Lady Helen serves up some cool classics

The key to a successful tasting menu experience is balance; you’re looking for a mix of light and rich dishes in appropriate portions, and here, local chef John Kelly seems to have got that balance just right.

The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, is getting the balance just right with light and rich, and classical and contemporary dishes

The Lady Helen, Mount Juliet,

Thomastown, Co Kilkenny


Chef: John Kelly

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