Chef Richard Corrigan is set to open his third London restaurant, Daffodil Mulligan, this November on City Road, close to the Old Street roundabout, alongside John Nugent (Green & Fortune) and Tony Gibney (Gibney’s of Malahide). The Irish trio, who have over a century of hospitality experience collectively, bought the site previously known as Nuala in July 2019.
Having spent several years in the Netherlands, Richard was then head chef of Mulligan’s in Mayfair in London. His first Michelin star was awarded to him when he was head chef of Stephen Bull in Fulham in 1994, also in London.]
He opened Lindsay House in Soho, London, and won a Michelin star there in 1997.[ He then bought and refurbished Bentley’s in 2005 and subsequently opened Corrigan’s Mayfair in 2008. The latter restaurant has been awarded London Restaurant of the Year by the Evening Standard in 2008 and has earned three AA Rosettes. It was also awarded ‘AA London Restaurant of the Year’ in 2009,[ and gained one of the highest new entries in the National Restaurant Awards at number five.
He was crowned winner of the Great British Menu three times. Richard also won the Great British Waste Menu special in 2010, airing to over 7 million on BBC 1 prime time and which culminated in a dinner at the House of Lords.
The 60-cover restaurant will include a 10-seater oyster bar and a basement saloon bar which will play host to a series of live music nights. The hearty, ever-changing menu will feature produce from Corrigan’s country estate in Ireland, Virginia Park Lodge, with certain dishes taking inspiration from his travels. The bar will serve a selection of craft beers and spirits and will focus on smaller Irish distilleries and producers – many of which will be available exclusively.
Named after the daughter of Biddy Mulligan – a legendary Dublin street seller – Daffodil Mulligan hopes to showcase her Irish spirit and hospitality in London’s East End.