The Handbook
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The new Nuala is nearly here! The site of the old Old Street Irish restaurant has been given a complete makeover thanks to star chef Richard Corrigan and the restaurant is due to open any day soon.

When Nuala shut at the start of the year we were genuinely disappointed. The fledgling restaurant was hit by multiple shockers before folding. But rescuers have swooped in.

The catchy name references folk song heroine Daffodil Mulligan, daughter of street seller Biddy Mulligan. It’s her spirit and sense of anarchy and humour that the restaurant seeks to recreate. It also firmly plants the green, white and orange tricolour back in Shoreditch, with a quintessentially Irish name for what we expect to be a restaurant with thorough Irish pedigree.

And it should, because it’s the work of Richard Corrigan, the most successful Irish chef of his generation and the genius behind Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill and, of course, Corrigan’s Mayfair. And our favourite Irishman (after Wogan) is promising to bring another blinder. What’s more, the great man has teamed up with fellow Irishmen  John Nugent (of Green & Fortune fame) and Gibney’s of Malahide’s Tony Gibney.

Much of the restaurant’s seasonal menu will come straight from Virginia Park Lodge, Corrigan’s Irish country estate, and the menu will particularly focus on seafood.

Originally slated for a September opening, we simply can’t wait to experience this shining emerald of an opening. The 60-cover restaurant (including a 10 seater oyster bar) also includes a basement saloon bar and the live music nights promise to be quite something. We’re wishing it all the luck of the Irish…

Daffodil Mulligan opens on Tuesday 12th November