In Raftery’s Bar, in little Craughwell in County Galway, Rachel Raftery offers us something that has become increasingly difficult to discover in recent decades: the pristine, flower-bedecked country town pub with a great welcome, nice drinks, meticulous housekeeping, soulful comfort, and delicious food.
The bar has been in the hands of the Raftery family for four generations, and the family have maintained the pub with fastidious care all that time: it’s a place where everything gleams. But what shines brightest is the cooking. Ms Raftery and her team are pernicity with their food, and it shows, and you can summarise why this food works in a single word: care. Care in the sourcing of the ingredients, care in the cooking of those ingredients, and care that the customer should have a delicious and enjoyable experience, whether you are having a Hereford steak burger with bacon and cheese and a glass of Galway Hooker for Sunday lunch, or roast leg of lamb with a herb and potato stuffing, or braised beef with dauphinoise potatoes. Dishes that have become clichés elsewhere – seafood chowder, or smoked salmon salad or pork sliders – are cooked here with precision and an attention to detail that makes them sublimely delicious. Raftery’s is simply a delightful destination, and you will cherish every moment spent, and every bite eaten, in this singular destination.
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