant.  https://groomsattheranch.ie/charred-mackeral-with-rhubarb-chutney-and-pickled-cucumber/
We made it !!!! We are over the moon to have made it through to the next round of the YesChef 2022 Awards. We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful support. https://groomsattheranch.ie/we-made-it-through/ 

#irishrestaurants #kildarefoodie #kildarefood #groomsattheranch #historicirishhomes #finedining #irishfood #historicirishhouses #periodhouse #barrowblueway #monasterevin
I rock 😀😀😀
😀 best few weeks I ever spent thank you JP
So glad you enjoyed your evening Ali
A new bread on tonight’s bread course inspired by Ballykilcavan’s walnut whip stout ………. Stout and walnut bread made from their fab walnut whip stout #intokildare #kikdarefoodie #kildaretourism
Delighted to be showcasing this weekend the stunning Rare Apple Ice Wine from Killahora Orchards in Co Cork. To be paired with our apple inspired dessert on our tasting menu #kildarefoodie  #kildarefood #restaurantsassociationofireland
Just finished this cherry blossom themed blanket for someone special getting married next week 🥰
So we have a cancellation for this Friday night if anyone is interested just give us a shout 😀
Hard to believe that you were here on at Patrick’s Day last year doing a fundraising concert for CMRF and tonight you are on the Late Late Show ………. Congratulations Dan you were fantastic tonight and always 😀
Mmmmmm dessert #muckrossparkhotel
Ohh mains #muckrossparkhotel
Delicious #muckrossparkhotel
Today I had the absolute please of doing a dinner service with Garrett Byrne and his wonderful team in his Michelin star restaurant Campagne in Kilkenny ……….. thank you all so much you are all great I am still buzzing 😀 #kildarefoodie #kildarerestaurants intokildare #flavours of Kildare #monasterevin
Delighted to be in the fabulous Merit building in Kildare Co Co today to talk with KFM about Grooms At The Ranch with Mary from Beara Bitters #flavoursofkildare
Delighted to be able to share with you on this International Womens Day that we have been nominated for an award with Yes Chef magazine. We would love your support and will share the links for voting, thank you all again for helping make my dreams come true I am loving every minute of the journey #kildaretourism #kildarefood #kildarefoodie #kildarerestaurants #intokildare  #flavoursofkildare #monasterevin #monasterevinblueway
Happy Pancake Tuesday everyone
Tasting menu in the garden this evening
Nice romantic evening in the garden this evening …………. First garden reservation at The Ranch 😁 enjoy
Kiki keeping an eye on a new dish in development 😂 I think she likes the look of it
Trying out a new dish for the menu Truffle and Mushroom Chicken Roulade with the lovely Jardin de Loire Sauvignon Blanc #kildarefoodie #kildarerestaurants  #intokildare #tasteofkildare
New dish on the menu smoked haddock, pea purée and black pudding …….. simple but nice 😀
So foie gras creme caramel at Campagne, Kilkenny my absolute favourite dish it was amazing
Wow  just tried the scallops in Campagne, Kilkenny, and I am converted an absolutely fab dish and I don’t even like scallops 😀
Very busy weekend here at The Ranch enjoying a relaxing day by the fire today 😀 #kildarefoodie #kildarerestaurants
Some of our lovely beer pairings this weekend #kildarefoodie #kildarerestaurants
Wine pairings from this weekends tasting menu #kildarefoodie  #kildarerestaurants
Hard to believe that we are not even back open a week yet and we are now fully booked up until the end of April 😀 it just amazes me thank you so much for all the wonderful reviews and  amazing support you make my dreams a reality every single day xx #intokildare #kildarefoodie #kildarerestaurants
A table has become available for this Saturday night due to a cancellation if anyone is interested
I love getting good reviews but this one has absolute made my day #kildarefoodie #kildarerestaurants #intokildare
Another lovely review thank you x
New dish from last nights menu Chilled Prawn and Asparagus Pasta #kildarefood #kildarerestaurants #intokildare
Going a little bit retro with this evening’s menu inspired by my travels in Spain last week where I had the most amazing Duck L’Orange in a little French restaurant. I forgot how amazing it could be surrounded by the wonderful smell of oranges around my kitchen.
Some of our homemade breads for this evening
Have some availability for Saturday night if anyone is looking for a table
Delighted to be re-opening again next Saturday the 5th of February, there are a few tables left for February still if anyone is looking for a reservation
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