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Outdoor Dining In Laois

Are you missing the relaxed atmosphere of one of the many high quality and super friendly cafes that Laois has to offer? Well, fear not because there are still quite a few open with outside socially distanced seating.


The Bay Tree has a lovely courtyard garden with a canopy, for those less sunny days. A booking can be made on their website,  on their Facebook page or by calling 0578630489.

The Pantry have a walled garden and you can make a one hour booking to enjoy a sumptuous treat here. They are only taking booking online at They are also offering an online take out service. Simply view the menu on their website and order online, choose a time to collect it and it will be waiting for you when you arrive. There is currently 20% off your first online order.

The Killeshin Hotel have a call and collect menu on offer. You can view the menu at then call 057 8631200 or email [email protected] to place your order. While you cannot sit in here, you can enjoy hotel quality food from the comfort of your own home.

Rafters Café in the Laois Shopping Centre are open with outside seating on the terrace. They are also open for take away and you can phone on (057) 866 6675 to order and collect.


The Cosy Café and Bakery is open for takeaways and has a small seated area outside at the town square. This is the perfect spot to stop for a coffee and sandwich after a hike in the Slieve Blooms. You can book a table on their Facebook page and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a Laois town.


CaToCa Fine Food and Giftware in Emo Court is open for business. They have a small outdoor unit in the courtyard for refreshments, ice creams and small snacks. There are socially distanced tables and chairs in the courtyard to enjoy your snack, or you could picnic around the lovely parklands.


Stradbally Fayre is open and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner outside and if the weather is bad they do takeaway too.


Castlewood Organic Farm Shop and Tea Rooms are open Fridays to Sundays. As well as being able to pick up some organic meat for your dinner you can enjoy tea or coffee with some lovely home backed cakes and scones on the veranda.

Castle Durrow have opened the Tower Terrace for tea and coffee and sweet treats. These can be taken away to enjoy in their magnificent gardens or enjoyed in the spacious outside seating area. There is no booking required.

Bowes Cafe have a wonderful garden which provides a relaxed seating area and an interesting supply of fresh herbs and edible flowers for the cafe. It’s a wonderful space to enjoy breakfast or lunch.  Their menu is extensive and there is also a full range of sweet and savoury items to takeaway.


G’s Gourmet Jams have opened a farm shop where you can pick up your favourite jams, locally grown vegetables and a selection of delicious Laois food producers’ goodies. They also serve tea and coffee and have tables outside to enjoy them at. This is a great stop if you have been to Heywood Gardens and need a spot of tea to quench that thirst.


The Manor Hotel have an Airstream food truck located at the end of the hotel with benches on the grass where you can enjoy not only a hot drink and sweet treat but they do savoury pies and salads for lunch and pizzas for dinner. They also do a carvery menu at weekends! Check out the menus on their Facebook page.

The Gallic Kitchen is open weekends and Mondays. They have a spacious courtyard out the back where you can enjoy your food safety.

Mueller and O’Connell Bakery are open and have limited seating out front to enjoy that delicious bakery treat.


The Coffee Pot is open for take away and they have outside seating. To book a table or phone in a take away order call 05786-97957.

Nora’s Cake Shop also have some outside seating and are open for take always.

You can still enjoy that café treat and you can stay safe while supporting a local business and keep Laois going during Covid.