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Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS -

I re­mem­ber, as a child, one wet Sun­day af­ter­noon on my aunt’s farm in Tul­low, mis­chie­vously pour­ing oats down a chute from the grain store over the sta­bles into the yard. There was hell to pay! It wasn’t as grand, of course, as the grain store for the Earl of Or­monde’s horses at Kilkenny Cas­tle. By day, the space is now home to the Kilkenny De­sign Cen­tre Cafe, but it trans­forms at night into Anocht, where, with can­dle­light and con­tem­po­rary napery, the splendid vaulted ceil­ing and oak beams make it one of the finest din­ing rooms in the coun­try. Anocht has just won the Ire­land’s Ca­sual Din­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence cat­e­gory at the Keel­ing’s Gold Medal Awards 2016, al­though it has to be said that the food is su­perb con­tem­po­rary fine din­ing, for which the county, with two Miche­lin stars to its name, is be­com­ing known. Bag your ta­ble early for this year’s Savour Kilkenny Fes­ti­val, which takes place from Oc­to­ber 28 to 31. See kilken­ny­de­sign.com

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