We’ve Done it Again as we Pick Up Restaurant of the Year at The Inaugural Northern Ireland Hospitality Awards 2017

Hot on the heels of winning the Hotel Restaurant of the Year Award at the Food Awards Northern Ireland 2017 we’ve only gone and done it again !

This time we’ve won the Restaurant of the Year at the The inaugural Northern Ireland Hospitality Awards 2017 held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast on Monday, September 25th in a celebration of the Northern Irish hospitality industry.

The Northern Ireland Hospitality Awards are a celebration of the success of local professionals and establishments. The winners are a true reflection of high standard and customer service as they are chosen by members of the general public.The black tie event was hosted by Pamela Ballantine.

She welcomed on stage talented individuals and businesses, acknowledged for constantly delivering memorable experiences and high-quality service to their clients.

“We were very happy to welcome the guests and celebrate with them. Congratulations to all finalists and winners!”

In addition, the awards supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the charity raised £1340.

Elaine Kelly, General Manager of The Ballyrobin Country Lodge was naturally delighted to have received this second recent accolade and commented:

We are honoured and delighted to have won this award after our recent success at the Food Awards Northern Ireland 2017.   Once again a big congratulations to the kitchen team led by Jim Mullholland , Executive Chef and  Man-Ting Chan, Assistant Manager who together with her team work tirelessly to provide the best dining experience you can come to expect here at The Ballyrobin Country Lodge. Congratulations to all the great finalists and winners who represent the Northern Irish hospitality industry and enhance its reputation nationally and internationally.

For more information contact Elaine Kelly, General Manager, The Ballyrobin Country Lodge on 028 9442 2211 or by email to elaine.kelly@ballyrobincountrylodge.com

Ballyrobin is the Plaice to Be for Fabulous Seafood Evening This Tuesday 25 July 2017

A specially selected 3 course menu of the freshest fish and shellfish all cooked fresh to order maximising on local flavours and produce landed from our local shores only £60 per couple including a bottle of wine.

Our head Chef Jim Mulholland and his team have spent considerable time and effort to ensure our customers receive the best quality of produce whilst supporting our local community.

So to celebrate our winning The Hotel Restaurant of the Year Award in the Northern Ireland Food Awards 2107 we have created a fabulous seafood evening menu to tingle your taste buds this Tuesday 25 July 2017. You’ll have to travel a long way to find as good.

See what you’re missing today at Ballyrobin Country Lodge – just minutes from Belfast International Airport and easily accessible to all major routes in Northern Ireland.

We know you will not be disappointed and we look forward to serving you. Click here to see the menu.

Ballyrobin Country Lodge Celebrate as The Hotel Restaurant of The Year Award Winner at The Food Awards Northern Ireland 2017

It was time to celebrate as the Ballyrobin Country Lodge picked up the Hotel Restaurant of the Year Award at the second annual Food Awards Northern Ireland held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast on Monday, July10th in a celebration of the Northern Irish food industry.

The Food Awards Northern Ireland recognise the success of local professionals and establishments. The winners are a true reflection of high standard and customer service as they are chosen by members of the general public.

The black tie event was hosted by broadcaster, Pamela Ballantine who welcomed on stage talented individuals and businesses, acknowledged for constantly delivering high-quality food products and impeccable service to their customers.

Several of the awards were split into local regions to ensure the diverse range of businesses from across Northern Ireland are recognised for their hard work.

These were the second annual Food Awards Northern Ireland and are a true reflection of the talent in Northern Ireland and aim to ensure that the hard work and determination of Northern Irish food professionals doesn’t go unnoticed. In addition, the awards supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the charity raised £1,430.00  which helps grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

Elaine Kelly, General Manager of The Ballyrobin Country Lodge was naturally delighted to have received this accolade and commented:

We are honoured and delighted to have won this award in the presence of great competition including The Merchant Hotel in Belfast who won this particular award in 2016.  This success is down to the kitchen team led by Jim Mullholland , Executive Chef and  Man-Ting Chan, Assistant Manager who together with her team work tirelessly to provide the best dining experience you can come to expect here at The Ballyrobin Country Lodge. 

Recently we hosted Celebrity Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli who came to stay and dine with us as he paid a visit to Balmoral Show 2017. He was full of praise for the team here at Ballyrobin after his own dining experience and was sure we would pick up awards soon – his words have now come to fruition and we look forward to welcoming him again soon .

Congratulations to all the great finalists and winners who represent the Northern Irish food industry and enhance its reputation nationally and internationally.

For more information contact Elaine Kelly, General Manager, The Ballyrobin Country Lodge on 028 9442 2211 or by email to elaine.kelly@ballyrobincountrylodge.com

We love it when guests come back including Celebrity Chef – Jean-Christophe Novelli

Naturally we love it when guests come back to stay or dine with us as it’s a sign of a job well done. So we were delighted when Celebrity Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli came to stay and dine with us as he paid a visit to Balmoral Show 2017.

Jean- Christophe chose from the dinner menu and had the following tasting dishes :

Bowl of Spanish Arbequina Olives with Achill Island Sea Salt & Seaweed Bread & Abernethy Butter
Lobster Cappuccino, Seaweed Powder, Sea Salt & Rosemary Bread
Wild Turbot, Charred White Asparagus, Fennel Veloute, Borage & Monkfish Cheek
Braised Ox Cheek, Hannans Salt Aged Chamber Beef, Confit Carrot, Roscoff Onion Textures

The following morning after a good nights sleep he had a full cooked breakfast and took time to go into the kitchen to thank Ephriam the chef personally.
Jean-Christophe was so impressed with the staff all staying late the last time he dined at the Ballyrobin in 2016 – his flight was delayed and all the staff stayed late for him to dine.


When he heard he was staying at the Ballyrobin he was delighted as he likes the style of the food and the quaintness of the hotel.
We look forward to welcoming him back soon !

There’s Only One Place to Go this Saint Patrick’s Day …to be sure, to be sure !

Rabo de Toro- Boneless Oxtail and Potato Stew

Ballyrobin Country Lodge  has created a special meal deal for visitors ready to enjoy the ‘craic’ of Saint Patrick’s day this Friday 17th March 2017.

The offer for £7.95 includes an authentic home-made Irish stew served with wheaten bread and a pint of the Black Stuff.. Guinness.

So if you want to join in the celebrations then Ballyrobin Country Lodge is the place to go this Friday… to be sure, to be sure!

Congratulations to Jim and John on their Nominations in the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017

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Here’s hoping for success at The Irish Restaurant Awards Ulster Regional Awards to be held in the Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh on Tuesday 14th March 2017.

Ballyrobin have been nominated in a number of categories and let’s keep our fingers crossed. We have been nominated in the following categories:

  • Best Chef: Jim Mulholland and John Clark
  • Local Food Hero: Jim Mulholland
  • Best Casual Dining
  • Best Hotel Restaurant
  • Best Rerstaurant
  • Best Seafood Experience

Good luck everyone !

Your Chance to Nominate us for The Irish Restaurant Awards

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Nominations for the #FoodOscars are now open to the public via www.irishtimes.com/irishrestaurantawards

The Restaurants Association of Ireland are delighted to announce that the nominations for the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017 are now open. The public are able to choose their favourites across 20 categories including Best Restaurant, Best Casual Dining, Best Chef, Best Seafood Experience, Best World Cuisine and more.

Nominations can be made via www.irishtimes.com/irishrestaurantawards from 12 noon, Wednesday 11th of January until 12 noon, Wednesday 25th of January
The Irish Restaurant Awards showcase the true talent that Ireland’s hospitality industry has to offer by acknowledging outstanding performers in the sector. Growing steadily from its humble beginnings back in 2009, the awards are now a five-month long process consisting of online public nominations, judging panels, mystery guest inspections and regional and national events.

Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association commented; “The aim of the Irish Restaurant Awards is to honour the hard working people of the hospitality industry from cocktail makers, sommeliers and waiters to restaurant managers and local food champions. The restaurant industry is the biggest employer within the Irish tourism sector, employing over 74,000 people and these awards are a celebration and acknowledgement of the hard work put in by restaurateurs year round.”

This year, there are 20 categories in which the general public can nominate. These categories are made up of 15 Main award categories, including an exciting new category ‘Pub of the Year’, and five National award categories.

Main categories are as follows:
• Best Restaurant
• Best Chef
• Best Restaurant Manager
• Best Hotel Restaurant
• Best Casual Dining
• Best Gastro Pub
• Best Newcomer
• Best Customer Service
• Best Wine Experience
• Best Emerging Irish Cuisine
• Best World Cuisine
• Best Cafe
• Best Kids Size Me
• Local Food Hero
• Pub of the Year (NEW!)

National Categories
• Best Cocktail Experience
• Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant
• Best Cookery School
• Best Seafood Experience
• Best Digital Marketing

In the first stage of the judging process, online nominations are given a weighting of 30%, while the remaining 70% is made up from a regional judging panel assessment. Both of these results are combined and reviewed by an independent auditor (BDO) to give an overall county winner per category. These winners will be announced at a number of regional events held in March.

Each county winner then goes forward to the Regional and All-Ireland stage whereby they will then each receive a mystery guest inspection. They will be assessed on their menu, customer service, and the overall dining experience from the moment the booking is made until the customer receives the bill. Full details on the judging process can be found on the official Awards website www.irishrestaurantawards.com.

National Categories will not receive a mystery guest inspection. They will be judged by the National Academy with the exception of Best Cocktail Experience which will be judged by the Bartenders Association of Ireland at a live competition.
The All-Ireland final of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017 takes place on Monday 8th of May 2017 in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road.

Award Winning Celebrity Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli enjoys Taste of Ulster at Ballyrobin

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What is it they say about too many cooks ? Well Ballyrobin Country Lodge were delighted to welcome Celebrity chef Jean- Christophe Novelli to Ballyrobin recently as he popped in for dinner on his way to appear at the Foyle Maritime Festival and meet the crews involved in the Clipper race.

Head chef at Ballyrobin Jim Mullholland was delighted to meet him and prepared a  delicious tasting menu that included, Dundrum Bay Oysters, Braised Pigs Cheek, Clogherhead Wild Halibut amongst a  selection of local produce.

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Jean-Christophe Novelli  left praising Jim and his team , thanking them for the memories and promised to come back soon with his family.

Jean-Christophe Novelli is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and multi Michelin Star award winning chef who has also been dubbed “The Nation’s Favourite French Chef”, European Chef of The Year finalist representing Great Britain, recipient of the prestigious Egon Ronay Dessert of the Year award. Voted Chef’s Chef of the Year by his peers.

His Novelli Academy has been voted one of the Top 25 Cooking Academies in the World, which he still owns and performs his own demonstrations. Jean-Christophe has made ‘countless’ appearances on both British and US TV including Chef Academy for Bravo TV.

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