To avoid confusion:
  • Tables inside need to be booked prior to your arrival, we have tables available in the conservatory & the lower dining area for dining (No Dogs)
  • We also have a few tables in the bar area for drinking. (Dogs Welcome)
  • We are following Government guidelines & therefore we ask that you are no more than 6 people booking an inside table from no more than 2 households.
  • Arrival times will be staggered so please be prepared to be flexible.
  • Outside we sell the  tables on a first come first served basis, we do not book these tables, a maximum of 6 people can use these tables from up to 6 households (Dogs very welcome)
I hope this helps.
We all very much look forward to seeing you.
Jules & the Team

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It has been a long time since your last visit here, we have been working hard during your absence to ensure that we give you a clean, safe, and wholeheartedly the warmest welcome back to your pub.
There are a few new things that won’t be familiar to you, please have a look below at the guidance notes on bookings, arrivals, loos and the safety measures we have put in place to keep you and our staff safe including PPE, Training and additional cleaning.
To reassure you we have also been given the ‘good to go’ from Visit England as well as following all Government guidelines.
Take away food will continue for as long as possible, the phone lines will be busy, so we ask where possible to phone your evening order through at lunchtime on the same day, so we may plan ahead. (details & times below)
We are currently taking bookings. Phone lines may be busy, so please use email where possible, we will endeavour to get back to you as quickly as we can. kandj@kilkeney.co.uk
Upon arrival you will see sanitising stations for your use, please be courteous to others when arriving and departing, particularly at the back-carpark door and be aware of traffic at the front door. You may enter via either door, we encourage you to leave via the Conservatory, but we appreciate the steps may be tricky for some.
All inside tables will need to be booked in advance of your arrival; we have reserved some for drinkers only, however I’m sorry we do not take reservations for the outside tables these are on a ‘first come first served basis only’. All booked tables can transfer to the patio area upon arrival if there is a suitable table available. In line with guidelines table sizes are a maximum of 6 people, we ask that you do not move the tables and chairs please.  (maximum of 6 people from 2 households inside)
Upon arrival come in towards the bar, you will be asked to wait in an area opposite the bar so that our waiting staff can come and collect you and seat you at your booked table. Please always stand back from the bar itself.
Service & Cleaning
There will be table service for all tables even if you are not dining, our staff have been COVID-19 trained and are aware of social distancing measures, they will do their best to maintain a safe distance. All staff have appropriate PPE for the job in hand. We have an enhanced cleaning routine and you will see that there are small notices on your table telling you we have sanitised. Ordering will be from our menu’s that we clean and sanitise between use. There will be no mobile or App ordering, a real person will take your order at the table.
Loos & Departures
There are new notices on the toilet doors stating a maximum of no more than 2 people at any one time, please be kind and courteous to others when waiting for and using the loos.
When you ready to go please use the conservatory if you are able, if not the front or back doors, you may need to stand back and give-way to oncoming pedestrian traffic, please be kind to others and patient.
Finally, Safety
We kindly request that you do not come to the pub unless you and your guests and household are well and symptom free, if you have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 please do not come to the pub on this occasion, we will be sympathetic if you need to cancel your table for any reason, just pick up the phone and chat with us.
A warm welcome awaits you all, do not be afraid to let us know if there is something we can do to make you feel more comfortable during these difficult and different times.
Warm Wishes, (we can’t wait to catch up with you all).
Kev, Jules and the Kilkeney team.

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<h2>WE ARE OPEN</h2>


Opening Hours  (phones will be manned at these times)
Lunchtime: 11.30am-2.00pm
Evenings: 5.30pm-8.30pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday Evenings 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday Lunchtimes
Orders only taken for that day, no advance pre-orders
1. Phone your order through, we will take payment via card over the phone.
2. 01242 820341
3.  We will tell you when the order will be ready to collect, this depends on what you order, how many orders are on the go at the same time, we will try very hard for food to be ready when you would like to collect it.
7. Please drive up to our front door, (stay in your car) stop between sign and front door step, parallel to the pub. 
8.Wewill deliver your order to the car window or boot
#Social Distancing!
Thank you all for your continued loyal custom to date....Kev, Jules & The Team

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 TakeAway Menu

Dowdeswell Village Website

Thanks to Mike P, (a favourite customer of ours) Dowdeswell Village now has its own website
 Check out the local news, meetings, Village Hall updates, important events and very importantly when to meet up with neighbours and friends at The KILKENEY INN!
Next Date: cancelled until further notice

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Wandering Brewer Project

The Wandering Brewer Project
We are excited to announce our yearlong keg collaboration with Fourpure Brewing Co. We will stock 4 beers over the next Year! 
This new collaboration with Fourpure will span 12 months and see four different limited-edition keg beers. Both Charles Wells and Fourpure are family-run businesses, counting beer as one of life’s great passions. The partnership with Fourpure plays on the theme of adventure and discovery, which embodies what both Fourpure and the Wandering Brewer Project stand for.
The first keg beer is called ‘Rucksack Pale Ale’ – a crisp, easy drinking 4% Pale Ale that packs a flavour punch with spicy and citrus notes. From June, Rucksack can be enjoyed here at The Kilkeney Inn.
Over the course of the year, three further keg beers from the collaboration with Fourpure will be released; Appalachian IPA 4.7%, Bavarian Helles 4.0% and Rhine Pilsner 4.7%. Each one will follow the travelling theme and be supplied on a limited run.
For further info check FaceBook/WanderingBrewer, or simply pop in to try.

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<h2>Wandering Brewer Project</h2>

Welcome to The Kilkeney Inn......we've come back home!

Having left Gloucestershire in 1999 to run a pretty part-thatched pub in North Bedfordshire, The Jackal, we are thrilled to be back in this area as the new proprietors of The Kilkeney Inn. Kev our-my (head chef/owner/husband) spent 6 years at the helm of the Fossebridge Inn kitchen in the late 1990’s, where he accrued a huge following for his tasty and innovative dishes. Kev is classically trained learning his skills alongside TV chef and personality Gordon Ramsey! He has worked in prestigious London restaurants and hopes to bring these influences, plus his passion for fabulous food to his new kitchen. In Kev’s Kilkeney Kitchen he and the team produce fresh dishes influenced by elements of our passion for countryside living.
I on the other hand I bring a wealth of different ideas and approaches from my background of floristry, horticulture, Marketing and Design; I hope that we will become nationally recognised and build a great reputation for good food as we did at The Jackal. I grew up in Cambridgeshire then spent the better part of 20 years in Cheltenham, where I grew to love the county and its unique countryside, rustic villages and towns and dynamic industry.
The Kilkeney Inn itself has had a chequered past, with peaks and troughs in trade over the years. We intend to put the pub back on the map. Our ethos is to cook good hearty food, using as much seasonal and local produce as possible, changing menus with regularity, yet maintaining known customer favourites; our aim is to blend this with good customer service and aesthetically pleasing surroundings.
An Inn opened on this site just shortly before 1780 called the Cross Hands Inn, now called The Kilkeney Inn, (please note the spelling); the Inn is located in an area known as Kilkenny (spelt the Irish way!). There is a view point is just a short distance away. The name Kilkenny is thought to have been taken from a nearby farm, originally named Kilkenny after the capture of Kilkenny town in Ireland by Cromwell in 1650. How the pub got the name Kilkeney is yet to be explored! There is some evidence to suggest that this was a drovers pub long before 1780, I’m working on collating the history.
Eat, Drink & Enjoy

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