The Donkey Shed Restaurant

Newbarn Farm, Old Ashbourne Road, Ashbourne

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Cuisine:
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15 reviews
4 stars - based on 15 reviews
Our restaurant is dedicated to local farmers and to supporting local food economies. Our mission is to produce delicious, high quality foods that emphasize the superior flavors and textures of fresh, local ingredients. To achieve this, we make all of our sandwiches, salads, soups, mains and desserts by hand, in house, using whatever ingredients are seasonally available.

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
70 people

CUISINES
European, Irish

FACILITIES

Veggie options available Parking available

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The Donkey Shed Restaurant

eileeno
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 25th October 2016 (visited 1 October 2016 )

This is a lovely country restaurant, very busy at weekends, food is excellent with great service. Fantastic place to bring kids as there is a pet farm and also a fruit and veg shop on the same grounds, excellent place for all ages at any time of day/evening.

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

Justlovfood
Meath
10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th April 2015 (visited 9 February 2015 )

My husband and I arrived for a late lunch at the donkey shed to be surprised with the amount of people there on a Monday afternoon, the place is very country and comfortable, the food was great, the only let down was the service on the day, unfortunately the girl was on work experience and didn't know much about the restaurant or surroundings when we asked, otherwise i would suggest it to everyone as a lovely place for casual family dining.

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

lynnmurp
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 22nd March 2015 (visited 21 March 2015 )

Our waitress carol was AMAZING. She was so attentive. The food was amazing. Hugh portions nothing was a problem. She was so kind and offered to put aside our leftovers. She spoke to the children so enjoyed my lunch and look forward to going again. 100% happy with carol well done guys. Lynn

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

Slurryhead
Dublin
46 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 17th March 2015 (visited 17 March 2015 )

The Donkey Shed at Newbarn Farm is a lovely place to visit, particularly with young children. The restaurant offers an excellent range of wholesome foods including some amazing salads and pies at very reasonable prices. When we visited for lunch on St Patricks Day it was pretty crowded but we were attended to promptly and our food arrived without delay. Service was pleasant and attentive and we really enjoyed our meal. Afterwards, we strolled through the farm and said hello to the ducks, geese, pigs, goats, hens and, of course, the donkeys. The farm shop is nearby where one can buy some of the vegetables and fruits produced on the farm. Well worth the visit and not solely to eat.

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

suey
Dublin
17 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 07th September 2014 (visited 29 August 2014 )

Have been here a few times for a quick cuppa or a breakfast but this was the first time we went for dinner .The food was lovely & the place was very busy ( which it always is ) We Ordered ribs which was like half a cow.Caesar salad which needed more sauce it seemed a bit dry,Tuna wraps & chips & Seafood pie which was lovely but it would of needed some side with it which I didnt order .Piri Piri prawn. All the food was lovely & tasty .Lovely place to meet friends

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

Yummy21
Meath
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 24th July 2014 (visited 13 July 2014 )

Great place for a coffee or lunch. Always busy and buzzing. The food is absolutely excellent with the goats cheese and beetroot salad my favourite. So healthy too! However, the place is a victim of its own success. It has become so popular that, despite the new extension, it has become almost impossible to get a table or parking at the weekend and I really miss the leisurely read over the newspapers and a coffee in a slightly less hectic environment. Having said that, it's fantastic to see a business thriving in tough times. Their success is well deserved. Do try it out, you won't be sorry, but perhaps be prepared to have to drive away to find somewhere else to eat because they are so busy.

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

badabing
Dublin
112 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 10th April 2014 (visited 10 April 2014 )

Its quite amazing how The Donkey shed gets so busy. I have visited there a good few times. The food is excellent although expensive enough. The service can be a bit slow but that is down to shortage of staff rather than any individual as they are all so busy. Hopefully with the new extension going on that will be sorted. Nice place and I think I will become a regular.

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

Flight Supervisor
Dublin
282 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 07th January 2014 (visited 4 January 2014 )

Called by for lunch with a friend. the place was buzzing but we were still able to converse easily. The service was overall very good and I found one particular lady very chatty and warm both during the meal and when I went to pay. The food was very tasty indeed. We both chose a starter of mushroom soup whilst I opted for a hot roast beef sandwich my friend had prawns. We both loved our food. At no time did we feel rushed and we finished off with a walk in the surrounding farm It was a delight to get so close to the animals. This eatery is a real family friendly place but is suitable for all ages alike. My friend is already going back this week.

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

tinymitsy
Dublin
10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th October 2012 (visited 8 September 2012 )

What can I say to sum up this place?? You have to try the Mexican burger!!!!! We visit regularly & at this stage the staff know what we are going to order. The food is fantastic. The atmosphere is fantastic. Even when it is busting at the seams it's still enjoyable to sit & chomp on your food. Summer time is perfect to sit outside & enjoy a fresh salad. After you have eaten you can take a stroll around & pet some goats. The staff are so nice. It's nice to go to a local "joint" and be acknowledged as a regular. Hats off to the owners!! This place is a true gem!

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

pauld6789
Dublin
37 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st August 2012 (visited 21 August 2012 )

I discovered this well hidden gem by accident about a month ago and this is our fourth time to eat here. The place is nicely decorated and on a nice summers day you can dine al fresco.The staff are very welcoming and friendly.We have tried numerous dishes at this stage and it is all lovely, really nice wholesome food.The duck salad is my favourite,its very lean and very tasty,none of the usually jelly like fat you would normally get with a duck dish.They also have a comprehensive kids menu.The price is reasonable but they could offer a little more value for money. This is quickly becoming a regular haunt of ours.

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

LuckyMe63
Meath
63 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 02nd August 2012 (visited 30 July 2012 )

Even though we went for a later lunch the restaurant was still fairly full with only 2 tables available and there was steady business throughout our visit with departing tables being cleaned quickly. We were served quickly. There is a range of salads and sandwiches on offer with plenty of gluten free and vegetarian options available. My grilled vegetable salad was tasty but very oily, it seemed like the vegetables were fried rather than grilled. It was served with 2 wedges of cheesy garlic bread. When I asked about how the veggies were cooked I was assured they were grilled but that maybe it was the dressing I found oily. The New Barn salad had a delicious mix of fresh vegetables but again it was swamped in dressing. Chunky homemade chips were delicious and all portion sizes are generous. We finished off with some good coffee. I would return but would request salad dressings on the side. On site farm shop worth a stop to buy some fruit & veg

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

MartinaM

6 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 16th May 2012 (visited 12 May 2012 )

A great spot for families and locals, with a combo of a petting zoo (but these are normal farm animals, the eggs you get there are sold in their shop), a shop where you can buy local produce and a nice restaurant serving simple and rustic food. We are regulars and especially appreciate the family friendly atmosphere of the place. Love the sandwiches, the sausage and bacon sandwich is great, as is fish and chips, Stroganoff, roast beef etc. And my daughter can't get enough of the ice-cream and then it's off to feed the donkeys and pigs and goats. A very happy customer here.

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

AnnieAsh
Meath
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 29th April 2012 (visited 29 April 2012 )

This is a great spot, full of families who receive a warm welcome from the owner, Willie. The food is reliably good and the service is usually fine. The Beef Stroganoff is particularly nice as is the Caesar Seafood salad. The chicken and bacon Caesar salad isn't as good as it contains odd little fatty rolls of chicken and bacon cut up. They would do better to do the chicken separately. The farm animals entertain the children and fresh vegetables can be picked up in the farm shop. We go quite often.

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

aismul
Dublin
60 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd December 2011 (visited 28 November 2011 )

I love this place. It's a spacious building whilst still remaining cosy. It's full of character, the staff are lovely and the decor is quirky without being pretentious. The food is fantastic. Nothing super fancy, but they get the basics right. Great flavours and perfect portion sizes. Also the fact that it's as local as possible can only be a huge plus. The setting is great for families - especially those with young children. Getting to explore the farm for free and see the animals is a huge attraction. As for the price? Won't break the bank - a lot of meals in the 10 Euro zone. Another positive.

The Donkey Shed Restaurant

MsMoneypenny
Dublin
15 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 23rd August 2011 (visited 10 August 2011 )

A hidden gem of a restaurant which we discovered when we went to purchase fruit and vegetables at their farm shop. We decided to try out their lunch menu superb we had the chicken heaven which was divine as was the home cooked chips which accompanied the dish. would highly recommend their fruit merguine for a desert. extremely friendly staff, brillant food and service. Have returned since initial visit Very family friendly and the children will love seeing the donkeys, ducks, and pot belly pigs on the farm Not to be missed

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