We have been to Ballymaloe House twice - nearly 30 years ago and again more recently with our teenage sons. The first visit was only dinner -- our cousin from Cork took us there. The dinner was great and we met Mrs. Allen, our cousin's friend. When we recently returned to Ireland, we made sure to spend two nights at Ballymaloe to soak in the ambiance and enjoy the food. Our expectations were far exceeded. We woke up to roosters crowing, had invitations to go fishing, rode bikes, went swimming, and had a spectacular time. Mrs. Allen, now advanced in years but as lovely as ever, joined guests in the parlor for an impromptu singalong after dinner. And the food was spectacular. We live in Chicago and have access to the best the city offers, but the dinner at Ballymaloe stands with the best we've had here. My favorite part of the dinner -- our teenage boys were offered seconds of everything! They thoroughly enjoyed the special attention. I was simply amazed that this was happening at an acclaimed restaurant where prices were at the high end. Ever since then, my boys have loved salmon! Great food and a real country experience -- next time I go to Ireland, it will be straight to Ballymaloe!
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- Also Known As:
- Ballymaloe House Hotel Shanagarry
- Ballymaloe Hotel