London’s throwing up some whacky ways of celebrating all things Irish
Kerb traders in Camden Market are celebrating with Irish twists, including Butchies who are doing a fried chicken sandwich with Guiness cheese sauce, Irish counry relish and Tayto crisps.
Pop Brixton is having a ST Paddy’s Jam with the wonderfully named The Thumping Tommys ripping it up alongside a host of themed food and drink. There’s also London’s wildest Ceilidh band, The Fiddle Paradiddles.
The Camden Market itself will this week host an Irish festival with music, a cultural trail and … a Guiness bar.
The Old Bengal Bar is using Jamesons as the base for a range of celebratory cocktails, and have booked an Irish band! (The O”Connell Duo, whoo sound very Irish.) If it’s booze you are after, Youngs are giving away free Guiness! Oh, only if you download and use their app.
108 Brasserie have Guiness bread and a special Irish bacon loin wih cabbage and parsley sauce, which sounds a bit potato famine but there you go.
Mono-themed Hipchips are doing what only they can do and that is inventing an Irish dup (of course!). It is Stout rarebit and chutney, which sounds … interesting. They will also do a Baileys one (which sounds less so).
Paternoster Chop House have a special menu with corn beef hash, smoked haddock and colcannon, I rich stew and Guiness pudding with whisky cream.
Liverpool Street’s 24-hour bonanza, Polo Bar, is serving up a Paddy Pie, featuring steak and Guiness with mashy and mushies.
Fortnum and Masons are serving up Glenarm sweet cheeks, colcannon and spring onions, and have Irish food tastings and a stout bar to boast about.
Eat have decided to do a special Irish stew with lamb, swede and barley, and iin the event of poor weather is very highly recommended.
Your men at Crosstown doughnuts will be smothering some of their diet-busters with Guiness icing. These beauties will feature Bailey’s milk chocolate ganache in between Guiness cake dough.
If it’s river dancers you are after – and who isn’t? – the Bloomsbury Club Bar is having a Paddy’s party with a group of groovers and serving up baked oysters and Murphy’s butterscotch ice cream.