About us

About Us

Hartes of Kildare

A multi award wining Gastropub located in the heart of the market square in Kildare town just a 5 minute walk from Kildare Village outlet shopping.


Hartes of Kildare was opened in 2009 by Paul Lenehan & Ronan Kinsella who also own & operate Hartes of Kildare in Kildare Town, The Ballymore Inn in Ballymore Eustace & Firecastle Artisan Grocers & Cafe in Kildare Town

With over 40 years experience in hospitality between them Ronan & Paul first met when they worked together as part of the pre-opening team at the Millrace Hotel in Bunclody.

Full of passion and drive for the industry, in 2005 they made the leap and went in to business for themselves. Almost 20 years on and theirs is a friendship and business partnership that became family when Ronan married Paul’s sister.

With 7 children between them family is firmly at the heart of this business. Today their passion for the industry is as strong as it was in 2005 and together with their dedicated team they are constantly working on new ideas such as expanding their own range of craft beers, and their restaurant quality ready meal range while ensuring that they offer their staff a rewarding working environment and their customers a memorable dining experience.

Head Chef – Tom Talik

Originally from Poland Tom moved to Ireland in 2004.
When the Hartes Group took over the lease of Ashtons in Clonskeagh in 2012 Tom was head chef at the time. He continued to work with us in that role in Ashtons up until February 2022. During this time, Ashtons won numerous Gastropub awards and was  recommended by the McKenna's & Georgina Campbell guides.  Tom also managed to secure Good food Ireland recognition. In March 2022 Tom took over as head chef here at Hartes of Kildare. From the moment he joined the team he made it his own. Hartes has continued to be recognised by the Michelin guide, it’s been included in Ireland’s top 100 restaurants and recently won Gastro best Gastro pub in Kildare and in Leinster with the Restaurant Association Of Ireland awards. Tom leads a team of eight in the kitchen and over the years has always performed at the highest level. He has galvanised the kitchen leading through example, his main focus is creating a fun, fair and enjoyable place to work, his young chefs are allowed to excel by creating and being part of the overall decision-making. Some of the team he inherited and the others he has brought in. Over the last 14 years Hartes has always been a top Gastro pub in Ireland, since Tom took over he has continued that tradition, making his own mark but keeping us true to our values.

The Crew

Our Team

Our pub & restaurant are lovely but its our amazing staff that make us stand out.

We know the key ingredient is our people, at Hartes our staff are more than just employees and colleagues they are our family.


Our Awards

Over the years Hartes has won numerous awards. Below are some of our most recent achievements

RAI - Best Gastropub in Leinster 2023

RAI - Best Gastropub in Kildare 2023

RAI - Best Gastropub in Kildare 2022

Paul Lenehan inaugurated as President Of The Restaurants Association Of Ireland - 2022

Mckenna’s Guide best 100 restaurants in Ireland 2022

Michelin Pub guide 2019

RAI – Best Gastropub in Kildare 2018

YES Chef Ireland – Best Gastropub in Lenister 2017/18

Yes Chef Ireland – Best Gastropoub in Ireland 2017/18

Mckenna’s Guide best 100 restaurants in Ireland 2018

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