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Kernel Bar & Kitchen - Now Open!

The hill just above us is the kernel from which Kilkenny as we know it today grew.
When you strip time right back, it’s the town’s true centre. Now that’s something that inspires us.
Simplicity and originality. Taste it in our food and enjoy it in our atmosphere. It’s what we’re all about.

Maria Rafferty, Chef Proprietor at Kernel Bar & Kitchen has 25 years’ experience.  She holds invaluable industry knowledge having worked in kitchens spanning the globe. Her 17 years as Head Chef in ‘Zuni Restaurant’, in the heart of Kilkenny City has merited consistently favourable reviews through the years. Maria has presented numerous cooking demonstrations, including several for ‘Ireland AM’ on TV3. Maria looks forward to developing a simple palatable menu for everyone to enjoy at Kernel Bar & Kitchen.

In March 2017, Kernel Bar & Kitchen opened, serving a great Breakfast ’til noon, followed by a relaxed all-day menu including Brunch and Afternoon Tea options made with the finest regional ingredients. Dinner ranges from small plates to sharing platters, including Evening Tea and all incorpating the best seasonal produce from our local suppliers. Kernel Bar & Kitchen serves the finest craft beers & ciders and a curated selection of wines by the glass.

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