Major renovations at Kilkenny's Lyrath Estate Hotel

Brian Keyes


Brian Keyes

Lyrath Estate renovations

Xavier McAuliffe of the Lyrath Esate Hotel on right at the renovations

Lyrath Estate are currently in the midst of an extensive renovation to their former dining areas Yindees & the X Bar, as part of an overall €5 million investment at the plush 170-acre property in the heart of Kilkenny.

Work is currently ongoing as the Yindees Restaurant and X Bar are being completely gutted before a stunning new eatery and bar, ‘The Grill’ restaurant, opens in mid-December. Located on the mezzanine level, the exquisite new restaurant will be the perfect destination for those wishing to taste an eclectic range of cuisine tailored to their exact tastes.

The philosophy of The Grill will be ‘your meal your way’, and the dining experience will exude a relaxed and casual atmosphere. The relaxed setting of The Grill will complement the more formal fine dining setting of Lyrath Estate’s other restaurant, Yew Restaurant.

The entire area from the ground floor, which was formerly the Yindees Restaurant, up to the mezzanine level, which was home to the X Bar, will be completely revamped and refurbished to blend the bar and restaurant into one. The same great views from the mezzanine level that overlook the estate through panoramic windows will still be the hallmark of The Grill

This is the latest part of a €5 million investment that has been pumped into Lyrath Estate since its return to private ownership last year.

The Grill’s speciality will be the selection of steaks on offer that are cooked just as you would like it with a choice of a wide range of accompaniments. Lobster will also be one of the mouthwatering dishes on the menu, along with a wide range of seafood options.

Head Chef Gary Rogers will be in charge of the kitchen at The Grill, and he is looking forward to the new challenge.

“As a chef a bit of change is always nice, and we will certainly have that here when The Grill opens,” he said.

“From what I’ve seen of the plans the restaurant is going to look absolutely stunning, and from there I will be hoping that the people who come to see the new development will enjoy the various speciality dishes we will be serving.

“I’ve always loved cooking steak and providing diners with a good steak that matches up with their tastes is always the aim. Lobster is probably an underappreciated dish in Ireland, and I am delighted that we will be serving that on the menu and it should prove to be a hit.”

The X Bar and Yindees Restaurant is currently closed while the redevelopment is ongoing, but Lyrath Estate expect to have The Grill open for business by mid-December in time for the busy Christmas period.