Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for April - McCambridge's of Galway

The “Just Ask!” Restaurant of the Month winner for April is McCambridge's of Galway

McCambridge's of GalwayEstablished in 1925 and now run by siblings Eoin, Natalie and Norma, who take pride in continuing the family tradition, McCambridge’s is first port of call for many food lovers visiting Galway.

To many further afield, the name is synonymous with bread - their extended family's famous little loaves of pre-sliced brown soda bread are widely distributed, and the range has grown - but there is much more than bread to this family owned deli and fine foods shop on Galway's main street.

You'll find an ever-changing range of carefully selected food and wines from Ireland and abroad, including artisan jams, preserves, chutneys, the best Irish cheeses, speciality meats, ice creams - and, especially, irresistible Irish and continental chocolates including the gorgeous Skelligs from the Ring of Kerry.

A ground floor café has pavement tables where it’s relaxing to watch the world go by on bustling Shop Street, and the first floor operates very successfully as the casual, but quality-conscious restaurant, Upstairs @ McCambridges.

Predictably, to those who know the longstanding ethos of this family business, the restaurant uses only Irish meats and poultry and asserts its support for local and artisan producers - and not only are engaging staff only too happy to talk about the menu but the taste tells the tale, as first class ingredients stand out in every dish.

A charcuterie platter from legendary butcher McGeough's of Oughterard is a highlight, fresh fish comes mainly from Rossaveal, and the supporting roles - dressed Steve's leaves, for example, desserts including Murphy's Ice Cream from Dingle and the wonderful locally blended Solaris Botanicals herbal teas - are chosen with equal care.

Many of Ireland’s leading producers are name checked on menus offering the kind of choices that can make decisions difficult (but fortunately including plenty of sharing plates), and a number of the key producers are profiled (see below).

A wonderful food store, and a rewarding place to eat and absorb the local food culture.


Upstairs at McCambridge's

Sample All Day Menu - Served from Monday - Wednesday 12:00 - 5:00,
Thursday - Saturday 12:00 - 8:00
Casual mood, great food! Lots of daily specials too, menu is subject to change.

• Fresh Soup of the Day - €4.75
• Fresh Soup with Focaccia Bread - €6.95
• McCambridge’s Hummus & Bread - €3.95
• Selection of Nuts & Olives (V) - €2.95
• Smoked Almonds - €2.50
• Dukkah & Bread (V) – €2.95
• Fresh Bread with Artisan Oils & Vinegars (V) – €2.50
• Cold Platters~ Trinsiúir Fuara (CF)

Our platters are perfect for sharing. They are served with a selection of fresh bread and accompaniments.
• Vegetarian Mezze - Hummus, Mixed Olives, Dolmathes, Mediterranean Vegetables, Cheese Stuffed Peppers (V) - €9.95
• Charcuterie – McGeough’s Air Dried Lamb, Almond Saucisson, McCambridge’s Baked Ham, Bresaola, On the Pigs Back Country Terrine and Brandy & Garlic Pâté with Cumberland Sauce - €11.95
• Seafood – Dressed Rossaveal Crab Meat, Kinvara Smoked Salmon, Smoked Mackerel, Herring Roe - €12.95
• Irish Cheese - Killeen Fenugreek Goats, Five Mile Town Blue Brie, Smoked Corleggy, Wicklow Vintage Cheddar with Janet’s Country Fayre Fig & Apricot Chutney - €9.95
• Charcuterie & Cheese – Selection of Cheese & Meats - €11.95

• Salads ~ Sailéad (CF)
• Small €6.95 / Large €9.95

• Smoked Chicken with Crozier Blue Cheese, Walnuts & French Dressing
• Tuna with Fennel, Basil, Red Onion, Chick Peas, Pine Nuts & Spicy Tahini Dressing
• Five Mile Town Goats Cheese with Dukkah, Beetroot, Dried Cranberry, Carrot, Tomatoes & Honey Mustard Dressing (V)

Sandwiches ~ Ceapairí
• McCambridge’s Baked Ham, Beetroot Blush Mayonnaise, Coolattin Cheddar & Red Onion on Toasted Ciabatta - €9.95
• Caramelised Onion, Smoked Corleggy Cheese, Tomato & Rocket on Toasted Sourdough (V) - €8.95
• Duck Confit, Tomato & Janet’s Country Fayre Apricot & Ginger Chutney on Toasted Sourdough - €9.95
• Smoked Chicken, Bacon, Avocado, Tomato & Smoked Garlic Mayonnaise on Toasted Ciabatta - €9.95
• Grilled Steak, Mushroom & Onion with Smoked Garlic Mayonnaise & Crozier Blue Cheese on Toasted Ciabatta - €11.95
• Hot Chicken & Chorizo Ciabatta with Roasted Red Peppers, Smoked Garlic Mayonnaise & Melted Emmenthal - €10.95

Hot Dishes~ Miasa Te
• Whole Roasted Prawns with a Hazelnut, Sesame & Sumac Sauce served with Salad & Crusty Bread - €10.95
• Venison Tortelloni in a Wild Mushroom, Cherry Tomato, Toasted Almond White Wine Sauce - €11.95
• Quesadilla with Mediterranean Vegetable Tapenade, Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach & Cheese with Follain Salsa & Guacamole (V) - €8.95
• Crispy Duck Confit with Braised Puy Lentils, Pomegranate Molasses & Salad (CF) - €13.95
• Frittatas (CF)

• Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Scallions & Parsley (V) - €8.95
• Kinvara Smoked Salmon & Fine Herbs - €8.95
• Smoked Ham, Cratloe Hills Sheep’s Cheese & Scallions - €8.95

Sides~ Ar an Taobh (CF) €3.95
• Fries — Lebanese Spiced Potatoes — Sweet Potato Fries —
• Herb Buttered Baby Potatoes — Salad — Seasonal Mixed Vegetables

Sunday Brunch Menu – Sundays 10:30-4:30
• Continental Breakfast - Selection of Breads with Artisan Spreads - €2.95
• Fruit, Plain or Brown Scone with Folláin Jam and Fresh or Clotted Cream - €2.45
• Toasted Bagel with Butter & Jam - €2.95
• Toasted Bagel with Crispy Bacon, Cream Cheese & Harty’s Smoked Pepper Jelly - €4.95
• Toasted Bagel with Cream Cheese & Kinvara Smoked Salmon - €6.95
• Flahavan's Porridge with Cinnamon, Walnuts and Maple Syrup (CF) (V) - €4.95
• Flavhan's Organic Porridge with Bailey’s Irish Cream and Hazelnuts (CF) (V) - €6.95
• Sweet & Spicy Pancetta & Eggs (CF) - €5.95
• McCambridge’s Smoked Bacon & Eggs (CF) - €5.50
• Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh Avocado & Poached Eggs (CF) (V) - €5.95
• Kinvara Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs (CF) - €6.95
• Pigs on the Green Black Pudding Sausages & Eggs - €6.95
• Sautéed Wild Mushrooms & Eggs (CF) (V) - €6.95
• Homemade Baked Beans with Shredded Ham Hock on Sourdough Toast - €6.95
• Brioche French Toast, McCambridge’s Smoked Bacon & Maple Syrup €6.95
• Banana Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Syrup €7.50
• Irish Artisanal Breakfast - McCambridge’s Smoked Rashers, Pigs on the Green Black Pudding Sausages, Colleran’s Black & White Pudding, Homemade Baked Beans, Eggs & Potato Farl - €9.95

Cold Platters ~ Trinsiúir Fuara (CF)
Our platters are perfect for sharing. They are served with a selection of fresh bread and accompaniments.

• Seafood – Dressed Rossaveal Crab, Kinvara Smoked Salmon, Smoked Mackerel, Fish Roe - €12.95
• Vegetarian Mezze - Hummus, Olives, Dolmathes, Mediterranean Vegetables, Bean Salad (V) - €9.95
• Irish Cheese - Killeen Fenugreek Goats, Dunbarra Brie, Smoked Corleggy, Crozier Blue & Coolattin Cheddar with Janet’s Country Fayre Fig & Apricot Chutney - €9.95
• Charcuterie - McGeoughs Air Dried Lamb, Almond Saucisson, Coppa, Bresaola, On the Pigs Back Country Terrine and Brandy & Garlic Pâté with Cumberland Sauce - €11.95
• Charcuterie & Cheese - Selection of Cheese & Meats - €11.95

Hot Dishes

• Crispy Duck Confit with Braised Puy Lentils, Pomegranate Molasses & Salad (CF) - €13.95
• Whole Prawns in a Hazelnut, Sesame & Sumac Sauce served with Salad & Crusty Bread - €10.95
Frittata with:
Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Scallions & Parsley- €8.95
Kinvara Smoked Salmon & Fine Herbs - €8.95
Smoked Ham, Cratloe Hills Sheep’s Cheese & Scallions - €8.95

Egg – €1.50 Smoked Salmon - €4.00. Mushrooms - €3.50. Beans with Ham Hock - €3.50
Bacon - €2.95. Sausage - €1.95. Pudding - €2.95. Toast €1.50
Sides €3.95
Fries — Lebanese Spiced Potatoes — Sweet Potato Fries - Baked Beans with Ham Hock

Sweet Treats
For a selection of today’s sweet treats, please see our display
Ice Cream
1 Scoop €2.50 2 Scoops €4.00 3 Scoops €5.50
Affogato (Ice Cream with Shot of Espresso) €4.50

Coffee Menu
Regular Large
Espresso €2.00 €2.20
Americano €2.20 €2.40
Latte €2.50 €2.70
Cappuccino €2.50 €2.70
Macchiato €2.20 €2.40
Con Panna €2.20 €2.40
Mocha €2.80 €3.00
Hot Chocolate €2.50  €2.80
Campbell’s Tea €2.30
Solaris Herbal Teas €2.60
Chai Latte €2.50 €2.70
Flat White €2.50 €2.70
Lots of other tasty choices of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks on offer!

McCambridge's wines and fine foods are brought to you from many of the leading confectioners, butchers, bakers and cooks of Galway and Ireland, as well as from all across the world.

We are committed to offering you the best foods, made of the finest ingredients by suppliers of our choice.


Ponaire (Annacotty, Co. Limerick)
Tommy and Jennifer Ryan started up Ponaire Coffee Roastery in 2006 when they returned to Ireland after living in the USA for many years. They produce wonderful coffee from the finest grade beans. Nothing is added to the green beans they import except heat! When we opened our coffee bar two years ago we decided to use Ponaire’s coffee as our coffee of choice. Customers have been delighted with the quality and flavour of the coffee and we sell a wide range of their coffees, both beans and ground. For more information see their website Ponaire.ie.

James McGeough's Butchers - (Oughterard, Co. Galway)
Producer of high quality speciality lamb, beef and pork products, James is inspired by his training in Germany and has created an award winning range of salamis, sausages, air dried lamb, beef and pork as well as patés.

Murphy's Ice Cream - (Kerry)
Regarded as the best ice cream in Ireland, McCambridge's are privileged to be the first outlet outside of Kerry to serve Murphy's by the scoop. Murphy's dedication to the best ingredients combined with their innovative approach to combining flavours that make the partnership between Murphy's and McCambridge's an exciting project.

The Friendly Farmer - (Knockbrack, Athenry, Co. Galway)
Ronan Byrne farms 'pasture reared' chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks and saddleback pigs for the local discerning customer. The resulting produce are remarkable for both their flavour and size.

Janet's Country Fayre - (Wicklow)
Provides a range of traditional and contemporary chutney's, relishes and dressings made by hand. Janet's concept is based on combining all that is best in indigenous Irish produce. Janet's Country Fayre uses only the very best quality ingredients ensuring absolute integrity in taste and aesthetic appeal.

O'Conaill Hot Chocolate (Cork)
McCambridge's and O'Conaill's chocolate have enjoyed a lengthy partnership. O'Conaills produce the McCambridge's brand of dark and milk chocolate and pralines. At the coffee bar McCambridge's also offer O'Connaills Hot Chocolate, which has been a closely held secret by Corkonians for years. There is no better way to warm up than indulging in an O'Connaill's heavenly Hot Chocolate while in town on a cold wet day.

Builín Blasta (Spiddal, Co. Galway)
An exciting range of products carefully put together locally by young chef J-me Peaker......... His fresh range of dressings and chutneys are the perfect accompaniment for any meal.

Green Saffron (Cork)
This superb range of products that have up until recently only been available in the markets of West Cork and used in Michelin Star restaurants in Ireland and the UK. Arun uses his family contacts in India to source the best quality ingredients and produce this wonderful range of spices, sauces and rice.

The Real Olive Company (Toonsbridge, Co Cork)
Toby Simmonds of the Real Olive Company supplies us with many of our olives and Mediterranean products, and also Toonsbridge Irish Buffalo Mozzarella. Toby goes to huge lengths to source products that are natural and not packed with additives. They never use refined oils on any of their products. The Real Olive Company supply olives to 25 market stalls all over the country and to select delis and restaurants.

38-39 Shop Street, Galway.
Tel: 091 562 259; Web: www.mccambridges.com



Just Ask!” is a public awareness campaign that aims to encourage consumers when eating out to look for information on where the food (particularly meat) on their plate comes from, and encourages chefs to provide this information on their menus. The programme supports both large and smaller artisan suppliers, encouraging both Irish diners and visitors from abroad to support restaurants that are in turn supporting their suppliers.

Here at Georgina Campbell Guides we have always been avid supporters of the ‘eat local’ concept, and we always enjoy reading menus that have a real sense of place. The dining experience is greatly enriched by knowing that the food on your plate is inspired by the produce and traditions of the area, and sourced nearby – and we would love to see more chefs sharing that precious information with their guests.  

If you are a visitor to the area, learning a little about local food and the people who produce it adds a special extra dimension to the visit – and, for residents, it reinforces a natural pride in the good things of their locality and makes a meal all the more enjoyable.

So, we are delighted by the high standard of menus that continue to be submitted for our ' “Just Ask!” Restaurant of the Month Competition', menus that really speak of the best of Irish foods – and the dedication of both the people who make them, and the chefs who select them to create wonderful dishes with real Irish flavour for our enjoyment.



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