At the Races with Good Food Ireland
It’s that time of year again, when elegant four legged equine friends are getting groomed to within an inch of their lives, jockeys will be sporting the silks, and girls will be agonising over the dress, the shoes and the hat for Ladies Day! What are we on about?! Well it’s the Galway Races, of course!
Galway’s famous annual seven day Summer Races event starts today 25th July, till Sunday 31st July July. The thrill of a day at this internationally renowned race week includes, tips shared, bets placed, money lost and won, champagne corks popped when your horse comes in first, and the adrenalin rush of cheering your steed to the winning line. Couple that with the enormous sense of tradition of the event, and people watching as the great and the good in the sport of kings strut their stuff, all dressed to the nines for the occasion.
With all that excitement in the air, no wonder so many people make this THE ‘must attend’ event in their annual social calendar. You’ll find a full programme for race week on the link above.
Great food is part of any special occasion, and this is no exception! Galway has a cluster of superb Good Food Ireland members waiting to welcome you to city and county during this historical week.
Michelin starred Aniar is where you can splash out your winnings on a fantastic meal based on the local produce of the immediate area. This is local food taken to the highest level and it’s not just a meal, it’s an experience.
Maxwell’s is a lively bistro in the heart of Galway city, serving a casual dining menu day and evening.Settle yourself down in this busy part of town and enjoy light lunch dishes, elegant a la carte dinner choices including Connemara lamb, or a good value set menu of starter, main and dessert.
Owned by Paul Grealish, The King’s Head pub in Galway city’s Latin quarter is over 800 years old. It has links to the City of Tribes with the marriage stones of the Martin, Bodkin and Lynch families set over the fireplace. Most importantly, it is also associated historically with the execution of King Charles in 1649. A fascinating tale, brought to life when you visit the pub.
A casual dining menu, live music every night and proper Galway craic is always to be had here. You may lose your head, but not in the same way King Charles did!
The King’s Head Bistro, the cosy restaurant adjoining the pub, showcases the best of Galway produce on a smart casual menu. Mismatched antique chairs at no frills chunky wooden tables and other ancient bits and bobs lend an atmsopheric feel to the interior.
Ard Bia at Nimmos is one of the most quirky and loved restaurants in the Good Food Ireland network. You can expect Galway produce with a twist and a dessert table laden with home made goodies. Set right on the water in Galway city’s Spanish Arch.
Eat at Massimo is one of Jp McMahon’s three businesses in Galway city, alongside Aniar. His team looks after the food at this retro pub and the menu includes great offers like chicken and a pint, burger and a pint and steak and a pint on various nights, plus an a la carte selection of pizzas, sandwiches, Little Eats and lots more.
Il Vicolo is a brand new Galway city Good Food Ireland member. Owned and run by Gerry and Alex McMahon, brothers to JP McMahon. As the name suggests, there’s an Italian influence here with classic dishes created with Irish produce. A perfect marriage of food cultures.
Heron’s Rest Boutique Bed and Breakfast is an amazing place to rest your head In Galway city. Sorcha Molloy likes to do things different, and her beautiful boutique business built from two town houses with water views serves a breakfast menu cooked in front of you in the cosy kitchen, while you munch on the homemade scones and pastries laid out on the dining table. Pure fab.
If you want to spread your wings further afield during your time at the races or afterwards, here’s a few places to check out which showcase the beauty of the Galway region at it’s finest.
The Connemara Coast Hotel is a ten minute drive out of the city, right on the Connemara coast. The beach is right outside for stroll in the morning or before dinner in one of two restaurants in the hotel. Super spot for exploring Connemara and Galway city.
The Forge Bar and Restaurant in Moycullen brings gastro pub food into a different league. Lots of choice in daily seasonal specials, plus a n a la carte menu, home made wood fired pizzas and light snacks served all day every day.
White Gables Restaurant Moycullen is an intimate fine diing restaurant where the produce shines amid an ambience which combines cosiness with a relaxing welcoming feel.
Great wines match the great food here and we highly recommend the fish dishes.
Just next door to White Gables is Enjoy at White Gables cafe and shop. A day time venue where you can grab a snack and home baking to eat in or take away, plus browse the shop with all it’s wonderful kitchen paraphanalia. One of our fave spots to pick up things you don’t find elsewhere.
The family welcome doesn’t get more legendary than at Renvyle House next to on the coast close to Connemara National Park. Even well behaved dogs are welcomed here and you can often see one or two of them lolling by the fire in the lounge. Bliss. Just like home from home.
Renvyle is on the Wild Atlantic Way, so expect dramatic scenery. And fab food from Tim O’Sullivan who has been cooking here for many years and always brings a new twist to the produce of the locality.
Delphi Lodge in the heart of the Delphi Valley in Connemara brings majestic country house living to life. You’re in the valley, with mountains towering over you, in this beautiful fishing and hunting lodge with its own wild salmon fishery and lake. Dinner round the big table is an occasion worth experiencing.