KILKENNY

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ANOCHT

Kilkenny De­sign Cen­tre, Cas­tle Yard, Kilkenny, 056-772 2118, kilken­ny­de­sign.com ¤¤ Anocht has one of the best lo­ca­tions in Kilkenny city, perched on top of Kilkenny De­sign Cen­tre in the old sta­ble build­ings that once housed the horses of the Earl of Or­monde, who lived across the road in Kilkenny Cas­tle. To­day, in the oak-beamed, white-washed 250-year-old din­ing room, you can see the cas­tle to the front, and the Na­tional Craft Gallery to the back. The restau­rant opens on Thurs­day, Fri­day, Satur­day and Bank Hol­i­day Sun­day nights. The menu is sea­sonal, with lots of lo­cal pro­duc­ers, in­clud­ing High­bank Or­chards, Knock­drinna cheeses and Mileeven honey. Starters in­clude a de­li­cious foie gras with wild mush­rooms and Inis­tioge mar­row (¤8.50) and leek and but­ter­nut croguettes with a blue-cheese sauce (¤7.50). Mains are sim­ple but tasty, with beef short rib (¤21.50), duck breast glazed with Jame­son and Mileeven honey (¤23) and a 12-hour slow cooked shoul­der of lamb with smokey ba­con peas (¤21.50). Desserts are all made on site (¤7.50 each). The early­bird is good value (¤23.50 for two cour­ses, ¤27.50 for three) as most of the a la carte items are avail­able on it.

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