Beautifully situated in a courtyard just off the narrow, bustling streets of the city centre, with only the River Nore separating it from Kilkenny Castle, this fine hotel enjoys the city’s premier location, and has a lovely big riverside terrace at the front.
This Kilkenny hotels bedrooms and public areas have recently been refurbished to a very high standard. Classic bedrooms have a courtyard view while the 20 deluxe rooms, some with private balcony, offer superb views of the river and Kilkenny Castle.
During the day and early evening, The Riverside Bar serves good bistro-style food The outdoor terrace, situated directly alongside the river, has unrivalled views of the Castle and is hugely popular with locals and hotel residents. Afternoon Tea is also available daily in the bar and residents lounge during the colder months and on the terrace during the summer. Finger and open sandwiches, freshly baked scones, macaroons and fruit cake are just some of the treats.
The Riverside Restaurant
With impressive views across the river to the Castle, this aptly named restaurant takes full advantage of its riverside setting and the atmosphere is that of a restaurant rather than a hotel dining room. Recently extended and refurbished, the ceiling to floor windows, beautifully appointed tables and comfortable high-backed chairs make this a very elegant room in which to dine - and the food is good.
Popular starters might include pressed ham hock terrine with pickled girolle mushrooms and sour dough crisps, or house cured Irish Atlantic salmon, mustard and dill dressing, served with white soda and granola bread. Hearty mains offer dishes like honey and soy glazed daube of Irish beef or, perhaps, slow cooked belly of pork, spicy chorizo and bean cassoulet with sautéed Savoy cabbage.
Desserts are interesting – jasmine rice pudding with berry compote and shortbread biscuits, for example, or in-season marinated strawberries with meringue, vanilla cream and aged balsamic.
The early dinner and Sunday lunch menus are particularly good value, and charming service adds to the occasion.