Lennons has always been cool. The Byrne family understand food and service in the most elemental, instinctive way and, for almost two decades now, they and their team have given Carlow town an always-reliable, ever-invigorating experience in the gorgeous setting of the Visual Centre for contemporary art. They are the Carlow champions for a simple reason: the seamless experience of enjoying superbly sourced and cooked local foods, with a hearty dose of the friendliest, savviest service, is a simply irresistible mix, and we don’t know anyone who does it better. So, you come here to enjoy Meyler’s fish; for Nolan’s ox tongue on toast with horseradish creme fraiche; for Kilmore crab; for Coolattin cheddar croquettes; for Goatsbridge smoked trout; for Clonmore striploin with whiskey butter, and marvel at the respect and sympathy that the kitchen shows to these peerless ingredients. Ross Byrne and his crew seem to understand what their customers want to eat even better than their customers do, which means that Lennons is always a sure-bet for great eating, and great fun. A Carlow legend, no less.