What to eat and drink

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - Food -

Sweet tooth? Do not pass Go. Pro­ceed di­rectly to CakeFace, Laura and Rory Gan­non’s ex­quis­ite lit­tle patis­serie in Kilkenny city. Arty treats in­clude ‘The Zinger’ or ‘Miss Lemony Rose’, a creamy whip of white choco­late mousse with a lemon curd cen­tre — they’re now do­ing gourmet pic­nic bas­kets, too. Across town, Gar­rett Byrne’s Miche­lin-starred Cam­pagne restau­rant el­e­vates the best of Kilkenny and Ir­ish pro­duce to scrump­tious heights. It’s just re­opened. cakeface.ie; cam­pagne.ie

Some­thing’s brew­ing in Kilkenny. You’ve heard of Smith­wick’s, which has a sta­teof-the-art vis­i­tor cen­tre in the city, but what about Sul­li­van’s? Its Malt­ings Ir­ish Red Ale is a lovely, caramel-tinged bis­cu­ity brew, and a new beer gar­den opened this week. In Cuffes­grange, Julie and Rod Calder-Potts’ High­bank Or­chards does awe­some things with ap­ples — from or­ganic vine­gars to apple gin, brandy and cider (non-al­co­holic, too), mak­ing the best of Kilkenny’s lime­stone soils. Find them in shops (or on menus), or ring and col­lect from the farm shop. sul­li­vans­brew­ing­com­pany.com; high­banko­r­chards.com

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