The Ranch, Dublin Road, Monasterevin. Co Kildare
Audrey is owner and chef of Grooms at the Ranch.
Grooms is an intimate dining experience in the heart of Monasterevin. Originally known as ‘Groom’s Cottage’, and now called the Ranch, it was commissioned in 1882 by Henry Moore, 3rd Marquess and 8th Earl of Drogheda, for the head groom of his estate, combining the old and the new and trying to retain the history of the beautiful house gave us the name ‘Grooms At The Ranch’.
Having spent time in the kitchen learning from one of her favourite chefs JP McMahon of Aniar in Galway, Audrey takes the techniques that she has learned and her appreciation for fresh local produce and combines them with her own personal flair to create what she hopes is a menu that will be enjoyed by all her guests in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
We try to keep the menu seasonal and not only use the fresh herbs and vegetables grown by my husband in our own garden. Anything that we don’t grow we source locally and have built relationships with wonderful growers, foragers, fishmongers and butchers in the Kildare area. We are proud of the fact that absolutely everything served in Grooms is made from scratch by Audrey in our own kitchen at the Ranch.
We serve a 7 course tasting menu which can be adapted to suit everyone. Wine pairings are offered alongside our tasting menu or you can choose your own from our extensive wine list, all of which have been specially chosen for us by our dear friend, Jean Smullen WSET Dip who many of you will know from Newstalk’s ‘Movies & Booze’ slot with Sean Moncrieff.
Experience an epicurean evening at The Ranch, a Victorian listed house in the heart of historic Co. Kildare.
Join Chef, Audrey Byrne and her team for an exclusive gourmet evening of gastronomy and fine wine in the beautifully appointed dining room at their home in Monasterevin.
Located in private secured grounds, surrounded by trees, this beautiful listed house was designed by renowned architect William Issaac Chambers as an estate cottage for the head groom at Moore Abbey in the 19th century.
Visit the Ranch to enjoy a bistro menu in this relaxed family-run establishment. The Byrne family have transformed their elegant reception rooms to offer their guests an atmospheric and exclusive dining experience.
Indulge yourself with their seven-course exclusive menu, carefully matched with an innovative wine list, compiled by an expert wine panel. Grooms at the Ranch also offer craft beer pairings, from a selection of local Kildare breweries, if preferred.
Audrey developed her inherent talent for cooking while studying with Michelin Starred Chef, JP McMahon at his restaurant Anair in Galway. She prepares everything from scratch using locally sourced seasonal produce. Evenings start at €59 per person for a 7-course tasting menu, or €89 per person including wine or craft beer.
The dining room is open on Saturday night and must be pre-booked. Details of the seasonal menu and their exclusive wine and beer list can be found on their website.
Grooms at the Ranch are available for private bookings and meetings. They can cater for small exclusive wedding parties and offer afternoon tea, (advance booking required).
Why not check out their exclusive range of Wine Gift Boxes with tasting notes? Available to purchase on-line. Choose from a case option of 3 or 4 bottles (nationwide delivery).
Monastrevin town, is known as the Venice of Ireland thanks to twenty-five rivers built over the Barrow River. Located just off the M7 motorway close to the exclusive Kildare Village shopping complex, Monasterevin is part of the new Barrow Blueway that will develop the nearby canal waterways for tourism.
Proprietor: Audrey Byrne
Tel: (086) 820 1264