Based in Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre, Fota Retail Park, Carrittwohill, Bakestone was founded on the basis that we wanted to offer customers delicious food and drink, served with a smile in an environment that is comfortable, familiar and warm. We believe in sourcing and serving the very best, locally sourced produce and we are committed to offering the best of each season in a manner of service that is professional, courteous, warm and efficient.
This historic Irish country house is located in beautiful East Cork and is still managed by the Allen family and continues to be celebrated internationally as the home of Irish Country cuisine and warm hospitality since 1964..
Condé Nast Traveller Magazine acknowledged Ballymaloe House on their Gold List, and it was the only Irish venue on this prestigious list of the World’s top 100 hotels in 2015. The Ballymaloe House restaurant continues to receive International recognition as home to the best modern Irish cuisine.
Set deep in a 300 acre farm, the menus are written daily around the seasonal vegetables grown on the farm just as Mrs Allen always did. Although times have changed, the essential spirit of Ballymaloe House is rooted in the relationship from the farm to the table which underlies the elegance of Irish Country House cooking.
Since 2006 we’ve been getting up stupidly early to bake all of our tarts and cakes ourselves. That way, we know you’re getting food that’s made by skilled bakers rather than cold machines. And you’d actually recognise our ingredients. Fresh eggs, real butter, great fruit, good-quality chocolate… proper food.
We’re fussy about the coffee we serve in our cafés in Ballincollig and Midleton, too. Our baristas are the real deal. We had to buy them a ridiculously expensive La Marzocco coffee/espresso machine from Florence in Italy to keep them happy. We don’t scrimp on the coffee either. We get our beans from Cork Coffee Roasters. Trust us: they’re good.
We also bake cakes to order. For weddings, birthdays, anniversaries… any occasion, really. There’s always a reason for a top-notch, handmade cake.Come and treat yourself in one of our cafés, or visit our stand at Mahon Point Farmers’ Market on Thursday mornings and Midleton Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.