Latest: Rachel Allen's Cork city restaurant to re-open following fire outbreak

Latest: Rachel Allen's restaurant on Washington Street in Cork city is due to re-open tomorrow at 5pm following a fire at the premises which broke out on Saturday afternoon.

The restaurant will re-open with specific opening hours while repair work is being carried out.

The re-opening of the popular restaurant, which brings the flavours of Ballymaloe Cookery School to Cork city, was announced on its Facebook and Twitter social media accounts today.

The post read: "I am thrilled to say we will re-open tomorrow (Thursday) from 5pm and from 5pm on Friday and Saturday. I will keep you informed of our opening hours while we continue essential repair work. We look forward to welcoming you to Rachel’s."

For updates on the restaurant's opening hours during repairs see their Facebook page here.

Earlier: A fire has forced TV chef Rachel Allen to close her Cork city restaurant for a few days, writes Eoin English.

The alarm was raised around 2pm today.

Three unit of Cork City Fire Brigade, including a hydraulic platform, rushed to the Washington St restaurant.

The premises was evacuated as fire fighters arrived.

They traced the blaze to the ducting of the restaurant air extraction system which leads from the kitchen.

They managed to contain and extinguish the fire before it spread. There was no damage to the building itself.

The scene was declared safe within an hour.

However, in a post on social media in the last hour, Rachel Allen, said the restaurant will have to close for a few days and apologised to diners who may have bookings.

It could be closed until Monday at the earliest.

“Due to a small fire in our kitchen, our restaurant will be closed for the next couple of days,” she said.

“I would like to apologise to our customers for the inconvenience.

We will be back open as soon as we can.”


An author and TV chef, Rachel Allen teaches at Ballymaloe Cookery School.

Her popular television series’ have been broadcast in more than 30 different countries.

As well as attracting viewers of two million on the BBC, her series is also the highest ever rated show on the Good Food Channel.

She has written 14 cookery books, selling over two million copies worldwide.

She opened her first restaurant on Washington St in March 2017.


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