“Luscious and old-fashioned plum and apple crumble may possibly be the best, butteriest crumble that I’ve ever eaten” said Katy McGuinness in The Irish Independent. Too true. But here’s the thing about Georgina O’Sullivan’s cooking in The Ballymore Inn: you can select anything she offers on her menus – the flatbreads with hummus; the West Cork beef; the Ballyhoura mushroom pizza; the calamari; the homemade vanilla ice cream – and the chances are that you will declare it to be “the best beef/fish/pizza/flatbread/pudding… I’ve ever eaten.”
First things first: Georgina O’Sullivan is one of Ireland’s greatest cooks, and her cooking does something unique: it is both wonderfully rustic, and wonderfully refined. She knows her foods in the deepest, most profound way, and she cooks to please people, not to show off. Add in the fact that the Ballymore Inn is one of the nicest dining rooms, and that the wines beers and drinks collated by Barry O’Sullivan are benchmark, and you have one of the greatest destinations for eating and drinking in Ireland.
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