By Sarah O Toole

Fancy a nice staycation in the sunny south east? Well, look no further than the Pembroke Hotel in Kilkenny.

Located in the city centre it is an ideal destination to soak up the culture and do a spot of shopping.

The hotel gives off a laid-back atmosphere and boasts an excellent selection of wines and cocktails to be paired with their live entertainment.

Built on the site of Statham’s Garage, well known for designing and building the Statham’s Ford race car lies the appropriately named bar and restaurant. The car has been restored and on display back at its former home.

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Statham’s Bar and Restaurant has an easy going feel and is the ideal spot to meet for drinks, a catch up over dinner or a romantic meal for two.

Now with a daily express lunch menu it is an ideal place to pop in on you lunch, you are guaranteed to have your order in 10 minutes or less.

From brunch to lunch, afternoon tea to dinner there is something for everyone to enjoy. Every Friday and Saturday from 9.30 enjoy the musical stylings of Tony Cleere and Conan Doyle who make up ‘Small Change’.

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Sip on some vibrant cocktails prepared by international cocktail champion Darren Geraghty who will mix up something to suit the occasion.

In addition to their meals enjoy a paired wine from around the globe to accentuate the local artisanal produce to create a treat for the senses.

They offer a Bed and Beauty package which offers an overnight and full Irish with a Germaine de Capuccini customised facial and mini manicure and pedicure for €219 total stay.

If you are looking at more of an adventure break than a relaxation stay then they cater a package to suit. Their Ireland’s Ancient East package lets you explore Kilkenny Castle, Smithwicks Brewery and take in some of the neighbouring counties sites also with a tour of the Hook lighthouse in Wexford. This is a three-night stay and is €378 total stay.

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