Month: May 2013

Galway – A Visitors’ Guide – Where to Eat

So now that you have decided to visit Galway and booked your accommodation, you need to figure out where to eat whilst you are here.  Galway has so many great and varied restaurants, it can be difficult to know where to start. Fine Dining? There are many “Fine Dining” restaurants in the city.  There is one Michelin Starred restaurant – Aniar.  (See separate post on this site). This is a small restaurant so if you plan to visit, you will most certainly need to book in advance, particularly if you wish to visit on a weekend night.  The restaurant now has a new Head Chef – welcome Ultan Cooke!   www.aniarrestaurant.ie If you like Fish, then you really must visit O’Grady’s on the Pier in Barna (again, see separate post on this site).  The restaurant is easily accessible from the city centre by car or taxi and is well worth the trip.  It really is one of the best restaurants in the Galway area and its setting on the beach at Barna is truly magical. http://www.ogradysonthepier.com

The Galleon Restaurant, Salthill, Galway

The Galleon Restaurant in Salthill, Galway has been serving satisfied customers for the past 45 years making it an absolute institution in Salthill.  There really is something for everyone on their extensive menu and they will cater for any dietary requirements.  The restaurant is very family friendly with young guests provided with pictures and crayons to play with whilst the adults eat and drink. The staff here are super friendly and if you have a “cupla focal” as Gaeilge, they will happily return the chat!  They also have a separate area to the back of the restaurant area which can be used as a function area, perfect for celebrating confirmation, communions etc.  And another real bonus – free wifi – well done guys! As mentioned, the menu is extensive covering all meals from breakfast through to dinner or if you just want to pop in for a coffee and a scone, then that’s there too. The menu is well priced with a list of daily specials available from 12pm to 5pm.  Main courses off this …

Principato – Pinot Grigio Blush

It’s a Pinot Grigio – but it’s Pink! Background: The Principato Pinot Grigio Blush is a light, crisp and refreshing Rose from the Vinezie wine region, Trentino, North West Italy.  Principato means Princely Realm in english and the winery began production in 1978 and is now one of the most popular and affordable Italian wines. Description: The short fermentation on the skin gives this modern Pinot Grigio a delicate pink, coppery colour.  It is a floral wine, with soft fruit characters with notes of peach and an off dry finish. Alcohol Content: It has an alcohol content of 12%. Serving Suggestions: Serve on its own, with light appetisers, with seafood dishes or with Asian or Mexican inspired cuisine. Stockists: Available at Morton’s Galway for E12.99 currently.

Galway – A visitors’ guide – Where to Stay

I am very lucky to live close to Galway City which is a truly wonderful city with a holiday feel all year round.  Its beauty, charm, many attractions and summer festivals make it a magnet for tourists.  For first time visitors, it can be difficult navigating through the accommodation options around the city of which there are many.  Visitors can choose to stay in the City Centre, in Salthill or further out along the coast such as in Barna or Furbo.  There is also a wide variety of accommodation to be found from Hotels to B&B’s to Hostels. Here are some options to consider if you are in the process of booking a trip to our wonderful city.  City Centre – Hotels Hotel  Meyrick – 4 Stars This most central of hotels is located in a landmark building beside the train station and fronts onto Eyre Square.  This hotel will cater to your every whim offering spa treatments, dinner in the Oyster Grill, cocktails in the Oyster Bar, afternoon tea in the Lobby or sports …