Bill Kelly is well known in the hospitality industry. His Kelly’s Resort Hotel and Spa on the beach in Rosslare has been in his family for generations. This consummate professional has created a magnificent place to stay, eat, and see one of the biggest original art collections in the country.
No surprise then, as a new venture, Bill opened Kelly’s Café at Meadow’s and Byrne at the roundabout in Wexford. It carries the same local and Irish sourcing policy as the hotel. Head Chef, Frenchman Stephane Rochard, has been working at Kelly’s Hotel as pastry chef to Kelly’s Executive Chef Eugene Callaghan for over a decade. He is well versed in what Bill Kelly wants as a casual café food offering in a busy shopping place. Bill’s elegant French wife Isabelle is on hand front of house, ensuring the family run reputation carries through. Her personal touch is a huge bonus here and her French influence has made for some interesting interior design too.The café occupies a bright space – lots of glazing lets in natural light. An eclectic mix of furniture – old French bar stools, sofas, schoolchairs, garden furniture and tables provide a diversity of seating arrangements. Check out the big Chesterfield sofa with old French pewter stove as a coffee table – a good place by the window to relax and watch the happenings. For groups or kids (who particularly choose it), and sole diners at busy times, is a long reclaimed pine trestle table in the centre of the room. A convivial table that encourages conversation.The serve over display counter at Kelly’s is where you’ll see an array of homemade items on the buffet throughout the day. The décor behind is real ‘French kitchen’ with blue and white tiling, hanging wooden boards and big bunches of dried herbs. A blackboard menu gives value for money choices for breakfast options, lunchtime sandwiches, salads, soup of the day, hot dishes and a choice of a couple of quiches – the Quiche Lorraine is a French classic made perfectly by Stephane. Also worth trying are the stone baked Pizzas, which have Stephane’s secret recipe pizza dough, cooked to order in the stone oven behind the service counter. These are thin crispy pizzas – pure bliss in the balance of dough and choice of topping. The salad bar here is a sight to behold – changing daily. Fresh vibrant flavours and appetising creations abound. There’s always a tempting selection of home made pastries too – from morning scones to afternoon tea favourites. Kids have their own special menu. Simply join the queue to browse the counter to see what you fancy. One of the Kelly’s team will be happy to serve you your plate, and recommend if you’re just overwhelmed by choice!
Isabelle’s family have vineyards in France. Choose from two reds and whites by glass or buy a bottle to have with lunch if the fancy takes you. Wines are also available for sale to take home. Other drinks include Ballycross Apple Juices, Irish lemonades and Irish sparkling water. Fresh coffee is made expertly from the stunning Barista coffee machine – a beautiful piece of machinery!Beside the counter, there are wall shelves carrying a small selection of store-cupboard necessaries and treats. French oils, Irish Atlantic Sea Salt, pastas, sauces coffees and teas and chocolate are here. Kelly’s Café is a super addition to this busy shopping location, the destination dining venue after a spot of retail therapy.