Eating and sharing food with family and friends whether eating out or cooking at home is one of life’s great pleasures.
So Kathleen Moran and Head chef Rory Nolan at Anocht visited Ray Power of Castle Arch pottery to chat about what foods work well on the various sized plates and dishes and to share ideas on how best to present the choices on the new Summer menu.
They say we eat with our eyes and if one’s first glance of a dish excites, this enhances the overall dining experience. Little things make a difference; the house breads: Guinness & Treacle and Cheddar & Herb are served on a beautiful ceramic platter hand-thrown by Ray. Many of Anocht’s courses are served on unique pieces hand-made by Castle Arch Pottery which enriches the serving and sharing of the food whether it be a casual night out or a special occasion.
Anocht restaurant is located upstairs in the Design Centre in one of Kilkenny’s most beautiful, and historic, rooms. Cartwheel windows overlook the castle and courtyard while original overhead wooden beams, with hanging linen drops, are used to imaginative effect to create an intimate and unique atmosphere. ‘I get to escape a little from retailing’ says Kathleen Moran of Anocht, ‘as we set the stage for dinner and drinks and welcome our night-time customers to Anocht’.
Anocht is open each Thur/Frid/Sat from 5.30 p.m. till late and Bank Holiday Sundays.