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Kilkenny De­sign Cen­tre, The Cas­tle Yard, The Pa­rade, Col­legepark, Kilkenny

Tel: (056) 772 2118 anochtrest­au­

Part of the his­toric Kilkenny De­sign Cen­tre, which dates back to the 1780s and show­cases some in­cred­i­ble Ir­ish tal­ent, Anocht is a con­tender for the coun­try’s most beau­ti­ful din­ing-room with its broad oak beam ceil­ing, cart­wheel win­dows and linen drops which cre­ate a sump­tu­ous at­mos­phere.

The mod­ern Ir­ish and Euro­pean fare is just as breath­tak­ing with the Smoked Had­dock Gratin with Spring Onion, Cherry To­mato & Ma­ture Ched­dar and the Breaded Kilkenny Rose Veal with Chilli & Oregano Sauce, Spinach, Fried Egg, Ca­per, An­chovy & Parme­san heav­ily re­liant on sea­sonal, lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. Along with an ex­ten­sive wine and beer list, they have amaz­ing ciders from the nearby High­bank Or­chards. The € 29.50 Three-Course Early Bird, which in­cludes a fan­tas­tic Pan-Fried Hake, is ex­cep­tional value for this stan­dard of cook­ing.

Best Dish: Con­fit Duck Leg with Root Veg­etable Rosti, Date Jam, Savoy Cab­bage & Smoked Salami – € 24.50

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