The Lake Hotel has been awarded Ireland’s Best Outdoor Dining Space

The Lake Hotel, Killarney has won Ireland’s Best Outdoor Dining Space at the recent Yes Chef awards. The prestigious awards celebrate the commitment and dedication of the hospitality industry in Ireland to providing simply outstanding guest experiences. The awards ceremony took place in the Limerick Strand Hotel on 31st May, where the best in Ireland were revealed.


On the night, The Lake Hotel took home the awards for Munster’s Best Outdoor Dining Space and, the overall prize for Ireland’s Best Outdoor Dining Space. The hotel’s Lakeside Bistro has always been a popular outdoor dining venue with magnificent scenery, delectable dining, and exemplary customer service. The team at The Lake Hotel are highly committed to delivering excellent cuisine with the warmest of welcomes. In 2021 the alfresco dining area was expanded and enhanced with plush seating, beautiful retractable awning, and atmospheric lighting – adding to what was already a very attractive space. As a family-owned hotel, the Huggard’s are passionate about maintaining a very high standard for their guests and invest in hotel projects each year. To be recognised as the Best Outdoor Dining venue in Ireland is a fantastic achievement, this outstanding accolade is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the culinary team led by award winning Executive Head Chef, Noel Enright and the superb dining team led by Restaurant Manager Javier González.


Speaking at the awards ceremony Shane Smith, Managing Director of NI Media said; “People in the hospitality industry have proved themselves to be innovative, resilient and creative and the passion they have for what they do shone through tonight.”


The Lake Hotel offers an exquisite location and a unique experience for all its visitors, the family owned property has been in the Huggard family name for over 100 years. Surrounded by nature and yet, only 2kms from Killarney town centre, the hotel is perfectly located to explore all that the wonderful Killarney area has to offer. All dining options are enveloped with views of Lough Lein and with a spectacular backdrop of mountains, islands, woodlands, and the 12th century McCarty Mór castle ruins. Serving exquisite dishes daily, enjoy lunch in the bright and spacious Lakeside Bistro, afternoon tea in the traditional lounge area or dinner in the renowned Castlelough Restaurant. For reservations call 064 6631035 or email


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