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CAMPAGNE RESTAU­RANT

5 The Arches, Gashouse Lane, Kilkenny Tel: (056) 777 2858 campagne.ie

Gar­rett Byrne, for­mer head chef of Chap­ter One, and Brid Han­non serve up su­perb mod­ern French food in a lovely din­ing-room fea­tur­ing ban­quette seat­ing, bright colours and oak floor­ing. The menu of six starters and six mains is com­pact but the food it­self is ex­pan­sively gen­er­ous. A Three-Course Early Bird is avail­able for € 38, with the Warm Mousse of Smoked Had­dock with Deep Fried Egg & Mus­tard Sauce a par­tic­u­lar Best of Ire­land- favourite.

Best Dish: Loin of Veni­son with Red Cab­bage, Ch­est­nuts & Crushed Turnip as part of the € 60 Din­ner Menu

KER­NEL

15-16 Vicar Street, Kilkenny Tel: (056) 778 6326 ker­nelk­ilkenny.ie

Hav­ing presided over the kitchen in nearby Zuni for 17 years, Maria Raftery has gone solo with this pol­ished wood and pic­ture win­dow ca­sual din­ing es­tab­lish­ment. We adore the af­ter­noon Gentle­man’s Tea shar­ing plat­ter, com­pris­ing of Chorizo Cro­quettes, Mini Burg­ers, Ham Hock Scotch Egg, Pork Chipo­latas, Pick­leslaw, Su­per­salad, House Fries, Scones & Fruit Tartlets for € 25 a per­son. Make sure to bring your ap­petite with you!

Best Dish: Baked Hake with Olive Crust, Créme Fraiche, Chilli Pota­toes & Salsa Verde – € 18.50

RIVE GAUCHE

2 The Pa­rade, Kilkenny Tel: (056) 777 5604 rive­g­auchekk.com

An im­me­di­ate hit when it opened in the Mar­ble City in Au­gust 2015, this wood pan­elled bar and restau­rant is big into its sea­son­al­ity and for­ag­ing for wild lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. With Kilkenny Cas­tle nearby, and some of the fresh­est seafood in the South­east, you can see why the re­views have all been rave.

Best Dish: Mar­i­nated Lamb Rump with Truf­fle Cele­riac Puree, Pancetta Peas, Fen­nel & Potato Gratin, Her­itage Car­rots, Lamb Jus & Mint Sauce – € 25

ZUNI

26 St. Pa­trick Street, Kilkenny Tel: (056) 772 3999 zuni.ie

Ev­ery bit as smart as its par­ent bou­tique ho­tel and lo­cated in the heart of Kilkenny’s medieval cen­tre, Zuni never fails to im­press with its con­tem­po­rary Ir­ish cook­ing and in­spired cock­tails. The lengthy list of food sup­pli­ers at the bot­tom of the menu un­der­lines their love of sea­sonal Ir­ish pro­duce.

Best Dish: Stone Bass with Fric­as­see of Mus­sels, Hari­cot Beans, To­mato & Creamed Leek – € 26

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