Malone's Galtee Inn & Off-Licence - Cahir
Malone’s Galtee Inn is located in the centre of Cahir, a small town in Tipperary. Although Cahir is now by-passed on the Dublin-Cork road, it’s remained an ideal and favourite place to stop, especially if you know about The Galtee Inn. Cahir is a picturesque old town, located on the River Suir and dominated by Cahir Castle, which is well worth a visit.
The Galtee Inn is at the social heart of this town. It is a superb pub, restaurant and off-licence and has been in the Malone family for three generations, John being the current owner. From the moment you step inside, it’s a wonderful large Victorian Pub full of original décor and dark wood panelling. The main bar stretches all the way down the centre of the pub with beautiful old fashioned seating booths opposite the bar. It opens early in the morning (from 09.30am), as it’s as famous for its excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, as it is for its creamy pints and great range of whiskeys. There is also a restaurant to the rear of the pub with a very extensive wine selection and private dining rooms upstairs. The bar menu selection is surprisingly extensive and mouth watering for a pub and The Galtee Inn especially prides itself on its locally sourced beef and great steaks. The upstairs dining room can be booked for private groups who want to enjoy a dinner and whiskey tasting evening.
But the real surprise is right next door - Ireland's smallest whiskey bar. The Temperance Bar boasts well over 60 different Irish whiskeys and seats about... 5 people! It feels just like your own private bar and John also has plenty of whiskey books for you to browse through, if you want to educate yourself too. Don't forget to write something in his Temperance guest book - you'll join the ranks of such famous whiskey people as whisky writer Dave Broom and Midleton Master Distiller, Barry Crockett, who have all paid John a visit.
What is without doubt an absolute MUST is John's Hot Irish whiskey. He's been perfecting different recipes for years now and you can chose from Hot Irish with Redmond Honey, Hot Irish with Candied & Marinated Lemon and Cloves or my favourite - Malone's Hot Irish with Caramelised Oranges and Cinnamon. If you only ever drink one Hot Irish whiskey in your life, let this be the one! John keeps the exact recipe for caramelising the oranges a secret, which makes the trip to Cahir for anyone regarding themselves as a foodie even more of a necessity.
The Galtee Inn is always busy with a good mix of locals and people passing through. If you are travelling to or from Midleton Distillery, then there is only one way to go. From Cahir take the R668 via the Knockmealdown mountains to Lismore and then the R627 to Dungourney. It is a very beautiful “mountain” road, which is never ever busy. The views are fantastic all the way to the top, and when you get near Lismore, you have wonderful woodland views, as well as the river, Lismore Castle etc. Dungourney is where the water for the Midleton Distillery comes from (it is also where Midleton are building their new warehouses) so it’s a perfect way to approach the distillery. You’ll never want to go on the M8 motorway again!!
The Galtee Inn operates an off-licence from the pub, with once again, an excellent selection of whiskeys, including whiskeys like Green Spot, one of Ireland's oldest but lesser known whiskey brands. There is something so much more satisfying about buying a good bottle of whiskey in an Irish pub like this, rather than a faceless supermarket or airport shop. When you open that bottle back home, it’s as if the character of the place somehow blends into the character of the whiskey – warm, rich, complex and individual.
So if you are travelling the Dublin to Cork route, do yourself a favour, get off the faceless motorway, stop off for a bite to eat and one of those amazing Hot Irish Whiskeys in Malone's Galtee Inn.
Malone's Galtee Inn - The Square, Cahir, Co. Tipperary
Tel. +353 (0)52 41247