This gem on the outskirts of Ballynahinch has a genuine wow factor. It is a stunning venue for many reasons; the grounds, the gardens, the buildings but the food and drink are of major appeal. This Café offers many fresh, locally inspired options created by their Head Chef, Paul Ferguson. Showcasing the produce of local, artisan suppliers and incorporating it into their dishes has enabled Montalto to nurture strong relations with them. Paul uses many suppliers including Springmount Farm, Ewing’s Seafoods, Draynes Farm and Kennedy Bacon in the weekly menu and daily specials. Speaking about the seasonal menu, Paul said: “I wanted to create a gourmet menu that would tantalise taste buds for both breakfast and lunch. I curated the breakfast menu with a wide variety of people in mind, from those who like traditional options such as French Toast and Montalto Fry to those who want to try something more adventurous such as our Citrus Smashed Avocado. My lunch menu changes with the seasons. In spring and summer, we offer pasta dishes and fresh salads using sustainably, locally produced ingredients where possible. Later in the year, we offer autumn inspired salads, and warming winter soups to enjoy before a walk in our Trail & Gardens.”
Montalto takes the concept of food provenance to its heart. There are areas on the 400 acre estate where the gardening team, led by Head Gardener, Lesley Heron grows quite a bit of produce for use in their café.
The Café of this 5* rated visitor attraction offers an attractive outdoor seating area. Booking is not required to visit their café as it operates a walk-in service.
Montalto Café Opening hours: Wed – Sun 9:30am – 4pm (Hot food service finishes at 2.30pm)