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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).

Mothers Day gift

Treat your mum this Mother's day with an overnight stay on March 20th in Ballymaloe House for dinner, bed & breakfast. 
Also enjoy a wonderful afternoon participating in the cake decorating course at Ballymaloe Cookery School on Saturday afternoon. 
We will also give your mum a signed copy of the newly released Ballymaloe Cookbook by Myrtle Allen

1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die

We would like to say a big thank you to Jenny Linford, well respected Freelance food writer, author of 15 books and member of the Guild of Food Writers ( for our entry in a new book she is General Editor of '1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die' 

Ballymaloe House | Archetypal warm Irish hospitality in the home of Ireland’s first family of food.


Cork French Film Festival

As part of the Cork French Film Festival 1st – 8th March 2015
Film Screening @ The Grainstore, Ballymaloe on Friday 6th March at 19.00
France/Italy 2013 
Director: Jonathan Nossiter 
Duration: 86 minutes
Followed by an locally sourced Italian inspired rustic supper paired with wine from the growers featured in the film

Big Apple Circus

Due to technical issues with the screening this event has unfortunately been cancelled.
THE BIG APPLE CIRCUS presents a screening of its latest show METAMORPHOSIS
Roll up, roll up!  The world-renowned Big Apple Circus is coming to The Grainstore!  


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