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Kilkenny’s Michelin Star Dining Experience

Kilkenny has all the ingredients of a vibrant, top-class restaurant scene and when it comes to eating out the accolades just keep coming! Not only was Kilkenny awarded ‘2018 Food Destination’, but it is home to two Michelin Star restaurants, the most prestigious award in the food industry. The Lady Helen & Campagne both take pride in local sourcing thanks to the bounty of excellent produce right on their doorstep, so even more reason to visit Kilkenny.

The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Estate

From Michelin-starred opulence in the Lady Helen dining room to low-key luxury indulgences at The Hound restaurant… Mount Juliet Estate offers up a veritable cornucopia of dining options. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion that will live long in the memory, unwind after a hard-fought victory out on the golf course, or simply enjoy a wide-ranging choice of premium breakfast choices… Expect classic dishes executed with a creative flourish alongside entirely unexpected flavors for the more adventurous diner. It all comes together in a way that could only be of Mount Juliet Estate, delivered with the most pristine service.

Take a seat in the Michelin-starred and 4 AA Rosettes Lady Helen dining room of  The Manor House, and the first thing you take in will likely be its stunning pastoral views. It is a fitting setting of the scene, given that many of the dishes are made using the highest-quality produce, sourced from the estate and the nearby farms that stretch out just beyond the running river and rolling pastures that lie beyond the windows. These carefully and seasonally chosen ingredients provides the starting point for a culinary experience that could only be created through the visionary lens of Executive Head Chef, John Kelly. As John says, “if you’re able to work with the best and freshest produce, then you’re able to bring the best flavours to the fore. By sourcing so locally, I’m able to personally oversee every order and ensure that every ingredient that makes its way to our diners is up to our exacting standards.”

Across varied tasting menus and a carefully composed table d’hote, Kelly balances an intense commitment to the traditional flavours and components of local Irish cuisine with the more adventurous instincts he has honed while working in some of the world’s most renowned restaurants. The result is something truly special and designed to delight all discerning diners. Every dish is part of an evocative event that will transport you to a truly timeless place; part of an unforgettable fine-dining experience that could only be enjoyed in The Lady Helen.

For Reservations: www.mountjuliet.ie/lady-helen

"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."

― François de la Rochefoucauld

Campagne

Five-Star Campagne was established in 2008 by Garrett Byrne and Brid Hannon. The emphasis is on serving food that is based on high-quality seasonal produce, with French influences, in a relaxed and comfortable dining area. Located under the old railway arches on Gas House Lane, Campagne boasts a stylish interior featuring oak flooring, curved banquette leather seating and modern paintings depicting rural life, by Kilkenny artist Catherine Barron.

Campagne has retained its Michelin star status since September 2013, no mean feat for any restaurant!! It consistently showcases the very best of quality food and wine producers and has been described variously by critics as “gastronomic excellence” and “one of the most perfect dining experiences”.

For Reservations: www.campagne.ie