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Ballymaloe Cookery School

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Address: Shanagarry, Midleton, Ireland
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+353 21 464 6785

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Indian cookery course

Excellent day.. Daring was an incredibly engaging, informative and confident host. The guest chef for our day Maunaka was fabulous. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent day.. Daring was an incredibly engaging, informative and confident host. The guest chef for our day Maunaka was fabulous. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from the warm welcome, great demonstrations and wonderful tasty lunch. Feel really inspired to recreate the dishes we observed today. In fact the only let down was not being able to do any hands... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

A wonderful location, wonderful food, wonderful people. The school has an amazing garden, farm and local fishermen by the sea. It was so much fun and put me in contact with so many wonderful restaurants and catering companies that I would have otherwise not been able to go and work with. Highly recommended and worth the money.

1 Thank Daniel C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We took a half day cooking class and in addition to learning to much, we had a gorgeous and delicious lunch, toured the grounds, shopped at the very reasonably priced store and had our cookbooks signed by the very approachable Darina Allen. Everyone was friendly, helpful and genuionly interested in us having a rewarding experience. I highly recommend it for... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

We have attended cooking classes in several countries, but this was not what we expected. We understood this would not be a hands on cooking class, but this was a real disappointment and waste of money. We arrived to the cooking school on time. We were greeted at the desk. The attendant gave copies of the recipes and rushed us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Thousands come here to learn cooking skills, and if you aren't going quite that far you can still visit the school. You can observe demonstrations if you like, or you can just relax in the gorgeous gardens which extend over acres, each dedicated to a different area - from herbs to soft fruit to flowers. The cafe at the entrance... More 

1 Thank RobJP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Great place to go for a pizza and a walk on the gardens. Pizzas are crunchy and tasty, done with the vegetables they grow in there. There is also a shop were you can buy products from the garden and cookery stuff. The gardens are big and very well maintained, lots of stuff to smell and try to guess what... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I have just returned from an amazing week at the school. It's an intense week. I should probably have grasped that given the name of the course is 'intensive'! It's full on with practical cooking in the morning followed by demonstrations in the afternoon. We had Rory O'Connell and Rachel Allen who were both marvellous. Rory was on hand to... More 

2 Thank Justsmileandnod
Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

I just finished a week long course here and had the most amazing time. The whole ethos of the place is wonderful. The demos are fun and easy to follow and the cookery classes are so helpful. Really enjoyed my time at Ballymaloe, will definitely be back soon! If you can catch a demo by Rory O Connell, I highly... More 

1 Thank Donna211
Kildare, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Ballymaloe Cookery School- what can I say? From the gardens to the shop, to the dining rooms and kitchens, this place is a visual paradise. The flowers in the reception area, the hens on the grass, the herbs in the herb garden and the aromas from the kitchens were such a delight to the senses. I enjoyed a week long... More 

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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

This was a quality experience, a second visit for me. The theme was an Indian meal with all its accompaniments. It was explained in such a straightforward way that made me feel I would be able to replicate it at home and hopefully present it with the same flair. Lovely to taste it all at the end too. I am... More 

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