St Patrick's Day is soon approaching, which means it's time for bright-green parades and pints upon pints of our favourite dark stuff, as we celebrate Ireland's patron saint.
The three day celebration begins tomorrow and you can expect to find an array of fun things to do, from Céilí dancing to Guinness and oysters and Irish whisky cocktail masterclasses ending with the capitals annual St Patrick's day parade on Sunday 18th March.
Start your day as you mean to go on, in this case eating is most definitely not cheating as renowned British restaurant Roast will, for one day only, be introducing the Full Irish breakfast on Saturday 17th March – a twist on the eatery’s best-selling Full English.
To mark not only St Patrick’s Day, but also the day on which England and Ireland will compete in the Six Nations, the Full English and Full Irish breakfasts will go head to head in the restaurant; both available all day from 8.30am to 10.30pm
Priced at £20, both breakfasts will be served with either a bottle of Guinness or Camden Hells to perfectly complement each dish. For more info see here
For a celebration that’s undeniably Irish, head over to London’s latest hangout Broadleaf for a special St Paddy’s Day bottomless brunch, whilst catching all of the action from the Six Nations rugby.
Don your shamrock coloured shirts and enjoy the craic with unlimited Black Velvet cocktails – a combo of champagne and Guinness – plus a standout line up of brunch classics as well as a hearty beef and Guinness Stew (two courses £35, three-courses £40). For more info see here.
Mr Fogg’s Tavern will be throwing open its doors for an evening of craic-ing Irish libations. Prepare for the ultimate celebration as Mr Fogg’s Tavern welcomes a traditional Irish band to see in the evening, where guests will be treated to two special tipples from Irish pals, Slane Irish whisky to celebrate the occasion with gusto.
cocktail specials will include Climbing Croagh Patrick, using Slane Irish whiskey, Angostura bitter, ginger ale and dry orange and The Cliffs of Moher with Sale Irish Whiskey, fresh lemon juice and a coffee stout reduction topped with fresh mint. guests with be kept merrily entertained with Irish band, the one and only Jacket Spuds. For more info see here.
Be first to sample Guinness's OGB beers (launching a pilsner and an IPA) at an Open Gate Brewery pop-up at Street Feast's Hawker House on Friday 16th March from 5pm.
Shamrocks, shenanigans and a pot full o' liquid luck are all at the end of the rainbow. The Piano Works will be jigging the night away at their Can't Dance Ceilidh party and Studio 88‘s Project Midnight & Beyond session have a list of Paddy's Day cocktails. Bands at both non-stop live music venues will be playing nothing but audience requests.
For more info see here.
Michelin star restaurant Pied a Terre will putting on a week long celebration of Irish food to celebrate St Patrick's Day for those looking for a culinary trip to the emerald isle.
For more info see here.
Looking to elevate your St Patrick’s Day celebrations beyond the usual green beer and shots of whiskey? Glendalough has the answer, teaming up with Merchant House of Bow Lane to mark the annual celebration of all things Irish with a collection of bespoke cocktails.
Running from 12-17 March, the Irish distillery is joining forces with the gin and rum specialist bar to offer a dedicated St Patrick’s cocktail menu. For more info see here.
For celebrating at home, we've collated some delicious cocktail recipes for those less fond of Guinness.
Who said Baileys was just for Christma? It's time to dust off your Baileys and enjoy the Baileys Coffee & Stout Float by top mixologist Missy Flynn.
Missy Flynn’s St Patrick's Day serves:
Green Irish Coffee [1.6 Units]
Prep Serves 2
200ml double cream
200ml Baileys Original [3.2 units for 2 drinks]
Natural green food colouring
Add 200ml double cream into a bowl
Add 200ml of Baileys Original [3.2 units]
Stir slowly to combine
Add a couple of drops of natural green food colouring, stirring continuously until satisfied with the colour, it should be a nice pastel minty green
To make sugar syrup – mix equal parts brown sugar and boiling water in a heatproof jug until all the sugar has dissolved and you are left with a syrup
Allow this cool, then bottle
It can keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
Build in a glass over ice
The perfect alternative tipple for those who aren't Guinness or whiskey fans can find salvation with Patrón. The Patrón Baby Stout combines Patrón XO Cafe and Irish cream liqueur to create a simple blend for St Patrick's day.
30ml Patrón XO Cafe
15ml Irish Cream liqueur
Pour chilled Patrón XO Cafe into a shot glass, top off with Irish cream, layering the shot to resemble a miniature glass of stout.
So that's the craic this Paddy's day, enjoy!
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