We are delighted to announce our newly refurbished Arkle Bar, cosy plush 1920s decor featuring photos and artwork of Arkle. Arkle (19 April 1957 – 31 May 1970) was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse. A bay gelding, Arkle was named after the mountain Arkle in Scotland that bordered the Duchess of Westminster’s estate. Owned by Anne Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster, he was trained by Tom Dreaper at Kilsallaghan in County Meath, Ireland, and ridden during his steeplechasing career by Pat Taaffe. At 212, his Timeform rating is the highest ever awarded to a steeplechaser.
Arkle was so good that he caused the rules to be changed - how many participants in any sport can claim that? He was known to have a great way with people and stole the hearts of many across the world. In an age when television coverage was rapidly increasing the popularity of steeplechasing, Arkle was the first horse who truly became a public figure. Despite his career being cut short by injury, Arkle won three Cheltenham Gold Cups and a host of other top prizes. Because of Kildare being famous for its many horse racecourses, we've named the bar after its most famous horse who was known to be extremely gentle, full of old charm, and great spirit.
From early morning to late at night, we offer guests a variety of culinary experiences
Unaccompanied children aged 15 to 17 and accompanied children under 15 may remain in the bar between the hours of 10:30am (12:30pm on a Sunday) and 9:00pm. From 1st May to 30th September the until time changes to 10:00pm.
Midweek from 7.30am to 10.30am, Weekends from 8am – 11am
3pm - 9pm seven days a week
Light meals such as soups and sandwiches , scones & danish pastries are available upon request
Friday - Live piano music from 8.30pm to 10.30pm
Saturday - Live Music from 10.00pm to late
For Reservations please call 01 - 6290909 / 01 6106251
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