Tuesday, October 05, 2010


Well, as I mentioned earlier, I don't have a lot of nice scenic shots of Galway as we spent most of our time there eating and drinking...hooray!! We had not been in Galway in about 7 years but we had a favourite restaurant which we found again (it had moved and gotten a lot bigger and even more gorgeous than it was previously) and ended up eating there for lunch and dinner on the Sunday - I love this cafe/restaurant..everything about it! It's in a gorgeous old building on the quay...edged right up to the water and right beside the Spanish Arch. It's run by a girl of about 35 who calls everyone, "pet", "darling" or "gorgeous"! She is a great supporter of the arts from what I can tell and there are always artistic "events" of some kind to be found in this little gem. The decor is perfection...it's divided up into little rooms and snugs with lovely old and battered tables and chairs, Cath Kidston oil cloths, napkins etc. It's not at all cheesy, just quirky, cosy and comfy..I would happily sit there all day from lunch through to dinner...really nice buzz too! Here are some photos I took on my iPhone..not the best quality but you get the drift :)

And the food...for lunch I had the homemade lemony houmous on homemade sourdough bread with a green leaves, quinoa, grated carrot and grated beetroot salad...I can't tell you how delicious this was...I am salivating just thinking about it now!!

This was the table we sat at for dinner...I had the most gorgeous mezze starter...olives, houmous, chickpeas, greens, beetroot houmous..yummy!

We also spent a fair bit of time in this pub...the Front Door...it's just my favourite type of pub...no nonsense...the real thing, a proper, old and traditional pub..

Our 2 nights in Galway were great...although we go to Connemara all the time (as you will know if you read this blog much at all!) we had not been to Galway city for such a long time...I loved it and highly recommend the Front Door and Ard Bia for your next visit!

Oh...and a little purchase to share! I bought this Orla Kiely iPhone cover whilst in Galway...the bag, well I purchased that about a month ago...love them both! Also, purchased some Onion Marmalade and some Chutney...both homemade at Ard Bia.

Back home now to reality but feeling rested and revived :) Have a lovely week!


stephanie said...

I could spend days in a pub like that. I love it!

Casie said...

That cafe looks darling itself.
Oh and love the new iphone cover! We have just that pattern on our doona cover.

Sarah Elizabeth said...

I love restaurants like this - the kind where you can feel comfortable for hours, almost like your in your own home. And the food looks great too.

I went to Galway a few years ago but it was on a school trip so I had 40 kids in tow - not much chance for visiting pubs or whiling the hours away in a cosy restaurant! I loved the feel of the place though and would love to go back someday.

Catherine said...

Eating and drinking sounds pretty good to me Martina, especially in such a lovely place! Love love your orla bag it's beautiful : )

Gigi said...

I am green with envy! I've always wanted to visit Galway. Looks and sounds like such a marvelous place. Glad you had such a lovely trip, Martina! xoxo Gigi

Jac said...

It looks like you had a fantastic holiday Martina. That cafe looks so sweet, just the kind of place you could sit for hours eating, drinking and chilling...
The bag and iphone cover look gorgeous and the onion marmalade sounds right up my street!

Christina said...

i love this.
hello, my friend.