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.