Award Winning Gastropub in Galway2018-10-18T15:05:21+00:00

“John Keogh’s has driven the culinary standards ever higher, establishing themselves as a beacon of good food and good times in Galway’s bustling West End.

The character of the kitchen can be seen in their distinctive signature dishes – nut crusted duck cake; whiskey-cured salmon; Guinness and Clew Bay oysters – but in truth, everything about John Keogh’s is distinctive and dynamic.”

John and Sally McKennas’ Guides

Award-Winning Gastropub Experience

In just two years, multiple national awards and a core local customer base have combined to make John Keoghs – The Lock Keeper one of Ireland’s best-loved gastropubs and social get together destinations.

In 2017 John Keoghs – The Lock Keeper was named as one of Irelands best gastropubs by Hospitality Ireland, the Westend pub took home gold at the Irish Pub Awards by winning Best Pub Food and Best Customer Service in Connacht. The accolades didn’t stop here with The Irish Independent naming John Keoghs in their Top 20 Gastro Pubs in Ireland, John and Sally McKenna are also big fans stating that “The extraordinary transformation of Galway’s food and hospitality cultures can be seen through the prism of the success of John Keogh’s – The Lock Keeper.

Our food is a celebration of life on the west coast, the close association with the land and sea. A commitment to locally sourced produce, working with Galway fishmongers and west of Ireland butchers means that the food reflects the season and our Galway address.

We work with people who are vested in being sustainability better, appreciating the fish that is caught fresh and using that in our dishes as well as only having in-season fruit and veg. Desserts are prepared freshly in-house daily by our own pastry chef.

The bars at John Keoghs are filled with snugs and partitions with genuine pub antiques individually sourced from around old pubs Ireland. This along with an open fire and award-winning customer service ensures you will receive a warm welcome every time.

Call us now to make a reservation on +353 (091) 449 43

Food is a major part of the business & the menus change regularly with all the emphasis being on local and fresh.

The private area can cater for up to 120 people. Gastropub-style fayre is served from 5 pm – 9 pm, seven days a week.

Are there vegetarian dishes?2018-09-18T13:13:11+00:00

Yes. We have a number of veggie starters, veggie main courses including handmade ravioli and a number of veggie side dishes.

Who owns John Keogh’s – The Lock Keeper?2018-09-17T15:53:00+00:00

Matt Hall owns the business. It opened in March 2016.

Do you have gift vouchers?2018-09-17T15:52:32+00:00

Yes, in any denomination. Please contact us by phone or email to purchase gift vouchers.

Email – info@johnkeoghs.ie    |    Phone – (091) 449 431

What time is food served?2018-09-17T15:51:10+00:00

Monday to Friday 5pm – 9pm.

Saturday & Sunday 1pm – 9pm

Do you take reservations?2018-09-17T15:48:03+00:00

Yes. 7pm-8.30pm is usually the busiest time for reservations. You can have a drink at the bar if there is a wait for a table during peak service time. Alternatively come in between 5-7pm where you will never or rarely ever have to wait for a table.

What kind of food does John Keogh’s serve?2018-09-17T15:46:11+00:00

European dishes using local and seasonal ingredients where possible. Led by Chef Joe O’Flaherty the menu has a close association with the land and sea and comprises a selection of the freshest seafood dishes along with high-quality steaks and burgers. Desserts are homemade by the in-house pastry chef.

What about Large Parties?2018-09-18T13:11:13+00:00

John Keogh’s can take reservations for bookings from 1 to 25 people. Private and semi-private areas are available for groups of any size up to a maximum of 120 pax. If you are interested in hosting a private event, please contact us to discuss options. Visit our Parties page for more information.

Who designed the interior?2018-09-18T13:10:09+00:00

Matt Hall

How many seats does the restaurant have?2018-09-18T13:09:30+00:00

About 100.

Dress code?2018-09-18T13:08:52+00:00

Absolutely none.

What is the waiting time for walk-ins?2018-09-18T13:08:16+00:00

This varies greatly but 7pm – 9pm is usually the busiest time. You can always call ahead that evening and speak with our host, who will let you know how busy we are.

Where can guests park?2018-09-18T13:07:45+00:00

Parking can usually be found on streets in the neighborhood. The Claddagh Car-park located at Jury’s Inn is also just a 5 minute walk away.

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