Ballyrobin Country Lodge Events

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

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!