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Ballymaloe House
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Restaurant information
Established 1964
Head chef Jason Fahey and Gillian Hegarty
Food type European
Rating 1 Michelin star Michelin Guide (1975-1980)
Street address Shanagarry
City Midleton
State County Cork
Country Ireland

The Yeats Room of Ballymaloe House (BA-lee-MA-loo) is a restaurant located in Shanagarry in County Cork, Ireland. It is a fine dining restaurant that was awarded one Michelin star for each year in the period 1975–1980. The Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant the "Red M", indicating 'good food at a reasonable price', in the period 1981–1994. The Egon Ronay Guide awarded the restaurant one star in the periods 1975–1981, 1983-1984 and 1987–1988.

The kitchen style of Ballymaloe House is Modern Irish.

In 1964 the Allen family, who had purchased the Ballymaloe estate, converted the old dining room into a restaurant. They named the restaurant The Yeats Room. In 1967 the first few rooms were converted into hotel rooms, to accommodate guests who liked to stay. Later still the Ballymaloe Cookery School was established.

In the time Ballymaloe House was awarded the Michelin star, Myrtle Allen was the head chef. Since at least 2008, Jason Fahey has been the joint head chef. Around 2011, he was joined in that role by Gillian Hegarty.

History of the house

The oldest parts in the present Ballymaloe House can be traced back to an Anglo-Norman castle built on this site around 1450. The castle was held by members of the Desmond FitzGerald families, of Cloyne, particularly Sir John FitzEdmund FitzGerald.

After many demolition works and rebuilding, most of the present building was completed in 1820. In 1990 and 2000 limited works were done on the building.

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