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

Tel: (056) 772 2118 anochtrest­

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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