Head Chef Ben’s Guide to Dining at 1810 Restaurant and Bar in the Imperial Hotel
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Head Chef Ben’s Guide to Dining at 1810 Restaurant and Bar in the Imperial Hotel

Meeting the person behind the culinary magic of a loved Galway restaurant is always a treat. We were honoured to have a coffee, brownie and a chat with the charming Head Chef Ben of Imperial Hotel’s 1810 Restaurant and Bar to learn more about their delectable dining options.

Honest food that is fairly priced sums up their ethos. With the New Evening Menu, Ben and his Team have created a menu that offers something for everyone. Here, everything is cooked to order ensuring that all dietary restrictions can be accommodated with a stunning selection of vegan and gluten free dishes. The attention to detail is outstanding, by using local suppliers, 1810 is dedicated to giving back to their community while simultaneously providing guests with a high quality meal.

Ben tells us; “We are all about being an inclusive restaurant and dining area, we are not aiming for one specific kind of person, we want to be that type of restaurant where we can cater for everyone.” Regardless of a person’s dietary requirements, Ben says of the 1810 restaurant that “there is food here for everyone.” Detailing the work that went into ensuring that their gluten free and vegan options are on par with the rest of the menu, Ben gives credit to his whole team for getting involved in a trial and error process of modifying dishes to suit their clientele’s dietary preferences. Everything on the menu is prepared, cooked and served with their guests in mind and we are confident that regardless of what you order from their menus it will taste absolutely divine.

Served daily 12-3pm, 1810 Restaurant offers the only Carvery Lunch in Galway city. Always prepared fresh on the day, the rich flavours of the traditional roast of the day are truly exquisite. The carvery always has the roast of the day, catch of the day provided by Galway Bay Seafood, the ever-popular guest favourite bangers and mash, and other good quality homestyle staples.

A Head Chef is only as good as the team at their side and it’s safe to say that Ben has found an irreplaceable one. Speaking on this, Ben says; “I have landed on my feet. I do have a wonderful team. With this team here I know I don’t have to worry, I don’t have to stress and we enjoy our service together and it can be hard to say that when things are busy but we do.” He adds; “It’s a kitchen built on respect and trust, and we’ve always got music playing as well.”

Earlier this year, The Imperial Hotel decided to temporarily close the doors on their Zappi’s Restaurant, in a move away from its traditional Italian-style offering. Currently, the space is open daily as a café serving a blend of coffee, pastries and sandwiches, and there is work in progress to reinvent the restaurant further. If you would like to stay updated on all the changes that Zappi’s undergoes, please hit the link here to give them a follow.

The 1810 Bar & Restaurant is also open for breakfast daily from 7.30am. To discover more about the dining options available at The Imperial Hotel and to see their menus in full, please visit their website at www.imperialhotelgalway.ie/dining-drinks or visit them in person on Eyre Square, seven days a week.

Feature photo by Ciarán MacChoncarraige. All other photos courtesy of Imperial Hotel.

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