Wexford Restaurants Featuring Local Produce

Wexford’s mild weather, proximity to various ports like Kilmore Quay and Duncannon, and fertile farmland allows the Model County to compete with world-class local produce like fruit, vegetables, meat and fish.

Here at Taste Wexford, we want you to experience a memorable food experience, and so with that we have compiled a list of eateries in County Wexford that firstly, obtain some of Ireland’s award-winning chefs, and secondly, use some of County Wexford’s fresh and nutritious local ingredients from leading Wexford producers in their culinary delights.

Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey

The Rowan Tree Restaurant which sits itself in the 4* Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey has been awarded an AA Rosette for the quality of the produce used in their swish dishes. The restaurant takes pride in the freshest of ingredients being used throughout their recipes, and endeavours to value the service of County Wexford’s produce being delivered directly to their kitchen on a daily basis.

The head chef, Val Murphy, creates seasonal dishes from a variety of fresh, local produce from their own Redmond Family Farm, amongst other artisan producers. Their farm supplies many of the salad materials, vegetables and beef used in the kitchen and the family business actually saw themselves as finalists in the 2016 Bord Bia Origin Green Sustainable Producer Awards and took away the award for the Most Sustainable Dairy Calf to Beef Production.

Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens, New Ross

Mark and Emma Hewlett’s peaceful and relaxing late Georgian country house offers profound quality in the home produce grown on their own grounds. The attentiveness that Emma and Geraldine, top chefs at Kilmokea, put into the care of the food and goods they prepare for their guests, using locally sourced and organic (where possible) produce, is next to none. 

The vegetables and salads that are incorporated into the fresh and nutritious dishes at Kilmokea are either cropped straight from their onsite vegetable garden, or provided by Mary Regan of Regan Organic Farm, a leading producer in County Wexford for the quality in organic chickens and organic pigs they produce.

Take a look at Kilmokea’s sample menu and indulge in a delicious meal in the country manor’s Peacock Dining Room

Roast Beetroot & Orange Garden Salad of mixed leaves & herbs with a balsamic & honey dressing

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Fillet of MonkFish baked with garden herbs & Lemon and served with a herb champ and a reduction

Main courses are served with Organic vegetables en papillote & roast potatoes

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Chocolate Mousse

Made with organic eggs and chocolate, served with Organic Strawberry Parfait

Killiane Castle Country House & Farm, Wexford Town

Kathleen and Jack Mernagh’s magical, yet exceptional farm B&B on the outskirts of  Wexford Town is ideal for those looking to enjoy and incorporate an abundance of fresh local Wexford produce into their diet with a visit to the country house.

Breakfast is a buffed feast of home-baked goods and produce fresh from their farm, which includes their own eggs, sausages and bacon. They also serve seasonal ingredients from their garden, as well as substantially exquisite honey from their own beehives. The remainder of ingredients used across their splendid breakfast spread include a variety of high-quality local producers like Duncannon smoked salmon and Wexford Creamery Cheddar, which sits itself just 2 miles down the road. 

Georgina Campbell stated that the “local, foraged and home-produced foods provide the background story of chef Andrew Duncan’s pleasing restaurant in the centre of Gorey.” Andrew, the only chef on duty, has worked his way through Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and The UAE in some of the finest Relais and Châteaux hotels and Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants, and now sits comfortably as chef and owner of Table Forty One in the heart of the town. 

After trialling and testing the food industry throughout his life and career, it is clear that Andrew prides himself on the efforts he puts into sourcing the best local ingredients of each season to use across his delicately eloquent dishes in Table Forty One. While he tries to give his guests and visitors the best seasonal variety and thrives on the idea of changing the menu regularly to give each foodie a different experience each time. Andrew strives to give his guests a ‘fine dining experience, without the fine dining pretentiousness.’ 

La Côte Seafood Restaurant, Wexford Town

This contemporary seafood restaurant owned and run by Michelin-trained chef Paul Hynes and his wife Edwina offers Irish seafood with a modern European influence.

Acclaimed Best Restaurant and Best Chef for County Wexford at the 2018 Irish Restaurant Awards, La Cote also is holder of the L’Assiette Michelin, or Michelin Plate, indicating a restaurant of noteworthy, quality food.

The menus are inspired by the fresh local produce that can be gathered locally from land and sea, and sourced by dedicated food producers, farmers and chefs.

Table Forty One, Gorey

Georgina Campbell stated that the “local, foraged and home-produced foods provide the background story of chef Andrew Duncan’s pleasing restaurant in the centre of Gorey.” Andrew, the only chef on duty, has worked his way through Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and The UAE in some of the finest Relais and Châteaux hotels and Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants, and now sits comfortably as chef and owner of Table Forty One in the heart of the town. 

After trialling and testing the food industry throughout his life and career, it is clear that Andrew prides himself on the efforts he puts into sourcing the best local ingredients of each season to use across his delicately eloquent dishes in Table Forty One. While he tries to give his guests and visitors the best seasonal variety and thrives on the idea of changing the menu regularly to give each foodie a different experience each time. Andrew strives to give his guests a ‘fine dining experience, without the fine dining pretentiousness.’ 

The Wilds Cáfe, Enniscorthy

The Wilds Cáfe & Lifestyle Shop in the town of Enniscorthy is a multi-award-winning Café which serves the finest artisan roasted coffee, loose-leaf teas, home-baked cakes and seasonal brunch menus. All their ingredients are sourced with great care and attentiveness to selective quality local produce, giving the visitor the best possible food experience and indulging in the array of local produce that County Wexford has to offer. The Wilds pride themselves on incorporating only local Wexford and Irish food producers and suppliers into their breakfast and brunch dishes.

On their brunch menu, many gastronomic treats are available, much like the likes of Stafford’s Wexford Angus Beef Burger with O’Neill’s Bacon, Wexford Cheddar, The Wilds tomato relish, YOLA sourdough bun, and Gorse Farm organic leaves. What’s not to love?

Are you hungry yet? 

Inarguably, County Wexford has a wide array of award-winning local food producers and certainly take pride in the work they do to ensure all in the sunny south-east are fed well. Make sure to stop by one of the local restaurants and eateries that use Wexford local produce to enjoy a #TasteofWexford