Morton’s of Galway
Morton’s of Galway
Purveyors of cheese, fresh fish, bespoke butchering and beautiful breads all washed down with a wonderful selection of wines.
Salthill (beside the Warwick Hotel), Galway
Odd, considering my husband has been baking his little heart out here for four years already, that I have not blogged about it before.
A small little shop on the edge of Salthill and only a stones thrown from the beach, you will be surprised to find so much crammed into this little shop.
Maybe I was just waiting for him to settle in? To make sure that he liked it enough to stay there?
When we moved back home to Galway in 2008, it took him a long time to settle.
The first place he worked at was too big, the second place treated their employees like dirt, and now – just like Goldilocks – this little gem of a shop seems to be just the right fit for himself.
It’s the cake job really – as he only works Monday through Friday from 8am – 2pm and has weekends and bank holidays off.
His baking day starts the night before … at 7:30pm he starts a mix called ‘Poolish’ which is used for his daily white breads which consist of Ciabatta, Foccaccia and Pizza.
He also keeps his sourdough fed here at home and another tub of it at work and makes several loafs of beautiful Sourdough each day – selling an 800g loaf for €2.00.
The prices on the other breads range from €1.50 – €3 per loaf.
Aside from all the bread, they also make a delicious selection of ‘foods-to-go’ each day and this is where the shop becomes a one-stop-shop kinda place.
Traditional dishes like Fish Pie, or Shepherds Pie and a couple of Pasta dishes line the shelves, and occassionally Paella is thrown in to the mix – keeping it affordable at €5.99.
It is the kind of shop you almost have to go out of your way to pay a visit too – due to the location and it not being city-centre – and I just wanted to let you know that it is certainly worth your while.
Eric Morton, the owner, has excellent taste and passion for wines. You can see this with the selection he has on offer. The wines are priced well and there are always a few gems in the bargain bin.
He’s a dab hand at selecting cheese too – so if you are trying to put a birthday basket together for someone, or even a small hamper for your Mum on Mothers day (March 30th in Ireland) then seek him out for a bit of advice. He is only too happy to help and they make gorgeous gift baskets. Hint hint honey …
Over at the deli counter the Morton’s crew are ready and willing to take your loaf of bread and turn it into a nice big fat sandwich. They have a fine selection of cured meats, cheeses and roasted veggies for you to choose from. If the sun sticks around, I reckon this is the best place to grab a to-go lunch and hit the prom for a lovely walk filling your lungs with the sea air.
Morton’s is less than a fifteen minute (with long legs) walk from Galway city centre and if you have never popped in for a visit, now is a great time because the bread is just popping out of the oven!
He also does speciality birthday cakes etc. so ask for Ron when you stop in – he loves to talk bread with anyone.
That’s all for today folks …
I just submitted my first ever effort at a radio documentary – it turned out alright. Have a listen if you have 30 minutes to kill on your daily commute.
We are finally starting to see a little sun here in the West and with only a few more weeks of class left to finish up my MA in Journalism … I have spring fever . .
Watch out world .. hibernation has ended!
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