Join Ireland’s most celebrated food family, the Allens, at their bucolic Ballymaloe country estate to experience Irish hospitality at its most gracious. At the sprawling hotel, restaurant, cooking school, and organic farm—first opened by the family’s legendary matriarch Myrtle—a group of PRIOR members will spend three days cooking, foraging, and dining with legendary cook Darina Allen and the wider Ballymaloe community.
During our stay, we will roll up our sleeves to make raw milk cheese in the estate’s dairy, we will prepare an afternoon tea and bake Irish soda bread with Ballymaloe’s estimable pastry chef before joining Darina to forage along the wild cliffs of Ballycotton. On Saturday, acclaimed cookery teacher and author Rory Allen will host an evening of story and song in the drawing room of the country home, and the weekend will culminate with a banquet celebrating the bounty of the Irish springtime with the extended Allen family.
This is a rare chance to gain special insight into Ireland’s foremost culinary clan, who have quietly pioneered a flourishing renaissance among a new generation of farmers, producers, and chefs.
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HOME AWAY HOME
Stay at Ballymaloe House, a beautifully decorated stone mansion looking out over 400 acres of farmland and gardens built on the remains of a Norman castle.
Experience the hospitality of Darina Allen, the doyenne of Irish cooking and bestselling author whose deep knowledge of gastronomy is leavened with good humor and boundless enthusiasm.
THE IRISH COUNTRY KITCHEN
Alongside the Ballymaloe Cookery School team, we will bake Irish soda bread in the bakery, make soft cheese with raw Jersey milk in the dairy, and prepare an afternoon tea of scones, sponge cake, and tartlets.
Join Darina to forage for edible plants along the dramatic coastline and head out on a boat to fish in nearby Ballycotton Bay.
SUPPER AND SONG
Rory Allen will host an evening of traditional Irish music at the estate, before our stay culminates with a specially prepared dinner alongside the extended Allen family.
Guests will have the chance to tour the Midleton Distillery for tastings of rare whiskeys produced by some of Ireland’s most innovative distillers.