Both the City and County quietly emanate the very best that Ireland has to offer. From culture to creativity, fine eateries to vibrant nightlife and outdoor adventures to medieval magic, this is the place that has something for everybody.
The Wine Buff was started in 2000 by three Irish friends that recognised the growing demand for quality wines at affordable prices by the Irish consumers. They specialise in finding wines made by the best family-owned vineyards and importing them to Ireland without using agents or brokers. Kilkenny is the newest addition to the 11 franchise outlets in Ireland and the shop in the town of St. Emilion in Bordeaux.
Gabi and Gary will be delighted to welcome you to view their wines, wine accessories, Carrol Boyes functional art, Coffee, chocolates and more. They have a range of gift sets in beautiful packaging and do hampers to order too. Why not take advantage of their FREE local deliveries or you can order online at www.thewinebuff.com
HOBAN Bar & Brasserie at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny City Centre is where a relaxed atmosphere, excellent food and a genuine welcome awaits you. The bar is fabulously glamorous with a distinctly Art Deco feel and a cosy snug and warm fire providing the perfect backdrop to an extensive and impressive Cocktail and Drinks List.
A palette of rich peacock blue and russet orange combines with soft leathers, velvet and brass to give a warm ambience to this contemporary brasserie – the perfect spot to relax in after a busy day's sightseeing or to treat yourself after stressful week at work.
Opening Daily: Bar from 12.30pm (and 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday) and the Brasserie Serves from opening till 9pm
HOBAN Sunday Brunch is served from 11am - 3 pm House DJ from 11.30 -1.30pm. Enjoy great classic brunch dishes in a buzzing brasserie atmosphere. The art deco glamour of the bar & brasserie is matched with soft mood lighting to soothe and our resident DJ will ease you into your Sunday with funky, easy listening music vibes.
Signature brunch cocktails like Bellini, Mimosa and Bloody Mary’s as well as non-alcoholic detox and kick-start cocktails to set you up for the day. Great for getting together with family or a group of friends or for the day after a celebration or night out.
This chic bar offers an inviting interior, a mix of old and new world styles. This stylish Kilkenny bar is a haven of designer luxury and is renowned for its great service, fantastic quality food & easy going atmosphere. Pure offers an extensive drinks, wine and cocktail list including some specialist drinks carefully assembled by the Pure team. The Pure Bar food menu has been crafted to offer a great variety of dishes to suit all needs; Pure Bar Menu.
We love our coffee. We brew every cup with precision and commitment and with the same mission statement: Make It Awesome!
We don't just do coffee. We've become Kilkenny's No 1 wholefood cafe by caring deeply about the quality of the ingredients from the best local artisan producers. Our food is made fresh to order, every morning with a strong emphasis on good quality. Starting from blueberry pancakes and smashed avocado toast to mouthwatering sourdough sandwiches, organic salads and baked goods. We are vegan and gluten free friendly.
Cafe la coco focus on bringing love of design, food, baking, coffee and great service in relaxed and welcoming environment. ''Everyone is always welcome at our table"
Idyllically located in the picturesque Irish countryside, just a short drive from Kilkenny City, Avalon House Hotel is an historic manor dating back to the 19th century which has been delicately and beautifully restored. Featuring both old and new world influences, this wonderful and unique food haven is a fabulous option for a quiet getaway or a more elaborate celebration.
This superb Castlecomer venue contains a host of luxurious outlets from the relaxing Lark’s Bar, the gracious splendour of our casual fine dining Lil's restaurant right through to the stunning backdrop of our elegant 250 capacity ballroom. Their ethos is simple. Providing exquisite food in an elegant setting by the vastly experienced team the hotel ensures your visit will be memorable forever. The jewel in the crown of Avalon House Hotel is undoubtedly Lil’s Restaurant.
Situated on the first floor with natural light flooding through the original windows and views of the woodland estate. The eternally cosy, stove-lit, Lark’s bar enjoys a very strong lunch and supper. This comfy backdrop is awash with decorative trinkets and unique features and is a huge hit with both local patrons and in-house guests. Both can often be seen mingling throughout the evening especially on Friday nights when there is live music.
The boutique style lends itself ideally to weddings and Avalon House Hotel is delighted to present both Á La Carte offerings & 3 enticing package options. Wedding couples are encouraged to impose their individuality on their magical day so this Kilkenny hotel have provided opportunities to tailor a bespoke menu as required.
Redefine your Steak-House experience at Butcher Restaurant in the Heart of Kilkenny. Quality contemporary food & Cocktails are served in their relaxed and intimate restaurant. Enjoy the finest cuts in the best company!
When visiting Butcher Restaurant guests are sitting just nine miles from Summerhill Farm, Thomastown, where they rear their own traditional breeds including purebred Hereford, Galloway and Aberdeen Angus. These cows are born and raised at Summerhill and are grass fed for 10 months of the year. The restaurant host, Mark Williams is a 6th generation beef farmer at Summerhill Farm. Mark has been supplying beef to top restaurants around Ireland since the 1990's which is how he met their Head Chef James Dewberry and was inspired to open this restaurant, Butcher in the heart of this medieval city.
Artisan bakery and bistro in the heart of Kilkenny city serving delicious brunches from seasonal local produce and stone baked breads with natural Irish ingredients.
All of our breads are stone-baked daily in our bread oven and contain nothing but salt, water, flour and natural leaven or a fresh yeast culture. no preservatives. no chemicals. just nature. All our flours are grown and milled by our friends at The Little Mill built on the River Nore in Bennettsbridge Co. Kilkenny. Because we are big believers and advocates of seasonality and local produce, our menus are like the weather - they can change from day-to-day.
We don't do reservations for brunch - tables are first come, first served - but if you have any special needs, give us a shout and we'll try and accommodate you. For private parties/dinners, birthdays and events, please send us an email.
A great pub located in Stoneyford, Kilkenny just a short distance from Mount Juliet, that offers the best craic and great music. Malzards offers a traditional Irish Pub experience, with traditional Irish instruments available for you to play, or sing along with the local musicians in the bar.
Learn how to hurl: in a relaxed, fun environment, learn all about Ireland's ancient Gaelic game of hurling with neighbours, young and old will love it!
Royal Oak Distillery
Royal Oak Distillery, Clorusk Lower, Royaloak, Co. Carlow
The Royal Oak Distillery is a world class distillery producing hand crafted Irish whiskey, proudly located on an 18th century estate in Ireland's Ancient East region. Visitors can experience a revival of historic tradition as well as forging ahead with innovation in a fully guided, multi-sensory tour of one of Ireland's largest operational whiskey distilleries: see first-hand how all three styles of Irish whiskey - pot still, malt and grain - are created! The Royal Oak Distillery is unique in being the first to distil all 3 types of whiskey under one roof.
Pick from our great range of tasting experiences at our historic Royal Oak Estate, taking in Holloden House (1755) and the beautiful scenery that makes Royal Oak the perfect place to relax while learning about their great crafted whiskeys.
Choose from 3 tour options:
Royal Oak Journey – €15 – this will include one tasting of a premium whiskey
Single Malt Experience – €25 – this will include 3 tasting of premium Single Malts each matured in different barrel selections to allow a better understanding of the barrel and influence on whiskey
Connoisseurs Choice - €40 - this will include 3 tastings of select limited edition whiskies from cask finish & cask strength varieties.
Award winning Lisduggan Farm have recently picked up two gold stars from the Great Taste Awards for their Smoked Dry Cured Streaky Bacon and have been spreading the word about their delicious and succulent Baby Quinlan Gourmet Burger which is Ireland’s new delicious healthy food option, high in protein, low fat, reduced calories and gluten free.
At Goatsbridge Fish Farm, trout is their passion. Their knowledge and experience farming rainbow trout has been passed down through three generations. Each catch comes daily from the crystal clear waters of The Little Arrigle River, giving their trout unique taste and texture. They love trout, and they know if you give it a try you will too! Goatsbridge Trout is available from their online shop, all major supermarkets in Ireland as well as specialist shops, or directly from their farm gate. Visitors are welcome to look around their trout farm at any time during opening hours.
Come and see Goatsbridge visitor center and shop, where you can sample and buy our products. The center is located beside the trout ponds, and you can organise single or group tours around the farm where you will learn all about Goatsbridge Trout Farm, it’s herritage and business history. Visit https://goatsbridgetrout.ie
Helen Costelloe Food Producer
” The Cutting Vedge” in Unit 4, Ormonde St., Kilkenny
Helen Costelloe creates a dining experience with a difference. With food as delicious as it is healthy, you can eat out at Helen Costelloe’s without feeling a single pang of guilt!
Diners of all descriptions come from far and wide to sample Helen’s seasonal, wholefood, vegetarian cuisine, which proves once and for all that healthy food can be ‘just too tasty to describe’.
Using seasonal vegetables, nuts, grains, pulses and the very best of original spices, Helen creates menus that cater for all tastes including allergies and intolerances, with no compromise to taste.
Each occasion provides a chance to socialise in an enjoyable setting, without breaking the bank or your promises to yourself!
Highbank Organic Farm in Co. Kilkenny was a 17th century farmyard and the present farm house was built by our family in the 19th Century. The first apple orchards were planted by the family, in 1969, to compliment the hop gardens.
The varieties of apples are specially chosen for their juicing properties which are uniquely complex and full of health giving vitamins and minerals.
Highbank Orchards is home to the original and innovative and multi award winning HIGHBANK orchard syrup. They also produce several delicious Apple juices, including their acclaimed Christmas organic mulling apple juice and new Highbank Apple Wine.
The Little Mill Company
The Little Mill Company, Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny
The Little Mill is owned and managed by the Mosse Family. Stretching back seven generations, the family have been milling on the banks of the River Nore in Co. Kilkenny. When you have been handling, milling and selecting wheat for that long, you’re not only knowledgeable but passionate about it, and that passion is evident not only in their milling but when creating their baking mixes.
We produce our Stoneground Wholemeals at the Little Mill in Bennettsbridge. The mill has a long history and is the only commercial mill of its kind still in operation.
Mooncoin Beetroot is grown and handpicked by the Murphy family in the fertile river Suir Valley of South Kilkenny. The success of Mooncoin Beetroot stems from the fact that our beetroot is cooked and jarred in our home only hours after leaving the soil. This care, combined with our unique family recipe, produces beetroot we believe, to be of unrivalled quality!
Mooncoin Beetroot was established in 2012 as a result of an over producing garden patch. Starting with a small patch in their garden and originally just pickling for family and friends, they saw a gap in the market for a top quality home grown, handmade pickled beetroot. They're now growing over an acre and a half of the best quality beetroot for their products. Mooncoin Beetroot represents Irish homemade produce at it's very finest. This care and attention, combined with their unique family recipe, produces beetroot that they believe to be of unrivaled quality.
The Truffle Fairy was set up in 2005 by award winning chef Mary Teehan. After years of cooking and travel experience Mary brings a uniquely fresh approach to chocolate truffle making.
Drawing on her experience and love of natural fresh ingredients, The Truffle Fairy stays true to taste and quality.
Truffle Fairy hand makes high quality chocolate truffles, fudge, bars, chocolate eggs and cakes.
Carefully chosen fine flavour couverture is paired with fresh spices and quality liquors to create some wonderfully unique and tasty chocolates.
We only use the highest quality, locally sourced and organic ingredients when available to make our products.
The Zwartbles Ireland Blankets & Travel Rugs are woven to a traditional weight and have four white stripes which represent the Zwartbles sheep distinctive white markings. The twin narrow stripes represent the legs white socks which stop before their knees or hocks. The one broad stripe represents the distinctive white face blaze from poll to muzzle. The single white stripe represents the tip of the Zwartbles undocked tail.
Kilkenny Design Craft Centre offers an unrivalled selection of Irish handcrafted gifts. While it has many imitators, the Centre remains Ireland’s most prestigious source of Irish gifts of exceptional quality, all chosen with a discerning eye for quality, uniqueness and style.
The Centre’s unequalled supplier list, drawn from Ireland’s most eminent craftspeople and designers, gives visitors a uniquely special shopping experience, allowing them to purchase the best of Irish crafts and design under one roof. Visitors from outside of the EU can avail of highly attractive tax free shopping.
Artisan butcher and delicatessen shop run by Lada Navratil at Newpark Shopping Centre, KK selling top quality local meat – beef, lamb, pork and we are pleased to offer veal from the Kilkenny Rosé Veal farm; free range chicken, a variety of artisan savoury cakes, pies and pastries, local organic vegatables, Irish farmhouse cheese, olives etc. We stock a wide range of Irish artisan products and we are proud to be a exclusive seller of Wild About products to our customers in Kilkenny.
Breagagh Valley Artisan Meats was founded in 2013 as a small independent Kilkenny based company specialising in artisan meat production. Our founder and owner, George Navratil, studied Meat Technology and Meat Processing in Prague, in the Czech republic. George is passionate about charcuterie, he loves making sausages and other meat delicatessen products. While producing them he uses some old and tried recipes and he is also not afraid to try out his own new ideas. Our shop is little bit different from other butcher shops as we produce a top quality charcuterie. We have fitted a fully automatic smoker in the workshop and we specialise in production of smoked sausages, salamis, hams etc. Our products are totally natural without any artificial additives and have a high meat content. All our products are of highest quality, using only locally sourced meat, and the sausages are filled in natural casings. Our products are also gluten free.
Cooking Classes at Eden Hall has something to offer all food lovers: learn, taste, and enjoy with demonstrations for groups of eight or more. Whether a novice or more experienced cook, we will make your visit memorable. Located in a traditional old Irish house in the heartland of County Kilkenny.
Ryeland House Cookery School first open its doors in Kilkenny in 1991 to provide cooking classes and has been run ever since by the proprietor Mrs. Anne Neary.
When it comes to food the ethos of Anne and the Ryeland House Cookery School has always been one of using locally sourced, great quality ingredients. Much of the food used at Ryeland House is grown on the home farm, our neighbours farms or is produced locally by skilled artisan food makers. All the eggs used in our cooking come from our own free range hens, which guests and students are encouraged to visit during their time at Ryeland.
The BallyKeefe Distillery story is extremely rare and unique with it being the only distillery in Ireland that carries a culture of sustainability and a blue print for the environment.
This state of the art new distillery at Ballykeefe is the first Whiskey distillery to operate in Kilkenny in over 200 years. It revives an Irish tradition of family farm distilleries lost for centuries. There is a huge emphasis on being eco-friendly, low carbon footprint and 100% sustainable, with the pot ale and spent grains fed to the cattle on the farm. This is a one of a kind in Ireland where everything from Grain to Glass is done on the family farm with no off-farm waste.
Ballykeefe Distillery Tour Experience
A tour of Ballykeefe Distillery is a must for anyone with an interest in Kilkenny’s historical association with Irish Whiskey. The guided tour enables guests to explore the distillery and discover the ancient art of Irish Whiskey making and the craftmanship that goes into each of our casks. Experience first-hand the sound, smell and feel of a fully operational distillery, with a behind-the-scenes tour teaching the fine art of distilling and of course a tasting of our signature white spirit range.
The duration of the tour is approx. 1 hour and includes a full distillery explaining how they make their Whiskey, Poitín, Gin & Vodka plus tastings of our award-winning Ballykeefe Vodka and Ballykeefe Poitín along with a Ballykeefe Gin & Tonic.
Tours run daily from Monday to Friday at 2pm and 4pm from 1st March to 31st October. Group bookings can be accommodated outside of these hours/dates, subject to availability and our production schedule. Tours can be booked on https://ballykeefedistillery.ie
Irish & Continental cuisine featuring game in season, local specialties such as smoked eel and an extensive international wine list.
If you are feeling a bit peckish? The team in the kitchen at Waterside know their craft. Having honed their skills and developed their own style during fifteen years as a team their work has resulted in consistently favourable reports.
The restaurant at Waterside, Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny, has earned a reputation for excellence over many years. The room itself, with its riverfront location, sets the scene for a wonderful intimate evening with great food and fine wines. The atmosphere in the dining room is relaxed and comfortable. The food is good, the wine list is delicious with over 40 wines from right around the globe.
Nestled in the heart of Kilkenny city, Truffles is an exciting new restaurant offering delightful European cuisine using the finest local ingredients, which is prepared using modern French cooking techniques with an Italian twist. A wonderful combination! They also provide an extended menu for Vegan and Vegetarian guests.
Truffles is a small and unique restaurant where guests will be spoiled from the moment they arrive. If you are looking for something special you will find it here.
Zuni Restaurant Bar & Boutique Hotel, situated on Patrick Street, in Kilkenny's City Centre. Serving great food for lunch or dinner seven days a week since 2000. Arrive early for a cocktail in our chic new cocktail bar. Zuni restaurant is highly regarded as one of Kilkennys top restaurants. From our award-winning kitchen you can enjoy breakfast daily from 8am, Lunch from 12 noon with early bird and full a la carte evening service from 5.30pm.
Step into the past at Mocha’s Vintage Tea Room Restaurant, on Gas House Lane in Kilkenny City. Charming surroundings and French vintage décor offer a relaxing ambiance to enjoy a freshly made breakfast with Irish free range eggs, or a healthy lunch, or something more substantial.. Freshly prepared dishes offer a varied menu for all tastes and dietary needs. Come and absorb the elegant surroundings and friendly service.
Kilkenny Café is at the heart of Market Cross Shopping Centre, for over 20 years it has been serving the very best food to the people of Kilkenny. We pride ourselves on serving wholesome good food in a relaxed environment. With 200 seats, it’s one of the largest café’s in Kilkenny, but with the friendly atmosphere and relaxing warm environment you would expect from this welcoming City.
It has a very wide menu, so there is something to suit everyone, from gourmet sandwiches to warming roast dinners with all the trimmings. The café is particularly family friendly, with a great children’s menu, colouring competitions, family meal deals and lots of room to relax. We are pleased to accommodate any fussy eaters you may have!
Left Bank has been transformed into one of Kilkenny's most popular bars and venues. A recently renovated Bank of Ireland Branch, this Kilkennt bar features a beautifully designed main bar with lively atmosphere, friendly staff and Louie's Backyard and outdoor area is a fully heated and covered smoking area featuring its own fireplace and both an indoor and outdoor bar.
Rive Gauche restaurant serves a beautiful Gourmet Lunch daily from 12pm – 4.30pm. Groups and parties of all needs are invited to this Kilkenny bar to soak up the atmosphere in our historic and impressive bar.
Sams Kilkenny is the latest addition to The Left Bank. The brand new Sams Kilkenny offers gourmet food delivered to you, in the comfort of your own home or you have the option to call and collect. They deliver within an 2km radius of Kilkenny City to ensure the quality and standard of their food. Specialising in pizzas, pastas, house dips and house desserts that are prepared daily by their professional kitchen team. Order and prepay over the phone or website and organise delivery or collection. Opening hours Monday to Sunday 1pm to 10pm. Call: 056 7818022.
Lanigan's Bar & Restaurant is a family run Traditional Kilkenny Bar located in the heart of the medieval city. Live Music is on offer 7 nights a week and Irish Cuisine served until 9pm each evening. Famed for its Hooly nights Live Trad with Cu Chulainn with World renowned Irish Dancer Ger Hayes and dancers from Evelyn White school of dance every Mon, Tues, Wed & Thur 9 till late. It also boasts the largest LCD video wall in Ireland for all your sporting events.
Adjacent to this famous Kilkenny bar is a brand new 40 bed Tourist Hostel offering visitors accommodation on a budget. Voted the number one on things to do in Kilkenny on Trip Advisor, The Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience brings you down a unique sporting experience into the world's oldest & Fastest Field Game. Located close to top Kilkenny attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, the newly added addition of Kilkenny Ghost Tours is a must when visiting the Medieval capital of Ireland. A warm and Friendly welcome will always greet you at Lanigan's.
Located on Kilkenny’s historic Parliament Street, just a short walk from Kilkenny Castle and Smithwicks Experience, La Rivista offers fine contemporary, Italian & Irish fusion cooking to suit all tastes and budgets. Daily specials at this Kilkenny restaurant and set menus offering great value mean you can come in for a quick bite before the theatre (Kilkenny’s Watergate Theatre is a stonesthrow away) or sit back with us and enjoy our full A La Carte menu. This Kilkenny restaurant also caters for Vegetarian and Celiac dietary requirements. So whether it’s an intimate meal for two or a large family get together, your table is waiting at La Rivista.
Kyteler's Inn is a truly historic Kilkenny bar and venue dating back to 1324 with an intriguing background - but you will have to visit to hear the whole story of witches & poisoned husbands! The building houses four bars over three floors with a great tradition for Music and is an IRISH MUSIC BAR award winner.
The Menu in Kyteler's reflects local, Irish produce and fare served with local beers - Kilkenny, Smithwicks Ale & Pale Ale amongst others. Music is a huge part of Ireland's history and Traditional Irish music has a home right here in Kyteler's Inn. Enjoy a fun Trad session with a talented duo, every Monday to Thursday evening in the Main bar.
Visitors from all over the world join a local clientele for Bacon and Cabbage, Irish Stew, prime Steaks and our famous 'Vol au Vents' washed down with local Kilkenny and Smithwicks beers, Harp lager and Guinness. This Kilkenny bar has catered for many tour groups over the years and would be very happy to look after any group in this great medieval building. Kytelers Inn, Kilkenny offers the perfect surroundings for special occasions, communions, birthdays, Christmas parties, office parties & private parties.
Matt the Millers is arguably one of the most popular pubs in Kilkenny. The energetic bar features four floors with a bar on each and with an expanse of ground space to dance the night away under the sparkling disco ball and warm atmosphere. Customers are spoilt for choice with great food, a lively bar and music venue in a pub that has maintained its true Medieval Character. So come on down and soak up the atmosphere for yourself!
Located on the first floor of Meubles is our bustling restaurant. Meubles Restaurant is the perfect destination for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea in Kilkenny. We provide freshly made meals with locally sourced ingredients.
Open daily from 9am, we are completely wheelchair, buggy and business meeting friendly and have free Wi-Fi for all customers.
We offer a mixture of signature dishes and daily specials devised by our resident chefs. Notice boards in the restaurant outline what is available each day or simply ask our staff who will be more than delighted to advise you. We also offer an extensive gluten free menu.
The Pantry Country Kitchen is a busy Kilkenny City centre café offering an all-day, value for money casual dining experience. Famous for their Breakfast Special, The Pantry prepares freshly cooked food. An in-house bakery and confectionary ensures that freshly made breads, pastries and desserts are always available.
The Pantry now features a heated outdoor area on pedestrian friendly Kieran Street, where customers can sit with friends, relax and watch the world go by.
The in-house bakery makes cake,desserts, breads, scones & pastries to take home with you also.
Looking for restaurants in Kilkenny, Paris Texas is located on the main shopping street in the heart of Kilkenny City. Winner of the ‘Pub of the Year’ in the Irish Pub Awards 2019, the newly refurbished pub has transformed into one of the leading Gastro pubs in the South East and is home to an in-house wood smoking oven offering a fusion of traditional American South West favourites with the sophistication of New Orleans French Quarter.
Paris Texas delivers restaurant quality food at affordable prices ensuring its popularity with local and visitors alike. Regular offers and specials are available mid week with ladies night on Friday not to be missed. Inside this wonderfully adorned pub the bar extends right back from the High St with a large seated area for dining leading on to a bespoke designed covered smoking area and then on to a Gin Bar where Friday Nights come into their own.
Situated within walking distance from Langton House Hotel, The Marble City Bar & Tea Rooms is one the oldest public houses in the County it has still retained many of the original features and exsudes a warm & friendly atmosphere. MCB is a favourite with locals and residents alike, visitors will experience and savour an atmosphere made tangible by the aroma of International coffees, freshly baked breads and extensive menus boasting the very best in fresh local Irish produce and service.
Downstairs and situated on a bustling pedestrianised shopping street is the new addition to the Langton family Marble City Tea Rooms. An ideal meeting spot with both indoor and outdoor seating area's it is the perfect setting in which to experience a varied selection of coffees, teas, cakes, and pastries along with a full & comprehensive menu.
Ristorante Rinuccini is a family owned and run multi award-winning Italian restaurant located in the heart of Kilkenny City for over 25 years.
Specialising in classic Italian cuisine, Ristorante Rinuccini boasts an extensive menu selection, catering for lunch, dinner, group bookings and private dining in our city-centre restaurant.
Petronella restaurant and café combines medieval Kilkenny with what is best in our city's dining and evening entertainment today. Petronella's unique location on the Butterslip , one of the busiest tourist routes in the city and its modern Irish and European cuisine, create an irresistible welcome that you are sure to return to time and again. A charming dining experience, whether over a brisk lunch, leisurely evening meal or time set aside for an all important coffee, will always be guaranteed by our friendly and attentive staff.
Petronella's welcome extends to the tourist in a very special way in its presentation of music and storytelling evenings while all the while honouring all that is uniquely Irish. We will always celebrate what is classic and best in Irish food and realise that we intertwine with our history every time we serve dishes like the humble baked potato but most of all when we chat about Petronella herself. Look forward to dipping into the archives with us on her remarkable history as the first woman to be burnt at the stake in Europe and take a stroll around the corner when you leave to stand where Petronella met her end on the site of Kilkenny's town hall.
Rafter Dempsey’s is based in the heart of Kilkenny City, 2 minutes walk from Kilkenny Castle. Combining old world charm with a modern elegance, this award winning bar offers a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Rafter Dempsey’s offers great food with an extensive menu available 7 days a week. Boasting 16 ensuite bedrooms and a rooftop beer garden it can accommodate all your needs in Kilkenny.
Live music is available on weekends and all major sporting occasions are shown on their 3 giant screens. Rafter Dempsey’s is renowned as a sports venue and is complimented by a pool table and darts board. Saturday nights are very lively at Rafter Dempsey's, as they always have one of the best bands in Kilkenny belting out their tunes! If you are looking for a great entertainment venue, with a terrific atmosphere, good company and an old world charm all mixed together to give the right blend for your night, look no further.
Soak up the atmosphere and savour the ancient craft of independent, artisan brewing at Sullivan’s Taproom, located at 15 John Street Kilkenny.
Combine internationally award winning craft beer with a delicious daily menu containing items such as wood fired pizzas, burgers, tacos, wings and more! Established in 1702 at The Malting’s on James's Street, Kilkenny, the brewery survived a fire in 1880 and was lost on horse bet in 1918 before being revived in 2016 by members of the Sullivan and Smithwick families.
Sullivan’s Brewing Company is now back stronger than ever producing award winning beer – The Malting’s Red Ale was voted Best Draught Ale in the world, 2017/18! Sullivan’s Taproom also boasts rotational taps allowing you to sample a variety of craft beer each time you visit, as well as a new and improved heated outdoor dining area, including the extremely popular 8 person outdoor pods!
This Kilkenny Restaurant was established in 2012 after the enduring success of Kilkenny Design Centre’s day-time restaurant. Anocht offers a unique fine dining experience in one of Kilkenny’s most beautiful rooms.
Serving modern Irish & European cuisine with added style using the finest local ingredients, Anocht caters for dinner, group bookings and private dining. Also available to hire for private functions, weddings and events.
Built in the 1760s as grain stores for the Earl of Ormonde’s horses, the Kilkenny Design Centre was originally part of a large complex of buildings attached to the castle that housed a dairy, stables, coach houses and accommodation for grooms. Cartwheel windows overlook Kilkenny castle and courtyard while original overhead wooden beams with hanging, linen drops create a unique & sumptuous atmosphere.
Aroi is a casual dining Kilkenny restaurant that offers a single course dining experience and service with the minimum of fuss. Aroi (pronounced Aroy) is associated with the eating experience in Asia and means delicious or tasty.
This Kilkenny restaurant's ethos is to serve market fresh, locally sourced ingredients. This healthy cuisine avoids the obscure chemicals and additives so common in today's food. View our Kilkenny menu today
Billy Byrnes is one of Kilkenny’s most famous public houses located in the heart of this medieval city. This Kilkenny bar is a popular meeting place for locals young and old with a reputation for good beer, good food and a warm welcome. In this relaxed and informal environment visitors can enjoy a bit of local colour, some top quality live music, or just a quiet corner to read the paper.
Billy Byrnes main bar is a big, bright, welcoming space where guests can eat breakfast and lunch, check e-mail, or just meet friends and linger over coffee during the day. At night, the bar fills up with a mixture of locals and visitors, hipsters and sports stars. A wide selection of craft beers and spirits from Kilkenny and further afield is served. There is a dedicated live music room at the back of the bar not to mention a funky beer garden furnished with rescued sofas and home-made tables, like a beach bar in the middle of the city! There’s even an old double-decker bus, converted to a kitchen, serving tasty street food from around the world and a real wood-fired oven turning out fresh, authentic pizzas.
Situated above a renovated 19th Century townhouse bar and restaurant, popular with locals and visitors alike, Billy Byrnes is a comfortable family-run bed & breakfast just a five minute stroll from the heart of historic Kilkenny city. Visit Billy Byrne's today and experience what this great Kilkenny bar has to offer.
Situated in the heart of Kilkenny's shopping area. Bollard's Bar and Bistro has been in the Bollard family since 1904. So while steeped in history and tradition, Bollard's offer a high standard of food, drink and service to suit all modern day requirements.
Bollard's Bar & Bistro combines traditional ambiance and hospitality with the very best of modern-day customer service, welcoming visitors and locals alike to enjoy our winning combination of traditional and contemporary food and drink. Recommended by Best Food Guides. Superb food served all day. Terraced seating available on a pedestrianised street. Wireless Internet access available all day. Easy car parking. All major Credit Cards accepted.
Brewery Corner is the first and finest Craft Beer Kilkenny Bar. Located on Parliment street it is close to the popular Smithwicks Experience. It houses a selection of over 100 craft beers on draught and in bottles and a wide range of international craft beers and whiskeys, and specially selected wines. Delicious stone baked pizzas and mouth watering stacked beef burgers are also on offer with Brewery Corner's contemporary bar menu. Brewery Corner also hosts some of the best live acts in the country on a regular basis in our music venue as well as garden parties and beer samplings.
Kilkenny's first patisserie located on the Medieval Mile in the shadow of St Canices Cathedral this Kilkenny cafe is the perfect resting point for coffee lovers and foodies alike. Cakeface Patisserie offers of handmade quirky and unusual cakes not to mention pastries and desserts that are works of art which would be hard to find in London or Paris
Locally produced artisan breads and sourdoughs are beautifully displayed and are available to take home but be quick they don't last long. For coffee enthusiate Cakeface offers a house coffee locally roasted in small batches for freshness plus a constantly changing guest coffee which they source from artisan producers.
Lunchtime at this Kilkenny cafe consists of gourmet, made to order sandwich filled with delicious local ingredients on sour dough and artisan breads. Homemade soups and salad are available seasonally and made on site.
The interior is in keeping with their desserts a little bit quirky and the atmosphere is relaxed. The staff are friendly and easy going and sure know how to make a great cup of coffee. Visit cakeface.ie
Situated in an area known as "the Village" is Christy’s Bar, a family run business. This Kilkenny bar offers customers the chance to enjoy the traditional Irish society along with all the trappings of modern technology. Located close to Kilkenny Castle and the National Design and Craft Gallery this is the perfect spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon while visiting Kilkenny. At Christy's Bar they provide for all major sporting and non sporting events, with a keen eye for horse racing. Christy’s Bar is the Kilkenny bar that boasts one of the largest Beer Gardens in the county complete barbeque facilities plus a customers car park.
This Kilkenny cafe's quaint and homely atmosphere is in keeping with the feeling of serenity that runs throughout the building. It is the perfect place to escape from everything and relax. Have a cup of tea and a chat or to enjoy the homemade soups, sandwiches, hot lunches or desserts. Also on the menu at this Kilkenny cafe is an assortment of desserts, such as freshly-made scones, muffins, chocolate biscuit cake served with cream to name but a few. It is also the perfect base to plan your tour of our beautiful city.
We are on a mission to ensure the craft of brewing thrives in Kilkenny. Our city needs our brewers as much as we need our butchers, bakers and candlestick makers.
At Costellos, we are all about the craft. We brew beers inspired by our local environment with a nod to Kilkenny’s rich brewing heritage. Costellos is a bright, easy drinking red ale with notes of caramel sweetness and traditional bittering hops. Brewed for a slightly dry finish to leave the taste buds asking for more. Also available is The Red, the same beer as Costellos, just in a bottle.
Located in the heart of Kilkenny, Costello’s are the new wave of Kilkenny brewers. We’re a family owned craft brewery, passionate about beer.
Fennellys of Callan is a Kilkenny cafe and cultural hub in the heart of Callan town. All food is made from locally sourced ingredients and baked in-situ. This Kilkenny cafe believes in ethical and sustainable food and makes it easy to taste the difference.
Fennellys also curate art happenings, residencies, markets, music gigs and more! They really want to celebrate the beautiful town of Callan and offer delicious food and exciting and interesting, enjoyable experiences for everyone, visitors and locals alike! Visit Fennelly's of Callan for a taste of Kilkenny culture and coffee today!
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The Neighbour Food Callan, Callan’s new online farmers market, offers various, carefully curated products from brilliant producers. This is one of the best ways to shop and support your local community while ensuring that small producers are given a helping hand during this tough time. Click here to find out more.
Located on the pedestrianised Kieran Street, within view of Kilkenny Castle, this family run Kilkenny cafe offers you the perfect place to relax and chill out over our mouthwatering coffees, savouries and delicious cakes.
Crotty's Coffee House is the love child of husband and wife duo Martin and Mary Crotty. Between them they share over 25 years in the hospitality industry, and are driven by their love and passion for delivering excellent customer service in a cup of coffee, accompanied by there love and respect from one another. Together they have created a haven that encompasses a stand out cafe. Their mission is to enrich the lives of those who enter the front door - whether it be for a quick coffee or a lengthy stay - with friendly genuine service and standout dishes.
Situated within walking distance from Kilkenny Castle and St. Canices Cathedral. Crottys Coffee House is situated on the oldest street in the County it has still retained many of the original features and exudes a traditional & friendly atmosphere. Crotty's Coffee House is a favourite with locals and residents alike, offering extensive menus boasting the very best in fresh local Irish produce and service. There is a strong support for all things local and this is very important for to everyone involved in the Crotty's Coffee house story. From the local musicians, staff uniforms and of course the quality produce used in the kitchen.
The Dylan is an old victorian style bar that specialises in fine whiskies. Our Whisky Library now contains nearly 200 of the worlds finest whiskies, 40 premium gins & is continually growing. With comfortable leather seating, private snugs, an open turf fire & walls adorned with whiskey mirrors, old advertising and Bob Dylan memorabilia; this bar provides a warm cosy atmosphere in which to chat with friends while enjoying your dram. If whiskey's not your thing, we also have a great selection of beers, wines cocktails and other choice spirits.
The Kilkenny River Court Hotel is a stylish 4 star Kilkenny hotel located right in the heart of this beautiful medieval city. It is located in a quiet secluded courtyard just off the main tourist area, yet only a stroll from all major attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice's Cathedral and Smithwicks Experience. Each of the 102 guest rooms are stylishly decorated with splendid fine furnishings, crisp white linens and soft neutral tones, ensuring a restful night’s sleep every night. Most guest rooms overlook the River Nore with sensational views of Kilkenny Castle. FREE Wi-Fi is offered throughout this Kilkenny Hotel and complimentary car parking for hotel residents and patrons.
With spacious rooms and a peaceful charm, this 4 star boutique Kilkenny hotel, is a welcoming place that excels at stylish comfort. The Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny City hotel offers a wide range of rooms all with air-conditioning and the modern conveniences that you expect from a team that puts your comfort first. It is surrounded by Kilkenny’s most famous landmarks including Kilkenny Castle, Butler House and the Kilkenny Design Centre. Additionally, fashionable and funky boutiques are nearby and the hotel is just a walking distance to the city’s pubs and clubs. Consequently it is the ideal location for your getaway.
This Kilkenny Hotel offers 74 quiet, spacious and air conditioned rooms to choose from allowing for a great night's sleep in Kilkenny city centre. Our hotel also has free private parking for all guests and free WiFi throughout; ideal for group holidays, events and corporate meetings. Enjoy a laid back style and hospitality, great selection of wines and cocktails in Statham's Bar and Restaurant. Whether you’re popping in for a coffee and a homemade scone, brunch after a lazy morning, catching up with friends over lunch or a casual evening dining, celebrating a special occasion with a private dinner or party, or just looking for a great night out, Statham’s has just the spot for you.
This Kilkenny Hotel comprises of 85 ensuite bedrooms, superb Leisure Club with Gym, 19m Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi and Hair Salon. The luxurious and spacious guest rooms offer every facility and comfort at the end of a long day of business or pleasure. Family-friendly rooms for clans of all sizes are available. To help keep the little ones entertained, the Springhill Court Hotel have a Children’s Playground and Lenny the Lions Kids Club which operates during the school holidays.
For over forty years, guests and locals alike have praised the refined dining experiences at the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny. Choose from daily carvery in the Paddock Bar, or casual dining at Kupp Coffee Dock. Enjoy lunch or dinner in Oscar’s Bistro, or perhaps afternoon tea, should guests be feeling indulgent! Whatever the occasion, the excellent service on offer makes it special.
From family holidays to fairy-tale weddings, book your stay today and find out why Springhill Court is amongst the most popular destinations in our stunning city.
The luxury, sophistication and style of Lyrath Estate are unsurpassed among Kilkenny hotels. Lyrath Estate is a multi-award winning hotel, spa and luxury wedding venue offering some of the finest accommodation, dining, and conference facilities in Ireland. Located amidst 170 acres of mature parkland, the Estate is home to a host of native wildlife including ducks, rabbits, hares, and squirrels. Lyrath Estate is a family-friendly hotel, boasting a leisure centre with a 17m swimming pool, 22 seater private screening room, outdoor playground and Reilly’s Fun Club. Guests can also avail of activities such as archery, falconry, cycling, walks and fishing throughout the Estate.
Escape and unwind with romantic breaks at Lyrath Estate – enjoy fine dining at our Two AA Rosette winning Yew Restaurant, rejuvenate with an Oasis Spa signature treatment, such as the award-winning Neroli Blossom Ritual, enjoy afternoon tea in The Atrium and catch up over cocktails in Tupper’s Bar! Try a tomahawk steak or lobster in the casual chic Grill & Bar.
The historic setting, exceptional facilities and exquisite food, mean Lyrath Estate is the ultimate wedding venue in Kilkenny. The award-winning Oasis spa voted 'Irish Tatler Hotel Spa of the year' is a popular destination for spa days & pamper breaks in Ireland not to mention among Kilkenny hotels. The Kilkenny Convention Centre, part of Lyrath Estate, is the largest convention/conference venue in Kilkenny, with state of the art facilities, natural daylight and ample free parking we can cater for up to 1500 delegates theatre style, or 850 for a gala dinner.
The four star Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel is certainly a dazzling jewel in this remarkable medieval city and is the only Kilkenny city centre hotel with pool and a full leisure club and spa, including a gym, 21metre pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Located right beside Kilkenny’s most popular tourist attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, and the Medieval Mile - St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower with spectacular views, the intriguing medieval merchant house Rothe House; and the Smithwicks Experience; a brewing tradition that is centuries old. Discover the city’s finest restaurants, cafes, theatres, shops and boutiques all on the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel’s doorstep.
Experience a hotel stay to remember with facilities to suit everyone from romantic spa weekends enjoying luxury treatments in the KOSpa to family breaks with the hotel’s kid club during school holidays. This 4 star Kilkenny Hotel is also the perfect choice for your celebration or corporate event with its tailored banqueting and conference facilities or simply as a hub to explore this fantastic city and its environs.
The Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel has 118 contemporary styled hotel guestrooms including family hotel rooms and suites. The Hoban Bar and Brasserie offers stylish hospitality and serves great drinks and relaxed food in glamorous surroundings and in addition the Savour Restaurant is the perfect spot for breakfast and private dining. With the numerous facilities and services this 4 star hotel offers it is the perfect choice for a visit to Kilkenny city. Visit KilkennyOrmonde.com and book your stay today!
Langton House Hotel in Kilkenny City is renowned particularly for its impeccable customer service, good wholesome cuisine and genuine welcome. This Kilkenny hotel is designed to a modern and stylish four-star standard. It is considered in fact, one of the jewels in Kilkenny'sMedieval City. The hotel is centrally located on the bustling John Street at the heart of Kilkenny City. It is an easy stroll to the High Street and surrounding shopping and tourist attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice's Cathedral and Tower as well as the Smithwicks Experience. Langton House Hotel is home to award winning bars specifically known for introducing show stopping performances and gigs. In fact it is known for Kilkenny's most trendy, modern and dynamic night club where you can dance the night away and most importantly catch your beauty sleep all under the same roof.
Langton House Hotel have designed the accommodation to give guests a relaxed yet memorable stay. The 34 bedrooms range in size from the intimate main house to the larger townhouse suites. All are luxuriously appointed with bespoke furniture, large and sublimely comfortable beds. The Bar, Restaurant and Tearoom offer dining throughout the day serving Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Early Bird and Dinner. Langton’s executive chef has carefully designed considered seasonal menus for the many dining areas throughout the hotel. Weekly Entertainment includes Late Bar, Nightclub, Traditional Irish Music, Comedy, Theatre and Djs. As a proud member of the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild, the bars offer bespoke cocktail menus and consequently stock over 90 Irish whiskies. This Kilkenny hotel's facilities include free wifi, car park, air conditioning, penthouse and suites.
Langton House Hotel has a very unique charm and consequently is the ideal choice for your holiday stay, dining experience, meeting or event. Book today and visit www.langtons.ie.
Set on the ground of an eighteenth century Irish Manor House, Croan Cottages are 5 recently built, traditional style cottages offering self catering accommodation in Kilkenny. These are available to to guests for full week, weekend or midweek breaks throughout the year. Croan Cottages are fully furnished to an exceptionally high standard and include three bedroom and two bedroom spacious detached holiday cottages. Each holiday home has an open fire, a private furnished patio and barbeque area. The cottages are set around a charming courtyard, surrounded by beautifully mature Lime trees, with a duck pond, boules court and games area close by. Visitors will appreciate the extreme comfort, relaxing nature and high end facilities Croan Cottages has to offer. Relax and enjoy splendid surroundings with Castle Morres demesne just next door, an impressive forest park of almost 2,000 acres, walled gardens and Orchards providing plenty of fresh produce for guests to enjoy during their stay. All of the cottages are designated as 'No Smoking'. Smoking is permittted outside. Pets are permitted to stay with their owners in some of the cottages.
As well as delivering some of the courses themselves, they invite very special tutors to deliver the courses. Guest tutors have included:
• Steven Lamb from River Cottage
• Gill Mellor, Group Head Chef of River Cottage
• Tim Maddams, Wild Food expert & Former Head Chef at River Cottage
• John Wright, Natural History expert and River Cottage’s mushroom expert.
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This modern, chic hotel is Kilkenny’s largest 4* hotel and is decorated with Italian marble, French wallpaper and custom pieces of furniture throughout. Hotel Kilkenny will ensure you feel immersed in style and ready to relax. This 138 bedroom hotel is located just off the Ring Road with plenty of free car parking available & fast speed wifi throughout the hotel.
Relax in the 5* Leisure Centre with a 20 metre pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room. The amazing kids club is available on weekends and throughout school holidays. Kids can enjoy fun filled activities, while adults dine in either Taste Restaurant or the funky Pure Bar.
The Pure Bar at Hotel Kilkenny offers an extensive drinks, wine and cocktail list including some specialist drinks carefully assembled by the Pure team. The food menu has been crafted to offer a great variety of dishes to suit all needs.
Renowned for weddings & the impeccable service, Hotel Kilkenny also offers a vast range of conference and meeting space. Whether its a private party, large conference or small meeting room, we cater for all events.
Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel offers guests a winning combination of comfort, location, value & style. This 4*Kilkenny hotel is a one off, a wonderful building where guests can feel relaxed and welcome. It is situated a short distance from popular Kilkenny attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, St Canice's Cathedral and The Smithwick's Experience. Located in the heart of Kilkenny, a city bursting with life, all popular restaurants, shops and museums are within walking distance. With cobbled medieval streets and laneways of Kilkenny just around the corner from this boutique 4-star Kilkenny hotel there is plenty to see and do for visiting guests.
Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel has earned the reputation of offering a uniquely designed property with the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional. From the strikingly historical exterior to the warm Irish welcome waiting inside, the emphasis throughout is on comfort, style & great service. Most importantly the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel takes pride in the history and character of this Kilkenny Hotel and have beautifully restored it to the highest standards. All 47 guest bedrooms have had a complete makeover providing luxurious, chic Kilkenny accommodation for all visiting. In addition, Harper’s restaurant & cocktail bar serves contemporary food in a chic and urban setting. The beautifully designed rooms, superb location and mouth watering food make us one of the best Kilkenny hotels in Kilkenny City.
This 3* Kilkenny hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the vibrant bright lights of the city. The Kilford Arms Hotel is situated adjacent to all the major tourist attractions such as Kilkenny Castle,St. Canice's Cathedral and Smithwicks Experience. Additionally it is just meters from the main bus and railway station and the new McDonagh shopping centre. This very comfortable family run hotel offers a personal service and a great range of facilities.
The Kilford Arms Hotel has built a reputation on providing comfortable Kilkenny City accommodation. This includes 70 bedrooms equipped to the highest standards. The hotel offers guests free Wi-Fi in all bedrooms and public spaces. In addition free on site private car parking is available. The White Oak Restaurant serves fresh local produce in comfortable surroundings not to mention a warm and traditional atmosphere. PV's traditional bar has entertainment nightly, with food served daily. O'Faolain's Bar is Kilkenny's most vibrant bar and has three levels of stunning architecture incorporating the ruins of a 16th century church. This charming hotel also offers several options for hosting meetings and conferences in Kilkenny city.
When looking for accommodation in Kilkenny look no further than the Kilford Arms Hotel. Whether its business of pleasure, make the Kilford Arms Hotel your home away from home. Visit www.kilfordarms.ie and book your stay today!