When Gather opened on the edge of Tuam town in December 2016, word gradually spread that the Flaherty sisters from nearby Abbeyknockmoy were doing something really interesting.
The clue is in the name - Siobhan and Aoife Flaherty have gathered together great ingredients which are cooked to perfection. Aoife (Front of House) and Siobhan (Head Chef) both have years of experience in the industry, having worked in Il Vicolo, Galway and Siobhan’s own place in Monivea - An Scoibal (The Barn).
The simple blue frontage speaks strongly of quality, and the rustic-chic interior in complementary tones reinforces the message. There is a strong commitment to using local suppliers such as Galway Goat Farm’s cheese and Velvet Cloud’s sheep’s milk yoghurt. Daily specials complement a short menu which manages to satisfy hearty appetites and keep abreast of trends.
This is innovative, imaginative food. Gubbeen chorizo might feature in a starter of Killary mussels from Connemara, and one of the most popular dishes on the evening menu is the Castlemine Pork Belly, featuring perfetcly cooked meat from nearby Roscommon. Other offerings might include Monkfish in White Hag batter with Orange Aioli and Pickled Beetroot, a local and contemporary take on a classic that is full of flavour and and beautifully presented. Vegetarian options are far from an add-on, and the children’s menu is also to be commended.
The atmosphere is warm, the staff efficient and friendly, and a well-considered drinks list offering carefully selected wines and craft beers is complemented by engaged service.
Add consistently good food and you have a place which brings people even from Galway city. The word is out about Gather.