Wash down your favourite meal with a cold pint next month when bars and restaurants open for outdoor seating. Photo: Edward Franklin

Top five activities in hospitality

Pubs

You can install taps in your home, or even go as far as building a bar in your back garden, but you will not come close to the thrill of a freshly poured pint with friends in an Irish pub.

From 7 June, pubs with outdoor capabilities can reopen with groups limited to a maximum of six people.

It is not yet clear whether food will be a necessity this time around but either way, it is very good news for punters and pub-owners alike.

So, expect to see Cork’s nightlife come alive again this summer and maybe factor in some extra pizza money just in case.

Dining

Cork has a staggering selection of restaurants and gastro pubs across the city and county. Whatever you might fancy, Cork’s cooking it somewhere!

As with bars, restaurants with outdoor seating can reopen to customers from 7 June with many already taking bookings.

Tables might be hard to come by in the first week or two but have faith and book early and you will be pouring over your favourite menus before you know it.

Speaking recently, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he does not expect there to be any time limit for customers. He also said indoor dining will be evaluated in late June.

Hotels

The prospect of a hotel break might seem too good to be true for those of us who have been cooped up in our homes for so long.

From 2 June, that dream will become a reality as hotels around the country throw their doors open again.

The sector has arguably been hit harder than any other by this pandemic, so you can be sure that hoteliers will be doing everything in their power to make this a successful and final reopening.

And remember, restaurant and bar services will be available to customers!

B&Bs

You can hardly swing a cat for B&Bs in Cork. We’ve got thousands of them in all shapes and sizes to suit all budgets.

B&Bs can open at the same time as hotels next month and will offer staycationers endless options when planning their trip.

Beautiful seaside towns like Bantry, Youghal and Kinsale all have a multitude of B&Bs to choose from.

Again, expect places to fill up fast and make sure you get your booking done early.

Holiday homes and self-catering

Whether it’s a badly-needed family trip or a group of friends looking to kick back for a week or two, holiday homes are always a great option in Cork.

There’s an endless selection online from quaint, secluded cottages to cavernous, multi-bedroomed lodges and the good news is, they’re already open for business.

Tripadviser.ie is always a great place to start your search for the perfect self-catering getaway.

The highly intuitive website allows you to set your budget and other requirements so that you’re search takes minutes rather than hours.

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