This two-floor bar and restaurant site, a stone’s throw from Old Street roundabout, has been taken over by renowned Irish chef Richard Corrigan, but he’s not the first person from the Emerald Isle to oversee the premises.
The space was formerly home to Nuala, the Irish-inspired restaurant from chef Niall Davidson. Nuala was largely deemed a hit by both critics and the public when it opened in late 2017 – both for its ground-floor dining room and basement whiskey bar – but ended up closing less than a year after its debut following a series of key staff departures, including Davidson, who left after just four months in the job.
Corrigan is hoping that the luck of the Irish will be on his side this time around, and if his resumé is anything to go by, we imagine that he has little to worry about. The acclaimed chef already operates two restaurants in Mayfair, namely the seafood-focused Bentley’s Bar & Grill and the eponymous Corrigan’s.
The chef has assembled an impressive team to make Daffodil Mulligan a success. He has partnered with fellow countryman John Nugent, who helped to open King’s Place in King’s Cross, and has roped in drinks pro Toby Gibney from legendary Irish pub Gibney’s of Malahide (just north of Dublin) to take care of drinks in the bar.
On the food front, the menus at Daffodil Mulligan follow Bentley’s lead with a focus on coastal cuisine, while several of the ingredients used come direct from the chef’s own Irish estate, Virginia Lodge in County Cavan.
If you’re wondering about the name, it is inspired by Irish music – Daffodil was the daughter of Biddy Mulligan, a legendary Irish street trader who was immortalised by songwriter Seamus Kavanagh in the 1930s, in the song ‘Biddy Mulligan the pride of the Coombe’. We wouldn't be surprised to see Corrigan bursting into song.