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Griffins Bakery Tea Rooms

21 Shop Street Galway, Galway, Ireland
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Ranked #158 of 346 Restaurants in Galway
Price range: $6 - $14
Cuisines: Irish
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Description: A breath of fresh air, that's what Griffins Tea Rooms on Shop Street Galway is. Griffin's is a family run Bakery founded in 1876, but with beautiful tearooms to the rear. Surround your self in traditional surroundings, Irish language and five generations of Griffins by real open fires and enjoy simple food at it's best. All the breads and soups are made in house .The menu is straight forward; sandwich, baps etc.. but all served on Griffin's own delicious home made breads. While enjoying your meal, one can watch and smell the food parade as piping hot bread and cakes are carried out to the shop past your very eyes. You just cant get fresher anywhere! Their award winning breads make such a difference to the sandwiches with a choice of Wheat, Rye, Mixed Grain, Italian, French and even Gluten free bread for Coeliac's. The friendly pleasant staff take charge, store your buggy for you , supply high stools and provide a very reasonably priced children's menu. The children can do colouring on the children's menu while awaiting their order .Half portions of most products is available with wickedly delicious half portions of Belgian hot chocolate.Going to the modern, spotless toilets was a pleasure and in particular that there are baby changing stations in both Female and Male toilets, a very rare thing these days. The smaller room "The Snug" is also noticably popular with breast feeding mothers where they can enjoy a coffee in privacy, warmth and comfort with their babies. Griffins is a must visit, conveniently located at the end of Shop Street Galway City . Further down Quay Street in Galway is the world famous Mc Donaghs Fish and chips, a must for familys on the go or those with a hankering for delicious fresh fish.Martines Winebar is just across the street and fabulous food there late into the night. If you cross the road at the end of Quay Street, you will find Tamirand Restaurant, another delight for parents with children. They offer fantastic Asian style cuisine &half price menu on everything.High chairs and colouring are provided , they even bring the children to the kitchen to make up their icecream desserts. Christine and the team there are fantastic.
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Sligo, Ireland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

went here a couple of days ago for lunch with husband and child. we were given a cramped table in the corner with a table big enough for one. Asked waitress what soup, was told tomato & pepper, i asked if there was any vegetable, was told no, so ordered soup for child sandwhich for myself, took quite a while... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

When we arrived we had to que for a table inside the cafe. We were told 'there are two on' , which meant that there were two people working in the cafe indoors. Nobody came near us so we decided to sit outside which meant ordering and paying up front to the shop assistant. I ordered the mini breakfast and... More

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Cobh, Ireland
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This was a great treat for my friend and myself. We did not know about the bakery before our trip to Galway. We wee peckish for a sandwich and boy were we blown away by the flavours of the sandwiches we ordered on freshly baked bread. It was a delight and we will return

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Another great restaurant on offer in Galways local indie scene. The smaller restaurants and cafes are really the ones to eat in in galway. We went to some of the big pubs and it doesn't seem like the real galway experience.Here i just had some savory pasteries and tea with my fellow travellers. We got a pot of delicious loose... More

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We had a late lunch there. Service a bit hectic but there were so many people there... You can make your own sandwich, nice menu The building itself is peculiar, lovely We bought scones to go as well which were really delicious!

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Wexford, Ireland
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We had been told of the great and wonderful Griffins Bakery so were really looking forward to a hearty lunch on a wet and cold day in March. We were disappointed to say the least. The food was average, not traditional and the "home bakes" were poor.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Going to griffins for years and always liked their bread and cakes. Popped in on quite Sunday morning to get take away pastries. We stood there, alone while three members of staff rushed around us making coffees for two people sitting outside and not one of them made eye contact or said they would be with us shortly...in the end... More

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East Lansing, Michigan
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75 reviews 75 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We went there both last year and this year... last year they had these wonderful cookie monster cupcakes/cookies but they don't have them this year... my kids loved these (despite the blue frosting). this year we can only get gingerbread cookies. my kids still scarf them up but they are nothing special (and much more expensive than what we can... More

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Galway, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Best cup of tea in Galway. Good choice for breakfast and lunch. Lovely cakes and pastries. Visit here very often but is a little on the expensive side. Can also buy cakes and bread to take home.

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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I stopped in Griffin's every morning while in Galway for breakfast. Yes the tables have less space between them than many restaurants, especially compared to those in North America but there's enough space and it's cozy and part of the charm. I sat with 4 people at our table and we were perfectly comfortable. I believe we all ordered vegetarian... More

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