St Patrick’s Day 2017: London’s Best EatsBy Alicia Grimshaw
St Patrick’s Day is upon us, and that only means one thing: time to eat. Expect a hell of a lot of meat cooked in Guinness, along with excessive amounts of potato cakes and colcannon. Here’s the best places to get your St Paddy’s Day foodie fix in the capital:
What: Tullamore-born Co-Owner and Head Chef, Colin Kelly will be bringing diners a taste of home with St Patrick’s Day specials at Picture Marylebone. The restaurant’s St Patrick’s Day specials and cocktails will be available at lunch (12 noon – 2.30pm) and dinner (6pm – 10.30pm) until Saturday (18th March).
Eat and Drink: New dishes include parsley crusted slow-cooked lamb neck, crisp lamb sweetbreads and confit vegetables; Tullamore D.E.W-infused jellies; and Irish whiskey fudge. Chef Kelly’s creations will be joined by a line-up of carefully crafted St Patrick’s Day cocktails, all of which focus on the distinctive flavours of Ireland’s favourite whiskey, Tullamore D.E.W. Cocktails will include the Tullamore’s Manhattan, The Dew-lep, the Morning Dew and Espressos from the Faithful County.
Where: 19 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 9TZ
What: Crosstown Doughnuts St. Patrick’s Day special was so popular last year, they’ve decided to bring it back for this year’s festivities. Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the Guinness and Baileys doughnut.
Eat and Drink: A flavour fitting of the St. Patrick’s Day traditions, the doughnut incorporates two of their favourite Irish tipples. Baileys milk chocolate ganache is sandwiched between two layers of chocolate Guinness cake dough, hand-dipped in Guinness icing and finished with chocolate soil; the most delicious way to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day. Available until Sunday (19th March).
Where: Locations here
What: Visit GNH Bar on Friday (17th March), and enjoy live music from Sky Murphy (between 6pm-10pm) and a selection of tempting dishes by Chef Director Mark Sargeant.
Eat and Drink: Specials for the day include breaded Dublin Bay langoustines with wild garlic mayonnaise, rock oysters and punnets of prawns. Head bartender Harry Nikolaou has created an Irish inspired cocktail, The Golden Leprechaun, combining Bushmills whiskey, Guinness and honey extraction with orange bitters.
Where: Kings Cross Station, Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4TB
What: Shane’s on Canalside is celebrating St Patrick’s day with a carefully curated Irish menu. For one day only (17th), choose from a whole menu dedicated to traditional Irish eats.
Eat and Drink: The limited edition menu includes the full Irish; Guinness braised short rib and mash; smoked bacon potato cakes with soft poached egg and watercress; and £1 Oysters. For those with a sweet tooth, Shane’s will also be offering a stout tart and buttermilk cream, and brown bread ice-cream served with East London’s finest rhubarb, foraged from the Hackney marshes by Shane. Not wanting to leave you thirsty, Irish tipples will include Jameson Sours, a good ol’ Irish coffee, and Guinness on tap.
Where: 26 E Bay Ln, London E15 2GW
What: Seafood and oyster specialists Wright Brothers have teamed up with Guinness to offer a distinctly Irish three-course pairing menu for £25 per person. Available from 17th – 19th March.
Eat and Drink: Dishes include 3 Carlingford oysters served with a traditional Black Velvet, a mix of Champagne and stout; wild Atlantic prawns with Guinness-infused mayonnaise and half a pint of Guinness; and a smoked haddock rarebit scotch egg, served with a bottle of Hop House to wash it all down.
Where: Locations here
What: Roast Restaurant located in Borough Market is adding special Irish-themed dishes to its menu for one day only on Friday (17th March). Miss it, miss out.
Eat and Drink: Tuck into the full Irish breakfast, a hearty combination of sausage, streaky bacon, black and white pudding, grilled mushrooms, sautéed potato, grilled tomato and eggs to your liking – served with soda bread. For lunch and dinner, new eats include: Irish seafood chowder with soda bread; Guinness glazed pork with colcannon potato and baby carrots; and Irish apple tart with vanilla ice cream.
Where: The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL
What: The Official Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Festival comes to Camden Market for the first time this year, with a line-up of live bands and family events that celebrate the best in Irish music and culture. And on top of all that – street food vendors are getting into the Irish spirit with their own special dishes.
Eat and Drink: In the line up is Butchies fried chicken sandwich with Guinness cheese sauce, Irish country relish and a Tayto crisp, cheese and onion crumb; Voodoo Ray’s coddle pizza with potato, bacon, sausage and onion stew, cabbage, Cashel Blue, Fior di Latte, tomato sauce and parsley; and The Cheese Bar’s blue cheese raclette made with Young Buck Irish cheese, salt beef and potatoes. Up for something sweet? Chin Chin Labs has you covered with their stout ice cream, seaweed caramel and potato sponge cake.
Where: Camden Market, Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF
What: Leading Irish chef, food writer and television presenter Clodagh McKenna is taking over The Gallery Restaurant, and creating a menu inspired by the finest flavours and foods from across the Irish Sea.
Eat and Drink: The three course menu includes baked potato with Goatsbridge Farm trout caviar for starter, and Glenarm sweet cheeks, served alongside buttery colcannon and braised spring onions for main. And for dessert, dig your spoon into whiskey salted caramel bread and butter pudding with Irish honey and Whiskey ice cream. Oh yes.
Where: Ground Floor, Fortnum and Mason, 181 Piccadilly London W1A 1ER
What: To mark St Patrick’s Day, 108 Brasserie will be offering complimentary tasters of Irish-inspired food and drink, including their signature Guinness bread which will be available from 8am to 3pm, and an authentic Irish coffee which will be available from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
Eat and Drink: A traditional Irish dish including bacon loin, cabbage and parsley sauce will be on the lunch and dinner menu, along with The Dingle Sour cocktail, consisting of Dingle Gin, sugar syrup, plum bitter and egg white, exclusively available on Friday (17th March).
Where: 108 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, London W1U 2QE
What: For the foodies, New Street Grill is keeping it casual with an array of special Irish-inspired dishes and a decadent pud for St Patrick’s Day.
Eat and Drink: Feast on the fantastic Josper-grilled Irish beef with corned beef mustard hash, Madagascan green peppercorn cream and Jameson Irish Whiskey sauce. If you have more of a sweet tooth, there’s always panna cotta with whiskey, orange prunes, gold leaf, and Irish shortbread to keep you content. After dinner, pop next door to Old Bengal Bar for their Get Lucky cocktail, a unique blend of Jameson Caskmates, lemon juice, sugar, egg white and matcha powder
Where: 16 New St, London EC2M 4TR