What Laois pubs, restaurants and cafés are staying open during Level 3?

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan

What restaurants and pubs are still open in Laois...

What restaurants and pubs are still open in Laois...

It's an incredibly difficult time for staff and owners of Laois pubs, restaurants and cafés, as Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions settle across Ireland. Some have taken the tough decision to close their doors for the next three weeks - read more here -.

However some are hoping to keep the doors open, albeit with plenty of restrictions to keep staff and customers safe. 

Here are some of the businesses around Laois that are staying open.  Contact us to add yours! 


Kavanagh's Bar

"Here we go; We're gonna stay open.... but of course only within the current guidelines, keeping everyone safe! So that means; - Courtyard Venue will remain open, with just 15 customers. - We'll be open Mon - Thurs 4pm - 11pm Fri, Sat, Sun 12noon - 11pm  When we're full we're full, so please be sound! Don't be offended if we have to say 'Sorry', it's the last thing we want to do after being closed for the half the year!
"At the weekends and for big sport events (and there's quite a few coming up in the next 3 weeks!) we will take bookings for just under 2 hours. So at weekends, these will be 3pm - 4.50pm 5pm - 6.50pm 7pm - 8.50pm 9pm - closing time.

"So, if you would like to book in please take the above into consideration, we understand it's far from ideal, but it's gonna keep most of our staff in jobs, it's gonna keep us from going batsh!t crazy and hopefully it will keep some of you happy!

"Finally, don't forget you're gonna be outside... in Oct........ bring a warm jacket or 2...... and a hat..... scarf..... and if you want to bring a blanket / or hot water bottle please do. We'll have the Burko on we'll be more than happy to fill it up for you!"

The Pantry restaurant.

"Folks, Since day one when Covid became part of all our lives, we committed firmly to putting the safety of our customers, team & supply partners first whilst also assuming our responsibility to do whatever is necessary to support the outstanding work of our front line workers. In light of the NPHET recommendation last night that Ireland moves to level 5 of restrictions, we feel the most responsible thing for us to do, is to make the decision to restrict our offering to a TAKEAWAY SERVICE ONLY until further clarity & specific details of the proposed restrictions are made known to us all
From Tues 6th Oct - the Pantry will open for takeaway service only from 8:30am to 3pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Make your order online (www.thepantry.ie) or call us on 057 868 1695 for easy collection (we will happily drop to your car at Market Square if you like )"

The Bay Tree restaurant.

This restaurant with coeliac options has a courtyard garden with a canopy, (formerly Jim's Country Kitchen). Book on  www.thebaytree.ie,  on their Facebook page or by calling 0578630489.

Rafters Café

"Following government guidelines regarding the move to Level 3 we have temporarily changed our opening hours for the next 3 weeks until October 27th. We will open daily from 10am to 3pm. Breakfast will be available daily-outside. We will be open for takeaway and have seating available outside on our terrace. Menu below available for both takeaway and outdoor dining on our terrace. Let's hope the weather is good. . Thank you all for your continued support."

The Killeshin Hotel

"Based in Laois and need to take a break from it all? Unwind with us and enjoy a four course dinner, bed and breakfast from just €70 per person. To take advantage of this fantastic offer please 057 8631200 or go to our website www.thekilleshin.com

The Town Hotel (formerly O'Loughlins)

"We are doing everything we can to remain open during Level 3 while always observing Government Guidelines.
Our Bar will open at 6pm during the Week and back to normal Friday - Sundays. Our Room Deal will be available all weekend 0578621305 WhatsApp 0830660241


Eddie's Hotpot

"Dear customers, Due to the recent level 3 restrictions implemented at midnight last night we will be closed today... we will offer a takeaway menu over the next 3 weeks running Thursday to Sunday 9am to 6pm menu to follow later today....we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support throughout this awful time...continue to be safe and lets beat this together....."


Murf's Diner & Takeaway

Castle Durrow

"Calling all Laoisers.  Due to level 3 restrictions we have rooms available which we would like to see full. Fridays and Saturdays. So with this in mind... Come to our 300 year old home, enjoy the gardens... fab food .. beautiful rooms and great safe and relaxed atmosphere. Dinner, Bed&Breakfast from €230 per couple . 0578736555


Abbeyleix Manor Hotel 

"We are so sad to say, that due to current restrictions we have had to close the hotel from today for 3 weeks.
We will serve take away lunches on Sunday from 12pm-3pm, menu and details to follow soon.
We will still operate our Food Truck as normal and can allow customers to use the terrace, with limited capacity. Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm. Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-9pm.
Once again, we want to thank you all for your support and look forward to seeing you all soon, the Kent Family."

Blackhill Woods country house retreat

Blackhill Woods are offering B&B to any one from Laois in the relaxing surrounds of their house with breakfast served in bed. A lovely treat to yourself in these strange times. Call Simon on 0876964535 to book your break or for more information.

Emo Court:

Catoca Fine Food 

"Think of the positive and not the negative we are open for takeaway please support us and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you."


Dessie Maher (The Arch)

"We are open our normal business hours all through level 3 restrictions please remember to wear ur face mask when entering shop thank u and stay safe from all at the arch"

Stradbally Fayre

"Hi guys. We are going to give this a blast and see how it goes. We really want to stay open but it has to be viable
We will be opening from 8am -4pm with a limited menu for breakie and lunch. Outdoor seating and Take Away only. Please ring ahead to place your order 0578641697. Please use Face coverings while entering the cafe and hand sanitiser provided."


The Cosy Café. Book on their Facebook page. Open 8am to 4pm. 


The Coffee Pot is open for take away beside SuperValu with outdoor seating. To book a table or phone in a take away order call 05786-97957.

Nora’s Cake Shop in O'Connell Square also has some outside seating and are open for take aways.