COVID Policy

December 16, 2020

COVID Policy

Due to current government Covid-19 restrictions we must limit our dining tables to a maximum of 6 guests. Your safety, and that of our team, is our absolute priority. Our 7 private dining rooms allow you to meet as a family, enjoying the Ballymaloe experience whilst complying with social distancing guidelines.

Our onsite Covid-19 committee will ensure that all guidance from HSE, the Restaurants Association of Ireland and Government protocols are stringently complied with and fully up to date.


Ballymaloe House is open from Tuesday to Saturday nights for overnight guests and dinner reservations.

Restaurant Opening times are as follows:

  • Tuesday: Dinner from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
  • Wednesday: Dinner from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
  • Thursday: Dinner from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
  • Friday: Dinner from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm including our signature Hors D'ouevres Buffet
  • Saturday: Dinner from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
  • Sunday: Table-d’hote lunch menu at €50 per person (from 12.30 pm to 3 pm)
  • The house will be closing after lunch on Sunday until 3pm Tuesday until April 2022.

Our 5-course dinner menu is €85pp and Sunday lunch €50 per person.


Pre-booking is essential: : 021 465 2531 E: res@ballymaloe.ie


We look forward to safely welcoming you to Ballymaloe House and sincerely thank our guests, Ballymaloe House staff, suppliers and community for your support and understanding during these unprecedented times.


Please note: we are delighted to offer complimentary upgrades to guests redeeming Ireland's Blue Book vouchers (subject to availability)

We all very much look forward to seeing you here soon.

Fern Allen & family and all at Ballymaloe House

(Updated: 18/8/21)

Do’s & Don’ts of Dining at Ballymaloe House whilst Living with COVID19

Like so many of our local hospitality businesses in East Cork, Ballymaloe House has had to reinvent the way we operate under the current COVID19 restrictions.  Safety is our top priority and maintaining the same comforts of ‘Old World’ hospitality, whilst serving delicious Farm to Fork seasonal menus is a close second.  To simplify how we are now operating, please see below 11 DO’s and DON’TS of dining at Ballymaloe House during COVID19.

For more information, Ballymaloe House is now offering an A la Carte lunch menu from Thursday to Saturday.  For all our opening times and menu samples visit www.ballymaloe.ie and to book a table call 021 465 2531.

DO please bring proof of vaccination and ID or that you have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 6 months (in accordance to government guidelines).  

DO please bring your mask. You will not be asked to wear them when seated at your table (for obvious reasons).  You are however, required to wear your mask when shown to your table and if you leave your table at any stage during your meal.

DON’T worry… your safety and the safety of our staff is imperative to us.  We are lucky enough to have many small dining rooms at Ballymaloe House, plenty of sanitiser available and have fully implemented Failte Ireland’s Covid19 Safety Charter.

DO limit your table numbers to the joy of six from a maximum of three different households.

DON’T expect to mingle amongst other tables.  Sorry, for everyone’s safety it is not currently permitted.

DO wash and / or sanitise your hands regularly.  We have plenty of sanitiser available throughout Ballymaloe House.

DON’T arrive late.  At Ballymaloe House we can allow 30 minutes in the Drawing Room or Conservatory before you are seated in the dining room to enjoy a pre-lunch or dinner drink.

DO expect your very own single use menu.  Our menus are always written daily based on the availability of seasonal produce.  They were once in reusable menu folders.  A dining keepsake we would encourage you to take home.

DON’T forget to make your reservation in advance.  Due to COVID restrictions our booking numbers have been significantly reduced to ensure social distancing regulations.

DO pay by card where possible please.  Our welcome desk has been installed with a screen, our staff wear masks and surfaces are regularly sanitised.

DON’T expect to stay out late. Under current COVID restrictions the restaurant and bar must close at 11.30pm.

(Updated 18/8/21)

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