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John Keoghs - The Lock Keeper

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The international food media have already been coming up with the headlines suggesting that Galway could be the next major European food destination. And when – not if – Galway takes its place with Copenhagen and Madrid and other food destination luminaries, it will be important to remember that Galway’s strength is not just its starry chefs, but instead it is its strength in depth. In Galway, from the simplest snack to the blow-out extravaganza, you eat well everywhere.

And this is exactly where John Keogh’s – The Lockkeeper comes into the picture. Chef Joe Flaherty’s cooking in Matt Hall’s bustling and vivacious pub has won every possible award, and for a simple reason: this is real, West Coast, modern Irish cooking, served in a vivacious bar, and it is so much better than your expectations that its impact is enormous. John Keogh’s shows how Galway has rebirthed itself, both the city and the West End, by virtue of exceeding expectations. Standards of service, comfort and cooking are sky-high, as high as the confidence of the people who run the businesses. So, you get a cosy fire-side seat in Keogh’s and enjoy slow roast lamb shoulder with champ and green peas; Gilligan’s char-grilled sirloin with smoked bacon butter; ravioli with Cashel Blue cheese and pesto cream; peanut butter parfait. And every bite is as good as you hoped, and better than you expected. And that is exactly how a city becomes a global food destination.

22-24 Upper Dominick Street, Galway, Co Galway
+353 91 449431

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