Alfresco Dining in the Boyne Valley- the top spots

Alfresco Dining in the Boyne Valley- the top spots

Date: 01/06/2021

The smell of summer is in the air in the Boyne Valley. The sun is making an appearance, the kids are nearly finished school, the scents of freshly cut grass and back yard BBQ’s linger and the nation eagerly awaits the 7th of June when outside dining can recommence in Ireland. It’s been a long winter of restrictions but The Boyne Valley has some great alfresco dining options for you to enjoy safely. Check out our list of the top spots here.

Bellinter House

Bellinter House

A magnificent 18th century Georgian house, located in the heart of the Boyne Valley, less than 5 minutes of the M3 and under 30 minutes from Dublin City centre and Dublin airport. This summer, Bellinter House welcomes you to their outside dining area for their Drawing room menu and their Boyne Valley Ala Carte menu. Lunch is from 12-2.30 and dinner from 6-9pm.

City North Hotel

Spacious, well equipped and seriously stylish. The good folk at City North Hotel have expanded their Delvin Terrace adding more seating and shade. It is available to book from June 2nd for hotel residents and from June 7th for all other guests. Their operating hours are:

  • From 7am for Breakfast
  • 10.30am for Coffee
  • 12.00pm – for Lunch
  • 17.00-21.00pm for Dinner
  • 7 days a week with carvery on Sundays

For bookings call 01-6906666 or email During your visit why not discover their new Fairy Garden for the little ones to play in beside the terrace.

Cusack Hotel Group

Arboyne Hotel_outdoor dining

The Cusack Hotel group (The Ardboyne Hotel, The Castle Arch Hotel, Knightsbrook Hotel and the Newgrange Hotel) are looking forward to welcoming guests back to enjoy all of their food offerings.

Outside dining will recommence on the 7th of June in all Hotels for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

The Headfort Arms Hotel.

The Headfort Arms Hotel has a number of fantastic outdoor dining options available to its guest. The Kelltic Terrace, the Headfort Boulevard & Avenue, as well as the new Headfort "Garden Grill" are all looking forward to welcoming patrons in a safe but social way. Book online or phone 046-9240063. 

Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa

Dunboyne Castle_outdoor dining

As summer approaches, The Outdoor Terrace at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is the perfect location for some socialising and al fresco dinning with friends and family and to bask in the summer sun. The outside Terrace enjoys direct sunshine and as the evening begins to fall, the partially covered and heated Terrace is an ideal location to retreat and enjoy a delicious cocktail, a craft beer, or a full-bodied glass of red wine. There are plenty more options, you just need to ask.

The Outdoor Terrace will reopen to non-residential guests from the 7th of June, and they are now taking reservations, if you would like to reserve a table, please call 01 8013500


Sage and Stone ice cream

Sage&Stone are open from their takeaway barn at the gate selling sandwiches, soup, salads, cakes, great coffee and take home meals as well as other artisan foods and gifts. There are plenty of tables outside to meet up with friends for a cuppa and something to eat.   They will re-open their Cafe/Restaurant on Monday 5th July with full restaurant service for Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon tea.

Peters Pub Dunshaughlin

Peters Pub is looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Dunshaughlin this summer. They have been busy during lockdown transforming their outdoor space. Keep an eye on their social media for more details.

Brabazon at Tankardstown

Brabazon at Tankardstown

Brabazon Restaurant at Tankardstown House will be open for outdoor dining on their picturesque and sheltered terrace from Friday 11th June. Initially opening Friday-Sunday only, serving Lunch & Dinner. For reservations, please contact 041 9824621 or

Conyngham Arms Hotel

A beautifully restored 18th Century coaching inn, The Conyngham Arms Hotel in Slane village offers luxurious accommodation in County Meath. A 2-minute drive from Slane Castle and only the short distance to Historic sites such as the Hill of Slane and Newgrange. The Conyngham Arms Hotel will open for outdoor dining in their private terraced garden, from Friday 11th June to non-residents.

For reservations, please contact 041 9884444 or

The Balreask Arms

The Balreask Bar

The Balreask Arms, situated just outside of Navan on the Trim road will be reopening for outdoor dining on June 7th, 7 days a week. We can’t wait to taste their offerings!

The Crossguns Gastro pub

The Cross Guns

New Menu, New outdoor space, Same Welcome. The Cross Guns are pulling out all the stops to ensure that their customers have all the benefits of outdoor dining with all the comforts of the indoors. As well as their new look terrace, which is framed by the scent of beautiful lavender, they are adding the Laneway Terrace to their outdoor offering. This, previously ignored, side of The Cross Guns has taken on a new focus with the opening of the Greenway in sight and their Bi-Folding doors, retractable canopy to cope with both the extreme rain or the extreme sun (hopefully the latter) and landscaped outdoor area will allow customers to bask in food and drink glory throughout the summer months. In total The Cross Guns can seat 45 people within their sheltered outdoor space and when the sun shines, space is limitless, just like the warm welcome!

Their Re-Opening Hours are Wednesday & Thursday from 4pm. Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 12pm.

Henry’s in the Garden at the Glenside Hotel

Henrys at the Glenside are proud to present their brand new covered and heated all weather outdoor dining. Opening for outside dining on 7th June. Henrys in the Garden service will operate with the following times: Bank Holiday Monday: 1pm to 7pm, Wednesday to Saturday: 4pm to 8pm, and Sunday: 1pm to 7pm

The Hamlet Court Hotel

Hamlet Court Hotel

With a tradition of hospitality, the Hamlet Court Hotel and O’Neill family are renowned for a warm welcome and personal service. With this strong tradition they are committed to the personal touch that only a family operated hotel can deliver. The Hotel will be opening for outside dining from the 7th of June.

Monday – Thursday Food Served from 3pm (last orders 8.30pm)

Friday – Sunday Food Served from 12.30pm (last orders 8.30pm)


Franzinis, right beside the castle in the heart of Trim, provides great quality food and a wide range of wine choices. Franzinis Restaurant will be open for outdoor dining from the 10th of June.

Their opening hours will be : Thursday 5pm-9pm, Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 4.30 pm-9.15 pm and Sunday 2 pm-8.30 pm.

The Lime Kiln Restaurant

The Lime Kiln

The award-winning Lime Kiln Gastropub will re-open for outdoor dining on Thursday 10th June in their beer garden. They are currently renovating the outdoor area to accommodate up to 40 customers on benches and restaurant tables & chairs. They are also installing heaters and parasols which will make for a very comfortable space in which guests can enjoy our delicious food and drinks

Their Opening hours are as follows: Thursday & Friday 4.00 – 11.30pm, food served until 9pm

Saturday 12.00-11.30pm, food served until 9pm and Sunday 12.30 – 11.30pm, food served until 8pm

 Bookings will be available via their website from Thursday 3rd June

Park Rí destination stop and food court

Park Ri_Cook of Kells

Park Rí Destination Stop & Food Court Kells is delighted to announce its outdoor dining experience – The Cook of Kells Al Fresco. A bistro style dining experience set in their state-of-the-art eco-friendly facility in Kells, Co Meath.

The Cook of Kells Al Fresco will allow customers to enjoy Park Rí and its surroundings, while enjoying their choice from our specially selected menu. They have a full alcohol licence offering a wide range of wines, beers, spirits, cocktails and much more.

The Cook of Kells Al Fresco will open Thursday through Sunday from 6pm to 9pm. With their first bookings available on Thursday June 10th from 6pm. Be sure to follow Park Rí on Facebook and Instagram to see the menus and for reservation details. 

Slane Castle and Rock Farm

Slane Castle

Slane Castle offers three amazing outdoor dining experiences; the Food Truck, the Courtyard at Slane Castle and allta Summer House. Find out more

Market at Rock Farm Slane every Thursday from 11am to 4pm for the ultimate outdoor dining experience!

Sonairte Café

While the café is still closed, Sonairte are happy to welcome outdoor meetings/workshops. Open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Central Bar and Restaurant Navan and The Bective Kells

The Central Navan and The Bective Kells will reopen for outdoor service from Thursday July 1st to Sunday July 4th and for both indoor and outdoor service from Wednesday 7th to Sunday 11th of July and Wednesday to Sunday weekly after that.

The Stockhouse Restaurant

The Stockhouse restaurant in Trim are extremely excited about their new outdoor dining area. The area will have a 'Beatles' theme and it’s called 'Penny Lane '. Heaters and windbreakers will be provided, as well as their usual delicious food and superior service.  The outside dining area will be open from the 7th of June.

Scholars Townhouse Hotel

Scholars Townhouse Hotel in Drogheda have a summer picnic hamper for two to take away for €35. They also have Afternoon Tea available 7 days a week available for take away or can be served on the Terrace Area from the 7th of June. Takeaway - €25.00 PP / €30 PP with prosecco, Terrace - €30 PP / €35 PP with Prosecco. “Our afternoon tea offering mixes great food with an authentic setting. Enjoy a three-tier menu of sandwiches, sweet treats and scones, all freshly made by our in-house pastry chef.”

Teltown House & Tailtiú Coffee

Teltown House

Discover Boyne Valley is happy to announce that Teltown House have recently opened a new cafe called "Tailtiú" in the courtyard, serving barista essence coffee and treats. Currently open Sat/Sun and Bank Holidays from 11am-5pm. Child and pet friendly, Teltown House offers a new family experience to explore and enjoy by all. Little ones can explore the fairy trail and visit the animals as they walk. Heritage and magic in the heart of the Boyne Valley Region.  Updates are posted regularly on facebook @TeltownHouse and instagram @teltownhouse. Location C15X302.

The Boyne Valley is up there with the best foodie destinations in Ireland, and this summer we will be spoiled for choice with where to dine safely outside. Check out our recent blog post here on perfect picnics in the Boyne Valley.

For more information on the best food offering in our area visit Boyne Valley Flavours here.

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