Radical people need radical places and spaces in which to work. So the fact that a radical creative like Aoibheann McNamara has fashioned Ard Bia in Galway city, and in one of Galway city’s most iconic stone buildings, is pretty much a couture piece of casting for this dynamic woman and her team. McNamara talks of having roots in a place, whilst having an imagination that roams the globe, and Ard Bia food does just that: you come to Spanish Arch to eat Turkish baked beans, and vegan quinoa cakes, and Burren smoked haddock with squid ink sourdough, and Longueville brandy and prune cake, and the food is both firmly rooted in the West of Ireland, and wildly imaginative, supremely fun. The ancient stone building is one of the great restaurant spaces, and the restaurant is radically sui generis, a place where you will always have a great time.
NEW! Ireland the Best 100 Places
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John and Sally McKenna have selected 100 extraordinary Places throughout Ireland that epitomize what is unique and entrancing about the beautiful island of Ireland.
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