If you are planning a fun trip to Ireland, consider visiting the Ballymaloe House and cookery school! The Ballymaloe House is a family-owned countryside house, hotel, and restaurant, which is located in the lush countryside of East Cork. A tranquil retreat with plenty of accommodation, a celebrated farm-to-fork dining experience, as well, as 300 acres of land, it is considered one of the best establishments of Irish hospitality and is internationally recognized as a birth site of modern Irish cuisine. There is also a cooking school where you can learn how to cook famous Irish dishes. Read on to learn more about it!
Staying at the Ballymaloe
There are over 33 bedrooms located in the Ballymaloe house hotel, and each is beautifully appointed, with a bespoke design and distinct character, offering each guest an exclusive overnight experience. The country charm carries throughout each individually named bedroom, decorated with a quaint floral-themed wallpaper and other room furnishings. The details marry a luxury experience with timeless and stunning elegance.
Dining at the Ballymaloe
Ballymaloe’s menus are based on the farm-to-fork principle. They serve simple, wholesome food using a combination of produce from the Walled Garden, Ballymaloe Farm, and other local producers. Their menus change often based on the seasonal produce available from each garden, orchard, and local food suppliers.
Ballymaloe’s Cooking School
Ballymaloe has a 12-week certificate course for cooking. It is an intense immersion program for anyone with a passion for cooking, from those who want to pursue a professional culinary career to other enthusiasts who like to cook in their own homes. The school is located on their own 100-acre organic farm. It takes place over 12 intense weeks, where they teach students a fundamental understanding of food and how it is truly produced sustainably, how to recognize the best ingredients, and how to cook them to perfection. A few of the types of food they teach students how to cook include:
- Ballymaloe-style Irish cuisine
- Classical French
- Middle Eastern
- Wine studies
- Food hygiene
If you’d like to learn more about this Ballymaloe experience, consider going on our young alumni tour to Ireland next year!
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