Irish chef Niall Davidson is set to open a new restaurant in Dublin later this year, having returned from London where he held a string of high-profile posts.

Davidson is working on plans to open an as-yet-unnamed 45-seater eatery in the capital after a few months away from restaurants. No further details have yet been released but Davidson said he was looking forward to working as a chef in Ireland again after a long time away.

The news came as it emerged that Nuala restaurant in London’s Shoreditch, which Davidson helped to launch in late 2017 as its executive head chef, has closed.

Despite still being listed as a director of the business, Davidson told Food for Thought that he hasn’t been involved since April 2018 when he concluded that his vision for the business differed from that of his partners and management. He subsequently moved to Dublin last May.

Davidson was born in Scotland but was brought up in Derry from the age of nine. Ten years later, he went to work in London, starting in Harrods under Jack O’Shea. From there, he moved on to St John Bread & Wine, Lockhart, the Chiltern Firehouse, and In de Wulf in Belgium, before launching Nuala as his first solo venture, which majored on cooking meat and fish on a central fireplace.

Despite only being open for a year, Nuala now appears to have closed its doors. Emails to its main contact email address are being rejected, and phone calls are going to voicemail with a message that the line is busy. Meanwhile, the restaurant appears to have no availability for bookings on the OpenTable system.

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