Galway resident Matt Hall is the owner of MacBride’s in Westport and has now teamed up with local chef Pat McEllin to bring a new gastropub to Galway’s West End.
John Keogh’s – The Lock Keeper is the new addition to Galway’s bar scene and it is decked out with authentic touches dating back as far as 1910. Matt sourced antiquities from multiple pubs, antique shops and scrap yards around the country including a range of classic mirrors.
The pub has two bars and a private area that caters for up to 180 people, all filled with snugs and partitions to create a really cosy atmosphere. Matt brought local design company Arthaus on board and the bars and kitchen were built from scratch by local contractors.
Matt said, “We put a huge emphasis on the designing of the pub from the customer’s view. We are passionate about original Irish pub culture so we hope that people who enjoy that unique experience will love our pub – it has been designed by traditional pub-goers for pub-lovers.”
John Keogh’s The Lock Keeper will serve a range of craft beers, whiskeys and gins along with all the usual suspects.
Chef Pat McEllin, who was previously head chef in the Latin Quarter Bistro and sous chef in Kirwan’s Lane Restaurant, is creating fresh local and seasonal fare. In sharing style small and larger plates will be available including Mini Beef & Chorizo Burgers, Lamb Belly, Herterich’s Pork Pudding, Braised Lamb Shoulder and Flat Iron Steaks.
Food is served 5-9pm, seven days a week. For more information visit their Facebook page.