What a singular food destination Maria McNeela and her team have carved out in Sherry’s Bar, in busy Clarinbridge, a few miles south of Galway on the Wild Atlantic Way. Ms McNeela has done it by being not just someone who cooks delicious food, but by acting also as a conduit for the producers of her region, as an organiser for the local food culture through the Slow Food movement, and finally as a teacher and demonstrator – Ms McNeela will show you exactly how to get the best out of a wood-fired oven at one of her classes on that very subject.
The core of the Rustic Grub offer, then, is various platters which showcase local oysters and chickens and ducks and Galway beef and local goat’s cheese and fresh artisan honey and good local vegetables. The second plank of the RG offer are those pizzas from the wood-fired oven, pizzas with thin, crispy bases and a very singular Galway spin on toppings: Herterich’s Italian sausage with roast red pepper; Brady’s beef with sour cream; smoked streaky bacon with potato. Add in daily specials, super puddings, good craft beers and artisan ciders, and you have yet another example of a food destination which may seem unlikely, but which is utterly logical and astute, a space where a committed chef takes the foods of her region, and transforms them into deliciousness.
Photographs Credit Julia Dunin
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