2017 Award Winners PUB OF THE YEAR 2017

O'Dowd's of Roundstone, Co Galway


While Irish pubs in general are going through a challenging time, the pub experience remains one of the highlights of a visit to this country for visitors from abroad, who love the unique atmosphere and the craic. And as long as there are family run pubs as good as this one, the future of the Irish pub is assured.

In a prominent position overlooking Roundstone harbour, in Connemara, O‘Dowds is a famous fourth generation family-run pub. A classic of its type, it’s not just delighting summer visitors but serving the local community all year - and, importantly, we are told on the menu, ‘supporting directly up to 20 jobs in a small village’.

Honouring tradition while also keeping up with the times, a sign outside the adjacent café lays out an inclusive stall: advertising SEAFOOD, MEAT, VEGETARIAN & VEGAN DISHES, it offers everything from Irish Breakfast, homemade soup and seafood chowder, to cakes, pastries, scones, pizza & salads.

The old bar is thankfully unreconstructed but, while much loved, more than a nod to the modern world is allowed here too: the Wifi password, for example, is prominently displayed at the bottom of a wide ranging Specials menu ranging from Seaweed hummus (‘home-made using locally supplied dillisk, served with nori bread & olive oil) and the Vegan friendly Savoury Rice with Sea Veg (local dillisk, nori sea lettuce, with red peppers & mushrooms).

O’Dowds also supplied the best seafood platter we had this season - so good in fact that nobody remembered to photograph it!

The drinks list includes an informative collection of Irish craft beers and cider alongside the wines and, tellingly, the supplier list credits no less than eight fish and seafood suppliers, along with others. We are even told that all organic waste at this friendly and mindfully operated pub is composted. An evolving classic.

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O'Dowds Seafood Bar & Restaurant

Roundstone, Co. Galway
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Serious About Seafood Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
The O’Dowd family have been welcoming visitors to this much-loved pub overlooking the harbour for longer than most people care to remember. There are some new developments from time to time, but the old bar is always the same – or at least ...

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