Lady Helen retains Michelin Star for fifth year running

Posted 02/10/2017


Mount Juliet Estate today announces it has retained its Michelin Star for the contemporary fine dining restaurant, The Lady Helen. This marks the fifth year in a row that the highly coveted award has been bestowed on the unique restaurant at the luxury destination in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Michelin is recognised by the industry as the only international system for grading haute cuisine and is seen as the ultimate mark of a restaurant’s fine dining quality.

Under the attentive and expert guidance of Executive Chef Ken Harker, Head Chef John Kelly and the team, the Lady Helen Restaurant offers a unique and elegant dining affair.  Ken’s passion for the highest quality produce is served with considered creative flair. From the constant inclusion of seasonally relevant, locally sourced where possible, quality produce, to the tight collaboration with Lady Helen’s team, every last detail of a memorable food experience is attended to. The Lady Helen’s considered selection of a Table D’hôte style menu and signature tasting menus are rooted in Chef Harker’s food philosophy and are testimony to the deep relationship the team have built with quality producers.   This paired with the intimate and relaxing dining room atmosphere of restaurant has ensured the Michelin Star for The Lady Helen once more.

The Signature Nine Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairing is a must for those who want to experience the highlights of the Lady Helen culinary offer.  

The blind tasting menu is curated on a daily basis and is carefully calibrated to ensure diners can experience the full spectrum of taste on available at the Lady Helen restaurant. Modern Irish cuisine that includes clever taste pairings and produce center stage forms the basis of the menu which offers highlights such as fresh Irish scallops served with celeriac that adds earthy, nutty notes and an intense smoked eel; tender veal sweetbread served alongside artichoke, truffle, onion and parmesan; goats curd ravioli with Jerusalem artichoke, cep, pickled pear and suckling pig pork belly served with mild octopus, soya apples, cabbage and shitake.

Executive Chef at Mount Juliet Estate, Ken Harker commented: “Retaining our Michelin star for another year is a testament to the inherent passion for food in the Mount Juliet Estate and the team of highly skilled chefs that I am lucky to work with in our kitchen. A key consideration in Michelin grading is consistency and I believe we achieve that through our passion, dedication and hard work over the last five years.  For me, the success of the food The Lady Helen restaurant serves is rooted in finding and unlocking the potential of the very best ingredients.  As a team we are humbled and delighted to be recognised with this award.”

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