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Set on a 1,500 acre estate, this impressive country house is one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in Ireland; it still boasts its original...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed 15 February 2024 via mobile

Delightful Valentine’s Night meal . Wonderful tasting menus and was especially pleased with the Vegetarian menu & wine pairings. Service was excellent & all staff knowledgeable & friendly .

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 December 2023 via mobile

This was our second lovely dinner in Kilkenny as we’d eaten at Campagne the previous night. The Lady Helen was a really good contrast - double the price but an exceptional seven course tasting menu with wine pairings which really delivered. The quality of the...cooking, ingredients and the menu were outstanding. Technically, more two star than one. Very often on a tasting menu there are some courses that miss. Frequently, the main course is a bit of a let down compared to the starters. But not here, each course was different but so full of flavour and cooked perfectly. We had a fun meal and a lovely evening - thanks to the restaurant team.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 17 November 2023 via mobile

Expensive, but so worth it. We had the 9 course tasting menu with paired wines. The food was excellent and the pairings meant we tried wines we wouldn’t otherwise have tried. The staff were attentive and everything came at a good pace. The enthusiasm of...the Sommelier was incredible, knowledgable and happy to share his knowledge.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 October 2023 via mobile

We ate at 3 Michelin starred restaurants (0ne ** and two *) on a recent trip to Ireland and Lady Helen was a bit disappointing. While food was excellent the service was a bit lacking. Overall experience missed the mark on multiple points and seemed...tired. Dinner seemed to drag on (3.5 hours that seemed longer). Wouldn’t go back.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 9 June 2023

Breakfast was great, but dinner was not. We had expected an ala carte option to the tasting menu but not available. Tasting menu was very expensive and not to our liking. Also, the timing was very inconsistent, 1st 3 courses were quick then big wait...then 2 more then another wait and then last 2. Very nice setting so sad to be so disappointedMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 12 March 2023

Superb, absolutely outstanding. A truly memorable occasion.We will return! The staff and food were at another level.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 3 February 2023

We had the most amazing dinner here last night. The food was presented like a work of art. Service was outstanding. Thank you Ellica!

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 26 July 2022

Expensive but worth it, lovely view of the courtryside, very high quality food and excellent service. Really a pleasure.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 9 June 2022

This was my third visit to The Lady Helen. Each time I have had the 7 course tasting menu with the wine pairings. Every aspect of the dining experience (food, service, atmosphere) has been outstanding. Can’t wait to return.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 6 February 2022

Atmosphere of a nursing home. Lovely wine. Veal was fab. Pudding lovely. Foie gras was inedible. Very nice bread.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 16 January 2022 via mobile

We have wanted to experience Lady Helen for sometime but with the stipulation that you must also be a guest at the hotel we gave it a miss. But recently we got a very generous gift voucher for Mount Juliet which gave us the incentive...to finally indulge ourselves. I’ll review the hotel stay on the appropriate page. Being December 2021 there were some Covid restrictions but none that impacted on our stay. We had booked our dinner for 7:30 as we were going for the 9 Course Tasting menu and to really indulge we also opted for the wine pairing. We had a lovely table by the window but on dark mid December evening you did not get the lovely view of the river. On sitting down we were given the complimentary glass of champagne which was obviously very nice. Service then commenced pretty quickly before we had a chance to finish our glass of bubbles which meant the first course and we were not clear if the champagne was to go with it or was it’s own wine going to arrive? Shortly after wine did appear but again confusion on whether it was for that course or the next one to follow. Of course we should have asked and got clarification but in the moment we did not. As it turned out it was for the first course but we were nearly finished before it arrived and when the second course quickly followed we still had a half glass of champagne and a half glass of first course wine!! As we finally got caught up with the service we were starting to feel the effects of a rather rushed first half of the 9 courses. This is our one and only complaint…..what was the rush to get our first four-five dishes out to the table? The table was not booked for another sitting and with all diners being guests of the hotel nobody had to be in a rush to a precooked taxi? We had all night to spend enjoying a well timed meal but instead we were seemingly on the clock. The second half of the meal did come at a more reasonable pace which meant we could savour it and continue to do so while waiting for the one to follow. The food itself was of the highest quality, all the flavour and level of expertise one would expect. One tip I would give anyone opting for the indulgence of a Tasting Menu with Wine Pairing go for the 7 Course, we found the 9 to be too much, mainly on the wine front. If the 9 catches your fancy just go with a bottle (or two) of your own choice. We have had the wine pairings in places like Chapter One, Glovers Alley & the exceptional Lady Anne (nearby) and we still found the 9 too much. Great food, great staff, great ambiance….just slow it down a wee bit!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 16 October 2021 via mobile

A wonderful experience - the staff were excellent, accommodating of our various dietary needs (pescatarian and no fish/shellfish) and very clear in explaining and sharing information about the wines (we had the tasting menu and wine pairing) and the various dishes. The atmosphere while naturally...formal was comfortable rather than stuffy because of how welcoming and friendly the staff were. The food was a delight and the wines fabulous. Each course was something interesting and unexpected, and the portions were excellent sizes to ensure we were actually able to finish all of them given it was a long tasting menu. The one suggestion I’d make is starting your meal earlier than 8.30pm if you plan to do the tasting menu - we finished quite late as a result!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 30 July 2021 via mobile

My daughter and I visited the Michelin starred Lady Helen restaurant in Mount Juliet. We ordered the seven course tasting menu. From start to finish it was just delicious. Jean Baptiste the sommelier described the wine pairing and we decided to go with that. Every...morsel was perfectly balanced and the attention to detail was extraordinary. The room itself was a beautiful setting, everything down to the plates and cutlery has been carefully chosen to complement the food. The service was friendly, welcoming, professional but yet unfussy. Thank you to Head Chef John Kelly and his team for a wonderful culinary experience.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 7 December 2020 via mobile

Don’t even know where to start. The food is divine and beautiful. Our group went for the 7 step meals. Special diet requirement is also accommodate quickly. I would certainly recommend this for people who enjoy excellent food and service.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 5 October 2020

We had such a lovely experience at Lady Helen restaurant the staff were so nice and the food was outstanding I rarely leave liking all my food but every course we had was just amazing. It's pricey but WELL Worth it.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Louise L
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Response from CaseyCrowley | Reviewed this property |
I had tea there. I'll post the menu from Jan 2020.
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Response from Insomnia12 | Reviewed this property |
No formal dress code as far as I know but it is a fancy place. I wore a blazer and trousers. There were no kids there when we were there so I’m not sure. Hope this helps.
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Response from Jencheltenham | Reviewed this property |
Hi. This will depend on what you order and if you are talking about per course or for a 3 course meal. I suggest you check their website and the menu choice for up to date prices
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