The Skeffington Arms Galway, or as is better known locally as 'The Skeff' is located in the centre of the city on Eyre Square. It is easily recognisable from the exterior with it's gothic appearance and outdoor seating overlooking the square.
Inside it is a vast area spread over many floors, and traditional wooden panelling and wrought iron railings make it dark and dungeon like. The Skeff has always been famous for it's large selection of craft beers and fun that goes on late into the night, which can often move into their very own night club, Karma.
Recently, following in the footsteps of their sister property Prince of Wales in Athlone they have introduced 'The Kitchen' into The Skeff. Good quality food offering exceptional value for money. With a selection of ten starters ranging in price from €4.95 for their homemade soup of the day with homemade brown bread to €7.95 for their pork belly served in a southern comfort BBQ marinade.
There are a couple of options that can be ordered as a starter or main including both the Caesar salad or the mussels in shell which comes in a cream, white wine and shallot sauce. There is a large selection of main courses and most are around the €13 mark unless you opt for the selection of steaks which are anywhere from €19.95 for the 10oz sirloin to €24.95 for the surf 'n turf.
We went 'en famille' a couple of weekends ago and were delighted to see the restaurant really busy early in the night. I decided to start with The Skeff's famous seafood cake; it was delicious and more fish than potato served with a great side salad while Fred ordered the chicken tikka skewers and the girls shared sizzling prawns for one which came with crusty bread and spicy chicken wings which were nicely presented in a metal bucket and came with a Cashel blue cheese dip.
To follow I decided to try the sizzling chicken fajitas while hubby had the Irish lamb stew and this time the girls both had the Tikka chicken curry with basmati rice and poppadoms. All of the dishes were really good and well presented, but the stew won it on a wet winters evening; it was just as your gran would have made it. But be warned, you need to be hungry as the portions are beyond massive.
When it came to dessert we shared the baked lemon & berry cheesecake and the girls had jelly & ice cream. Two lattee's and were finished for the evening The Skeff is as much about a good night out as food, but it's now a place to have some good comfort food before indulging in the fun that the Skeff is famous for.