I love Galway.  I just don’t get enough time lately to come here. I use to spend so much time travelling around the auctioneers in search for a premises as I have always dreamt of opening a restaurant here. But the right opportunity or premises has never come along. I came close once.

We were coming to galway this time  with no plans, only to spend some time together before the silly season has us wrecked.

We arrived, and checked into our hotel. We took a nice stroll round the city and came across the Christmas Markets. The markets were lovely, it’s a really nice casual festive feel in Galway. There are loads of things to do in this city, but we were happy just walking around.

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After a long cold walk around the city and the markets a nice hot whiskey was in order in The Kings Head. It was really nice and definitely helped me get rid of the flu.

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Hungry after my hot whiskey we booked a table in a cosy restaurant on quay street. It was probably one of the worst meals of my life. Service and wine was good. Food was inedible.  I won’t be naming the restaurant  here. But will be sending an email to them.  There wasn’t a manager to talk to on the night.

Second day in Galway was a rainy one. But wasn’t going to spoil our trip. Lovely coffee to start in the hotel and a nice walk around the shops.

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I love shopping and especially for Christmas.  The shops always have a great buzz in them. We had to take a trip back to the Christmas markets and pick up some macaroons. So many to choose from. And a great selection of cakes.

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It was time now for some lunch. Off to Ard Bia at Nimmos. I have heard a lot about this place, but never got around to visiting it before. 

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The place has a nice warmly feel to it. Really Irish and Local. They have a cake table and everything looked delicious. Great idea.

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Lots of cook books around and nice Christmas puddings for sale.  Had to pick up one of them for my sister. 

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I ordered an open Mackerel sandwich and an organic apple juice to drink. It was so fresh.Slaw salad and pickled veg were perfect. Massive portion, needless to say I did my best to finish it but unfortunately I couldn’t.  Great value and a lovey little spot. Definitely would return.

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More Christmas shopping and it was time to get ready to go out for dinner. Cava was our choice. I haven’t  been to JP’s new location so I was looking forward to seeing this and most importantly tasting his food.

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Bread and dips arrived and Nitin munched into them. Declaring how fresh they were. We ordered a nice Spanish Sauvignon Blanc.

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We order 3 tapas. (Still full from Lunch)
Pátatas Bravas, Tomato Bread Olive Oil and Lentils Saffron Cumin Organic Veg.

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The food here is simple and very tasty. Proper Tapas. The service was polite and flawless. The wine was nicely chilled and on a Tuesday night, a full restaurant. If visiting Galway this is a must.

We had a great time in Galway. Looking forward to more trips in 2015.

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