We cook using traditional methods and the
best quality ingredients, resulting in delicious
We are very lucky to have such dedicated and enthusiastic staff to whom we owe our success.
A recipe is born
In the 1930′s Ivan Allen started growing
tomatoes on Ballymaloe farm. However he
found that when he tried to sell them at the
local markets, people didn’t know
what they were!
This left his wife, Myrtle with a glut of tomatoes
in her kitchen so she decided to start making
a country relish with them. This relish went on
to become a very popular and much loved
part of all family meals.
In 1948 Ivan and Myrtle bought
Ballymaloe House. With all of her children
reared and Ivan busy with the farm, Myrtle decided to open a
restaurant in their dining room in 1964.
Using food from Ivan’s farm and fresh fish from
Ballycotton – the local fishing village, Myrtle’s
restaurant soon attracted huge recognition for
its food and won numerous awards including a Michelin Star.
In order to get a wine license, Myrtle had to
open guest rooms. 5 bedrooms were transformed to welcome the first guests. Today, Ballymaloe House is still busy welcoming guests from all over the world!
A new generation
In 1990, Yasmin started producing Ballymaloe
Relish in her kitchen for local shops
and restaurants. She quickly out grew this small
space and moved into purposely built kitchens
in Little Island, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Ballymaloe Cookery School
In 1982, Darina Allen, daughter-in-law of Myrtle
and Ivan, opened the Ballymaloe Cookery School.
Set in the middle of a 100 acre organic farm,
people from all over the world come to learn how
to cook using the best of ingredients.
Spreading the word about Ballymaloe
Bringing the business into the third generation, Yasmin’s daughter Maxine is in charge of bringing Ballymaloe products to as many people as possible. Maxine’s passion and enthusiasm ensures that Ballymaloe Foods are involved in many creative and exciting projects.
Ballymaloe Relish has now been immortalised in the form of a crisp! In 2017 we were lucky enough to team up with O Donnell’s Crisps to create Ballymaloe Relish and Cheddar Cheese flavour crisps. These are now available in shops across Ireland.
Maxine and her team are regulars at many consumer shows in Ireland including Bloom, The Ploughing Championships, A Taste of Dublin, A Taste of Donegal and many more as well beginning to attend many country fairs and summer shows across the UK. Ballymaloe Relish is available in over 400 Tesco Stores across the U.K. We have also recently launched Ballymaloe Original Relish to the Australian Market, and are delighted to be available in over 400 Woolworths stores.
Ballymaloe Foods’ initial success was through the support and belief in our products from the local community. This will never be forgotten and our community, both locally and nationally is highly important to us.
We support numerous charities, schools and clubs with fundraising and education.
Ballymaloe Foods are proud to be active members of Irish Businesses Against Litter
RNLI: We are big supporters of the lifeboats as this is a truly worthy cause.
Marie Keating Foundation: We have sponsored the Marie Keating Foundation’s BBQ To Beat Cancer in 2016 and again in 2017.
An exciting highlight of 2014 was the Opening of the Ballycotton Lighthouse Tours to the public. A local initiative supported by Ballymaloe Foods, the challenge took several years and welcomed 1,700 visitors in its first Summer season and continues to be a huge hit with tourists every summer!
Origin Green: We are a certified member of the Origin Green initiative since 2013. Origin Green is the only sustainability programme in the world that operates on a national scale, uniting government, the private sector and food producers through Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board.We strive to be as sustainable and as an environmentally friendly possible throughout all stages of our production process.
We are incredibly proud of our Ballymaloe Irish Pickled Beetroot. Yasmin saw how well beetroot grows in the Irish climate and so took on the challenge of making Ballymaloe Foods the first Irish food company to produce and sell Irish Pickled Beetroot on a national scale. Grown by a local East Cork farmer, it is then gently pickled using a traditional Ballymaloe recipe.
McKenna’s Guide Award: We are honoured to have received recognition from this prestigious award body who described our Original relish as “a trusted benchmark of distinctive deliciousness”.
Great Taste Award: Ballymaloe Original Relish received a Gold Star in the Great Taste Awards 2017.
Georgina Campbell Award: We are delighted to have received numerous awards from this leading independent hospitality guide.