Award winning gastropub John Keoghs gains national recognition for food

John Keoghs, The Lock Keeper, in Galway's West End has kicked off the winter season with three national award nominations and an award win.

Named as one of Ireland's top 20 gastro pubs, John Keoghs, The Lock Keeper, has also been named as a finalist in the Irish Pub Awards 2017, Highly Commended in the Yes Chef Awards, and as Ireland's Newcomer Restaurant in the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards. Being located in Galway's West End also means that this award-winning venue is in one of Ireland's Top 10 Foodie Destinations as awarded by the Restaurants Association of Ireland.

John Keoghs, The Lock Keeper, has been a very welcome addition and is now firmly placed among recommended places to go for the area. The bars at John Keoghs are filled with snugs and partitions with genuine pub antiques, this along with an open fire and a warm welcome makes this the place to eat and drink this winter in Galway.

Throughout the summer, a very relaxed vibe when it comes where will we go to eat in Galway has led to John Keoghs being on the tip of people's tongues. The food is exactly what you want, small 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.

John Keoghs has become a regular haunt for Galwegians with the drinks selection drawing people to stop by. The bar hosts an extensive gin list with 28 gins, an intriguing wine list, signature beers, and of course a great pint of Guinness makes it the ideal place for an early evening or late-night drink throughout the week or on the weekend.

This winter, the food focus at John Keoghs will be a celebration of the season, with game, winter greens, and root vegetables all taking centre stage. Led 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 a nut crusted duck cake with mulled wine and cranberry — quite simply, a dish of duck legs is slow cooked until the meat falls off the bone it is then rolled and covered in toasted nuts.

John Keoghs special chicken and wild mushrooms uses only Irish chicken which is deboned on site. The chicken is then cooked skin side up to get that roast chicken flavour, served with a potato terrine — sliced potato cooked in chicken stock and garlic finished with parmesan.

The loin 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.

Dinner is served on weeknights from 5pm and lunch from 1pm on weekends. Get social with John Keoghs The Lock Keeper across all social media platforms, call 091 449431, or check out John Keoghs on TripAdvisior or at www.johnkeoghs.ie Private functions are catered for.

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