Irish Restaurants in London
Irish restaurant in Wandsworth
3 Viaduct Gardens Road, Embassy Gardens - SW11
Amidst the mushrooming luxury developments of Vauxhall’s once-neglected south bank, Robin and Sarah Gill’s (The Dairy, Counter Culture, Sorella) biggest venture to-date occupies the ground floor of one such new building, near the new American Embassy. Set around a large central bar with counter – and following an Irish-American theme (incorporating Robin’s Irish heritage) – the culinary emphasis is ingredient-led as the website makes clear: ‘… our single philosophy is: We have a wonderful product, let’s try not to feck it up’. It’s a comprehensive offering, complete with in-house bakery, large open kitchen with grill, cold storage (showing off steaks and fresh fish), an oyster bar, and a big outside terrace. It opened just as the survey was closing, but early feedback is of food that’s “fresh, interesting and delicious” – “the ragu was the best I have eaten anywhere ever!”
. The Cow
Irish restaurant in Bayswater
89 Westbourne Park Rd - W2
“A long-time local favourite” celebrating its 25th anniversary this year: Tom Conran’s Irish-themed gastroboozer on the Notting Hill-Bayswater border is “always relaxed”, with “reliably good food” (both in the bustling downstairs bar, and the cute, cramped first floor). Despite its name, the focus is on seafood (oysters washed down with a pint o’ Guinness being the classic choice here).
. The Sands End
British, Modern restaurant in Fulham
135 Stephendale Road - SW6
This unobtrusive-looking gastroboozer in a Fulham backstreet came to prominence for its highly-rated grub and off-duty visits from Prince Harry, a pal of the former owner. It changed hands last year and Harry got hitched, so he’s not expected back, but marks have held up for what is still a “great local” – “not so cheap but definitely cheerful”.
Irish restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea
1a Langton Street - SW10
“Brilliantly executed, Irish-inspired food (we particularly enjoyed the black pudding – made from beef, not pork – in a potato roll; and the beef fillet with boxty)” wins high praise from early-days reporters on chef Anna Haugh’s May 2019 opening, near World’s End in Chelsea (named for her hero – Ballymaloe chef, Myrtle Allen – and aiming to offer ‘modern European cooking with an Irish influence, using the finest Irish produce’). It’s a “cosy and welcoming” space too: “part of a small, Chelsea townhouse, so quite tightly packed, with steep stairs to the upper level or down to the toilets”.
Fish & seafood restaurant in Lambeth
Unit S38 Pop Brixton, 29 Brixton Station Road - SW9
Occupying one of Pop Brixton’s shipping containers (and with a little terrace, too), Irish chef Simon Whiteside (from Hook in Camden) is serving up fish and seafood cuisine with inspiration from his homeland. Feedback is too thin for a rating but praises its “beautiful, very fresh fish”, suggesting it’s worth a visit.
. Daffodil Mulligan
Irish restaurant in
70-74 City Road - EC1Y
The foodie ‘Murphia’ is out in force with this late-2019 newcomer, backed by famous chef Richard Corrigan (who first made his name over 20 years ago at a different Mulligan’s, then ‘of Mayfair’), fellow Irishman John Nugent, and King’s Place owner Peter Millican (see Rotunda at King’s Place). On the site south of Old Street vacated by Nuala (RIP), we are promised a bar serving proper Irish food, plus regular live music and spoken word gigs. Sláinte.
. Gibney's London
Irish restaurant in Hoxton
70-74 City Road - EC1Y
Opening in the basement below Richard Corrigan's Daffodil Mulligan is a branch of popular Irish pub Gibney's of Malahide; the bar snack menu has been developed by Mr Corrigan himself.
Irish restaurant in Camden
Buck Street Market, 180-188 Camden High Street - NW1
Irish chef Adrian Martin is opening his first London restaurant in March 2020; Wildflower will focus on seasonality, foraged food, and Irish traditions and will be housed in a shipping container in Camden’s new eco market on Buck Street.
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