Breakfast is served daily from 8am to 10.30am
Lunch is served at 1.00 p.m
During the week we offer an ‘a la carte' menu. Sunday Lunch is a set price of €45 per person. It is recommended that a reservation is made in advance. For residents light meals can be ordered any time during the day through reception.
Dinner is served between 7.00 pm and 9.30 pm and it is recommended that a reservation is made in advance.
There are five courses on the Ballymaloe Dinner Menu. It consists of a seasonal selection of soup, fresh fruit or garden salad starter. Second courses are a choice of homemade pâtés, fresh fish, pasta, bruschetta et cetera. Main courses usually cover six choices, fish, fowl, meats and vegetarian. Desserts are largely based on the fruits of the season and cheeses are mostly local.
Friday starts with an 'Hors D'Oeuvres' buffet with a large selection of fresh shellfish, garden salads and homemade pâtés.
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. All the food is prepared during the afternoon, such as prime cuts of roast beef, lamb, pork, turkey and sometimes goose or duck from a local farmer’s wife.
Crab, salmon, oysters and lobster come from local fishermen as available. Soups, smoked fish, shellfish, pates and salads start the meal and the sweet trolley comes at the end.
The wine list is something to browse over before dinner. The cellar has been slowly built up over the years by the late Ivan Allen. Now his grandson Sacha Whelan and sommeliers Colm McCan & Samuel Chantoiseau look after the wine. We have been given several awards for our wine, as well as for our food, such as the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Lonely Planet Magazine Number 1 Wine Weekend in the World and Georgina Campbell’s Wine Award of the Year.
We are unusual these days in that we still buy stocks of fine vintage wines to lay down. This enables us to offer mature wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley as well as Vintage Port, as we did 25 years ago.
Equally important to us are the wines from Spain and Italy, each having a page of the list featuring some of their better and lesser known wines, as well as wines from all over Europe and from wine regions all over the world. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for our current wine list. This list is constantly evolving as stock rotates, we are happy to e-mail our most up-to-date list on request.
Also significant, although less numerous is our selection from Australia, New Zealand, North and South America and South Africa. Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wines are noted on our list.
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.