Open around four months at this stage under the watchful eye of proprietor Padraig Enright, The Salt Yard is the only restaunt of its kind in Kilkenny specialising in Spanish-driven cuisine presenting a fine fusion of Spanish and Irish ingredients across a huge tapas, pintxos and platos menu. We were in house on the opening night for what turned out to be a fantastic meal (one that kept us stuffed for about two days given the amount we had consumed) but last night I was back in the restaurant myself for The Salt Yard’s VIP Pintxos night. Continue Reading →
Update 21 September 2014: While I appreciate the
dozens hundreds of calls and texts that I’ve received to book tables at the Salt Yard, alas, I’m not the restaurant. Read to the end of this post to get the restaurant’s contact details, then tell them I sent you.
The Salt Yard is Kilkenny’s newest restaurant venture, located at the old ESB offices / Halifax bank building (depending on your memory of Kilkenny) on Friary Street, just opposite Rafter Dempsey’s.
The proprietor is Padraig Enright who opened the doors just last Friday so myself and Mrs. Any Given Food did a drive-by early on Saturday morning to get a number for a booking, grabbed a window table for 7pm and hit The Salt Yard to find out what it’s all about. Continue Reading →
When I mentioned on Twitter last night that we really do have some kickass restaurants in Kilkenny, that may have been before Campagne continued its winning streak since the its doors opened locally, by being named Best Restaurant in Ireland at last night’s Irish Restaurant Awards or “the food oscars”. Continue Reading →
So, Monday night was an eye opener to the ‘west west’ of Ireland as I like to call it. That point where you’ve reached Galway and just keep on driving, all the way through Connemara, through Clifden, on to Creggan, park up, have a pint in the sun, then hop the ferry to Inishbofin for the night. Continue Reading →
June 2013 was my first visit to the Chapter House Tea Rooms at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny and having had some a good impression made by the friendly staff, good food and cosy sub-church atmosphere, myself and herself have been back a few times, the most recent being last weekend.
You’ve got free wifi, a fresh rotation of desserts, plenty of salad options and a mix of daily mains from soups to curries, nut loafs to fish cakes, pasta dishes and plenty more besides. Continue Reading →
Craft beer battered black pudding. Let the words roll off your tongue before your mouth starts to water.
David Thompson is at the helm in the kitchen at Brewery Corner in Kilkenny, Kilkenny’s only dedicated craft beer bar and the short but sweet menu there is top of the range.
Dishes are cooked to order and at the top of my list for the moment is the battered black pudding. Certainly not a delicacy in every county in the country but this one rocks. At €8.50 or €11 bucks if you want to grab a pint as part of a combo. Continue Reading →
THERE MAY be some truth to the notion that people let themselves go a bit after getting married, at least if the past week is anything to go by.
The wedding was Saturday last but I don’t think I’ve cooked dinner at home since at least the 2nd of the month, kicking off the marathon of eating and dining out with a second Christmas dinner with the now in-laws.
There was a pre-wedding tapas night out, followed by all the food across the day in Langton’s, taking in Cleere’s on Sunday, Café Mocha and Hotel Kilkenny on Monday, Zuni on Tuesday, Oldtown Hill, Cafe Sol on Wednesday, The Courtyard, Orange (formerly Yum Café) and Primo on Thursday, The Vintage Tea Rooms on Friday and more breakfast, lunch and dinner out in between. As it happens, breakfast this morning is pretty much the first thing I’ve cooked at home all year.
We decided early on (considering we only spent about 4-5 months trying to organise the wedding) to park a honeymoon (in the going foreign sense of the word) out to later in the year, instead spending time with mates at
home, day-tripping, hanging out in coffee shops and soaking up all that Kilkenny has to offer – pretty much being tourists in our hometown. And you know something? It’s pretty cool.
Granted, I’m pure stuffed after the past week and with another week off to come, I reckon I’ll be well set for a detox come 20 January.
In the meantime though, there’s more food to explore locally, before finding out what London has to offer during the week. Thanks to those who’ve sent tips my way on places to eat. If there’s anything I should be checking out around Picadilly, just shout!
It starts with a coffee, until you realise that it’s well past lunchtime, closer to dinner time and you haven’t sat down to a full meal for the day. I spent the morning filming the latest cookery and meal planning demos at Furnace Fitness which, if the closeups are anything to go by, should turn out to be great. So with a morning sampling salads and steaks behind me, the dawning realisation mid afternoon that you haven’t had a solid meal brought the two of us to Statham’s on Patrick Street in Kilkenny to continue our intention of eating in new places or places we’ve not been to in a year or so locally. Continue Reading →
Last November, myself and Mrs. Any Given Food-to-be (she’s got about 4 months or so left with that name) had one of the best tapas-fuelled nights out at Cava in Galway in its then Dominic Street residence, next to Aniar. In typical fashion we ordered a little of this, a little of that, a platter of this, a bottle of that, having no idea what the portions would be like and not at all expecting that we would need to pull in a second table or spend an hour walking around Galway after the meal trying to recover.
Bottom line, it was a top night of food, great atmosphere all with lovely service – the complete package for us. We picked up lunch from them at the Food & Wine Show in the RDS in December but less than two months later, however, owners JP McMahon and Drigín Gaffey closed the doors.
Flash forward to May of this year and it was announced that Cava would be coming back, the pair in talks to take over the old Mustard unit on Middle Street in Galway’s Latin Quarter, opposite the Cornstore. Skip to the present and the newly named Cava Bodega is in the final stretches towards opening for the middle of next month, taking residence over two floors which includes a new Pinchos Bar on the upper floor with seating for 20 while the downstairs level will have seating for 40 with a more cellar-like feel. Continue Reading →
The Kilkenny Arts Festival is in full swing and I’ve been on the ground for every day of it thus far, gathering content for the festival blog, my other blog, and video archive. Being on the ground for the festival is a tricky one, there’s always something to cover or that needs covering. As such, the opportunity to get in and out of places to eat isn’t all as regular as you would hope.
Yes, the soup and sandwich has been had (yesterday, at last), but another place you can source a soup, sandwich, some MOAK coffee, funky homemade lemonades and cordials and other cake niceties is Cafe TBA at The Hole In The Wall.
It’s only open a bare few months but was recently named the place place in Kilkenny for a coffee in a KCLR96FM listener survey. Kieran Mulhull (pictured above) and Bill Carroll (below right) are running the coffee house end of things (tea / coffee / lemonades / food) while The Hole In The Wall looks after the rest (namely the wine bar side of things)
Seemingly they’re the only place in Kilkenny serving MOAK coffee and the guys are pretty particular about their coffee, taking care in its preparation, service and delivery.
On the counter you’ve got a variety of cakes, buns and light desserts made locally and changing up on a daily basis. On rotation too are the soups throughout the week while on the sandwich side of things you’ve got the choice of The Archer (with parma ham, red onion marmalade, sun-dried tomatoes and grated cheddar on batch loaf) or The Duke (with hummus, grilled marinated beetroot, roasted red peppers and feta cheese on batch loaf).
Me, I skipped the soup and sandwich and went straight for the fresh pear and almond tart…
…all washed down with a homemade ginger (powerful whack), blueberry and lime lemonade.
There’s seating indoors and outdoors but the kicker for those of you who don’t know, is that The Hole In The Wall is the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland, the 1582 Archer inner house on 17 High Street. It’s an Elizabethan building, with the tavern / snug transformed into the cafe during the day time while upstairs holds regular talks, lectures, gigs, performances and exhibitions.
If you’re in the High Street area of Kilkenny, keep an eye out for the signs. Even if you’re not hungry or thirsty, it’s worth getting your head in there to explore the house itself.