Lord Bagenal Inn

“Unpretentious dining in a riverside hotel” - AA Inspector



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In 1979, the original roadside restaurant was almost killed off by the advent of a new motorway, but the enterprising owners built a hotel on the site. It's distinctly contemporary these days, with its Signature Restaurant and bar revamped to create an open-plan space.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

1 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Lord Bagenal Inn
Main Street, LEIGHLINBRIDGE, Co Carlow
Phone : 059 9774000


  • Seats: 85
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 10
  • Cuisine style: Modern Irish

About the area

Discover County Carlow

One of Ireland’s smaller counties, Carlow is overwhelmingly rural, peppered with small villages and farms. The only town of any size is Carlow itself, which has good shopping off its wide open square. Away from the heart of town is a pleasing tangle of early 19th-century streets. The courthouse is a striking replica of the Parthenon, and was supposedly intended for Cork city until a mix-up of documents bestowed upon Carlow one of its grandest buildings.

Carlow’s castle lies stranded amid modern housing schemes by the Barrow River. The two remaining round towers and a section of curtain wall date from the 13th century. The rest was, bizarrely, destroyed in 1814 by a local doctor trying to convert the site into a hospital for the mentally ill, with the aid of high explosives. The early 19th-century Gothic Cathedral of the Assumption, one of the first Catholic churches built after the Emancipation Act, was designed by Thomas Cobden and is topped by an impressive lantern tower. The area around Carlow has much to offer, not least a prehistoric portal tomb 2 miles east of the town. Religious sites dot the countryside as well as gardens to visit.

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