ABOUT the forge
The Forge Restaurant is an 18th-century cut-stone building with original features, tucked away in North Meath, near the border with Cavan.
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.
The old Forge of yesteryear has since transformed into a place where people travel from far and wide to experience the culinary delights and warm atmosphere of one of Ireland’s top restaurants.
Raymond McArdle grew up in the kitchens of Paul Rankin and then Michael Deane, where he worked for seven years progressing through the ranks to become Head Chef at Deane’s Belfast, where he assisted in obtaining the Michelin Star award in 1996 as Michael’s second chef.
His passion burned for a new challenge so Raymond was Head Chef in the Nuremore Hotel and propelled the Restaurant, now highly successful, to 3 AA Rosettes.
Ever striving to better himself, Raymond has taken the reigns at the Forge Restaurant as Chef Director and is already proving an instant hit with clientele from both sides of the border.
I am loving the new challenge and am very proud to be featured in the Michelin guide 2019.