10 Years of Michelin at The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Estate

Wednesday, November 22, 2023.

This November 15th, The Lady Helen restaurant at Mount Juliet Estate celebrates 10 years of Michelin. To mark the occasion, friends who have been part of the decade of Michelin at The Lady Helen have been invited to a celebratory dinner. ‘Then & Now’, is a special 10-course Tasting Menu, featuring some of The Lady Helen’s signature dishes that have featured on the menus over past 10 years.

Chef John Kelly has evolved and honed the cooking at The Lady Helen to offer guests an elegant and contemporary Irish dining experience. His cooking ethos is centred on simplicity, respecting the integrity of the ingredients with a DNA in classic French culinary methods and traditions. Sourcing and working with the finest producers and suppliers, which have been carefully chosen by Chef John.

Over the years, Chef John has transformed The Lady Helen offering, moving from a traditional à la carte service to offering contemporary signature tasting menus. This allows the culinary team the freedom to work with new ingredients and seasonal produce to create the distinctive award-winning dishes that are reflective of their sophisticated approach to cooking.

The dining experience is refined by Restaurant Manager Aga Kubinska, who ensures service pays homage to the tradition of entertaining that Lady Helen McCalmont was renowned for. Working with Chef John, they have created a serene ambiance, that sets diners at ease from the minute they enter The Lady Helen dining room. Delicate touches, such as lavender posies on the tables and fresh crisp linen are paired with a warm welcome from the smartly uniformed wait team.

The menus are carefully paired with a wine selection that has been paired by Chef John and his sommelier Luciano Radmil to enhance the experience at The Lady Helen.

Chef John Kelly said, “My culinary education has been quite privileged, working under very talented chefs, including Guillaume LeBrun and Keiran Glennon at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, who I now consider friends. Also, Cormac Rowe and Ken Harker who started the journey for what we enjoy today.

We are very proud of the offering here at The Lady Helen and every member of the team, brings their individual touch to their work. Maintaining the Michelin star is a testament to the talented, dedication and work of the team.

We are evolving the dining experience and our menus, to give our guests a distinctive taste of Kilkenny and modern Irish cuisine. We consider every element of service, surrounding our guests in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, that is a nod to the heritage here at Mount Juliet Estate.”

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