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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.

Kernel Kilkenny Bar & Kitchen serves a delicious cooked to order breakfast ’til 10am on weekdays and 10:30am on weekends, followed by a relaxed lunchtime menu with the finest regional ingredients. This casually stylish restaurant serves an Early Evening menu from 5pm  - 7pm with 2 courses for €20. Dinner is served from 6pm with last order at 8:45pm with options such as slow roasted lamb shank with red wine served with seasonal veg & mash, or  delicious pan-fried hake with a lime and salsa verde dressing, basil mash and seasonal veg. The Bar offers the finest craft beers & ciders and a curated selection of wines by the glass not to mention a range of welcome cocktails. 

Take a look at the menus below: 

Sample Lunch Menu

Sample Early Evening Menu

Sample Dinner Menu


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