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Autumn Ballymaloe Breather

Two nights Bed & Breakfast with dinner on both nights.

Enjoy tea and cake by the fire in the drawing room or conservatory on arrival. Relax at Ballymaloe for the afternoon or visit the nearby picturesque fishing village of Ballycotton for a breath-taking stroll on the famous Ballycotton Cliff walk. Spend the day relaxing at Ballymaloe House and gardens and enjoy dinner in our dining room both evenings.

Ireland's Blue Book Vouchers are very welcome – complimentary autumnal sparkler on arrival for Blue Book voucher holders.

From €295 per person sharing.


A classic of modern Irish theatre, Catalpa is the story of the daring 1875 whale ship rescue of six Irish prisoners from Fremantle penal colony in Australia - all seen through the vibrant imagination of a screenwriter, the best movie never made!

Catalpa is about heroes and visionaries, political intrigue and personal loyalty, with hot romance, mixed-up rebels and battles at sea. A subversive epic, a celebration of the power of live theatre “lyrical and passionate, satirical and very funny” (Irish Times).

Screening of Hamlet

National Theatre Live presents HAMLET Starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Broadcast from the stage of The Barbican Theatre in London. Shown on a large screen in the Ballymaloe Grainstore.

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Lemon Tart

Make the shortcrust pastry and leave it to rest in the refrigerator.
Preheat the oven to 360F/180C/gas 4. Line an 8” tin with pastry and bake it blind for 15-20 minutes until it is just golden. The tart should be 3/4 cooked. Remove beans, paint base with a little egg white and replace in oven for 2-3 minutes. When it is cooked, let it cool while the filling is prepared. Lower the oven temperature to 150C/300F/gas 3.
Whisk all the ingredients for the tart filling together - the eggs, orange and lemon juice, lemon zest, cream and sugar.

The Darling Buds of May

Apple, pear, hawthorn blossoms are all signaling the warming air and soil. The potential for a sting of frost in the air should be gone completely once May is out. In the garden, we’re busy hardening off annual flowers and planting out vegetables we started in modules in the glasshouse.

Ireland's gourmet revolution: Restaurants, festivals and food trails

Myrtle Allen, who established the restaurant at Ballymaloe House in Cork in the 1960s, is considered by many to be the unofficial patron saint of Ireland's seasonal food movement. Fittingly, Ballymaloe House and its neighbouring cookery school are now also home to the annual Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine (

Give Peas A Chance

Ballymaloe staff are delighted to support Myrtle Allen's grandson Cullys 'GivePeasAChance' initiative.
Cully & Sully know that for good food, you need great ingredients.  Fresh is best when it comes to food.  You can’t get fresher than growing your own.. and it’s easy, even at work.. in fact it’s EasyPEAsy!

Chocolate Roulade with Chantilly Cream

This coeliac friendly dessert is very rich but loved by all.
Preheat oven to 180C.
Line the tin with non stick baking paper.
Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until a pale thick mousse forms.
Melt the Chocolate with the water.
Whisk the egg whites.
Fold the egg mousse into the melted chocolate in 3 stages. Then fold in the egg white.


Ballycotton is a famous fishing village situated approximately 40km (25 miles) east of Cork City. The village is set on a rocky-ledge overlooking Ballycotton Bay. There is a busy fishing pier, working lighthouse and a world-famous lifeboat. As well as a shop & post office, pubs, restaurants, B&Bs and a hotel.

Drift - Works by Michael Mc Swiney

Artistic Alliance aims to align itself closely to artists in the production of exhibitions. We are principally associated with Irish-based artists but have actively sought to work with overseas painters and sculptors. Our exhibitions take place at a variety of locations around Ireland. Thse include Cork City, Dublin, Ballymaloe House and Farm (Shanagarry, Co Cork) and Mount Juliet Estate (Thmastown, Co Kilkenny).


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