Well, it has been quite some time since I have written about a dining establishment. And, as I recall, I have never done anything on a lunch place, or, if I have, it has not been often. But here goes…
I was strolling the streets of Wexford the other day with my Muse, and, as it was a little after midday and we were just a tad peckish, we were on the lookout for a place to dine. When it comes to lunch, I really am pretty relaxed as to what I desire. As we Aussies say, “Just a decent ‘Sanger’ will do me fine.” But, as most of you blokes know when you are with Her indoors, you always want to find a place that is just a tad better than what you would and do accept.
As The Better Half is an expert on research when it comes to finding the best places to eat (and for that matter stay), I leave the suggestions totally up to her – and, in this case once again, she came up with the goods.
We had just spent the last few days staying in what was the most beautiful village and hotel on the East Coast countryside, so the bar was set pretty high for the rest of the trip. For a transitioning experience before heading back to Dublin, we decided to spend the day in and around the city of Wexford.
The lunch establishment was called Button & Spoon, and, although it was close to 2 pm, the place was packed. Now, those who know me know I am not a fan of queues or waiting for service of any kind, but… having received a warm and welcoming greeting from the owner, we waited and it was not long at all before a table was found for us.
You know how there are times when you enter an establishment and it just feels right? Well, this was the case here. The place was very much a family run dining experience with not only a husband and wife, but also a delightful daughter working the floor.
The atmosphere was like taking a step back in time and visiting my Nana’s place, as it was a tearoom full of beautifully displayed tea artifacts on all the walls. They were so delightful to look at, you actually DO find yourself going back in time and remembering visiting one’s grandmother for afternoon tea – nostalgia at its best.
When it came to the actual food it was just delicious. Well, you may ask, “How can a sandwich be that good?” but it was, and so was the gal’s soup and everything else that we had. The whole time we were there the place was busy, and the atmosphere buzzing with everyone getting the same attention and great service. I was that impressed, so much so, that we did not leave without me spending more money on an add-on (or treat if you must know), and there was plenty of chocolate to coffee just to mention a couple. I am always interested how businesses can upsell and that was the case well and truly here.
Now I know that my readers are from all over the world, and that most of you will probably never visit Wexford, Ireland, BUT, if you do and it is around lunchtime and you are feeling a little peckish, look for Button & Spoon. And if you do not like it, send me the bill and I will pick up the tab for you. If, on the other hand, you do enjoy, tell the owners that the old bloke – who recently visited and was from Down Under accompanied by the beautiful, stylish, younger American woman – said hello.
Stewart (and Squeeze)