The Kernel

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Simplicity and originality. Taste it in our food and enjoy it in our atmosphere. It’s what we’re all about.

Maria Rafferty, Chef Proprietor at Kernel Bar & Kitchen has over 25 years’ experience, with invaluable industry knowledge having worked in kitchens spanning the globe. Her 17 years as Head Chef in ‘Zuni Restaurant’, in the heart of Kilkenny City has merited regular and glowing reviews through the years. Using her experience and injecting her own style and tastes, Maria has prepared a menu that is sure to appeal to all tastes and food lovers.

In March 2017, Kernel Bar & Kitchen opened, serving a great Breakfast ’til noon, followed by a relaxed all-day menu including Brunch and Afternoon Tea options made with the finest regional ingredients. Dinner ranges from small plates to sharing platters, including Evening Tea and all incorporating the best seasonal produce from local suppliers. Kernel Bar & Kitchen serves the finest craft beers & ciders and a curated selection of wines by the glass.