Graiguenamanagh Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Graiguenamanagh

December 27, 2017 Darwin Bolte

Graiguenamanagh or Graignamanagh (Irish: Gráig na Manach, meaning "village of the monks") is a town in County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is located on the R705 regional road by the border with County Carlow on the River Barrow at the foot of Brandon Hill. It is home to Duiske Abbey, the largest and perhaps the finest of the thirty-four medieval Cistercian abbeys in Ireland.
Things to do in Graiguenamanagh

1. Cellar Restaurant

Main Street | Step House Hotel, Borris, Ireland (Formerly Cellar Restaurant) Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff European, French, Irish Dinner HK$243 - HK$965 +353 59 977 3209
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 21 reviews

Cellar Restaurant

The multi-award winning Cellar Restaurant with its archways and vaulted ceilings, is located in the old kitchens of the house. Dining is elegant and classical with service unparalleled ensuring complete relaxation. Cuisine is in the classical French style and is created with individual flair using local ingredients and an emphasis on organic food. Enjoyment is ensured with award winning and member of the family head chef Alan Foley crafting every culinary delight.

Reviewed By paulstown - Kilkenny, Ireland

We had Sunday lunch at the Stand House recently. It was only fabulous. The menu is extensive and of Mitchlin Star standard, (well the Chef is ex Chapter 1 !!). The service was attentive and pleasant. The staff are supportive of each other and multi task. The staff in the restaurant are eqaully so and inviting. Reception staff are also pleasant, personable and engaging. The price is very reasonable both in the bar and restaurant
It is great to see people investing in high premise spec and quality staff / food, especially in smaller towns, where foot fall has to won over. This is a venue that is worthy of its praise and a place worth making the effort to visit.

2. Circle of Friends

Bank House High Street, Inistioge, Ireland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations Irish, Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$118 - HK$196 +353 56 775 8800
Excellent
47%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 141 reviews

Circle of Friends

Reviewed By amelia9285 - Cork, Ireland

Went for family lunch. Ordered soup, waited almost 25 minutes. When we finally got out food the soup was inedible as it was severally over salted. The bread that came with the soup was homemade but burned black, with lumps of flour throughout as it hadn't been mixed. Cutelry was dirty as were the glasses our water came in.
The toasted special was lovely though.

3. The Blackberry Cafe

Market Streeet | Koln, Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Soups, Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +353 86 775 5303
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

The Blackberry Cafe

Day time cafe serving home made and locally sourced food, excellent coffee from an artisan roaster, organic salads grown in the area

Reviewed By Eimear99 - Ireland

Called in while passing through Thomastown. Tiny cafe, quite cramped at table. Had panini with organic mushroom soup followed by chocolate cake and coffee. Just delicious. Service with a smile also! Saw a lady come in with two small children. They were immediately given colours and colouring book! Lovely touch!
Do visit!

4. Waterside Restaurant

The Quay | Waterside Guesthouse, Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, European Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch +353 59 972 4246
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
6%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 46 reviews

Waterside Restaurant

Reviewed By maddy291260 - Limerick, Ireland

We had lunch at this lovely waterside restaurant and though the day was miserable it didn't take from the ambiance of this place. Owner was lovely, very informative & helpful. Food was very tasty & reasonably priced. Good variety of freshly prepared food. Lovely views...MoreThanks guys for the positive review. Sorry the day was miserable outside, I promise you a hot and Sunny day the next time you visit! We are famous for them round here. Brian

5. Mullichain Cafe

The Quay St Mullins | Co Carlow, St Mullins R95 XY93, Ireland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Serves Alcohol Irish, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch +353 87 258 4663
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 176 reviews

Mullichain Cafe

We run a sweet little Coffee Shop on The Banks of The River Barrow in St Mullins.There is Seating both inside and out and we provide waitress service.Our Menu provides a selection of Salads Prawn and Crab,Hummis and Chicken liver Pate plus many more.Pizza,Wraps,Ciabatta with wonderful fresh fillings. Emer is our in house baker and she has a large selection home baking, Apple tarts and Chocolate Brownies to name but a few. This is a wonderful place to wile away the day walking or cycling by the river.Martin Emer and Mark would like to invite you to share our little bit of Heaven

Reviewed By amag4523 - Dublin

A group of us walked along the Barrow Way from Graignamagh to St Mullins on a glorious day
We stopped at this lovely riverside restaurant at the halfway point It was very busy with tables Indoors and outside A group of painters were doing their watercolours
Terrific selection of menu and caters for all dietary requirements
We were served by Kate and Michael the owner stopped to chat and give us a walking brochure of other walks in the nearby areas.
Highly recommend the homemade lemon drizzle cake

6. Truffle Fairy

Chapel Lane, Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland Takeout, Seating Cafe
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Truffle Fairy

Very new, chocolatier which serves great coffee and delicious cakes and treats in a small spotless room. Local pottery is used and chocolates are made on the premises.

Reviewed By dwinm

Mary (aka the truffle fairy) makes the best brownie I've ever tasted. I also purchased a variety of truffles while there...all were delicious.

7. The Old Schoolhouse

Riverside, Inistioge, Ireland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking Cafe, Soups Breakfast, Brunch +353 56 775 8723
Excellent
48%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
20%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 24 reviews

The Old Schoolhouse

The Old Schoolhouse is an excellent place to eat and relax in one of the most scenic locations you will find in the South East of Ireland.

Reviewed By Deborah R - Waterford, Waterford, Ireland

Me and my friend both ordered the prawn and avacado salad. We requested no dressings or sauce as we were on our new paleo diet so the lovely waitress asked if we would like extra salad to which we both enthusiastically accepted!! We then received two or three leaves of iceberg lettuce with tiny prawns sprinkled ontop. Oh and 1 cherry and a half tomato each. No avacado and absolutely no extra salad. Unless we were only possibly meant to gey two leaves of iceberg lettuce initially. My other friend ordered omlette which when it arrived my 11yr old daughter exclaimed "my god thats a really small omlette"! We sent back our prawn and avacado dishes to get some avacado and received them back with 1 half an avacado each. We were then charged 8 euro for the pleasure. Absolutely delightful cafe and i regularly visit inistioge but will be dining elsewhere for lunch in future.

8. Step House Restaurant

Main Street, Borris, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch +353 59 977 3209
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Step House Restaurant

This is a lovely small hotel , bar and restaurant. Amazing food !

Reviewed By PaulHFromCranley - Bangor, N Ireland

Last time we were here we were a little disappointed and felt the quality of the food had dropped, but we had been told by a knowledgeable local the old owners were back again. Whether that's fact or fiction I can't say but what I do know was the the quality of the food has gone back up again to its previous high standard. As usual staff were friendly and efficient. No complaints this time, we look forward to our next visit.

9. Clashganny House Restaurant Borris Co Carlow

Clashganny, Borris, Co Carlow, Ireland | Borris, Carlow R93 R8D3, Ireland Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +353 59 977 1003
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Clashganny House Restaurant Borris Co Carlow

Reviewed By Declan D - Carlow, Ireland

A visit to Clashganny will end with you planning your next visit. A homely atmosphere is created by Karen and her team from the moment you enter the restaurant. Then sit back and enjoy your menu choices that Rob and his team with bring together using a variety of local ingredients.
I cannot recommend Clashganny House highly enough. I have never been less than 100% satisfied leaving.

10. Coffee on High

High Street | County Kilkenny, Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny 000, Ireland Cafe, Irish, British HK$16 - HK$94 +353 59 972 5725
Excellent
58%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Coffee on High

Coffee on High is a beautiful cafe on lower High Street, just off Main. While you sip coffee or tuck into something freshly prepared, admire the beautiful Duiske Abbey while listening to the Duiske River flow by. From freshly filled baked potatoes to a choice of seasonal open brown bread sandwiches, there will be something to suit all tastes. We make our own homemade soups and brown bread too and our desserts vary depending on the time of year as we try to keep things seasonal, local and organic wherever possible. There is loads to do in Graignamanagh while you are here, from pottery making (Mount Brandon Pottery) to Kayaking on the Barrow (Pure Adventure), Bike Hire (Waterside Bike Hire), not to mention the fabulous Brandon Hill and Silare Wood for beautiful walks to suit all levels of fitness. We will prepare a fresh lunch to take along so you can picnic al fresco! Find us on Facebook.

Reviewed By lizzie4916 - Cavan, Ireland

Went in here for a Sandwich & a coffee. Good choice on menu. Had the ploughmans special, it was huge & very tasty, would recommend it. Service was fast & the girl working there was very pleasant & friendly. The cappuccino l had was great, l'd even say the best l have ever tasted.

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