Galliford's Fifth Anniversary Year
The Brewer family, owners of Galliford’s Restaurant and Southwick’s Zoo have always put the experience of their guests first with the restaurant being no exception. The construction of the restaurant began in 2015 with an official groundbreaking in June of that year. With heart and soul invested, the restaurant opened to the public in February of 2017. The building boasts over 5,000 square feet of carefully designed space on each of the three levels, including 6,000 feet devoted to the main restaurant area, providing comfortable seating for over 150 guests. Additional spaces in the building include a lower-level private function room leading out onto a beautiful patio area overlooking the zoo grounds as well as business offices and a boardroom on the top level.
Galliford’s Restaurant and Tavern is named in loving honor of Robert Galliford Brewer. Robert Brewer was the patriarch of the Brewer family, and without his guidance, Southwick’s Zoo would not be the popular New England attraction that is today. His family felt naming the restaurant in his honor was a fitting tribute to his legacy.
The family and staff at Galliford’s Restaurant and Tavern have worked tirelessly over the past years, including the recent challenging years with navigating covid. Southwick's Zoo Director of Food and Beverage, Tracey Lamb has over 40 years of international experience in the Food and Beverage Industry and working for the Brewer family; Head Chef, Nick Violette is a seasoned culinary veteran with an incredible talent spanning over 30 years; Banquet Chef, Louis Forti a first class chef with an extensive resume; and Private Events Manager, Sarah D’Alessandro whos’ invaluable years of experience includes work with the Viacom in New York City and Red Carpet Events in Las Angeles, California.