Greenacres brings world of fine dining to your doorstep

Published 25/03/2014 | 05:30

Team leader Donal Morris with colleagues Jacqueline White and Sarah Culleton at Greenacres.
Team leader Donal Morris with colleagues Jacqueline White and Sarah Culleton at Greenacres.

GREENACRES is the home of Fine Wine, Fine Food and Fine Art in Wexford. Located in Selskar, Wexford the premises is a beautiful blend of old and new, it is a veritable wonderland for lovers of wine, food and Art.

The business employs in the region of 30 staff. It is a business with deep Wexford roots through its owner James O'Connor, whose family have been at the heart of life and business in the town for generations. Going back to 1860 the family has been involved in building, baking, the legal business and general grocery business.

James is the fifth generation of his family to carry on business in the town starting with MJ O'Connor his great, great-grandfather and Joanna Murphy from Castlebridge who established what was Frank O'Connor & Co Ltd at 54 North Main Street Wexford, trading as bakers, grocers and confectioners.

James opened Greenacres in the current premises in 1985 and together with his wife Paula, and co-director Donal Morris they have managed to develop the business to its present position.

James and Paula's children James, Patrick and Louise are now working at Greenacres when college hours permit and so the sixth generation is now involved.

Donal Morris heads the team, which includes a wealth of experience in the retail and hospitality sector. Those involved include Richie Trappe, Jacqueline White, Veronica Roche, Julie Barlow, Sean Tobin, Clint Englebrechten and Sarah Culleton.

In 2005, the property that housed the family's legal business was transformed and extended into the magnificent building that it is today.

Greenacres Wine List is the finest in the country stocking over 2,000 wines and James and Donal regularly visit their producers all over the world to ensure the quality and standard of the wines are maintained.

The Michelin-recommended Greenacres restaurant is one of the most popular in the south east. It is located on the ground floor, surrounded by shelves of the world's finest wines. The ambiance is friendly, relaxed and is enhanced by the helpful service of the very committed floor team.

The food is prepared under the watchful eye of local chef, Richie Trappe and locally sourced supplies are used wherever possible. Wexford Creamery, Anna Zuegel, Noel Doyle, Meyler Fish, Tom O'Leary, John Fortune, Ballycross Farms, Greens Berry Farm and Ambrose Murphy provide a regular supply of fine produce. In addition to these supplies, Pallas Foods who source products throughout Ireland, deliver to Greenacres seven days a week if necessary. Greenacres is now also sourcing supplies direct from the cheese markets in France on a weekly basis.

Its state-of-the-art exhibition space continues to be one of the busiest galleries in the country and the regular exhibitions constantly provide a visual treat to those that visit.

The galleries are also used as a very successful venue for events such as wedding parties, book launches, family gatherings and also very successful musical and comedy shows.

Greenacres is now launching its own range of preserves all made from traditional family recipes.

These are all available for sale in the shop and to taste whether in the restaurant or on the modern terrace on Trimmers Lane and in the bakery Café, the opening of which is planned shortly.

Greenacres opens seven days a week.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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