From Humble Beginnings

The Forge Restaurant is an 18th-century cut-stone building with original features, tucked away in North Meath, near the border with Cavan (which is also the Leinster–Ulster border).

The building – constructed by the Napper family of Loughcrew, Oldcastle – was a place to get your horse shod or cartwheel rimmed, and for a chat and a good old tale. It was a social centre for the community.

In some respects, little has changed at the Forge. Heat is still applied to transform raw materials, and people are still offered a warm and welcoming place in which to socialise. The Forge Restaurant harnesses the restorative powers of good food and wine for the benefit and enjoyment of its customers.


Photos: Blacksmiths figure prominently in Irish folklore, and were supposed to have special powers. It was thought that the water from the trough in the forge could cure all ills.

Locally Sourced  Food

We are constantly buying and helping local businesses and  farmers, with locally sourced produce.

Our Love for Food

Welcome to the Forge Restaurant set in the heart of the countryside just off the N3 on the Meath/Cavan border.

The Forge has proven to be a haven for those wishing to enjoy good food in a cosy atmosphere with excellent service.

The Forge Restaurant owned by Irene and Pauric White has a very simple philosophy which has seen the business grow from strength to strength since it first opened in October 2000.  The use of fresh local produce incorporated into traditional tried and tested dishes with a few twists has made the Forge Restaurant very popular for all occasions.


Our passion for good food and our love for doing things well conjures up a great recipe for repeat business which is also the backbone for our success.  Our reputation is spread by word of mouth which is the strongest advertising tool possible.  Our customers are extremely important to us and we pride ourselves on providing a warm and friendly atmosphere for all walks of life both young and old.

The Forge Restaurant is steeped in history going back to the 1800’s and adds to the overall ambiance of the dining experience.