Frequently Asked Questions

Below we answer some common questions

This FAQ page is relevant to our usual (pre-COVID-19) trading. Please see our COVID-19 page for the latest government restrictions details.

For your information: We currently taking bookings for accommodation from May 2021.
In the event that we are prevented to open by then due to COVID-19, we will not be charging any cancellation fee.

Ballymaloe Restaurant

What days are you open for lunch?

7 days a week.

What time is lunch served?

Lunch is served between 1 pm and 2 pm Thursday to Saturday and 12.30 pm to 3 pm on Sunday.

How much is lunch?

Lunch Monday to Saturday is a set menu of either three courses @ €45pp or two courses @ €38pp. Lunch on Sunday is a set menu of 3 courses @ €55pp.

What days are you open for dinner?

We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for an A La Carte dinner.

What time is dinner?

Dinner is served between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm Monday to Sunday inclusive.

How much is dinner?

We are currently offering an A La Carte dinner menu. See Sample Menus here

Is there a dress code?


Are children allowed in the dining room?

Yes, but they must stay with their parents and guardians at all times.

Do you have a kids menu?

We can provide alternative options for children if requested but do not offer a separate children’s menu at mealtimes. We do organise a kids High-Tea menu daily at 5.30 pm for residents only.

Do you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes, we will happily cater for all dietary requirements. Please let us know on arrival if you have specific requirements.

Do you have to pay a deposit?

No, we do not ask for a deposit but do request that you give us plenty of time if you need to cancel your table, please.

Do we still offer a Lunch Buffet on a Sunday?

No, unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions we are unable to serve any buffets at Ballymaloe House for now. This includes our Friday evening Hors d’oeuvre buffet or Sunday family evening buffet.


Do Ballymaloe House gift cards expire?


Can you use gifts-card in the Ballymaloe Shop / Café, Cookery School and Grainstore as well as Ballymaloe House?

Yes, Ballymaloe gift cards can be redeemed against accommodation, dining, tuition and in the Ballymaloe Grainstore and onsite gift and kitchen shops too – something for everyone!

Outdoor Summer Swimming Pool

Is the Pool open to the public?

No, our swimming pool is for residents only.

Do we have a Spa or Gym?

No, but we do have a reciprocal arrangement with the nearby Garryvoe Hotel Gym (less than 10 minutes by car) for our guests to use at a discounted fee, or Castlemartyr Hotel Spa (20 minutes by car).

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Can we visit the Ballymaloe Cookery School gardens?

Can we visit the Ballymaloe Cookery School gardens?

Is the Cookery School at Ballymaloe House?

No. The Ballymaloe Cookery School is located 4 kilometres from Ballymaloe House.

Ballymaloe Shop & Café

Is the café open every-day?

Yes, 7 days a week. 10am – 5pm. See for more information.

Does the café take reservations?


What time does the café serve lunch?

Between 12.30 – 4 pm.

What does the cafe serve?

Great coffee, tea and cake or a delicious café-style lunch. The menu is changed daily and everything is freshly made with an emphasis on serving delicious, organic, seasonal dishes with locally sourced ingredients where possible

Our Meals

Breakfast: 8.00 am - 10.30am

Enjoy your Ballymaloe breakfast between 8 am – 10.30 am; Fresh local ingredients, poached fruits, cereals and order your choice of hot, freshly cooked breakfast options too.

Lunch: 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Join us for lunch between 1pm – 2pm for our à la carte seasonal Farm to Fork menu and conclude your meal with our award winning dessert trolley - a little of everything encouraged!  

Dinner: 6.30 pm- 9.30 pm

Dine with us between 6.30pm – 9.30pm and enjoy our seasonal Farm to Fork à la carte dinner menu. Take your time to ensure you still have room to enjoy a little of everything from our World Restaurant Award winning dessert trolley.  

see Sample Menus