If a pint of Guinness and a silly hat don’t cut it for you, celebrate St Patrick’s Day by dining on some of London’s finest Irish – and Irish-inspired – food
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1 St Patrick’s Fundraising Dinner at Myrtle, Chelsea
Anna Haugh, who hails from Tallaght in Dublin, is hosting a St Patrick’s Day fundraising dinner in association with Doran Family Wines at her restaurant, Myrtle, in Chelsea. International Chef of the Year 2019, Haugh worked with the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Philip Howard and Shane Osborne before setting up on her own. The menu features a bacon and cabbage canape, Clonakilty black pudding wrapped in potato with apple puree, Burren beef stuffed boxty and Carrageen chocolate mousse, all served with wine pairings for £100. A donation of £25 per menu will be donated to London Irish Centre.
1a Langton Street, Chelsea SW10 0JL; myrtlerestaurant.com
2 Darby’s, Nine Elms
Darby’s Oyster Bar and Grill in Nine Elms will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day in style, serving up some of Darby’s much loved favourites including Black shore and Achil oysters (from the east and west coasts of Ireland respectively). The oysters will, of course, be paired with a pint of Guinness! Other dishes to choose from include truffled Baron Bigod on fig and walnut sourdough, and Guinness and oyster pie and Galloway beef from the grill. To drink, there will be classic cocktails with an Irish twist including a Guinness old fashioned. Plus, the Celtic Smash Bros will also be playing high-energy crowdpleasers and more traditional Irish hits from 2pm-4pm.
3 Viaduct Gardens, Nine Elms SW11 7AY; darbys-london.com
3 Corrigan’s Mayfair
Round off St Patrick’s weekend with an indulgent lunch by Irish chef Richard Corrigan at his eponymous Mayfair establishment, Corrigan’s Mayfair. Complete with canapes and live Irish music, the £65 three-course lunch promises to be a lively affair. Menu highlights include Irish classics such as Slow Cooked Pork Belly with Home Cooked Black Pudding and Baked Apple; Charred Baby Leeks with Irish Wild Mussels; Tipperary Rib of Guinness-baked Beef; and the famous Corrigan’s Royal Fish Pie. From 15-22 March, you can also enjoy and include a selection of specials such as Stewed Irish Braised Lamb Neck and Donegal Ct. Bread and Butter Pudding with Ice Cream. At Dickie’s Bar, Guinness will be on full flow throughout the week, along with four St Patrick’s Day cocktails.
28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair W1K 7EH; corrigansmayfair.co.uk
4 The Jugged Hare, Barbican
The Jugged Hare is celebrating the cultural charm of Ireland with a five-course St Patrick’s Day feast. Get all five senses tingling Gaelic-style with traditional and Guinness-inspired flavours, each paired with a fine wine. Dishes include potato soup with Guinness, cheddar and chive soda bread, Irish stew with boxty (a potato pancake), and Guinness cake with Baileys ice cream. 7pm-10pm. £85pp (click here to book).
49 Chiswell Street EC1Y 4SA; thejuggedhare.com
5 The Grand Duchess, Paddington
For those looking for something a bit more celebratory than a pint of Guinness this St Patrick’s Day, The Grand Duchess will be serving a special menu of Irish-inspired dishes such as Hand Dived Scallops with Crisp White Pudding, Apple & Dulse; Oak Roast Salmon with New Season Scallions, Potato Farl & Whiskey Cream; and Ox Cheek, Guinness & Carlingford Lough Oyster Pie with Colcannon. Plus, The Grand Duchess will also be treating Irish diners (who can prove their identity and have booked a table for dinner) to a platter of six deliciously fresh Irish Oysters for the table – on the house!
Sheldon Square, Paddington W2 6EP; londonshellco.com
6 M Threadneedle Street
M Threadneedle St is hosting a Big Paddy’s Day Lunch on 17 March. M Ambassador and Lions and England Legend, Simon ‘Shawsey’ Shaw, has teamed up with Guinness to create a marvellous Irish-inspired menu whereby guests can indulge in Irish Tomahawk steaks, served with colcannon, black and white pudding and a Guinness chocolate mousse to finish. The lunch will begin with an Guinness reception to get the crowds going, before moving on to the show-stopping meal. Join Shawsey and some Irish rugby legends for a re-run of the six nations France vs Ireland game, post-match analysis, gallons of Guinness and delicious food. 1.30pm-4.30pm. £65pp. Reservations via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unit 2-3, 60 Threadneedle Street EC2R 8HP; mrestaurants.co.uk
7 Borough Market
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The Northern Ireland produce showcase at Borough Market, scheduled for 18-21 March, has unfortunately been postponed by Food Northern Ireland until later in the year. Instead, Borough Market will still be celebrating St Patrick’s Day for food lovers with an event taking place on the Saint’s Day itself – complete with Irish dancers and musicians to ensure a truly authentic atmosphere.Northern Ireland celebrity chef and board director for Slow Food Northern Ireland, Paula McIntyre will be in Borough Market’s glass fronted Market Hall from 1pm-2.30pm cooking up traditional Irish dishes using products available from traders in the market, including a soda farl ‘steak sandwich’ with grilled leeks and cashel blue. Irish dancers and musicians will be performing in the Market Hall from 11am-1pm. Admission to the event is free.
8 Southwark Street SE1 1TL; boroughmarket.org.uk
8 Camden Market’s St Patrick’s Takeover
As part of the official London Mayor’s Official St Patrick’s Day Festival, Camden Market will host Irish street food mash ups, a pop-up cocktail bar from new Irish potato spirits brand Muff Liquor Company and a Live Irish Music Trail. Taking over Camden Market’s central bar on both 14 & 15 March, Muff Liquor Company will be serving a specially curated menu of Irish cocktails made with their award-winning Irish potato Gin and Vodka. On the 14th, mash ups of street food with Irish twists will include Young Vegans’ Vegan Steak and Guinness Pie with Mash and a Sweet and Salty Chocolate Guinness Pie, Yorkshire Burrito’s Irish roast salt beef served in Yorkshire pudding wraps, and Crispy Tayto Flakes, plus Chin Chin Labs’ Lucky Four Leaf Clover ice cream. 12pm-6pm. Free entry.
9 Balthazar, Covent Garden
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Balthazar with Irish inspired seafood, including a platter of six Carlingford oysters for £17.50, and a specially mixed Guinness and Blanquette de Limoux drink called Black Velvet (£9.50). Other celebratory drinks on the menu include an Irish Coffee (Jameson Whiskey, sugar, coffee and double cream, £8.75) and Emerald Highball (Jameson Whiskey, crème de menthe liqueur, Ginger Ale, £10.50).
4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5HZ; balthazarlondon.com
10 J Sheekey + J Sheekey Atlantic Bar, Covent Garden
Catch the luck of the Irish this St Patrick’s Day at J Sheekey with a special dish and drink to commemorate the day. Guests can dine on a selection of six mixed Irish native and rock oysters for £26 and pair it with a bespoke cocktail like the Irish Minstrel, made with Jameson whiskey, green Chartreuse, Maraschino and lime (£12), or the Black Velvet, a specially mixed Guinness and Blanquette de Limoux drink (£15).
28-32 St Martin’s Court, Covent Garden WC2N 4AL; j-sheekey.co.uk