Ballymaloe House restaurant

Shanagarry Midleton, Midleton

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26 reviews
3 stars - based on 26 reviews

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CAPACITY
120 people

CUISINES
Irish

FACILITIES

Will cater for children Full Bar, Beer, Wine, Spirits Parking available Accept major credit cards Bord Failte Approved Member of Restaurant Association of Ireland

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Ballymaloe House

ev111
Kildare
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th April 2013 (visited 7 April 2013 )

Booked and paid for Dinner , bed and breakfast as a gift for my parents, they did not receive dinner, they received a cold buffet, which was appalling, for the price of 45 EURO P.P- Complete rip off- when I issued my complaint I was advised " this is the way it is on a Sunday" they failed to tell me this when I booked and paid for it up front. There is a real feeling of " rip off" If they had advised me that their interpertation of dinner is a cold buffet, I would have arranged dinner else where for my parents. The customer service from the manager leaves a lot to be desired.

Ballymaloe House

LuckyMe63
Meath
63 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 24th February 2013 (visited 14 February 2013 )

We went here for Valentines day and were terribly disappointed. In our opinion there was nothing special done for the occasion other than a single heart shaped chocolate at each table setting. The meal was tasty but nothing special or memorable, there are many restaurants around Ireland who are serving better food at more realistic prices. Staff were friendly and attentive. But for €70 for dinner it was expensive.

Ballymaloe House

Soyer
Dublin
19 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 29th October 2012 (visited 28 October 2012 )

I had an awful experience in Ballymaloe 4 years ago, I was brought there yesterday by relatives so I had no choice but to return, well if anything it is worse now than it was on my previous visit, the food that was served on the buffet was an absolute disgrace, cold food badly presented by staff who looked like they where dressed for a casual get together rather than serving in what it supposed to be a top restaurant. I would implore people not to waste their money on this place, it is a relic still living on its name. Because I was invited I never voiced my complaint but on our last visit one of the party complained but that was greeted with a less than favourable response by a senior member of this establishments management.

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RuthE
Cork
70 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 16th October 2012 (visited 6 October 2012 )

First time out for myself and hubby following birthof first born... high expectations were not met. There is little faulting the atmosphere and service. Everyone is so soft spoken,helpful and suggestive giving a "discrete" feel, which does sound mad! The menu arrived, and as you would expect it is a real home cooking with refinement But that in itself is an issue, because it is home cooking and there is no theatre just a clean plate! Cold cucumber soup with prawns was light and flavourful but felt like a raita. The walnut and blue cheese and pear was equally as tasty but minimal in presentation and ingredients on the plate! Hubby had beetroot, very nice, then he opted for half hot buttered lobster;€5 supplement! was lovely. We both opted for the beef,for which a fantastic Portuguese red was suggested for the mains, it was delicious.Having no interest in duchess potatoes or veg, i got a lovely clean salad... the cheese board is fantastic with a lovely selection of locally sourced cheeses soft and hard. I asked for some fruit or apple and was presented with an orchard apple quartered! the desert trolly had a chocolate pear tart , lemon meraingue roulade, caramel iceream(tasted of burned sugar) fruit compote. As stated few flaws in a home cooked dinner, beautiful ingredients left to shine... but i somehow still felt disappointed. This dinner for two people came to €196.. 140 of which was dinner...i think its a little excesssive.

Ballymaloe House

Foodie100
Dublin
73 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 24th July 2012 (visited 19 July 2012 )

We were on holday last week in Cork. As a treat we decided to book lunch in Ballymaloe House. We arrived early and had a stroll around the grounds and the store and then went into the dining room for lunch. The first thing that struck was the poor selection on the menu but we knew that anything we got should be good. i went for the mushroom soup while my wife had the gougons of monkfish. both were excellent although the presentation of the monkfish particularly could do with a revamp. Due to the limited choices we both elected for the sirlion of beef as our main course and this is were the problems started. The meat was overcooked, extremely thin, tough and was served with cabbage, seriously overcooked carrots and a large boiled potato. My wife asked for chips as she doesn't like boiled spuds and these were served on a dinner plate as a side dish. Dessert was a little better and we did have a very pleasant cup of tea afterwards. We did complain about the food as my wife couldn't eat her main course and eventually they decided not to charge for either lunch which was very gracious. I would have preferred to have really enjoyed the food and to have paid for it. overall a very disappointing experience considering the reputation and that we had looked forward to going for quite a while.

Ballymaloe House

eagoldst
Cork
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 26th May 2011 (visited 26 March 2011 )

It is worth arriving early for your meal so you can explore the lovely grounds of the house before you sit down to lunch or dinner. The food is classic and perfectly prepared and complements the surroundings perfectly. Most of the food is locally sourced and some even comes from the Ballymaloe estate. A meal here is not cheap but it is worth every cent if you are looking for a nice treat.

Ballymaloe House

Blossom
Dublin
23 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 15th July 2010 (visited 12 July 2010 )

We recently treated ourselves to dinner at Ballymaloe House and it lived up to all our expectations. We arrived shortly before the dining room opened and after a short walk around the immediate gardens we went for a pre-dinner drink in the bar/drawing room. I was immediately impressed with the staff. All were friendly, polite and professional. We were given ample opportunity to peruse the menu and eventually gave our order from the comfort of the couch. After being escourted to our table the first course arrived swiftly. We had the consomme with julienne veg and the mint and lettuce soup. Both were spectacular. Clean and light soups with amazing fresh flavours. Second course were mussles and smoked bacon with grubeen salad. The best mussles I've had in a very long time. For mains we had the goose and the lamb. Both meats were perfectly cooked. Moist, flavourfull and in the case of the lamb perfectly pink for my liking. The seasonal veg, tasted of fresh summer veg, superb!! We took a well appreciated short break before the cheese trolley arrived and then completey overindulged in a number of the various smoked, goats and sheeps cheeses offered. Another short break was then required before the desert trolley arrived. On the recommendation of one of the staff I tried the carabeen (seaweed) pudding. A new and very enjoyable experience. We also tried the Meringue, the ice cream, mixed berry compote and the winner on the night the warm chocolate desert, think of the best hot chocolate fondant and multipy by 100%, devine!! Just when you think you can't fit in another bite along come the coffee and home made petit fours. The 5 course meal, it's actually 6 with tea/coffee, will set you back 70euro per head, but it's worth every single well earned penny!! Overall a thoroughly enjoyable visit, I couldn't praise it enough. A visit to Ballymaloe House should definately be on the "Must 100" list.

Ballymaloe House

piccolo
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 16th May 2010 (visited 9 May 2010 )

This was my first visit to Ballymaloe House and the setting really is lovely. However, I was really disappointed with the food and lack of choice. I always like the buffet idea but if you don't like carvery lunch, then there was very little to choose from. For salad selection, there was ONE bowl of mixed leaves, that was it! Fish goujons and fish pie were the only alternatives to the carvery meats. I suppose I was expecting so much from a place with such a reputation and it wasn't what I thought it would be. I will say the Fish Soup was beautiful.The desserts were gorgeous too. The other thing that bothered me was the cost. It was 40 per head for adults and 20 for kids. I really thought that was exorbitant for kids as for example, one of the children with us only ate 5 bread rolls and another ate two small pieces of pizza! They only grazed, I thought that 20 euro was a rip-off to be honest. All in all, the surroundings were lovely but I wasn't eating them! So the food was disappointing for the money and for this reason, I don't think I'd return.

Ballymaloe House

rare please
Waterford
42 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 04th May 2010 (visited 2 May 2010 )

Had lunch in the informal Ballymaloe cafe - located at the back of the gift shop at the weekend. As it was the May bank hol, the place was extremely busy and we had to wait for 30 min for a table. They don't take reservations in the shop cafe but the time allowed me to walk around the lovely grounds of the hotel. I had a moroccan lamb couscous, served with salad leaves and a mint yogurt. Initially, bread was served to the table, with real butter and was great. My lunch was very good - but lacked something.. perhaps a chutney. Service here can be pretty slow, and it really shouldn't be as there were 4 servers to about 10 tables. Desert was the best chocolate/orange cake I've had in a while. This little cafe is great if you know that you have time on your hands. ~€20 for all including elderflower cordial and tea.

Ballymaloe House

uncle izzy
Dublin
13 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 19th April 2010 (visited 15 April 2010 )

I have been fortunate enough to be a regular visitor to Ballymaloe over many years. There is something very special about this place. There is a homeliness to the accommodations, the food is carefully sourced and prepared with immense respect. Those expecting typical anodyne "brand" hotel experiences should be warned that Ballymaloe is nothing like that. There are no TVs in rooms, arrival and departure experience can be a little haphazard and slow. That said, the food is uncomplicated but superb in terms of freshness, quality, flavour and preparation. Dinner is a 5 course affair served in the main Yeats Room or one of the other smaller dining rooms. Expect wonderful soups, pates and salads to start. I had a fabulous Potato and Wild Garlic Soup. Fish courses follow and then meat and game in season. I had wonderful roast lamb, sweet and delicious, A trolley offering several Irish cheeses is next and then the amazing dessert trolley - five or six delicious choices or a bit of everything is you wish! All in all a feast and a treat!!

Ballymaloe House

comilona
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 18th November 2009 (visited 5 September 2009 )

This was hands-down my best dining experience in Ireland. The service was exceptional! The food was delightfully clean and flavoursome and all locally sourced. I enjoyed every minute of my visit and am looking forward to my next!

Ballymaloe House

mull
Cork
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 16th April 2009 (visited 8 April 2009 )

i ate here last week and had heard a lot about it,the setting is out of this world an old country estate home,high sealings big fire place,just beautiful,the service was good and although the food was simple enough it was perfectly cooked and the produce was so fresh,we highly enjoyed our experience and actually stay there next time

Ballymaloe House

Rubber_Duck
Dublin
12 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th November 2008 (visited 10 October 2008 )

I have relations in Cork that we visit each year and with tradition enjoy a visit here. It hasn't changed much since i was a kid. I'll agree this isn't an every day kind of restaurant but is a fantastic treat. I've always found the food excellent and the service cannot be faulted.

Ballymaloe House

wiggles
Dublin
38 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th October 2008 (visited 27 September 2008 )

Attended a late sitting here on a Saturday night. When we first arrived we were impressed by the service in the ante-room, very professional & exactly what you would expect from such a highly rated restaurant. From that point on the whole evening went to pot. The service was inconsistent and unprofessional (we finally managed to procure some bread a full course after the (cold) soup) - clearly abusing the free labour of the cookery school students. The food was just plain awful; stale, bland and very poorly presented. The vegetarian option was totally indedible. The desserts were OK but as we were eating late there was very little left from which to choose. At €75 a head this meal was a total rip-off. We would have had a better dinner down the local chipper.

Ballymaloe House

colmf
Tipperary
34 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 17th August 2008 (visited 16 July 2008 )

We were on holidays in the Shanagarry area and decided to visit the famous Ballymaloe house one evening. It didn't disappoint. I have seen some of the complaints on this site and I think the people are missing the point. The concept at Ballymaole is locally produced, organic, seasonal Irish food. You're not going to get exotic Italian, Thai, Indian etc. What you get is a resturant which takes normally boring Irish food and presents it at it's best. I had the Scallops and Hake. They both came from boats in the nearby ballycotton. They were cooked to perfection. If you want to experience Irish food at its best then this is the place. It you are looking for Thai-Bangladesh fusion in Ireland in Winter then you are missing the point.

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