John Keoghs gains national recognition for food and service

Escape the west winter at John Keoghs, open fire, classic hot ports and hearty game


John Keoghs, The Lock Keeper in Galway’s westend has headed into winter in serious style with three national award wins for their food direction and service.

Named as one of Irelands top 20 gastro pubs, John Keogh’s The Lockkeeper has also won Best Pub Food and Best Customer Service in Connacht at this year’s Irish Pub Awards and John Keogh’s The Lock Keeper, is one of three winners in The National Hospitality Awards 2017 in the Best Gastro Pub category.

This year the westend was named as one of Ireland’s Top 10 Foodie Destination as awarded by the Restaurants Association of Ireland, making it the place to eat and drink in Galway, away from the major retail city centre, (a five-minute walk, across the bridges into the westend opens up a world of some of Irelands best eateries, coffee shops and watering holes! John Keoghs – The Lock Keeper has been a very welcomed addition and is now firmly placed among the places to go recommendations for the area.

The open fire at John Keoghs instantly welcomes you in, this along with the cosy snugs and seasonally lead menu puts some warmth into the famous west of Ireland winter weather.

The food is exactly what you want, from share plates, in house baked breads and desserts and of course those pub grub classics done with a west of Ireland twist means the food at John Keoghs does the talking. The use of in season and local produce is why flavour is paramount in every dish. This coupled with a knowledgeable front of house team and bar staff who advise on drinks pairings and menu suggestions, has established John Keoghs as one of the top 10 places to eat in Galway.

This winter season, the Food focus at John Keoghs will be a celebration of the season, with game, winter greens and root vegetables all taking centre stage. Lead by Chef Joe Flaherty, who is from Renvyle in Connemara and has a close association with both land and sea, the bar food menu at John Keoghs shows his passion for taste and quality in every dish.

Menu highlights include an Nut crusted duck cake with mulled wine and cranberry. Quite simply, a dish of duck legs are slow cooked until the meat falls off the bone it’s then rolled and covered in toasted nuts. Using only Irish chicken which is then deboned on site.  The chicken is then cooked skin side up so to get that roast chicken flavour, served with a potato terrine- sliced potato cooked in chicken stock and garlic finished with Parmesan, makes up the John Keoghs special Chicken and wild mushrooms. 

A lion of venison is a show stopper this winter season, using wild Irish game venison loin cooked to order with red cabbage purée and celeriac which has been oven baked in salt and served of course with a deep bodied French red merlot, this is a definite way to warm up in the west.

With a private function room that can host from 20 to 120 guests, a party in John Keoghs is all about great cooked to order party food and service, guests have their own private bar and as described by a customer “it is worth pointing out this is no ordinary finger food. The food was of gourmet quality.”

The private Occasional Room has its own bar, sound system, air conditioning and is on the same level as the main bars. Options for a DJ, small band or just background music from a playlist are all available.

Reserved areas are available in the main bar with signature cocktails, gin selection and wines available while soaking up the unique Galway Christmas atmosphere with the John Keoghs roaring fire, white lights glistening throughout the pub and of course a few Christmas tunes!

Dinner is served on week nights from 5pm and lunch from 1pm on weekends. Get social with John Keoghs, The Lock Keepers across all social media platforms, call 091-449431 or check out John Keoghs on Tripadvisior or Private functions catered for.

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