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04 Jul 2022

Two Kilkenny restaurants retain their Michelin Stars

Michelin Guide, Kilkenny

Top table dining in Kilkenny has been rewarded with the highest accolades in the restaurant world.

The Michelin Guide have announced that two restaurants in the county have retained their coveted Michelin Stars.

The stars are awarded for high quality cooking.

In Kilkenny City Campagne restaurant retains its Michelin Star, and in Thomastown the Lady Helen restaurant at Mount Juliet also retains its star.

Three other Kilkenny restaurants get a mention in this year's Michelin Guide: 

Ristorante Rinuccini in the city, The Hound at Mount Juliet and Lady Anne at Creamery House in Castlecomer.

Michelin judges say...

Campagne

This long-standing restaurant is owned and run by experienced chef Garrett Byre – who really knows his craft – alongside his partner, Brid Hannon, who provides relaxed, friendly service. The modern interior is sleek, with curved banquettes, spot lit dark wood tables and striking local artwork hanging on the walls – and you can watch Garrett hard at work in the open kitchen.
Top quality Irish ingredients are showcased in richly flavoured, classic dishes: you won’t find foams or smears on your plate here – just confidently cooked, skilfully balanced dishes, with proper plating, saucing and seasoning. The early bird menu is a steal, the wine list has something to suit every purse and it’s no surprise to know that they have a loyal following of local diners.

Lady Helen

The luxurious restaurant comprises two high-ceilinged rooms which look out over the estate towards the River Nore – be sure to ask for a seat by the window to take in the view. While the grand room comes with all the comfort and elegance one would expect from such a historic place, refreshingly, the service is smooth, relaxed and free of pomposity. Boldly flavoured, visually impressive dishes are skilfully prepared and ingredients come from the estate, the county and the coast. Playful desserts make a memorable finish to the meal. For the full experience go for the tasting menu.

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