Ireland has long been a favourite destination for travellers from all over the globe. The green hills and sheer depth of history, as well as welcoming nature of the locals have kept Ireland’s tourism industry in great shape.
There is another side to Ireland that keeps visitors coming back for more that is the cuisine.
From the comfort foods of neighbourhood pubs to fine dining the ‘Emerald Isle” continues to offer up exceptional value and some of the the most innovative cuisine to be found anywhere in Europe.
One of the most attractive and rewarding destinations for those wanting to get under the skin of the Irish dining scene must be County Kilkenny.
This medieval town nestled in the southeast of Ireland serves up a feast of history and culture – the dining opportunities are incredible.
For those who with to reserve their seat at one of the establishments that are scattered across the area restaurant Kilkenny bookings are a simple way to make sure that your table and the associated culinary delights will be waiting for your arrival.
Whether the visitor chooses North, Central Kilkenny the sheer number of different types of cuisine available can make the choice of where to enjoy a lunch or evening meal a bit daunting. However – here are a list of some of the best choices.
For an absolute treat Foodworks in North Kilkenny is a must visit destination. Some of the accolades that this restaurant has received include a strong recommendation from the Michelin Guide (in 2014, 2016, 2016 and 2017) and a run of three consecutive years as being recognised as a ‘Leinster winner’ of the bast causal dining award (2014, 2015 and 2016). In addition it was also recognised by the Sunday Times as one of “Ireland’s Top 100 Restaurants”.
Local produce for the Chef’s farm (he is the owner as well) ensure that everything is bright and fresh without being overly stuffy. For those wanting to reserve restaurant Kilkenny bookings this venue provides that perfect balance between fine dining and a more casual experience. The Leg Of Rabbit is to be recommended.
For those who are interested in ultra fresh ingredients and some proper comfort food to stave of the chill then the Limetree Bistro is well worth a visit. Ultra friendly staff and great portions make it a pleasure to sit an joy meals such as the wonderful chicken and mushroom pie. The cottage pie and homemade burgers also score highly with diners at the Northern Kilkenny venue.
In the Central Region the number of options is simply staggering. As of a recent count there were over 130 restaurants to choose from – making this part of Kilkenny a gastronomes delight.
For those who want to delve deeper into a proud tradition of great eating experiences investigating restaurant Kilkenny bookings here is the perfect choice.
One of the best choices when it comes to fine dining in the area must be the well known Statham’s Bar and Restaurant.
Here the internationally focused cuisine offers something to suit every taste. The restaurant offers local produce with some old classics making an appearance (like the steak, poultry and seafood dishes which are world class – the pan seared duck and Irish Sirloin Steak as strongly recommended). The experience is made even more special due to the extensive wine list that features wines from vineyards across the globe.
For another experience that is simply out of the top drawer the lover of fine dining should definitely make a booking at the Lady Helen. This restaurant and manor house has been the recipient of many accolades during the course of its history, being recognised as one of the top venues in Ireland and also singled out for special mention by the Michelin Guide.
The service is exceptional, as one would expect from an award winning venue such as this – the food is consistently rated as five star by those who have had the pleasure of eating in this ‘old world’ establishment. Any meal here is one that should be savoured. Staying overnight at the manor will allow visitors to get the most from the experience. lovely breakfasts and dinners are the order of the day. Coming in for special mention are the scallops and the delicate nature of many of the dishes – including the diners choice of the’Old Spot Pork plate’.
In the South of Kilkenny the The Mill House Restaurant has proven to be a favourite with both locals and visitors. The chef (who is the fourth generation to call the Mill House home) Has created an intimate space that seats 40 people. the two acres of grounds are a joy to behold and the sheer aura of tranquility makes this the perfect setting for either lunch of dinner.
For regular diners there are a number of dishes that seem to stand out. The Chicken Liver Pate has been called ‘superlative and the Fish Pie – according to one diner was the best that they had even tasted. the ‘baked sea bass with mussels in a creamy mustard sauce’ also came in for high praise. The service and relaxed atmosphere make this venue into something special.
For those who don’t want to venture too far outside of Kilkenny city itself and want a slightly more casual dining experience there is ample choice.
The Fox and Goose restaurant and bar provides no nonsense pub grub and exceptional value for money. Nostalgia diner provides a welcome cafe ambiance – enjoy a sandwich and simply take in the surroundings.
For some Iberian flavour head on over to Salt Yard tapas. This venue has what could be described as an international leaning- but there is a focus on the classic dishes of the Iberian Peninsula.
In all Kilkenny is a haven and a refuge for those gastronomes who want unrivaled choice that ranges across a broad swathe of global cuisines – as well as ranging from Silver Service options to regional favourites and simple, satisfying pub grub.