24 Hours in Wexford – The Best Places to Eat, Drink and Sleep
Part of Ireland’s Ancient East, Wexford boasts dramatic landscapes, stunning sea views and a rich history.
Known as the ‘Sunny South East’, this beautiful coastal area is filled with quaint fishing villages like Kilmore Quay and Duncannon, as well as fascinating spots like the Dunbrody Famine Ship and Tintern Abbey to name a few.
Wexford has an abundance of family friendly activities, charming towns to explore, romantic hotels and some of Ireland’s best seafood. With so much on offer, we’ve put together a list to cater for all tastes.
D’Lush Café, run by Eugene Rockett, is the perfect spot for a healthy and wholesome lunch. Enjoy local and organic produce, daily specials and sweet treats like homemade scones and crêpes. They serve up freshly ground coffee sourced from ethical traders to help kick-start your day with a delicious caffeine fix.
The famed Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa has opened a new café less than 10 minutes from the hotel. Kelly’s Café is committed to using Irish suppliers and serves up great breakfast options and tasty lunches, including stone baked pizza, fresh salads and homemade pies and quiches. Named in John and Sally McKenna’s Guide as one of the Top 100 Casual Restaurants in Ireland, it is an absolute must visit café.
Green Acres features a fresh food hall and delicatessen, restaurant, art gallery and a world class wine cellar, making it a truly unique dining experience. Visitors can choose from breakfast, early bird and a la carte menus in a relaxed setting, while also choosing from the award-winning wine list. The Michelin recommended restaurant is a firm favourite in the south east.
Serving up excellent food and wine in relaxed and informal surroundings, The Yard is a great place for a leisurely lunch. Using fruit and vegetables grown in their own garden, this allows the restaurant to use the freshest organic produce in season. Every Friday and Saturday, The Little Yard serves up Mediterranean tapas to spice up your weekend.
Templars Inn has a growing selection of craft beers, including Wexford’s own Hook Pale Ale. With stunning ocean views on their outdoor patio, the restaurant is famous for its fresh locally sourced seafood from the Hook Peninsula and the surrounding areas of Wexford. It offers casual dining in a family friendly atmosphere and is the ideal lunch spot while exploring the scenic area of the Hook Peninsula.
This contemporary eatery gives diners tasty food in casual surroundings. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, Boa offers craft beers as well as speciality Boa cocktails like the Boa Bourbon and Tropical Spice. Serving up fierce flavours and killer cocktails, it is great for a laid back lunch.
La Côte is a contemporary seafood restaurant in Wexford town run by husband-and-wife duo, Paul and Edwina Hynes. They focus on fresh and seasonal produce with fish arriving daily from Kilmore Quay and herbs and vegetables grown in-house or foraged and sourced locally. This award-winning restaurant is well worth a visit. Read our recent review on this hidden gem.
Wild & Native
Situated on the coast of Wexford, this seafood restaurant delivers a relaxed dining experience. Overseen by owners Jodie and Fergal Dempsey, the menu at Wild & Native is constantly changing and celebrates Irish ingredients like Wexford Lamb and Wexford Bay Mussels. The restaurant won Yes Chef’s award for Best Seafood Ireland 2018.
Aldridge Lodge, located in the picturesque town of Duncannon, offers guest accommodation and a small restaurant owned by Billy Whitty and Joanne Harding. The restaurant is famous for its daily changing menu, inspired by the best local and home grown ingredients. It holds two AA Rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand and head chef Billy has won numerous accolades, including best seafood chef and Joanne has previously been named a Leinster’s Best Restaurant Manager.
Owned by star chef Kevin Dundon, Dunbrody House in New Ross is set on 300 arces of lush parkland. Guests to the stunning hotel can visit the spa, cookery school and enjoy some of Wexford’s best dishes. Diners can feast on homegrown produce from the kitchen’s herb garden and locally caught seafood. Indulge in tasting menus in the Harvest Restaurant or for a more relaxed dining experience, enjoy the charm of the Champagne Seafood Bar and unwind on the sunny terrace.
Simon Lambert & Sons
This lively gastro pub won Wexford’s Pub of the Year 2017 and is conveniently located in the heart of the city. Simon Lambert & Sons is serving breakast, lunch and dinner daily, making sure you will be spoiled for choice. They offer an exciting range of craft beer (be sure to try their award-winning Yellow Belly Beer, which is brewed on site), premium Irish Whiskeys and Gin.
This charming pub in Wexford town is famed for its warm welcome and perfectly poured pints. Maggie May’s is the place to go if you want a fun night out, with live music at the weekends and plenty of craic agus ceol.
The Sky & The Ground
Named after a song by Irish singer Pierce Turner, award-winning The Sky & The Ground is serving up craft beer and whiskey. Winner of ‘Overall Bar of The Year’ and ‘Music Venue of The Year’ at South East Radio’s Hospitality Awards 2017. Known for its regular live music, this pub ensures a memorable night out. When the sun decides to shine, grab your favourite tipple and soak up the atmosphere in the spacious beer garden.
Enniscorthy’s luxurious five star destination spa is an adult only hotel. Nestled in the woodlands of Monart, the hotel ensures relaxation and a fantastic nights’s sleep. The 18th Century Georgian House offers two luxurious suites, boasting vistas that stretch across to Vinegar Hill. The Michelin recommended restaurant serves healthy fine dining to marry with the hotel’s ethos of well being.
The guestrooms at Ferrycarrig Hotel are designed to savour the amazing views of the River Slaney Estuary. Soak up the scenery on the deck of the Dry Dock Bar while enjoying the culinary delights on offer. The hotel is just 3km from Wexford town, making it the ideal base to explore the south east.
The lavish guestrooms at Seafield give way to stirking views overlooking lush parkland, Tara Hill or Ballymoney. The hotel’s Greenroom Restaurant holds two AA Rosettes and the award-winning Ocean Spa was named as Europen Residential Spa of The Year. Pamper yourself in one of the 14 treatment rooms, all designed to cocoon you in luxury.
Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa
This luxury four star resort hotel is situated on Rosslare’s beautiful sandy beach. Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa has a range of dining options. Make sure to dine the award-winning Beaches restaurant. Follow up your decadent meal with nightly entertainment in the Ivy Room. Guests can indulge in one of the many treatments at the Sea Spa or avail of the swimming pool and state of the art gym.
Sinéad is a Culinary Arts graduate from DIT. She is a passionate cook with a love of fine dining and modern Irish cuisine. A gin lover, Sinéad loves seeking out cosy new pubs and sampling a variety of craft beers.
If she’s not dining out, Sinéad loves travelling the world exploring new cultures and cuisines. Working with TheTaste allows Sinéad to fully immerse herself in the Irish food industry.