St Patrick’s Day will be a funny one this year. The pubs won’t be overflowing, we won’t be dancing in Guinness-branded Leprechaun hats, dressed in green with shamrocks painted on our cheeks, it’ll be yet another lockdown wimper. But that doesn’t mean it can’t still be craic-ing…
London’s restaurants and bars have found ways so ensure that no Blarney Stone remains unturned in the quest for a proper Irish celebration of St Patrick’s day. Here are some favourites…
Smith & Wollensky
Welcome back to one of our all-time favourites, Smith & Wollensky!
Teaming up with Slane Irish Whiskey, the Covent Garden steakhouse has created a box perfect for a meaty St Paddy’s celebration.
Enjoy cured Slane Irish Whisky salmon followed by a 28 day dry-aged Irish tomahawk to share, with peppercorn sauce, colcannon potatoes and creamed spinach. Pudding is a Baileys cheesecake.
Plus, it comes with two miniature bottles of Slane Irish Whiskey.
Price: £160 for two
New York inspired oyster bar, bakery and grill has spent the last few months doubled as a shop but if you want to enjoy their bread and butter (not literally, given they’re also a bakery, but you know what we mean) then order from their at-home service.
The restaurant’s at home series includes a St Patrick’s Day feast for two including a beef and reduced Guinness pie.
It also comes with four cans of Guinness…
Price: £75 for two
Still on Darby’s, the Dublin-born chef who makes it all possible is also offering his very own St Patrick’s Day four course menu via Star Chefs.
The service will deliver the meal (just finishing touches required) to your door and you simply need to enjoy it, starting with an Old Fashioned, made with Redbreast Irish Whiskey, obvs, County Cork gubbeen and smoked haddock gougère, London-cured smoked salmon, a main of beef and bone marrow pie and a pudding of Pump Street chocolate mousse.
All plus a bottle of 12 year old Redbreast Whiskey.
Honest Burgers have teamed up with with Guinness and Ireland’s Handsome Burger to create The Paddy’s’ Day Honest at Home kit.
The burger kit, which comes with a special tote bag (which they specifically want to point out isn’t for eating – though if you want to eat tote bags come round my house, we’ve cupboards overflowing with the things!).
It also includes a classic Honest beef patty, topped with Guinness candied bacon, shoestring fries, two-year-aged Kylemore Farmhouse cheese, Handsome Sauce and Guinness bacon gravy.
On top of that there’s a one-off rosemary chip colcannon with the kit (which is a twist on their signature rosemary chips but with even more Guinness bacon gravy, specially for dunking.
Price: £26 for two
Dough-nutters Crosstown have brought out the perfect way to say ‘sláinte!’ in doughnut form.
The Guinness and Bailey’s doughnut features the two iconic drinks along with chocolate doughnuts, hand dipped in to Guinness icing. The result looks fantastic!
The St Patrick’s Day gift box includes six limited edition Guinness & Baileys doughnuts, four cans of Guinness, and a Baileys milk chocolate truffle bar.
Hop House 13
Hop House 13, the perfect beer for anyone who prefers lager over Guinness this St Patrick’s Day, presents “Dublin Born & Brewed”.
The three course meal in a box is the combined efforts of three Irish chefs, Anna Hague, from Myrtle, Patrick Powell from Allegra and Nick Fitzgerald from Tacos Padre.
Plus four cans of Hop House 13.
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