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Ard Bia

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It’s sobering to recall that, not so long ago, Galway was the west coast place where you went to drink, but not to eat. Today, the city is chock-a-block with great destinations. So, how did Galway do it? The answer lies with folk like Aoibheann McNamara, of Ard Bia. Ms MacNamara succeeded the pioneering Harriet Leander in this classic Spanish Arch destination, and brought to the restaurant world the hipness and avant-garde perspective of the art world. Fuse the two, and you get Ard Bia, the funkiest, artsiest collation of people and cooking you can find in Ireland. But it’s not just hipsterness you get here, for the cooking is soulful and respectful, from breakfast through to dinner, and the baking is particularly special. Ard Bia is part and pivot of the Galway food revolution.

Aoibheann McNamara
Spanish Arch, Long Walk, Galway.
+353 91 561 114

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