Matt the Millers Bar & Restaurant serve quality bar food from breakfast at 9.30am right through lunch, until late in the evening with our dinner menu. Get away from the hustle and bustle by checking out the Loft Bar. Music is provided nightly with the best of live Irish bands & DJs, with late bars Thursday to Monday. Live traditional and folk music takes place regularly on week nights.
Kilkenny City, the Medieval capital of Ireland, stands in the light of the majestic Kilkenny Castle. In years gone by all castles had their own mills, which were served by local peasants, who would turn their crops in to their landlord in lieu of rent. These crops were delivered daily to a young miller called Matt who ran the mill at its present site at John’s Bridge. Now, young Matt was an enterprising young lad. He kept the best of barley one side to develop his own home brew. As the years went by so Matt’s brew grew stronger and more popular and he opened his own tavern in the mill.
Condemned men were led to the gallows below Greensbridge and their last stop was Matt’s tavern. It was said many of Kilkenny’s most infamous thieves and rogues had their last request granted of fresh fish from the adjoining River Nore, a loaf of home made soda bread and a jug of Matt’s ale. As the story goes, twice a year the ghost of Matt is seen in the cellar bar of Matt The Millers, just to be sure the finest of brews are still being served to the condemned rogues and thieves of Kilkenny.