The pristine country town pub with a great welcome, nice drinks, and delicious food. That’s what you will find in Rachel Rafterys’ bar, in the centre of little Craughwell. The bar has been in the hands of the Raftery family for four generations, and the family have maintained the pub with fastidious care all that time: it’s a place where everything gleams. But what shines brightest is the cooking. Ms Raftery and her team are pernicity with their food, and it shows, and you can summarise why this food works in a single word: care. Care in the sourcing of the ingredients, care in the cooking of those ingredients, and care that the customer should have a delicious and enjoyable experience, whether you are having a steak burger with bacon and cheese and a glass of Galway Hooker for Sunday lunch, or trying the bacon and cabbage with parsley sauce. Dishes that have become clichés elsewhere – seafood chowder, or smoked salmon salad for instance – are cooked here with precision and attention to detail that makes them captivatingly delicious. Raftery’s is simply delightful, and you will cherish every moment spent here.
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