The top five spots to load up on delicious sugar while visiting Wexford
It is always good to know where you can get that sugar hit after a morning adventure around Wexford. Glorious cake and sweet treats are part of a balanced life and we should champion the places that get it right. Below are five spots around Wexford that serve a great range of cakes that delight, entice and excite everyone. All serve a lovely selection of gluten free cakes as well. Think light and fluffy meringues, creamy and airy cheesecakes, perfect crusted apple and rhubarb tarts with a buttery shortcrust pastry, moist and citrus polenta slices that deliver that zing we all need in the afternoon to wake us up! Not forgetting luscious soft fruit treats throughout the summer months coming from our great strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry and blackcurrant growers in Wexford like Wheelock Fruits, Greenhill Farm, Green’s Berry Farm and Ballykelly Farm.
Did you know Wexford is known as the soft fruit county of Ireland? Strawberries and cream is the dessert of the summer here in Wexford.
The Cracked Tea Pot
Quay Street, New Ross, County Wexford
00353 (0)87 215 3744
If you are a fan of vintage crockery and drinking tea from a fine china cup and saucer, this is your place to go. Owner and head chef Tina O’ Dwyer makes some of the best cakes in the county. Her cakes are light, fluffy and hit the right sweetness notes. You will find things like old fashioned Victoria sponges with raspberry jam and cream, soft lemon polenta cake, rich chocolate brownie and a great apple tart. Sweet treats change regularly here as Tina is a huge supporter of using local produce like butter, free range eggs and buttermilk from her sisters farm, Tinnock Farm. Wholemeal flour comes from Ballyminine Mill just outside Enniscorthy – one of Ireland’s oldest working watermills. Much of the fruit used comes from Tina’s own edible garden and neighbouring growers. Have a look at the blackboard behind the counter for a full list of suppliers.
The Wilds Café and Deli
23 Weafer Street, Enniscorthy, County Wexford
00353 (0)53 923 7799
The cool kid on the block here in Wexford. At the top of Weafer Street in Enniscorthy sits a beautiful landmark building which was once a school. You will not miss it, it has a green copper pointed roof! Paula Asple has created a beautiful contemporary oasis which acts as a café, deli and interior design store. Sweet treats here are simply delicious with everything made fresh in house by Chef Rose and her team. The kitchen is a big fan of using local and seasonal produce. You will find desserts like a gorgeous Tuscan orange slice, moist fruit cake, and a lightly spiced carrot cake with a zesty cream cheese frosting. They even stock great chocolate bars made locally by Bean & Goose Chocolates. Coffee here is the best in town as they use one of Irelands much loved coffee roasters, 3fe. For people who can’t take milk in their coffee or tea, they always have alternative milks available.
Partridges Artisan Café and Fine Food Shop
93 / 94 Main Street, Gorey, County Wexford
00353 (0)53 948 4040
A very popular café on the main street of Gorey. At the front, there is a food store selling artisan food and drink sourced from producers across Ireland and beyond with a deli of farmhouse cheeses, a superb selection of wines, chutneys, jams and more. As you walk in the café door, there is a fine display of home-baked cakes and tarts from light and fluffy meringues, cheesecakes, a lovely range of flavoured scones and muffins, delectable chocolate brownies and much more. Expect queues when you arrive but do not worry, service here is quick and friendly. Many of the cakes and sweet treats are available to takeaway and you can even give them a ring beforehand to make sure you pick up something to want to devour and enjoy.
Sugar & Spice
Main Street, Bunclody, County Wexford
00353 (0)53 937 6388
While you’re on your way back from a day’s adventure around Ireland’s Ancient East, this is the perfect spot to stop off and fuel up on food and treats. You can even pop in here before exploring the countryside and pack a picnic basket of goodies. Linda Larkin and her team are a great supporter of local produce using ingredients from Ballycross Apple Farm, O’Neill Dry Cure Bacon, Gorse Farm, and Wexford honey. As Sugar & Spice is a charming old world bakery, you will find items here that would please everyone – crumble, tarts, chocolate chip cookies, fruit slices, coffee cake and much more. You will definitely find it hard to choose from the sweet temptations on offer. Serious tea drinkers will like it here also, they know how to make a good pot of tea!
Wexford Arts Centre, 20 Abbey Street, Ferrybank South, Wexford town, County Wexford
00353 (0)53 9123795
Tucked away behind an art gallery, D’lush Café is a lovely little café hidden in the Wexford Arts Centre. It is known as one of the best places to get good coffee in Wexford town. The service here is memorable – friendly and smiley. Without doubt it will brighten up your day!
Since opening in May 2006, they have built up a great following by locals and regular visitors to the town. In using a great selection of ingredients sourced from local producers and suppliers, D’Lush make many delicious sweet things and they like to use spelt flour in some of their cakes. Think fruit-laced sponges, moist puddings, baked vanilla cheesecakes with Wexford strawberries, fluffy pancakes with toasted almonds and chocolate sauce. It is worth noting that breakfast and lunch here is a cracker also.