Dublin's oldest restaurant is located in a characterful 18th century coachhouse and stables - surrounded by beautiful mature gardens where guests can have an aperitif on the lawn before dinner, or take coffee afterwards, as the gardens are lit up at night.
With its mature trees, spacious surroundings and old-fashioned feeling about the buildings and gardens, you could be forgiven for thinking you have been mysteriously transported to the country.
In 2007 the Cox family, who have owned and run Beaufield Mews for over 50 years, surprised everyone by changing the traditional, old-fashioned restaurant into a sophisticated contemporary one, with modern décor and furnishings. But, as original features like wooden beams, heavy old latch doors and bare brick walls were retained, this county Dublin restaurants still got plenty of character.
The restaurant offering has been changed lately though, with the upstairs restaurant becoming the Loft Brasserie for all evening dining from Wednesday to Sunday. The mood is relaxed, allowing people to come in and spend the evening over a three course meal, or just have a quick main course before a night out or another engagement. Meanwhile The Coachhouse restaurant downstairs remains open for weekend lunches, bigger groups, functions and weddings. And menus, although updated, also remain in tune with the old Beaufield Mews that so many people know and love.
The wine list has always been a strong point at Beaufield Mews and it's been extended to offer more wines by the glass, and a range of craft beers and good quality soft drinks.
The gardens are a very special feature, and becoming more precious to city dwellers all the time; a large outdoor patio area overlooking the gardens allows guests to relax with an aperitif or an after-dinner coffee in fine weather, and drink in the atmosphere.