Dining at Beaufort House
There are numerous catering options available to guests.
In house dining is sometimes available by prior arrangement – barbecued lamb is a speciality but other menus are available.
For outside catering of dinners and breakfasts we recommend:
For more informal occasions guests may want to have ready prepared meals delivered. This may be a good option for the night of arrival.
Ready prepared food is available from:
Jam - www.jam.ie
The Heather - www.moriartys.ie/heather/
There are a number of excellent restaurants in the area including two within easy walking distance and these are some of our favourites:
Dunloe Hotel and Gardens: (064 6644111) Subject of a 20 million euro refurbishment the Dunloe re opened in April 2018 and now features a restaurant with spectacular views of the Gap. Even if you do not dine there it is worth a visit for the beautiful gardens and the lobby with its Harry Potteresque multi storey library.
The Beaufort Bar: (064 6644032) www.beaufortbar.com
Heather: (064 6644144)
The Inn Between: A popular pub in the village of Beaufort that serves very good bar food and is ideal for casual dining. (064 6644347)
Five minutes away by car is:
Kate Kearney's Cottage: A small friendly family run restaurant at the mouth of the Gap of Dunloe. Kate Kearney was a legendary beauty who a 150 years ago served poteen - illegally brewed from potatoes - to visitors to the Gap. (064 6644146)
Aghadoe Heights (064 6631766) We do not usually recommend hotel restaurants but this is exceptional. Situated in a modern hotel beside the ancient monastic ruins at Aghadoe, between Beaufort and Killarney, the restaurant has a panoramic view of the Lakes and of McGillycuddy's Reeks. The food is of a very high standard and correspondingly priced but for a special occasion it is ideal.
Hotel Europe (064 6671300) Considered by some critics to be a building aesthetically better suited to a Swiss mountain resort than the Kerry landscape the monolithic Hotel Europe offers a bistro open seven days a week serving decent food. Not the least of its attractions are an excellent view of the lake with outside seating in fine weather(and some might say that an additional benefit is that it is also one of the few places in the area from which one cannot see the hotel)
KILLARNEY (about 10 minutes away)
Bricin: Excellent food - including traditional Irish Boxty - and friendly service. Closed Sunday (064 6634902)
Genting Thai: (064 6637000) A superb Thai restaurant, new to Killarney, offering excellent duck and seafood dishes and a family friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended.
Lord Kenmares: (064 6637245) Offers a delicious modern take on traditional dishes.
Khao: € (064 6671040)
Quinlans: € (064 6620666)
KILLORGLIN (15 minutes away)
Sol y Sombra: (066 97 62347) Located in an old church this is a terrific Spanish themed tapas restaurant and wine bar and ideal for light dining.
Nick's: (066 9761219) is a steak and seafood restaurant. It does two sittings, at 7pm and 9pm and service, particularly on the second sitting can be slow..
Bianconi: (066 9761146) is a very good pub
Giovanellis: (087 123 1353) Innovative Italian cooking with particularly good seafood linguine
There are excellent restaurants in KENMARE (40 minutes away) - especially Sheen Falls: (064 6641600) and the Michelin starred restaurant in the Park Hotel (064 6641200). In town we recommend Packies (064 6641508) Mulcahy’s (064 6642383) and the Lime Tree (+353 64 6641225)
Just outside Kenmare on the Sneem road is The Boathouse at Dromquinna Manor Hotel. Spectacularly sited on the shore of Kenmare Bay the Boathouse offers a menu specialising in seafood and is an excellent place for lunch if you are doing the Ring of Kerry drive. Highly recommended. (064 6642889)
DINGLE (60 minutes away) also has excellent restaurants – Out of the Blue (066 915 0811) a small fish shop on the waterfront with a casual but excellent restaurant in the back is wonderful(closed all winter) and Doyle’s (066 9151174) The Half Door (066 9151600) and the Charthouse are all highly recommended.
All these restaurants get very busy in season, especially at weekends so advance booking is essential.
Donald and Rachel Cameron,