If there’s one thing I love doing it’s eating out in restaurants. Absolutely mad for it. On a local level, contrary to trying to save a few quid in the week, I still reckon I’m eating out twice a week. Of all the places to eat in Kilkenny, I reckon Campagne is the one place I’ve not tried and after seeing the results of the Leinster awards for the Irish Restaurant Awards 2011, which took place on Monday night, I may get my skates on and sort that one out quickly.
Of the six awards up for grabs for Kilkenny, three went to Campagane and my congratulations to Garrett Byrne, Brid Hannon and co. at the restaurant.
The winners look like this
- Best Chef: Garrett Byrne (Campagne)
- Best Casual Dining: The 2 Dames
- Best Restaurant: Campange
- Best Customer Service: Campagne
- Best Gastro Pub: The Hibernian Bar
- Best Hotel Restaurant: Kilkenny River Court Hotel
If you’re on the hunt for winners locally, you’ll find Campagne at 5 The Arches, Gashouse Lane (top of John Street, turn left and then right, parking available at John’s Green). The Two Dames coffee boutique can be found on John Street, they do fantastic bagels, soups and it’s a great place if you’ve got sweet tooth. You can find them on Facebook here. The Hibernian Bar is part of the Hibernian Hotel, found on the corner of Patrick Street and Ormonde Street. Limited parking (metered) is available on Patrick Street while there’s a multistorey on Ormonde Street. Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel is located right at John’s Bridge in the heart of Kilkenny. If you’ve got a sunny day in Kilkenny, it’s a great place to head for an outdoor lunch or a pint.
For the food bloggers among you, you’ll also get free wifi in the Hibernian or Rivercourt as well, often a bonus when going to lunch. Congratulations to all the local winners and good look in the regional and national awards!