Going out: Catherine Cleary’s favourite places to eat al fresco, Irish Times 14 August 2016

Chuffed to be listed as one of the Irish Times Critic's Catherine's go-to al fresco restaurants - now all we need is the sunshine!

Indoor-outdoor eateries are springing up everywhere – here are some of the best...  

Kelly’s black pudding is everywhere in Newport, Co Mayo and in The Blue Bicycle Tearooms it comes with seaweed. They also do freshly baked scones and cakes which can all be served in a beautiful walled garden for a pre- or post-Greenway cycling treat. The Blue Bicycle Tearooms, Main Street, Newport, Co Mayo (098) 41145

There’s an oasis-style rooftop terrace at Gill Carroll’s 56 Central Restaurant on Galway’s Shop Street where you can nearly get away from the street buzz. With plants, a wall of water and Buddha themed decor, you could be anywhere, until the gulls and the sounds of a spoon player remind you it’s Galway. 56 Central, 5 Shop Street, Galway (091) 569511

The Bite Club is all ice cream pastel palette downstairs, but on the roof there’s a food truck feel to it, with a bar and long, shared tables. The fish tacos are fiery and the burgers are very good. Their black pepper and basil margarita is a must-try cocktail. Bite Club, 36 Abbeygate Street Upper, Galway (091) 565976

They were early adopters of turning part of their footpath frontage into an extension of the restaurant, and the comfortable outdoor tables at Las Tapas de Lola are in use year round. The food keeps evolving as Vanessa Murphy and Anna Carbrera travel between Spain and Ireland to find the good stuff. Las Tapas de Lola, 12 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 (01) 4244100

Gaillot et Gray have taken a while to get their outdoor area off the ground but the small yard is now ready, with tables to enjoy the excellent French pizza or a croissant with good coffee for breakfast on a sunny morning. Gaillot et Gray, 59 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Dublin 8 (01) 4547781

At Suesey Street they keep their outdoor space as swish as indoors and it’s a great place for a sunny shirtsleeves lunch or balmy evening eating. Suesey Street, 26 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2 (01) 6694600

Like magic, a moveable roof can slide into place when there’s a shower over Chez Max’s large garden, which extends over two tiers at the back of the Baggot St restaurant. Chez Max, 133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2

Where once were cars now are chairs and tables at Kevin Aherne’s Sage restaurant in Midleton. The young chef, who cooks a 12-mile radius menu, extended his restaurant this year by colonising the courtyard. Sage, The Courtyard, 8 Main Street, Midleton, Co Cork (021) 463 9682