It’s that time of year isn’t it… everyone seems to be either on holidays or excitedly planning for their 2 week break in the sun. No such luck for me this year I’m afraid! Instead I’ll have a couple of little mini breaks in Ireland. We all know when the weather is good there is nowhere quite like our little country – now if only we could get that fab weather back!
I’ve been lucky enough to go to some beautiful hotels around Ireland, in the past 10/15 years we’ve really upped our game I think. The likes of Powerscourt and The Europe are absolutely beautiful hotels in stunning locations…they do come with a hefty enough price tag though! Last weekend myself and my Mam were heading off for the night, and looking for something a bit more affordable we came across The Seafield in Wexford. We booked a package for €280 B & B with an evening meal included. I’d heard various views on the hotel, and the general consensus was that it was pretty good… not all out 5 star luxury but decent none the less.
The added bonus of being so close to Dublin meant it took just over an hour to get there. We were checked in by really lovely reception staff and took in the surrounds of the lobby. Dark velvet sofas with some gold touches give a luxe feel to it.
We decided to grab some lunch first in The Village, their casual dining area.
Unfortunately the service was lacking a bit here, but the food was great. We had a lovely glass of wine each while we waited for our food which was really delicious.
Superfood salad of watercress, butternut squash, blueberries, quinoa, pumpkin seeds and feta
Wild garlic flatbread
Organic Pork Chop with green cabbage & potato
We thoroughly enjoyed our food along with the coffees afterwards but felt it was just slightly overpriced for some lunch. Granted we treated ourselves to some nice wine but the likes of the pork chop and a meat free salad just seems a couple of euro overpriced to us.
We had booked a standard twin room, it was perfectly fine, nothing amazing but then we hadn’t upgraded or gone with a fancy room so couldn’t expect any more. The bathroom was clean and modern and we had a decent view out to the golf course.
The hotel is situated just outside the (very) small village of Ballymoney and one of the perks of the Seafield is that it has it’s own private beach. We took a quick walk down to it and while the weather wasn’t amazing at the time it would be the perfect spot to spend the afternoon should you visit when the sun shines!
They are probably best known as a spa hotel, I’ve certainly heard of it being chosen for many a girly weekend. We decided against treatments but meandered down to make use of the thermal suite. With the sauna, steam room and outdoor jacuzzi it was a lovely relaxing few hours – typically the weather brightened right up once we went back indoors!
Dinner is served in the restaurant area and it was a full house that Saturday evening. It was some of the best food that I’ve had in a hotel restaurant but it has to be said that the service suffered here too. It didn’t dampen our evening as we are happy enough waiting for our food so long as we have a glass of wine to sip over but had we been absolutely famished I think we would’ve been pretty peeved with the long wait time. That said, the food really was pretty fantastic and worth waiting for! I also noted how easy they made it to eat healthy (should you want to!) or with allergies or preferences with plenty of veggie, vegan and gluten free options.
Warm roast vegetable quinoa with red onion hummus and multiseed crackers
Roasted Red Pepper Arancini with courgette spaghetti
Slow braised Wexford Beef with carrot & potato rosti
Lemon tart with Italian meringue, raspberry dust and sugar crisp
Strawberries with meringue, strawberry macaron and strawberry slush
We couldn’t fault the food at all and my plate was cleared after each course (what’s new I hear you say!)
With a wedding on that night and the hotel fully booked I’d thought it could be quite noisy during the night but there was very little disturbance and we slept well in the comfy beds. Breakfast in the morning was self service and had plenty of choice… while I’m sure you guys are more interested in the sausages and rashers I’m afraid I only availed of the veggie options and I wasn’t left wanting. There was a large selection of fruit, cereals, yoghurt, then the hot counter with all the usual choices of sausages, rashers, pudding, eggs, mushrooms etc and then of course the pastry and breads section. After a 3 course brekkie I was full to the brim!
We had a leisurely read of the papers then checked out and hot the road back home. We honestly couldn’t find fault in any aspect of our stay apart from the service in the restaurants and I presume that’s because it was such a busy weekend for the hotel. If you’re looking for a nice hotel with fantastic food for a short break away that doesn’t cost the earth then the Seafield should definitely make your shortlist – but if you like your fancy rooms then I’d push the boat out and go for for an upgrade!
The Seafield Hotel, Ballymoney, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Ph: 00353 53 942 4000