About Us



In the Autumn of  1999, The present Proprietors of the Lakeside Tavern  Drumcong, Co Leitrim, James & Eilis Cardiff left a farming background at Ballygarrett, near Gorey Co Wexford, and bought what was then known as the ”The Swan Inn” Public House and Shop in Drumcong., Co Leitrim.

 With their 2 young Children, Shane and Caitriona, they took over the property in December of that same year, and set about making a new life in the Hospitality business, which  included a grocers shop, a small bar and a large lounge, also included was a Petrol pumps and Fuel service.

 When they started the business, James took to the Bar managers job like a duck to water, and very soon was a dab hand at pulling a pint, with his great personality and good communication ability, he soon became an excellent barman, which was far removed from his farming skills of earlier years, and he now enjoys the great pub banter where he can express his views on almost any topic, along with being an excellent Cook and waiter also when the occasion arises.

 Eilis operated the hospitality end of the business, having completed her early education at St Mary’s College Arklow, she then moved to Castlecomer Community School in Co Kilkenny to progress her education with a preliminary course in Hotel Catering and Tourism, after which she moved to the Great Southern Hotel Rosslare for her Cert year 1 programme in professional cookery, this was followed by a further 6 months placement in The Ardboyne Hotel in Navan Co. Meath.

 Following on from this year 2 was again at the Great Southern Hotel Rosslare. Her next move was to the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, where she worked under Michelan Star Chef Kevin Thornton for one and a half years, after which she spent another 6 months at the Talbot Hotel Wexford. This was followed by working and managing some local Hostelries in Wexford before moving to Co Leitrim.

 Her qualifications include: City & Guilds 7061 & 7062 Certificates in Professional Cookery for the Catering Industry. 

 In the year 2000, James & Eilis developed a Commercial Catering Kitchen at their premises and at the same time they progressed their business into catering for Local Parties, Holy Communion,  Confirmation parties, and also Funeral afters and small weddings.

It is now their intention to move a step further, with the provision of Sunday Lunches in their excellent Lounge which includes child facilities with a Bouncy Castle, and also provide light Bar Food during Pub hours.

 Their son Shane has completed a BSc in Architectural Technology in Waterford Institute of Technology, and has now diverted on to a course in Restaurant Management, in the same Institute, and is at present working in The Faithlegg House Hotel in Waterford. Their daughter Caitriona is studying for a Degree in Early Childhood Education

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 The Lakeside Tavern's success is very much based upon our team who enjoy providing quality and service in all areas of the business. We'd love to hear about your recent experiences at the Lakeside Tavern and any constructive comments you wish to share which may help us plan further improvements for fellow customers.

If you've got feedback please don't hesitate to let us know. You can write, phone or if you prefer, drop an email to info@thelakesidetavern.com.
Thank you. We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit.


Our location

Carrick on Shannon,
Co. Leitrim