Ballyvolane House & Blackwater Salmon Fishery

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wedding menus

Food for thought

Entertain The Night Before Or The Day After

The dining room can be used to host a dinner for family and close friends the night before. Reviver lunch the next day? Barbeques, Hog Roasts and traditional Sunday Lunch Roasts are always popular the day after the wedding.

Drinks/Champagne Reception

Weather permitting, this would take place outside in the gardens and if it’s raining, we can use the hall, dining room and drawing room in the main house for the drinks reception. We would typically serve Champagne, Prosecco and homemade elderflower Bellinis, Bertha's Revenge Gin cocktails and pints are dispensed from the 1950's caravan in the garden. We will also put up a small marquee on the lawn, as it will give shade to your guests if it’s hot and sunny or protection from the rain if it’s wet. We would dislpay the wedding cake under the tent.


We have an extensive and eclectic selection of wines available and we have gone to a great deal of trouble to select high quality wines offering excellent value for money. To view our wine list, please click here for white wines and here for red wines. Guests are also welcome to bring their own wine and a corkage fee would apply. This would cover receiving, storing, sorting, chilling the wines, disposing of the empties, wine glasses and wine service throughout the wedding.


From Canapés to Hog Roasts...

The menus vary with seasonal, fishing and weather conditions. All our ingredients are sourced locally from artisan food producers, where possible they are organic and we grow a huge amount of our own vegetables and fruit in our walled garden. We rear our own Saddleback, Glouscester Old Spot and Duroc pigs and have a flock of free-range hens that produce fantastic eggs for breakfast and baking. We are mad-keen foragers as well. We buy our beef and lamb from McGrath Butchers in Lismore, Bacon from Caherbeg Free-Range Pork in Rosscarbery, Seafood comes from O'Connell's in the English Market in Cork or Ballycotton Seafood. We have a driven shoot at Ballyvolane House and game is often on the menu during the winter months. We are lucky being located in Cork as there is an abundance of fantastic artisan food producers nearby.

Sample Hot & Cold Pass Around Canapes @ €15 per person


Hot & Cold Pass Around Canapes @ €15 Per Person (please choose 4 of the following)

Menu Options

Main Meal @ €80 Per Person 

The main meal consists of a traditional sit-down meal to a more informal meal such as hog roast (whole piggy slow roasted on a spit over a log fire). Please find a sample menu for the summertime below. We offer seasonal variations to this menu as well. Special children’s menus are available. Needless to say we are happy to accommodate any special dietary requirements such as vegetarians, vegans, coeliac and allergy sufferers. A dining experience will be arranged for the bride and groom in advance of the big day. 

Midnight Munchies @ €8 Per Person 

We normally serve up Bacon Blaas (floury baps from Barron's Bakery in Co. Waterford) and we do cheese & chutney for the non-meat eaters. We would also serve the wedding cake at this time. This goes down a treat with the guests. If you would rather have a more elaborate midnight buffet feast, we would be happy to offer this option too. The quantity we normally prepare is for half the group i.e. if you have 120 guests, we would serve blaas for 60 people.

Chef preparing the wedding feast


Please choose 1 soup, 1 hot starter, 1 cold starter/salad to share. These will be served on large platters and placed in the centre  of the table for everyone to share. Please choose 1 soup and 1 hot starter and 1 cold starter. 

Bucket of new potatoes


Please choose 1 main course, which will be served in large plates for the entire table to share. There is also a vegetarian option available for the non-meat lovers. 

For the non-meat lovers… 

All main courses are served with potatoes, seasonal vegetables and dressed mixed leaf salad all grown in our walled- garden during the growing season.



Please choose 1 pudding, which will be served in large plates for everyone to share.

Selection of local artisan cheeses

Loose leaf tea, Maher's coffee, fresh herb infusion 

NO SERVICE CHARGE APPLICABLE    (v) vegetarian    (n) contains nuts

wedding menus

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