Galway Gastro Pub Wins National Title by McKennas Guides

John Keoghs – The Lock Keeper on Dominick Street in Galway’s westend has been named as Pub of the Year by McKenna’s Guide for 2019. The award-winning westend gastro pub which will celebrate three years in business this summer is one of Galway’s best-loved pubs to share food, a quiet drink by their open fire and of course it has become the private party location for people to come to together to mark those special occasions.

Speaking on John Keoghs, McKenna’s Guides said “Galway’s strength as a food destination is not just its starry chefs, but instead it is its strength in depth. And this is where John Keogh’s – The Lockkeeper comes into the picture. The cooking in Matt Hall’s bustling pub has won every possible award, and for a simple reason: this is real, West Coast, modern Irish cooking, and it is so much better than your expectations that its impact is enormous: slow roast lamb shoulder with champ and green peas; Gilligan’s char-grilled sirloin with smoked bacon butter; ravioli with Cashel Blue cheese and pesto cream; peanut butter parfait.”

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In 2017, John Keoghs was named as one of Ireland’s top three gastro pubs, Highly Commended in the Yes Chef Awards and as Ireland’s Newcomer Restaurant in the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards. The westend pub and eatery was also awarded the title of Best Food Pub and Outstanding Customer Service for Connacht at the Irish Pub Awards in 2017 and 2018.

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

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.”

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


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