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Fancy dinner in a 13th century mill in Kilkenny? If so, Mill Dinners is for you.

Described by one of the organisers as “a celebration of the season that we are in, with a nod to Hallows eve through performance and music as well”, The Market Kitchen crew are bringing their Mill Dinners event to Kilkenny this coming October bank holiday weekend.

Records suggest that Mullins Mills in Kells were established along the Kings River in the early stages of the 13th century (around 1204) by Geoffrey de Monte Marisco Fitzrobert, the present day mill complex established in the late 18th century.

Whatever way you look at it, that makes for a lot of history.

Decommissioned in the sixties the mill has gone through different ownerships, refurbishments and upgrades and this coming weekend plays host to The Market Kitchen crew for Mill Dinners, a pop-up restaurant event as part of Savour Kilkenny.

Seasonal dishes set for Mill Dinners with The Market Kitchen
Seasonal dishes set for Mill Dinners with The Market Kitchen

What’s it all about?

“Filling the rafters with fresh bakes, intelligent tea and Ariosa coffee, we look forward to welcoming you to the mill cafe after a stroll around Kells Priory or along the Kings River. With the setting of the sun, day time treats will make way for night time tricksters. A long table will be set for a candle-lit feast with music, storytelling and song woven throughout.

Our dinners will boast the best of the season through a five course meal featuring organic vegetables from McNally family farm, sustainably farmed meat from Broughgammon Butchers, Kilkenny’s very own Goatsbridge Trout, cocktails, syrups and winter warmers made with wild and foraged ingredients, specially crafted chocolates and more!”

Cocktails and winter warmers are on the menu for Mill Dinners
Cocktails and winter warmers are on the menu for Mill Dinners

Dinners will take place at 7pm on each of Saturday, Sunday and Monday with the five course meal including canapés, wine, seasonal cocktails and a few surprises running to €58 per person.

Bookings and queries can be made here – bonus too if you’re thinking on heading from Dublin as enough numbers will see the lads lay on a bus from Dublin to Kells and back.

Seasonal local produce is a key part of the Mill Dinners menu
Seasonal local produce is a key part of the Mill Dinners menu

If you’re interested in your history, Buildings of Ireland have a rundown on the origins of Mullins’ Mill.

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Ken McGuire

Broadcaster and sports writer at KCLR96FM; digital media head with a production eye on theatre, film and video; lover of all things food and music. Currently working on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu game.

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