Tigh Neachtain (Naughton's) is one of Galway's oldest pubs - the origins of the building are medieval and it has been in the McGuire family for three generations – and the interior has remained unchanged since 1894. Quite unspoilt, it has great charm, an open fire and a friendly atmosphere - and the pint is good too.
But time has not been standing still here in the drinks department: 25 wines are offered on the bar list, including Cava for the first time - and Jimmy McGuire stocks a staggering one hundred and twenty eight malt whiskeys. He has also contracted the Galway Hooker craft brewery to produce a seasonal brew for the pub, of which the first was a zesty ale for Galway Arts Festival & Races.
But perhaps the nicest thing of all is still the way an impromptu traditional music session can get going here at the drop of a hat.
Above the pub, a tight space overlooking busy Quay Street has cream/lime green walls to brighten it, along with attractive contemporary artwork and pretty table flowers.
This Galway Restaurants lunch offering is divided into sections: freshly made soup and seafood chowder both come with good speciality breads; there’s an enticing array of sandwiches and salads (smoked duck, Cashel Blue & poached pear on ciabatta with walnut & spinach salad, and Mossfield cheddar with chorizo & pesto, among others); also appealing desserts.
Dinner offers more, with fillet of beef, lamb and chicken dishes in addition to several fresh fish, and pleasant, interested staff discuss the day’s menu with enthusiasm. The wine list offers some 30 wines.
This is a useful place to know about and full of character.