Irish Acres – Putting on The Glitz

August 7, 2021

dining room at The Glitz Restaurant

Last Updated on September 24, 2021 by Candy Wafford

Irish Acres Antiques Gallery is located in the middle of the rolling hills of Central Kentucky. Open the doors of this restored schoolhouse and you’re transported to another world. A world where opulent antiques fill every corner and cover every surface. Antique light fixtures drip with crystals and light bounces and sparkles in each room. Welcome to Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques. Book lunch at The Glitz to make your visit even more special.

Brick building with a large white door flanked by white benches and plants at Irish Acres in Nonesuch, Ky

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Nonesuch, Kentucky

Nonesuch, Kentucky is a teeny community located in Woodford County. The 30-minute drive from Lexington is a delight as you drive through lush farmland and spot Kentucky’s famous thoroughbred horses dotting the landscape. Nonesuch is a great day trip from either of Kentucky’s largest cities, Louisville or Lexington. Drive time from Louisville is about an hour and only thirty minutes from Lexington. Doing the Kentucky Bourbon Trail? A visit to Irish Acres and The Glitz Restaurant in Nonesuch is a great detour.

Visiting Lexington to attend Keeneland? Check out my article on things to do in Lexington. You’ll also find other articles about Lexington, including my favorite restaurants and places to shop.

The Glitz Restaurant

Long upholstered bench in front of a masonry wall with a large gilded, gold mirror hanging over it at Irish Acres Gallery, one of the most interesting antique shops in Kentucky.

Descend the stairs into The Glitz and you’re met with hundreds of lights hanging from the low ceilings. The ambiance is magical! The decor here is best described as girlie, which makes it the perfect place for bridal showers, birthday parties, and any other event that begs you to don your prettiest dress. You and your friends will ooh and aah at the over-the-top decor. Truly a unique experience in the middle of horse country!

Pink menu topped with a black napkin and next to silverware at The Glitz restaurant in Irish Acres

The Glitz Menu

The Glitz menu features a set menu with a choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert for $29.95 (July 2021). The restaurant features fresh ingredients, including those from nearby farms, as often as possible. The approach is to build a menu around seasonality in order to take advantage of the superior agricultural products we have available in Kentucky.

Our options included a corn bisque, salad, and a zucchini ravioli for starters. I chose the ravioli, paper-thin strips of zucchini wrapped around a ricotta filling and served with a pesto sauce. It was sublime and the perfect dish on a hot July afternoon. A chicken cordon bleu served over lettuce and topped with fresh fruit and glazed pecans and flank steak options available on the menu during our visit. We ate one of each at our table and thoroughly enjoyed both.

The Glitz is famous for its Nonesuch Kiss dessert. A generous scoop of jamocha ice cream fills a crown of meringue and is finished with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and slivered almonds. In addition to this always available option was a pavlova (a personal favorite), the meringue cradled a rich, yet light sauce and was sprinkled with berries.

Plate of zucchini ravioli at the Glitz Restaurant in Nonesuch, KY

Lunch includes a spiced apple-cranberry juice cocktail (alcohol-free) that tasted like fall in a champagne flute. It’s so popular that they sell it by the bottle. Buy a bottle and bring home a little bit of The Glitz. Minature bran muffins, served alongside honey butter tempt between courses. You can also buy a The Glitz cookbook featuring their seasonal menus and many of their most popular recipes.

Antique Stores in Kentucky – Irish Acres Antiques

Opulent antiques inside Irish Acres antiques gallery near Lexington, Ky

Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques is one of the more unique antique stores in Kentucky! Picture room after room of European and American antiques. Themed rooms invite you to move slowly through the three floors. I loved the glamour of the nursery and the bright colors and nostalgia of the kitchen. But I resisted purchasing several whimsical pieces. Antique lovers will love the selection here and non-antique lovers will appreciate the novelty and whimsy.

The Glitz Restaurant Location

The Glitz is located in Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques at 4205 Fords Mill Road, Versailles, Kentucky. Reservations for The Glitz restaurant can be made online or call(859) 873-7235. Make reservations earlier as they often book up several weeks in advance, especially on weekends!

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Candy Wafford is a US-based travel blogger and while she travels frequently for her job, she is happiest when traveling for pleasure. Preferably strolling along a cobblestoned street with an ice cream cone in her hand.

1 Comment
    1. What a wonderfully written piece! Thank you so much for a lovely review of your experience with us and we hope that you come visit again soon! Thank you, Irish Acres and Glitz management 🙂

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