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Friday Night Hors d’oeuvres Buffet

Our head chef, Gillian, giving the Hors d’oeuvres (first course) buffet a final look over to make sure everything is as it should be before service begins.

The Hors d’oeurves buffet has long been a Friday night tradition at Ballymaloe House. It offers diners an opportunity to taste a selection of seasonal salads, paté’s, terrines and the most delicious local seafood and smoked fish.

It is so popular that many customers visit the buffet more than once before their main course!

Ireland’s Hottest Tickets for 2014

Pól Ó Conghaile lists his top travel tips for Ireland in 2014. Pól is an award-winning travel writer. Based in Ireland, he contributes to National Geographic Traveller, The Irish Independent, Cara and The Irish Examiner among other publications.

At number 7 Pól lists Ballymaloe, where he says:

Jane's Biscuits

If you have a magimix put all the ingredients for the biscuits in together and mix until they form a soft ball. If making these by hand rub the butter into flour and add sugar. Gather the mixture together and knead well.

On a floured surface roll out the mixture until it is about 5mm thick. Cut shapes and place on a greased baking tray. Gather the remaining mixture, knead together again and roll out to cut more shapes. Repeat until all the mixture has been used up.

National Geographic 'Finding Safe Harbor in Cork City'

Susan O'Keefe from the National Geographic recently spent time in Cork City and beyond, including a visit to Ballymaloe House Hotel and Ballymaloe Cookery School

Culinary Adventures in Southern Ireland

Parmjit Parmar, travel writer with the Huffington Post recently spent time in Ireland, more specifically Cork, she wrote the following about Ballymaloe House and the Ballymaloe Cookery School

On the southern coast of Ireland, a 45 minute drive from Ardmore, you'll find Ballymaloe House Hotel and Restaurant. Located in Shanagarry Village, the sleepy rural community is also home to, the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School, established and run by celebrity chef, Darina Allen.

A revolution in Irish food and cooking with Ballymaloe

Sean Dunne from Irish Central, a hugely popular Irish-American website, recently posted a comprehensive article about Ballymaloe.

The revolution in Irish cooking and the uptake in organic wholesome food where the focus is on ingredients, can be credited to one family in Ireland, the Allens.

The family who own the famous Irish cooking school Ballymaloe, are the ones who helped start the revolution towards Irish food with their family run business which now spans four generations.

Hermitage Green to play at Ballymaloe

Hermitage Green's famously energetic live performances are driven by hard-hitting rhythm sections, the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines with dobro meolodies and soaring four-part vocal harmonies.

Ballymaloe wins 'Best Restaurant Wine List & Wine Service' Award

We were delighted to win the nationwide award for 'Best Restaurant Wine List and Wine Service' in the annual wine awards by well known wine writer, Tomás Clancy, published in the Sunday Business Post.

We are thrilled and delighted, and lovely acknowledgement for the great team here at Ballymaloe, and also special to retain the award for the second year running.

Ballymaloe House Hotel celebrates 50 years of Business

This year Ballymaloe House is delighted to be celebrating 50 years in business. In June of 1964, Myrtle Allen first opened the Yeats Room at Ballymaloe, offering guests the opportunity to ‘Dine in an Irish Country House’.

RNLI Fundraising Gala Dinner

The fundraising team for the Ballycotton RNLI are continuing a long tradition and hosting a fundraising dinner at Ballymaloe House Hotel in Cork on Friday 31st January 2014. This year is particularly special as The Allen’s are celebrating 50 years of business at Ballymaloe House and it would not have happened at all if Mrs Myrtle Allen had not first met Ivan Allen at an RNLI dinner in Ballymaloe House Hotel, then owned by The Simpsons.

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