These restaurants are fantastic come rain or shine, but there's something about dining outdoors in Ireland that feels extra special.
Brabazon Restaurant at Tankardstown House, Co. Meath
Tankardstown, originally owned by Brabazon Morris, is an elegant 18th century manor house, opened to the public only in recent years by the Conroy family. The walled gardens, woodland and beautifully maintained grounds only add to the opulence of the estate.
The flagship restaurant, Brabazon offers fine dining in opulent surroundings, and yet the atmosphere is cosy and intimate. Opt to dine on the outdoor terrace in warmer months, where the elegant French doors are opened out onto the garden area, complete with awning and patio heaters.
The Duck at Marlfield House offers a relaxed dining experience, in tranquil and charming surroundings. Enjoy a meal on the terrace, overlooking the kitchen gardens and blooming rose bushes. The skilled chefs use fresh, local ingredients to create modern fusion, Italian-style cooking. Open daily for lunch and dinner during summer.
A contemporary and more informal alternative to their fine dining restaurant, The Terrace Bistro overlooks the manicured lawns and breathtaking coastal views of Kenmare Bay. Spend your afternoon exploring the grounds of the Park Hotel and the local area, before spending a long, relaxing evening on the elegant and romantic terrace.
Enniscoe House is a classic Georgian country house, passed down through the generations. The Secret Garden Café, is a hidden gem nestled on the grounds of the house in Castlehill, Ballina. The peaceful courtyard is an ideal place to while away a sunny afternoon, enjoying homemade soups, sandwiches and cakes. Don't forget to pop into the gift shop for books and cards by local authors and artists.
There are few places better for fresh seafood than The King Sitric, in Howth, Co Dublin. Local fisherman cast their nets in the nearby Balscadden Bay before the catch of the day is cooked and served up, to be enjoyed by all. If the seaside air doesn't whet your appetite, we just don't know what will!
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