Renowned chef Richard Corrigan has joined forces with John Nugent, founder of hospitality firm Green and Fortune, and Tony Gibney, owner of Gibney’s pub of Malahide, to launch a new London restaurant focusing on “good Irish hospitality”.
Daffodil Mulligan is set to open in September this year in London’s fashionable Shoreditch area on the site of what was previously Niall Davidson’s Nuala.
Announcing the move on Twitter, Corrigan, who also runs Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill and Corrigan’s of Mayfair in the city, said the restaurant would see Nugent front of house, with Gibney responsible for the bar offering and the chef himself “at the fire pit”.
Meanwhile, the restaurant is expected to use produce from Corrigan’s farm at Virginia Park Lodge in Co. Cavan in Ireland.
Nugent, who has previously worked with Corrigan as managing director of Corrigan Restaurants, told Food for Thought – FFT.ie: “A few of us have got together to launch this restaurant and it is going to be a number of things — a restaurant, a good bar and also a music venue. It will be completely independent and there will be a good Irish hospitality theme for the whole thing. It won’t be a copy of what Richard is doing at Bentley’s or Corrigan’s.”
Explaining why they chose the former site of Nuala for the new venture, he added: “It is a good site in a very interesting area. The area around Shoreditch and Old Street is growing up a bit now in comparison to 10 years ago and there’s a good residential and office population which is key when you are looking for a site. There will be something for everyone here.”
In addition to what is expected to be an Irish-themed menu, Daffodil Mulligan, which stretches over two floors and can take up to 300 people (standing), will also feature live music and spoken word performances.
“Thanks to podcasts, spoken word, debates and poetry are huge these days. On the music side, it will be anything and everything. There is a whole movement in Irish and English folk music at the moment, so that will be on the agenda too,” said Nugent, whose firm runs the Rotunda bar and restaurant and Green & Fortune café at London music and arts venue Kings Place.
The restaurant takes its name from a song by Harry Donovan, a Dublin songwriter of the mid-20th century and made famous by Irish group Lankum. It tells the story of the daughter of Dublin street trader Biddy Mulligan.