Galway Michelin star restaurant Aniar is introducing a weekly Saturday lunch offering starting in the new year.

The four-course lunch menu will cost €55 and will be available on the 31st of December and 7th of January initially, and thereafter every Saturday from the 4th of February. First sitting is at 12 noon with last sittings at 2pm.

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JP McMahon, chef-patron of Aniar, said, “The daytime lunch offering at Aniar is an answer to growing demand. It will give diners a similar experience to our evening menu albeit with less courses while also making the restaurant accessible.”

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JP adds that the lunchtime opening also coincides with another new initiative: “There has been a recent movement towards making kitchens a more friendly working environment. This needs to be based on action and this is something we feel quite strongly about in Aniar. While our lunchtime opening means more seatings, staff will be given an extra day off during the week resulting in a four-day work week without a drop in pay.”

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Aniar creates contemporary Irish dishes that showcase the unique terroir of the west of Ireland. It was awarded its first Michelin star in 2013 which it has retained every year.

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Aniar is located at 53 Lower Dominick Street, Galway. For more information and reservations see www.aniarrestaurant.ie, phone 091 535 947.