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Ballymaloe Country Restaurant in Cork is famous for its no nonsense approach to local produce and seasonal home-cooking.

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Local Produce and Seasonal Home Cooking

Ballymaloe Country Restaurant

Dine at Ballymaloe Country Restaurant

Dinner at Ballymaloe Country Restaurant is a lavish affair, usually consisting of six courses. These include a cheese course, dessert and coffee with petit fours. Ballymaloe Country Restaurant’s own walled garden provides a pick of seasonal vegetables. The folk at Ballycotton land the fresh fish and shell fish that graces the menu. Cork’s local beef, pork and lamb also play a starring role. The cheese trolley, which highlights an array of local specimens in prime condition, and the old fashioned dessert trolley, are very much alive and well at Ballymaloe. Discover More About Ballymaloe Country Restaurant In Our Review Below.

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Stay in the warm Hospitality of Ballymaloe Country House

Relax in this charming family home atmosphere where guests are looked after like real flesh and blood. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave - you'll feel this house is your home, the staff your staff. Accommodation at Ballymaloe Country House is simple and elegant with comfortable beds and fresh flowers brought in from the garden daily, making for a relaxing and peaceful slumber. Breakfast is a feast with the choice of freshly squeezed citrus juices, Ballymaloe home-made mueslis, and a heaving table of fruit compotes and yogurt alongside hot freshly cooked dishes like the Full Irish with Ballymaloe's free-range eggs, or fresh kippers.

Events at Ballymaloe Country House

Christmas at Ballymaloe Country House

Supper Clubs, Wine Tastings and Events

Ballymaloe regularly hold fun social events such as supper clubs, wine tastings and one-offs in the formal dining room, and on busy days and weekends, extends through to a pretty garden room and conservatory extension. They also highlight local suppliers, chefs and crafts people at various events throughout the year. More information can be found on their website.

The Grainstore at Ballymaloe

The Grainstore at Ballymaloe

Music, Theatre, Comedy, Art and More

The Ballymaloe Grainstore is a converted farm building that hosts a plethora of unique events on a regular basis. Featuring popular and lesser known artists, musicians, crafts people and more this modernised unqiue setting is also perfect for Corporate and Private Hire. Early dinner at Ballymaloe House is available for 50 Euro pp for most of the Ballymaloe Grainstore shows. Special mid-week B&B accommodation rates may also available subject to availability.

Sample Menu

Head Chef: 

Jason Fahey

Sample Menu PDF: 

Visiting Info

Breakfast
Breakfast is served daily from 8am to 10.30am.
 
Lunch
Lunch is served at 1.00 p.m.
During the week we offer an ‘a la carte' menu. For residents light meals can be ordered any time during the day through reception.
 
Dinner
Dinner is served between 7.00 pm and 9.30 pm.
On Sunday nights, we serve a buffet style dinner from 7:30pm - 8:30pm, it is a house speciality and is served by the Allen Family.
 
Reservations recommended

 

Our Review of Ballymaloe Country Restaurant

Dinner at Cork’s Ballymaloe Country Restaurant is a pilgrimage to the home of Irish Food. This famous house and culinary accommodation was originally owned by the iconic Myrtle Allen and her husband Ivan.  Ballymaloe House continues to be presided over by the Allen family, and the house maintains Mrs. Allen's ethos of using local produce to produce home cooked dishes in a traditional Irish style.

The lady of the house is still very much part of the Ballymaloe scene, and you will often find Myrtle Allen wandering the public rooms and dining room at breakfast or dinner.

The formal dining room is where dinner is served. At busier times, the dinner service can extend through to a lovely garden room and conservatory extension. Dinner is a lavish affair, usually consisting of six courses. These include a cheese course, dessert and coffee with petit fours.

Ballymaloe Country Restaurant’s own walled garden provides a pick of seasonal vegetables. The folk at Ballycotton land the fresh fish and shell fish that graces the menu. Cork’s local beef, pork and lamb also play a starring role.

The cheese trolley, which highlights an array of local specimens in prime condition, and the old fashioned dessert trolley, are very much alive and well at Ballymaloe. We can only say we are delighted! It means, particularly in the dessert department, you can have a sliver of which ever you fancy - and you will fancy everything!

We enjoyed Myrtle Allen's signature Carrigeen Moss pudding served with brown sugar, a few poached plums and a thin wedge of pear and almond tart. Well, it would've been impolite to refuse, now wouldn't it?

The wine list is extensive and takes ages to browse. There's something for everyone, including pre supper fine champagnes, after dinner Port and Madeira, and a comprehensive selection of old and new world wines

After dinner, on weekend evenings especially, guests can retire to the drawing room for after dinner drinks and some entertainment from Rory Allen. You may be asked to join in - this is very much an impromptu session and any guest who has any talent at all may be invited to display it!

This is good Irish hospitality at its absolute best - a real party in the parlour of one of the most famous houses in Ireland.

Read more about Ballymaloe House.

 

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