The best part about the sunny weather is the opportunity for outdoor dining. So why not enjoy the atmosphere at a Blue Book house or restaurant on a summer afternoon, and soak up the sun while enjoying lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or simply a drink at one of these idyllic locations?


1. Bushmills Inn, Co Antrim

The Bushmills Inn is situated in an enviable location a stone’s throw from Royal Portrush Golf Club, Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle. Whether you wish to linger in one of the hotels indoor nooks and crannies or bask in the sunshine and enjoy a light lunch in the garden courtyard, Bushmills Inn is the ideal location.

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+44(0)28 207 33000


2. Enniscoe House, Co Mayo

Enniscoe House is situated on the shores of Lough Conn, with attractive views of the lake across the parkland. The old walled garden has been restored, and another garden produces organically grown vegetables: the perfect spots to soak up the sun with some afternoon tea.

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+353 (0)96 31112


3. Hayfield Manor, Cork

Enjoy an afternoon in Hayfield's enclosed gardens on Cork City’s doorstep with a summer lunch menu available throughout the months of June, July & August.  The garden is a sun-filled oasis in the city, and the perfect location to spend a summer’s afternoon with a delightful selection of seasonally inspired dishes. The summer terrace is the perfect rendezvous for a business meeting or a chance to linger in the warmth of the afternoon sun with family and friends, delicious food, and a glass of something special.

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+353 (0)21 484 5900


4. The King Sitric, Co Dublin

Established in 1971, The King Sitric has earned an international reputation for fresh seafood & hospitality. Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Howth, you can enjoy its panoramic sea views or a stroll along Howth Pier. Lobster, crab, and shrimp are caught by local fishermen in Balscadden Bay, only metres from the restaurant, and fish is landed daily on Howth Pier. 

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+353 (0)1 832 5235

5. Ice House, Co. Mayo

With a restaurant perched on the banks of Ballina’s salmon estuary and a Mayo-born Head Chef who hails from Achill Island, you won’t be surprised to hear that the Ice House's seafood sings. Experience dining at its best here, overlooking the River Moy, with wonderfully fresh locally sourced seasonal vegetables and the finest meats served up by a team passionate about creating the very best. Here, you’ll find something to delight every taste.
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+353 (0)96 23500

6. The Duck Restaurant at Marlfield House, Co. Wexford

The Duck Terrace Restaurant & Café is located in restored courtyard buildings including a coach house, potting shed and gardener’s tool shed situated on the grounds of Marlfield House just outside Gorey. The restaurant is located in a long stone building with French doors opening onto a sandstone terrace overlooking the kitchen garden filled with vegetables, soft fruits, a plethora of herbs and beds of blooming roses!
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+353 (0)53 94 2114

7. Park Hotel Kenmare, Co Kerry

The Terrace at the Park Hotel Kenmare is a stylish informal dining experience offering tasty food overlooking the gardens. Kenmare is synonymous with a great food culture, inspired by the Park Hotel Kenmare through its long list of great chefs & Maître d’Hotel who have passed through their doors over the years. The Terrace Bistro, a contemporary yet elegant space, proffers a classic A La Carte bistro menu with a commitment to offering the best in locally sourced food. Savour the relaxed ambiance and glistening Kenmare Bay views in the summer.

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+353 (0)64 664 1200

8. The Tap Room at Rathmullan House, Co. Donegal

The Tap Room is the culmination of three local Donegal businesses – Kinnegar Brewing, Sacarpello & Co and Rathmullan House, working in unison to provide a memorable dining experience. Sacarpello & Co. provide real stone baked pizzas from the outdoor wood fired pizza oven, where the use of the best ingredients complements their fresh homemade dough. The result is a pizza which would not be out of place in the finest Milanese pizzeria.  Irish craft beer is available on tap from the Kinnegar Brewery - with only a 2km journey from the brewery to Rathmullan’s Tap Room, you won’t find a fresher pint of Kinnegar anywhere in Ireland. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly service make this the ideal location to wind down while soaking up the sunshine in this idyllic location on the shores of the Swilly.

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+353 (0)74 915 8188

9. Tankardstown House, Co Meath

Exuding elegance and luxury, Tankardstown is a truly special place to stay. Tankardstown Estate comprises an 18th Century Manor House, adjoining Orangery and a central courtyard of Cottage Suites. Tucked behind the Main House you'll find the ‘Garden Village’, where dining takes place in the 2AA Rosette restaurant Brabazon, or, for more casual fare and afternoon tea, The Cellar offers cosy fires on chilly days or alfresco dining by the fountain when the sun shines.
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+353 (0)41 982 4621

10. Wineport Lodge, Co Westmeath

Wineport Lodge began life as a restaurant way back in 1993, and as their reputation for great food grew, the Lodge as it is today grew around it. Today the dining room is still the beating heart of the Lodge and attracts foodies from far and wide to visit. Rustic in style, unpretentious and always generous on the plate, at Wineport Lodge you’re in for a dining treat. The aromas from the kitchen and the bright hearty dishes draw you in, while the uninterrupted lake views and natural styling beg you to stay a while. Whether for a relaxing break, a lunch to linger over, or a dinner that brings the whole gang together, you’ll find food you’ll love.
For more information, please click here.
+353 (0)90 643 9010


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