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Great dining options in Kilkenny

Kernel Kilkenny Bar & Kitchen

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.

Head Chef and owner of renowned Kernel Kilkenny Bar & Kitchen Maria Raftery, has a wealth of experience including 17 years as Head Chef in ‘Zuni Restaurant’ in Kilkenny City. The restaurant has won several awards, most recently for Best Emerging Irish Cusine in Leinster 2018 awarded by the RAI, and is listed in the Mckennas' Guide 2018 and features in Lucinda O'Sullivan's Great Places to Eat 2018. Maria also appeared in the Healthy Appetite television show on RTE One in 2018.

Kernel Kilkenny Bar & Kitchen serves a great Breakfast ’til noon, followed by a relaxed but innovative all-day menu including Brunch and Afternoon Tea options made with the finest regional ingredients. Dinner ranges from small plates to sharing platters and offers the finest craft beers & ciders and a curated selection of wines by the glass not to mention a range of welcome cocktails.

Kernel Kilkenny Bar & Kitchen has had some wonderful reviews since opening, including these reviews on, by Tom Doorley in the Irish Daily Mail as well as being included in The Sunday Times' Ireland's 100 Best Restaurants compiled by John & Sally McKenna

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