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The Lady Helen Restaurant

Mount Juliet Hotel, THOMASTOWN, Co Kilkenny, ROI,

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Woodland strolls, fishing, archery and shooting: if you always fancied a life as landed gentry, this is the place to play out such dreams. Throw in a spa and a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and the sprawling Mount Juliet estate offers every modern comfort, while the dining room in this handsome Georgian manor house is an elegant space with elaborately stuccoed ceilings and splendid views of the estate sweeping down to the River Nore. Wild game from the estate and named local producers get full credit, whether you order from the carte or loosen your belt for the tasting menus. The tersely-written menu descriptions don't really tell the full story of the intricate dishes. A starter of poached and pan-fried veal sweetbreads appears with sautéed artichoke hearts and caramelised shallots, the red wine jus enhanced with a luxurious slice of fresh truffle and a Parmesan foam. Precisely cooked squab pigeon makes an appearance at main course with oyster mushrooms, gently foaming almond milk and a subtle liquorice jus that doesn't overpower. A labour-intensive dessert of brown sugar tart, hazelnut and chocolate tuile and mandarin sorbet displays pin-point accuracy in both presentation and flavour balance.

Further information

Tel: 056 7773000
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open all year.
Days closed: Sun & Tue
Days closed for lunch: all week

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern Irish
Chef: Ken Harker
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.



Use the route planner for your trip

M7 from Dublin, N9 towards Waterford, exit at junct 9/Danesfort for hotel
Nearest station: Thomastown

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