The Old Yard, Co. Kildare

Another great spot to go for brunch/lunch in County Kildare is a place called The Old Yard. It is a renovated 18th century farmyard located in the rural Irish countryside, at Garterfarm, just outside the town of Castledermot.

Castledermot in itself is a great spot for exploring. In the town you will find Castledermot Abbey also known as “Castledermot Franciscan Friary”, and the Castledermot Round Tower and High Crosses.

The Old Yard is a family run business. You will find food counter in bright and spacious store where you can place your food order, then take a seat at an outdoor table, covered heated seating areas or garden huts and they will bring your order to you, or you can dine inside in garden Room. You can choose from pancakes for brunch, tasty fresh sourdough sandwiches for lunch and hearty pork sausage rolls served all day and famous home bakes. Sourdough breads, apple pies, bakewell tarts, buttery biscuits and an array of fresh bakes every morning from their bakery are wrapped and ready for sell.

In The Old Yard store you will find a collection of carefully curated objects for your Home and Garden. From cut flowers and plants to garden ware, antiques and fancy goods to a bakery and larder. A gathering of Irish Artisan produce from chocolatiers to foragers sit alongside The Old Yard range of jams, preserves and chutneys. They also selling luxury wool throws, fine stationery, delicate jewellery, kitchen ware, local pottery, books, art and scented candles.

The Old Yard is open from Wednesday through to Saturday from 11am to 4pm, with ample parking. They have ample seating available therefore booking is not required.

I`ve been there in March and even in a rainy day The Old Yard looked charming and inviting. I enjoyed the decor and the setting and lunch out in the fresh air. I ordered sourdough sandwiches with roast chicken and a green tea. And my friend also bought fresh homemade chocolates brownies. I hope to visit The Old Yard more often.

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Below my photos taken in March 2022.

I had the pleasure of visiting The Old Yard again in May. It was beautiful sunny day and lots of flowers around.

I went for lunch there and had delicious soup of the day and sourdough bread. I had also open sandwiches made with brown bread with cream goats cheese and roasted beetroot served with a salad of mixed leaves, walnuts and a sweet balsamic dressing. And my friend had vegan salad with sourdough bread.

The food at The Old Yard was scrumptious, healthy, vegan friendly, gluten free and and looks excellent photogenic. I adore the Old Yard and highly recommended to visit. If you go there once you will keep coming back.

Below my photos taken in May 2022.


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