Looking for a delicious bite to eat or a pint of the black stuff away from the crowds of Killarney? Here is our essential guide to the cafés, pubs and restaurants in Beaufort, Kerry.
** If you are actually looking for a restaurant in Killarney or Killorglin you’ll find some great recommendations at the bottom of this blog **
In case you’re not familiar, Beaufort is a lovely parish in co. Kerry, Ireland, neatly nestled between Killarney National Park and Kerry’s Reeks District. It is home to some of the most beautiful sights in Kerry including Carrauntoohil and the Macgillycuddy Reeks, the Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley, and Tomies Wood.
At the end of a day’s exploring this stunning area you’ll want to relax with a drink and a tasty bite to eat. Fortunately, we have a number of fabulous places right here.
It’s worth noting that some of establishments are seasonal. They may close completely over the winter months and open Wednesdays to Sundays in the low season. If you are visiting during this period its best to call ahead to ensure they are open.
Cafés, pubs and restaurants near Beaufort Village (within walking distance of our B&B)
The Beaufort Bar
Approximately 5 minutes walk from Inveraray Farm the Beaufort Bar is a relaxed, historic pub with a warm fire and beautiful wooden decor. Whiskey is their speciality and they boast over 200 quality labels. Sadly their restaurant has been closed since 2020 and there are no current plans to reopen it. However, you should definitely visit for a quiet drink or two.
More information: Call: +353 (0) 64 664 4149
Directions: Beaufort Bar on Google Maps
The Inn Between
The Inn Between has recently reopened after a refurbishment and a change of management. It is proving very popular with the locals, who are enjoying good quality pub food in light and welcoming surroundings. As a bonus they also have live music from time to time. It is currently open from Friday to Sunday but this may change during the summer.
Directions: The Inn Between on Google Maps
The Dunloe Hotel
If you want to spoil yourself a little you can go to the 5 star Dunloe Hotel. The Dunloe has several restaurants where you can enjoy your fine dining experience, or you can sip a pre (or post) dinner drink or cocktail at the bar. If you just want a coffee and cake they also have a café. Take the time to stroll around their beautiful grounds and visit the Dunloe Castle while you’re there.
More information: www.thedunloe.com
Call: +353 (0) 64 664 4111
Directions: Dunloe Hotel on Google Maps
Café, pubs and restaurants in the Gap of Dunloe
Although the Gap of Dunloe is still in Beaufort it is probably a little too far to walk from our B&B (30 minutes or so). There are several places where you can get great quality food and drink here and it only takes 4 minutes by car or 10 minutes by bicycle from Inveraray Farm.
Kate Kearney’s Cottage
The most well-known establishment in The Gap is Kate Kearney’s Cottage and this lively, historic pub is popular with locals and tourists. There is often live traditional music and dancing (7 days a week in the summer) which makes for a great atmosphere. Family-friendly and reasonably priced, it has a solid menu with lots of great options, served until 2000 (last orders by 1945).
You can’t reserve a table here and it can get busy between 1200 and 1400 and between 1800 to 2000. However, they usually manage to fit everyone in and it’s great fun.
Call: +353 (0) 64 664 4146
Directions: Kate Kearney’s Cottage on Google Maps
Located next to Moriarty’s of the Gap (which you should visit if you want to purchase some quality Irish goods), Heather Restaurant is set in beautiful gardens near a tributary of the river Loe. It has a relaxed environment where you can enjoy good coffee, delicious pastries, cakes and desserts. It’s also super spot for brunch, lunch and early dinner and many of their ingredients are grown on site or sourced locally. Definitely one for the foodies. Just be warned that it usually closes around 1630-1700 and sometimes has private functions.
Call: +353 (0) 64 664 4144
Directions: Heather Restaurant on Google Maps
The Coffee Pot
Opposite Kate Kearney’s you’ll find The Coffee Pot. If you’re planning on hiking the Gap of Dunloe, or you’re waiting for a jaunting car, this is a great place for a coffee and light bite before you leave or upon your return.
More information: visit their facebook page for up-to-date opening times.
Call: +353 (0) 87 236 0602
Directions: The Coffee Pot on Google Maps
Other restaurants near Inveraray Farm
The Golden Nugget (Fossa)
The Golden Nugget is a great option for a family-friendly restaurant with a varied menu. It’s outback dining area is a super addition, especially for larger groups. It is located roughly 7 minutes drive from our B&B in nearby Fossa. They are currently serving food 7 days a week until approximately 2100.
Call: +353 (0) 64 663 1325
Directions: The Golden Nugget on Google Maps
Another lovely (but slightly pricey) option in Fossa is the 5 star Europe Hotel.
Killarney Brewery and Distillery (Fossa)
If you are driving to us from Killarney you can’t miss the brand new Killarney Distillery building between Fossa and Beaufort. It’s a work of art! Although they have yet to have their grand opening they are serving food already. This is currently Wed to Sun only. You can enjoy the stunning surroundings and top-notch service and, although the menu is still relatively limited, what they do, they do very well.
More information: Killarney Brewery & Distillery
Call: +353 (0) 64 663 6505
Directions: Killarney Distillery on Google Maps
Bunkers Bar (Killorglin)
Killorglin is smaller and quieter than Killarney but is still very charming. It is only a 10 minute drive from our B&B and you will find parking a bit easier here than in Killarney. Although there are a number of great restaurants in Killorglin (which we refer to shortly), Bunkers Bar is a favourite with many of our guests. It is a family-friendly establishment serving good quality pub food at reasonable prices and is open 7 days a week. Last orders are around 2100.
Call: +353 (0) 66 976 1381
Directions: Bunkers Bar on Google Maps
Other super options in Killorglin include: 10 Bridge Street, Kingstons Town House, The Bianconi, Sethu and Kingdom 1795 (you may need to book several weeks in advance for a table at Kingdom 1795 but, if you’re into fine dining, it’s well worth it).
Khao Asian Street Food (Killarney)
If you prefer to to be in the heart of all the action, Killarney is the place to be. Killarney is usually a 10-minute drive from us but, when the tourist season is in full-swing the traffic is heavier and could take you 20 minutes or more depending on the time of day. In Killarney you can pretty much walk into any of its numerous pubs and restaurants and get a fantastic meal, whatever the cuisine. However, Khao is one of our own family favourites so we wanted to share it with you. As a bonus it is open late (usually until around 2200).
More information: visit their facebook page for up-to-date opening times.
Call: +353 (0) 64 667 1040
Directions: Khao on Google Maps
Other Killarney recommendations include Scotts Hotel, The Laurels, The Ross, Genting Thai, The Celtic Whisky Bar, Reidy’s, Bricin,*The Flesk, *The Lake Hotel and *Rozzers at Killeen House (which you may need to book in advance).
*these are a short drive from the town.
Inveraray Farm is a friendly and welcoming family-run B&B in Beaufort, County Kerry. We have spectacular views of the Gap of Dunloe and the MacGillycuddy Reeks. We’re also lucky enough to have some wonderful places to eat and drink nearby.