Out To Lunch: Gally’s Bar And Restaurant

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gallysGally’s Bar And Restaurant,

Castlemaine Road

IT’S funny how you forget about some places.

Not too long ago I was travelling to Killorglin and on leaving town, looking to my left, I realised I hadn’t set foot in Gally’s for over six years.

I righted that wrong this week when I had a hankering for a ‘Jackie Healy Rae’ (Kerry rhyming slang for ‘dinner in the middle of the day).

Gally’s is a very welcoming bar with a dark wood interior, cream and red leather seating and attractive hanging light fittings. In other words it’s both cosy and contemporary.

The bar is C-shaped with the restaurant to the back, on the right as you come in. I can see why they do well for parties and private celebrations there. One thing that really struck me about Gally’s is that they are very organised.

The music entertainment is planned out for every Saturday night from now until the end of September, while the staff were very friendly and efficient.

Then there’s the menu.

It pretty much caters for anything you want, with a special, extensive Gluten-free menu for Coeliacs, all kinds of pasta dishes, a breakfast menu, ‘lite bites’, wraps, paninis, sandwiches and that’s before you get to the evening menu. It’s a bit similar to the selection in The Grand Hotel in its scope.

Anyway, there were three lunch specials, roast leg of north Kerry lamb with a mint jus; steamed bacon and a herb-coated fillet of plaice.

Lamb it was. It arrived on a bed of mash with carrots and cabbage in a side dish. The lamb was delicious, with hardly any fat and tasted fresh rather than reheated. The mint jus was a little overpowering for anybody who isn’t a big fan of mint, but I loved it.

The mash was good but the veg was just ok (I thought the cabbage too dry).

I had a cappuccino to finish which – and I hope you’re all sitting down for this – came without the chocolate/cocoa sprinkles. That’s half a mark docked I said to myself, before realising there was a complimentary biscuit on the saucer.

The bill came to €13.45. I won’t wait another six years to return.



One Comment

  1. David Gilbert says:

    Hello TraleeToday,

    My wife and I stayed in Tralee during our recent Ireland holiday in early November and had dinner at Gally’s Bar & Restaurant on Castlemaine Road. Both of our meals were delicious, the service friendly and prompt, and the prices affordable. In fact we want to feature an item from their menu for a dinner party we’re hosting for friends in a few weeks and are hoping they’ll share the recipe.
    I have done a Google search; there is a phone number, but apparently Gally’s doesn’t have a website. We would like to contact the restaurant, but don’t want to incur international phone rates at 1.50 per minute. Noticing your May 2014 article regarding Gally’s, I am hoping you may have a contact person/manager with an e-mail address that you can share, so we can reach out to them. If so, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you from sunny southwest Florida, USA

    David Gilbert