A Guide to the best food in Kildare this autumn
Over the last few years, Kildare’s reputation as a ‘foodie county’ has grown from strength to strength. Visitors to the county are now in search of the finest food experiences, from gastro pubs to award-winning cuisine made by some of the Countries best chefs, or enjoying a tipple in oak filled gastro bars, there is so much to be tasted in Kildare. This autumn ‘Feast on the Tastes of Kildare’ is part of the county’s tourism campaign that will get visitors exploring the very best locations for visitors to dine. Here we are ‘whetting’ your appetite with these six for starters!!:
Burtown House & Gardens
Think rustic and contemporary and you have arrived at the wonderful Green Barn Restaurant. Located just inside the front gates of Burtown House, set in the front parkland overlooking a walled kitchen garden, The Green Barn at Burtown House is the ideal spot for a quick lunch stop, mid-morning brunch or for a more relaxed luncheon style affair or for dinner on Saturday night.
Not many Gastro pubs are named after an essential part of a canal, but that’s precisely what Lock 13 is – this award winning Sallins Gastro Pub is located on the banks of the Grand Canal, specifically at lock number 13. Lock 13 has transformed from a traditional Irish pub to be at the forefront of the ever changing culture of the Gastro Pub. They boast Kildare’s first ever brewpub, serving delicious locally sourced produce in a casual atmosphere and here’s a tip…their legendary chicken wings are a must try!!
Hartes of Kildare
Another great gastro pub is Hartes. Situated in the pretty market square of Kildare Town, Harte’s of Kildare occupies a prime slot. An old fashioned Irish pub exterior belies the modern dining room and contemporary Irish cooking that goes on inside. Harte’s is renowned for its steak on the stone cooking which allows the customer to cook their own steak at the very same table they sit at.
Fallons of Kilcullen
A firm favourite with both locals and visitors, Fallons Bar & Café is located in the picturesque village of Kilcullen in what was formerly Bernie’s bar & Restaurant. This ‘Michelin recommended’ venue is a clever blend of old and new, serving a range of Old favourites and new classics – ‘real food prepared and served with passion’. While you are there check out their shop, which serves a range of fine wines and dishes to take home!
Located in the centre of Kildare Town, Silken Thomas is a wonderfully modern Irish restaurant & steakhouse, and a perfect place to start or finish an evening out. Inside, the polished wood flooring and tables, coupled with the light, mooted tones of the surrounding décor, make for an impressive, but unpretentious contemporary feel.
Harrigan’s in Newbridge is very stylishly decorated in an essentially traditional manner. The restaurant is split level, with a curved wooden wall separating the two levels and offers customers Irish and European cuisine through their bar menu and also offer an evening A La Carte Menu in their restaurant, (tip: perfectly cooked ribeye, prawns and cod, as well as their sticky toffee pudding all come highly recommended!)