Under the stewardship of Mary Codd, General Manager, The Yard presents a lesson in day and night time dining. Enter through the yard from whence the restaurant is named. Rather more a stylish enclosed patio, alive with verdant greenery, ivy covered walls, and a real olive tree in the corner. During the day, customers enjoy this sheltered spot. In the evenings, it becomes quite Mediterranean, with flickering candles and soul and jazz on the CD. Heaters keep you snug in colder months.
French doors lead into the main dining room. Designed in one of the extended old town houses of Wexford’s George’s Street, with original windows to the front and a light open space to the rear. Furnishings have been gathered from antique shops and bric a brac outlets. Nothing really matches and it’s all pretty cool. The loos here are must see. The optical illusion in the sloping effect of the tiles could make you think you’ve had one too many glasses of wine! During the day there is a further entrance on the main shopping street – through The Little Yard Café, Tapas and Wine Bar. (see separate review)
Mary manages with aplomb. Peter cooks with style. He’s lucky because the owner of The Yard has a managed French Potage garden bearing a plethora of seasonal fruits, herbs, salads and vegetables. That’s the starting point for the menu. Top that with meat from the local butcher, fish from suppliers in coastal Wexford, free range chicken, Irish farmed pork and extra veggies from a north county Dublin grower and wholesaler. There is plenty to play with and imagination to create.
Lunch is well priced and extensive in choice. From a bowl of soup, to a full on main – The Yard Burger being the house speciality. At dinner, the culinary tempo picks up with a mix of modern Irish and eclectic specialities. A good value daytime specials menu runs, as does an Early Bird menu priced for two or three courses. On Thursdays and Fridays, the set four course Table d’Hote menu is very affordable. Desserts are all made in house and seasonal in style. The Irish cheeseboard is served in tip top condition. Well priced wines by glass and bottle and Irish craft beers support the food choices. Great dining in Wexford’s own back yard.