Darkie Moores at The Ryevale Tavern restaurant

Pound Street, Leixlip, Leixlip

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11 reviews
4 stars - based on 11 reviews
The original home of the Ryevale Tavern has been stylishly designed as a comfortable lounge and bar. It is the ideal location for a social get-together. Darkie’s is family friendly and prides itself on customer care.

All major sporting events are shown live in HD, with complimentary half time snacks for all matches. If you have a group of friends why not ring Andy or Thomas and get an area reserved for you and your party.

Private functions are our specialty. Birthday parties, engagements, hens, leaving do's & many other celebrations are welcome and all budgets can be catered for. If you are having a celebration why not have it with us, we can cater for maximum of 200 people and you can have it all free of charge the only thing you have to pay for is your cake and decorations , minimum of 10 persons to avail of the free food and free admission to ZINC.

We have Soft Tunes every Friday Night,live bands every Saturday night from 10.30pm.
And a jazz session on the first Sunday of every month with the Jazz Freaks!!

Bar food is served seven days a week, which includes an all day breakfast (a great cure for the morning after the night before) daily specials. Why not try our Darkie Moore’s specials 6oz burger &pint; €9.95 - 6oz steak & pint €14.50.

The Ryevale Tavern then known as Moore’s was for forty years under the management of Miss Eliza Moore, daughter of farmers, Michael and Bridget Moore, who previously had a coaching inn here until 1932. Peter McGovern purchased the premises in 1933 and renamed it The New Light, as it was the first premises to get mains electricity in Leixlip.

Tom Hannigan Snr. acquired the premises in 1949. Over the years the company enlarged and refurbished the Pound street pub, renamed Ryevale Tavern by the family and one lounge reopened in June 2001 called Darkie Moore’s supposedly after Eliza's aversion to soap and water! A stable with a loft overhead for straw, a reminder of the buildings past as a coach house was also discovered during renovations, hence the suitably named The Loft restaurant to the rear of the premises.

A nightclub was established in the oldest part of the building in the 1980’s. It has since been replaced by a state of the art nightclub called Zinc venue.

The Ryevale in the past has been a favourite watering hole for many famous celebrities who were guest of the Honourable Desmond Guinness in Guinness’s castle. Such celebrities include Mick Jagger, Ronnie wood ( took to the stage an jammed with one of our local bands), Gerry Hall, Rod Stewart, Marianne Faithful, Jack Charlton, Bertie Ahearn, Jasmine Guinness, Hugh Grant, Jemimia Khan ~ Socialite, Christie Brown, Brendan O’ Carroll, Angelica Heuston, Stephen Roche / Sean Kelly, Paul McGrath, Jimmy White, Ken Doherty, Samantha Mumba, Shane McGowan, Spider Stacey

OPENING HOURS

Mon12:00pm - 9:00pm
Tue12:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed12:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu12:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sun12:00pm - 9:00pm

CAPACITY
100 people

CUISINES
Carvery, Cheap Eats, Kid's Menu, Pub Grub, Sunday Lunch, Traditional Irish

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi hot spot! Allocated smoking area Separate function room available Full Bar, Beer, Wine, Spirits Will cater for children Will accept party bookings Parking available Accept major credit cards

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Darkie Moores at The Ryevale Tavern

JessduVall
Kildare
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th January 2013 (visited 9 December 2012 )

A very nice and cozy looking pub, not much going on beside the occasional party. I dont know if they have an actual chef in house though. The food we got was quite nice, I ordered a child's meal with lasagna, the lasagna was very very good, however the burger was a bit plane. Just a bun and the burger. No tomato lettuce onion etc. My companion had a burger aswell, this was the full meal. The fries were good, the burger however was very plain again. The server and value were great, just a bit of extra work on the food itself would not hurt,

Darkie Moores at The Ryevale Tavern

niav
Kildare
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 31st August 2011 (visited 30 August 2011 )

I ate here with my mum and we left very dissapointed. I got battered cod with chips. The bater was soggy and greasy and far from crispy, the fish was undercooked also. My mum ordered pork chops - which were definately reheated. Dry and tough and chewy. The service was good and the atmosphere was ok but we wont be returning any time soon. The prices were good but not for the standard of food your paying for.

Darkie Moores at The Ryevale Tavern

Lucinders
Kildare
4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st October 2010 (visited 11 October 2010 )

Do lunch with the girlies here very often... wouldnt pass it as its the best in Leixlip as regards to pub grub! Lovely relaxed seating... plenty of room... great deals on lunch. Dinner is also fab... lovely al a carte menu!

Darkie Moores at The Ryevale Tavern

pandy
Kildare
8 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 07th October 2010 (visited 3 October 2010 )

I come here every sunday for lunch. The carvery is really good and best in maynooth and leixlip that ive eaten for choice and taste. The ham and turkey is good but the all day breakfast is great for a hang over cure.

Darkie Moores at The Ryevale Tavern

carolcoyne
Kildare
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 15th May 2009 (visited 18 March 2009 )

Eat here quite often, food is always lovely,portion sizes large and the price is very reasonable. Really good quality food.Would highly recommend the stir fry chicken and the banoffee or pavloa for dessert (delicious!) Place has been recently decorated which has added to a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere

Darkie Moores at The Ryevale Tavern

Loadie
Kildare
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th March 2009 (visited 12 March 2009 )

Been here a few times and have always found the staff to be quiet friendly. Have often requested a salad which was not on the menu and there has never been any problem. Availed of the carvery, on a sunday a few weeks back, and the portion size was quiet large and the options were good. Would definitely go back.

Darkie Moores at The Ryevale Tavern

bellamm
Kildare
34 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th November 2008 (visited 17 November 2008 )

Have eaten here twice in the past 6 months; on our first occasion, my husband (who is a restaurant manager and owner for the past 20 years in a number of different countries, including Ireland) ordered a steak "medium rare"; the steak arrived well done (his pet peeve!) and he sent it back; the owner arrived at our table and asked what the problem was; my husband explained that he had requested a medium-rare steak, had received a well-done steak and would appreciate a new steak; the manager proceeded to explain how his chef does medium-rare and explained that medium-rare is different in Ireland to North America (husband's accent is obvious)!; we all basically laughed as if he had told a joke but it turned out, he wasn't joking! He tried to tell my husband that in future, if he wants his steak done medium-rare (i.e. pinky-red in the middle) he needs to request rare! This has been a great source of amusement to us ever since. Hubby said with all due respect, manager to manager, owner to owner, he can hardly expect customers to request something they don't want and suggested that he instruct his chefs to cook food as it is requested by the customer. If he ordered rare and received rare, should he send it back and say that he although he ordered rare he was expecting medium-rare?? Anyway, we went back two weeks ago and hubby ordered the steak again and would you believe, he ordered his steak m-r and received well-done - didn't complain this time but vowed never to return; if an owner cannot take constructive criticism on board and ensure that the basics are not covered, it has to make you wonder... I have given a service rating of 2 - this is for the staff that did bring food and drinks in a timely manner, not for the manager/owner and his attitude and poor customer service skills. He has been in the business long enough - he should know better.

Darkie Moores at The Ryevale Tavern

boxplayer
Kildare
15 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 07th July 2008 (visited 1 July 2008 )

I've eaten here regularly over the past couple of months, and the lunchtime carvery is one of the best around - very good food, well-cooked, good portions, and excellent value. And they keep the standard up in the evening, although it is a bit pricier. The redesign also makes it a very nice place to eat in. Highly recommended for lunch.

Darkie Moores at The Ryevale Tavern

elvisfan
Kildare
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 06th July 2008 (visited 29 June 2008 )

I have visited this restaurant on many occasions but have to say that the food and quality of service is severely lacking. Food portions for the carvery are very small- charged for extra scoop of mash or veg. Never experienced such greed at carvery before!!! Asked for extra slice of meat and was charged 4euro for this. Absolutely extortionate price! Certainly not value for money. I will not be returning again.

Darkie Moores at The Ryevale Tavern

sahughes
Dublin
31 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th March 2008 (visited 6 March 2008 )

Had lunch here recently, and I have to say it was excellent. Just had panini with chips and salad, but it was really delicious. And it was great value, only 7.25 euro! They have recently refurbished the place and it looks great. Would highly recommend it for a quick bite at lunchtime. Will definitely return.

Darkie Moores at The Ryevale Tavern

lainster

2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 09th March 2008 (visited 29 February 2008 )

We eat there at least 20 times a year and have never ever had a bad meal there. Haven’t found anywhere to equal it either! I recommend the pepper burger, yum! And the garlic mushrooms! Everything is lovely.

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