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    Culinary Adventure in the Emerald Isle

    Looking for a magical culinary adventure in the Emerald Isle? Ireland Is A Haven For Foodies.

    Ireland, a food lover’s paradise, is one of the most talked-about food destinations in Europe, with an emphasis on it’s fresh, natural, home grown produce, artisan cheese, the creamiest butter, exceptional beef and lamb and ocean fresh seafood. Travel to Ireland and eat your heart out………..

    Ballymaloe House, Cork © Chris Hill & Tourism Ireland

    A delicious destination in Ireland – Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork.

    Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, County Cork is truly an amazing culinary experience for anyone who enjoys cooking or wants to learn and experience some Irish cooking.

    Chef, author, and TV presenter Darina Allen has been credited for an Irish food revolution, as she was always convinced of the vital connection between farming and cooking. Darina’s Ballymaloe Cookery School, with its 100-acre organic farm, restaurant and guesthouse, is an international brand in itself.

    On the grounds, visitors can explore the Edwardian Cookery School Gardens, which are managed organically. There is an extensive modern herb garden laid out as a grand parterre, formal fruit garden, vegetable garden, herbaceous border and shell house of great charm, lawns, pools and temple.

    Some Irish Food For Thought.

    For a taste of Ireland watch Darina Allen prepare a tasty-looking pea and coriander soup in minutes.

    Ballymaloe Cookery School – Pea and Coriander Soup Recipe © Ballymaloe Cookery School

    Ballymaloe Shop & Café, County Cork.

    The Ballymaloe Shop and Café is located in a charming old farm building located next to Ballymaloe House and it’s run by a member of the Allen family, Dervilla O’Flynn. Dervilla trained and taught at the Ballymaloe Cookery School and uses her favorite tried and tested recipes in her café. Dervilla and her team keep up to date with current food trends and use only the best seasonal produce when creating their weekly café menu.

    Ballymaloe Shop, County Cork © Ballymaloe Shop.

    Ballymaloe House & Restaurant, County Cork. 

    Ballymaloe House is a renowned Irish Country House Hotel run by the Allen family for over 50 years. It has evolved and grown with the passing centuries, and it’s 29 guest rooms vary in all shapes and sizes from a 15th century Norman tower to modern luxury rooms.

    Ballymaloe House Restaurant is a famous for its outstanding hospitality and superb food. The principles in which food is prepared in the Ballymaloe House restaurant have not changed since Myrtle Allen opened the dining room to the public in 1964. At Ballymaloe House the kitchen endeavors to prepare and serve delicious food in a simple way. Believing that the best food requires the finest and freshest ingredients and, in keeping with the tradition of the best country house cooking, the kitchen team prepare everything they possibly can for their menu from the gardens and the farm at Ballymaloe House.

    Ballymaloe House, County Cork © Ballymaloe House

    For A Taste of Ireland At Home – 

    The current edition of Bake From Scratch Magazine in the US is about the Island of Ireland’s culinary scene from the latest news, to yummy recipes, to exploration of Ireland’s vibrant food scene – You might discover something to whet your appetite.

    Cover of Bake from Scratch Magazine © Bake From Scratch

    So what are the Magic Ingredients for your Culinary Adventure?

    The food, the producers, the landscape, the people and Specialized Travel Services, an experienced, Irish family owned and run tour operator. Our qualified team at Specialized Travel Services can arrange your very own Taste of Ireland – We can incorporate luxury vehicles, local guides, fantastic food trails, Irish Whiskey tours, cookery demonstrations and fine dining to match your taste and interests.

    Whether you choose a private chauffeur guided tour, or specialized self-drive itinerary, or some family foodie fun reunions, we can put together a unique Taste of Ireland Culinary adventure customized just for you, your family and your friends.

    For your perfect private gourmet travel experience around the Emerald Isle in 2021 contact Specialized Travel Services by sending us an email to or complete our contact form. 

    Get a flavor of what we can arrange for you by sampling one of our culinary tours – Fresh, mouth watering flavours, passionate suppliers and wonderful traditions handed down through generations – Why not get tucked in and come and experience Ireland’s food for yourself.

    © Ballymaloe Cookery School & Darina Allen


    Note: Featured image at the top of the blog is of Ballymaloe Cookery school garden © Ballymaloe Cookery School Facebook page.

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