Kilkenny Design Centre

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1 euro 'Best Budget' denotes moderately priced establishment (max. less than €50pps for accommodation or €35 for 3-course meal without drinks) Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Kilkenny Design Centre
Castle Yard, Kilkenny Co Kilkenny
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Tel: +353 56 772 2118

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Situated in what was once the stables and dairy of Kilkenny Castle - and overlooking the craft courtyard - this deservedly popular first floor self-service restaurant is well worth a visit
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Family Friendly
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Outdoor Dining Avail. (summer)
  • Private Parties
  • Shop - Gift
  • Shop - Lifestyle
  • Smoking Area
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Al Fresco
  • Atmospheric
  • Attractive Views
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Buzzy Atmosphere
  • Café Bar
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Informal
  • Tea Rooms
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Wine Bar/Café

Kilkenny Design Centre

Situated in what was once the stables and dairy of Kilkenny Castle - and overlooking the craft courtyard - Kathleen Moran's deservedly popular first floor restaurant is situated above temptations of a different sort, on display in the famous craft shop.



Also on the ground floor, The Foodhall features local artisan food and lovely displays of the in-house baking (breads, gateaux, meringues...) and preserves, along with prepared dishes and soups in refrigerated units. With posters of local food champions on display, visitors are left in no doubt about the food philosophy here - and the stairwell up to the restaurant is lined with large black and white images of the kitchen staff, as well as fruit and condiment displays.


The restaurant itself is impressively decorated with previously unseen works by the artist Jane O'Malley, who lives in the area. During the day, it's a self-service restaurant and has long been known for wholesome and consistently delicious fare showcasing local produce.


The day begins with breakfast for guests staying at Butler House (see entry), as well as non-resident visitors, and offers a changing array of goodies, and it is a popular lunch destination.


This excellent and reasonably priced Kilkenny restaurants well-designed to provide an accessible display of wonderful food, all freshly prepared every day. Home baking is an especially strong point, and there is plenty of hot food to choose from as well - seafood chowder with home-made soda bread, for example, and beef & pepper casserole with button mushrooms or a speciality chicken & broccoli crumble with local Lavistown cheese. The lovely crumbly Lavistown cheese is also used in great salads, which are always colourful and full of life - fresh beetroot, asparagus, spinach, red onion, coriander & Lavistown, for example, combine to make a salad worth travelling for, and the selection changes all the time.


Anocht Restaurant: On late week evenings (Thu-Sat) and bank holiday Sundays, the first floor room is cleverly transformed to create an appealing ambience for dinner. [See separate entry]

Seats 70 (outdoors, 12); Food Hall 8-6 daily; Self service meals daily 10-6; restaurant D Thu-Sat 6-9.30pm; 2/3 course early bird D €22.50/26.50; also à la carte. House wine €21. Children welcome (high chair, children's menu, baby changing facilities); toilets wheelchair accessible; free broadband wifi. Lift. Closed Sun & banks hols off-season (Jan-Mar). Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa. abbreviations
Last Updated: 16-07-2016
Author: Georgina Campbell

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