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The Lady Helen Restaurant

Mount Juliet Hotel, THOMASTOWN, Co Kilkenny, ROI,

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If you want to play at being aristocracy, a stay at Mount Juliet should do the trick. The imposing Georgian manor-house hotel stands in a lushly sprawling estate whose expanses keep guests occupied with such pursuits as river and lake fishing, woodland strolls, stick swinging around a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, plus shooting, archery and spa pampering. For foodies, the main attraction lies in the Lady Helen dining room, an opulent space with splendid plasterwork ceilings, views over the grounds, and a fashionably muted beige decor. The tone of service is gently formal, but staff are friendly and keen, and have a good knowledge of what's on the menus. Suppliers and sources are credited in the preamble, from Wexford seafood to wild game, with the option of choosing from the carte or signing up to a seven-course taster or 10-course surprise blowout. Simple menu descriptions don't tell the full story of what's going on in Cormac Rowe's labour-intensive and minutely-detailed compositions. For example, one starter comprises lobster in two preparations - the tail simply poached and quenelles of claw meat bound with a fresh herb dressing - served with tubes of cucumber filled with lightly-pickled cucumber, fresh and pickled radish, tomatoes and baby gem lettuce. Main course brings turbot of exemplary quality and depth of flavour partnered with a decadent slice of foie gras, earthy Beluga lentils and a cumin-scented carrot pur?e. The multi-faceted approach continues into a dessert that plays with variations on a strawberry theme, the fruit presented in vanilla-poached meringues in macerated, dried and fresh forms with a sorbet of wild strawberries from the estate and crunchy candied pistachios.

Further information

Tel: 056 7773000
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Open all year.
Days closed: Sun & Tue
Days closed for lunch: all week

Restaurant information

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


Restaurant price guide

2 Course dinner from: €65.00
3 Course dinner from: €75.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

The Lady Helen Restaurant, Thomastown


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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