New restaurant opens at Kildare’s famous ‘sinking pub’ — Roches of Donadea

The Grill Shack

Leinster Leader reporter


Leinster Leader reporter


New restaurant opens at Kildare’s famous ‘sinking pub’ — Roches of Donadea

Roches of Donadea

A new restaurant has opened at Roches of Donadea, which is well-known as Kildare’s famous ‘sinking pub’.

In operation since the late 1800s, the premises is gently and slowly sinking into the Derryvarogue Bog.

No need for panic, though — it has been calculated that there is still some 236 years left until the pub is fully submerged, so no need to drink up just yet.

Roches has long been known for its traditional yet quirky atmosphere, and for its trad music sessions.

Its fame spread world-wide after the US Ryder Cup team enjoyed pints there before the golf competition at the K Club back in 2006.

Under new ownership for the last year, the latest exciting development at Roches is the recently opened Grill Shack.

This new restaurant offers diners a delicious meaty menu of small plates, stake burgers and a melt-in-the-mouth fish skillet, all in a casual, chilled-out setting.

The Grill @ Roches’ signature steak on a stone is made with 100% Irish beef. 

The owners are proud to say their dishes are prepared with fresh and locally sourced produce. Food is served on Thursday and Friday from 4pm to 10pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 10pm.