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In the charming bylanes of Kilkenny, Petronella transforms a part of an abbey, as old as four centuries, into a restaurant that retains the archaic elements of stone work in its decor. Along with this beautiful, antique vibe, the restaurant serves an elaborate menu: Irish recipes of meat tenderloin and seafood prepared deliciously. You can try the Smoked Chicken with seasonal dressed salad, or the Classic Steak sandwich, Chicken Tagiatelle, and also their grilled homemade Beef Burger. Petronella also hosts various events.
You won't have to be a drinker to be tempted to enter the Marble City, and the magnificent exterior might well be familiar from the plethora of Irish pub front posters that have appeared of late. Once lured inside you won't be disappointed, as the interior décor is of a like standard. Bar food is available, but the emphasis is on quality liquor and lively discourse. A charming and marvelous pub!
If you spend anytime in Kilkenny the chances are that you will find yourself in Dore's. It has a huge selection of breakfasts, lunches, teas, coffees, cakes and snacks at reasonable prices. When you enter you are faced with an array of tempting looking foodstuffs piled high on the counter. Dore's covers three floors, but is unusually charming for a place so big. The wooden interior is pretty, and prints and ornaments—many of which are for sale, adorn the walls. If the weather is fine, take your food out onto the upstairs terrace and relax on the wrought-iron furniture.
The Fig Tree is where you'd see how authentic Irish restaurants thrive: the day's menu hung outside the restaurant lures in pedestrians, the charm is homely so you can stretch your eating and talking by the hour, and the staff is pleasant. They serve delicious home-baked smoothies, cupcakes, pastries, and also bake birthday cakes. They also make sandwiches, wraps and paninis. There are fries and and Smoked Bacon, and you cannot miss the Almond macaroons with apricot jam. What's more? There's wine and beer too.
There was a time in Ireland when it was commonplace for pubs and groceries to be housed in the same place. One stop shopping, if you will, although it probably prolonged the process. Tynan's has cleverly maintained the layout from when this attractive pub was such a place. Culinary ingredients are no longer served, but there is no question as to the quality of the liquor on offer. If you need an excuse to nip out for a pint, Tynan's inherent historical value might well suffice.
Also known as Hendersons, The Parade Bar is probably the nearest pub to Kilkenny Castle. It consists of one very large, airy room stretching around a well-stocked bar. There is a pool table at the far end, and although the cue-ing room is slightly restricted, the table is in good condition. The Parade is quite a sporting establishment and has a big screen for important events. Entry is limited to those over twenty- one years.
A visit to Café Sol is likely to brighten any visit to Kilkenny. The relaxed modern décor is an attractive mixture of the new-age and the genteel, while there is a variety of good-value cuisine on offer. Peruse the paper with a cappuccino here in the morning, enjoy the imaginative all-day dishes, or, towards the end of the week indulge yourself in their excellent dinners. The ambience and standards certainly won't disappoint.
Its central location and excellent barfood make Bollard's a perennial favorite with locals and tourists alike. The Bollard family have run the establishment for about a century, but the premises itself has been a watering hole for even longer than that. You may be almost able to sense the history, but the conversation at the bar generally tends to return to the beloved county hurling team and turf- related matters. Bollards is an establishment where the uninitiated in such matters can gain an education of sorts.