Meadow & Green has officially opened to some acclaim at the Ballinasloe Golf Club Clubhouse after a tender proceess and shortlisting. It is run by the a trio of Ashley Weily, Gary Rigney, and Head Chef Chris Christians.
Ashley was born and raised in locally his parents have a small nursery on the Aughrim Road ‘Wiley's nursery’. They produce their own plants and flowers giving inspiration to ‘Meadows & Green’.
Earlier in his career, he had also made quite the name for himself in restaurant management starting his career in Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara running the restaurant alongside Michelin star chef Olton Cook, from there he moved to Carton House running the clubhouse there as well as food and beverage in other various restaurants throughout the resort.
The Wineport was where Ashley met Chris and Gary and he took on a Deputy General Manager Role working there for two and a half years before securing a post from Trump’s Doonbeg, acting as Lodge Manager overseeing most of the restaurants in the resort. Ashley broke away from all that in hopes of completing his dream of successfully running his own restaurant.
Gary Rigney from Ferbane holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Leisure Management and spent six years working in the Wineport in Athlone. He had worked with Ashley for two years and was more than willing to start up Meadow & Green
Hailing originally from Johannesburg Chris is a well-renowned Chef with a goal of bringing his unique cuisine to Ireland and indeed the people of the locality.
Chris spoke of his imigration to Ireland where he sees more of chance of growth in this country and a place where he can cement his name as an expert in fine dining. Chris’s model of taking typical clubhouse foods and adding his restaurant twist to it has resulted in an eating experience that has not been experienced by Clubhouse users before.
M&G grow and produce their herbs for the restaurant here adding to the exquisite menu complementing it’s freshness. Their menu consists of a range of different options including Tasty Thai Chicken Salads, Crunchy Rainbow wraps, Porter Pot Pies, Burger Sliders and great seafood and dessert options that are going down well.
The restaurant operates Monday to Sunday with current hours of service being 1 pm to 9 pm. Currently, Meadows and Green are restricted by Outdoor dining in how much they can serve and the meals they can produce with the weather being a crucial factor.
“It has been really good for us these last few week anyways. We have only had one miserable enough day and we have a temporary little marquee there now to help with that. But once we go inside the hours will stay much the same and once, then we will start taking reservations as well,” explained Ashley.
Upon confirmation of indoor dining, there will be additions to the menu giving the M&G a more restaurant feel with the addition of more appetizers and desserts as well as the addition of a Sunday lunch menu.
M&G has enthused the idea of smaller parties up to 30, family dinners and get together and have extended an open invitation to reach out to them.
“I suppose the current times that we are living in, I think now more than ever people want to get out and about and we are happy to be able to facilitate that. It's not just for the golfers coming up here but a group of girlfriends gathering for cocktails, mum and their daughter coming up for coffee, or gathering of mums coming for coffee you must drop the kids to school, or you know it is endless. Whoever wants to come up to the club can come up and we are always happy to look after them ”, Ashley states.
You can get in touch with Meadow & Green on Instagram @meadowandgreenofficial or contact 090 9642126
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