Local Produce and Seasonal Home Cooking
Dine at Ballymaloe Country Restaurant
The Home of Irish Country Cuisine
Stay in the warm Hospitality of Ballymaloe Country House
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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.
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.
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