Irish Breakfast Awards 2012 COUNTRY HOUSE BREAKFAST
Ballymaloe House - Shanagarry, Co Cork
Country houses often make a speciality of breakfast, and this year’s winner in this category are probably responsible for establishing a lot of the best breakfast traditions that we now enjoy around the country.
And this year’s visit confirmed that nothing has slipped at Ballymaloe House over the years; ‘delicious everything’ is what you can expect, it’s all as fresh and interesting as ever. Highlights for us included a mixture of back and streaky bacon (and what bacon! So crispy, so tasty), naturally smoked kippers, those wonderful breads, fantastic butter (local, I wondered?) and preserves.
So many lovely treats and all the more enjoyable served by charming staff in a dining room set up with cheerful blue and white cloths.
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