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Butler House Kilkenny

Afternoon tea 2

Butler House, 16 Patrick Street, Kilkenny City, Ireland

+353 (0)56 7722828

Hours: Butler House is one of Kilkenny’s best kept secrets. Situated in a preserved building in Patrick Street, it’s part of the Kilkenny Civic Trust.


Our tea was beautifully presented and we started on the top tier with delicate chicken Caesar salad, small pieces of chicken with lettuce and a light Caesar dressing.  As we worked our way down the tiers there was a great selection of dainty sandwiches and brioche including egg mayonnaise, coronation chicken and smoked salmon with cream cheese.

Sweet treats included carrot cake, cheese cake, chocolate fondant and a salted caramel Madeline. There were  macaroons and chocolate cups with raspberry mousse as well as traditional scones with butter, clotted cream and jam. It was an embarrassment of riches,  all absolutely delicious and with a full selection of teas and coffees it’s an afternoon of pure indulgence.

At €32 per person or €39 with a glass of bubbly it’s a treat, but well worth it.

Lunch was also an option, and is served in either the dining room or in the Butler’s Pantry in the basement, a more casual environment with low tables and large comfy chairs. It’s a great area for a group of friends to get together.

There’s a selection of four appetisers which include soup of the day, scallops, Caesar salad or duck confit. Main courses include a goat’s cheese tart; organic pork, West Cork sea bass or free range chicken.

If there is still room for dessert there are all kinds of temptations including homemade trifle, classic brulee, chocolate or apple tart tartin.

All ingredients are locally sourced, cooked to order under the watchful eye of head chef `Gerard Dunne.

Butler House is a gem, it's particularly so since its location is so special. A real treat for the senses.

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