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Simnel Cake

Simnel cake is a light fruit cake with two layers of almond paste or marzipan, one in the middle and one on top, that is toasted, and traditionally eaten at Easter but will last a long time in the unlikely event it's not eaten quickly. 

27th Cork French Film Festival event Candlelit supper & screening of The Hundred Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren

Set in the South of France, this stunning film starting Helen Mirren centers on culinary whiz Hassan, whose father opens a curry house across the street from a celebrated French restaurant, owned by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).

Food and culture wars ensue with hilarity.

Produced by Steven Spielberg and Opera Winfrey.

To Buy Early Bird please add them to your order during checkout.

TICKETS €55 for Dinner & Screening.
Screening only for €10

Des Bishop: Grey Matters

We are delighted to welcome comic Des Bishop for his first stand-up show in the Grainstore on 16 March - the night before St. Patrick's Day holiday.  

Behind the scenes at Ballymaloe

Launch of new photographic book: ‘Ballymaloe, a Day in the Life’by Daphne Spillane.
LAST Sunday, the Grainstore, Ballymaloe, played host to the launch of a photographic book, depicting a day in the life at Ballymaloe House. Rachel Allen performed the official launch, alongside author Daphne Spillane.

A wine tasting with a difference

We are all looking forward to welcoming Maximilian Riedel to Ballymaloe for a Riedel glass comparative wine tasting taking place on Thursday 12th November, 7.30pm in the Grainstore at Ballymaloe. Maximilian Riedel represents the 11th generation of the Riedel family who have been making wine glasses. The Riedel company specialise in wine glasses as well as glasses for all other types of drinks, something they have fine tuned over the past 11 generations.

Chocolate Cake

Beat the butter with the sugar until pale and light in texture. Beat the eggs. Grate the chocolate and mix with the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Add to the butter mixture a little at a time, alternating with additions of beaten egg. Mix in each addition well. Finally, add the vanilla essence and enough milk to make a soft batter. Turn into a greased and floured 23cm (9in) tin, the bottom lined with a butter wrapper cut to fit. Bake until set, 50 minutes approx., in a moderate oven, 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Cool the cake and split in two.

Autumn Break with Cookery School Demo

Escape to Ballymaloe for a night of good food and comfort. With a delightful cookery demonstration either on the day of, or the day following your arrival.

Ballymaloe's cookery demonstrations are world renowned and you will be taught by some of Ireland's most acclaimed chefs

Your stay in Ballymaloe house is sure to relax both the body and mind. This package includes a 5 course meal.

From €235.00 per person sharing

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.


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