The King’s Head Pub & Bistro

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The King’s Head is run by Paul Grealish and his wife, who together have many years’ experience in the hospitality industry, with career spells in significant establishments at home and abroad. Their time in Japan gave both a love of the freshest foods and ingredients. They brought that philosophy home to Galway, using it to update then completely reinvent the menu in the pub and bistro. The two establishments are very much connected, with the Grealishes at the helm of both. The two adjoining venues offer completely different dining experiences but share one ethos: to produce the best quality dishes u Read More


Galway city centre always seems to have a buzz about it. No matter when you visit, the pavement café culture thrives, buskers strum their instruments on every street corner, and tourists abound. In the heart of the Latin Quarter, The King’s Head Pub and Bistro is a place anyone with even a remote interest in history and a quest for culinary excellence must visit.

The pub is around 800 years old and has direct links with King Charles I and his execution. The original fireplace is still intact and houses a roaring fire. Old flagstones and a potted history in the bar give a taste of the heritage of this building, one of the oldest in Galway, its age visible in its quirky architectural lines. The Kings Head Pub and Bistro is owned and managed by Mary and Paul Grealish and their family since 1989.


Food at The King’s Head is gastropub grub at its best.

Expect a varied menu, starting with a full Irish breakfast with delicious sausages, rashers, and black and white puddings from the local butcher. At lunch and dinner, local seafood abounds like Clarinbridge oysters, Galway lobster, crab claws and fresh fish for fish and chips. Lunchtime sarnies here are a cut above – excuse the pun! They include ‘The King’s Club’ which is brown bread with chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and Marie Rose Sauce, served with home cut chips. The Kings Head main courses are wide-reaching in taste terms, loaded with Irish produce. The King Charles Burger is a favourite, made in-house and served with toppings on a genuine Waterford Blaa. After that, you might tuck into a chic dessert from the kitchens of The King’s Head Bistro. Seasonal specials are always featured, so the summer sees lots of fresh Irish berries, while colder months are warmed with comforting, hot and delicious puddings.

Traditional pub life is encapsulated at The King’s Head. There will always be someone to chat to in the true Irish tradition of welcoming hospitality. Live music every evening showcases a mix of trad, rock and folk, along with Irish dancing. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes.


Every dish is from ingredients sourced locally and from the best specialist producers. Lunch and dinner menus at The King’s Head Pub and Bistro proudly state that bread comes from a historic Galway bakery just next door, sausages and other pork products from the butcher down the street, and the batter for the famous fish and chips is made with Galway Hooker beer. All the eggs are free range, beef is Irish and local, smoked salmon comes from Burren Smokehouse in Clare, and seaweed for some of the dishes is sourced in Westport, Co.Mayo.

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