Irish pub launch at Daffodil Mulligan basement

Celebrated Irish pub, Gibney’s of Malahide, will launch its first international site in London after opening in Dublin over 80 years ago in 1937. The pub, run by Tony Gibney and his sons will open on Thursday 12 March in the basement of fellow Irishman, Richard Corrigan’s, critically acclaimed restaurant, Daffodil Mulligan in City Road, and will be called Gibney’s London.

Gibney’s London will open daily offering guests an authentic Irish pub experience with Cormac Gibney (son of Tony Gibney) heading up the bar. There will be live music in the evenings from Thursday to Saturday and the bar will play host to comedy nights every Wednesday and live sporting events throughout the year. The pub’s two snug booths, available for private hire, will feature screens and seat up to ten guests.

Tony Gibney commented: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing a taste of Gibney’s of Malahide to London in time for St Patrick’s Day. My family have been in the Dublin licence trade for five generations so opening across the Irish Sea is a big move for us. Moving beneath Daffodil Mulligan which was named after the daughter of Biddy Mulligan – a legendary Dublin street seller – made perfect sense.’

Eight draft beers will be available including the family’s very own brew, Gibney’s Stout, available only at Gibney’s London and at the Dublin site. The bar will also showcase a range of Irish spirits and liqueurs and the team will look to add to its 120 strong Irish whiskey collection by procuring some of the oldest and rarest bottles available.

A concise cocktail list (£8.50 – £11) will feature an Irish spirit in every drink such as ‘Fall Bloom’ (Dingle Vodka, Amaro Montenegro, St Germain, Lemon), ‘Barry’s 75’ (Barry’s Tea infused Blackwater Gin, Lemon, Honey) and ‘Long Way Home’ (Jameson Black Barrel, Orange Bitters, Poacher’s Ginger Ale) – a take on the traditional whiskey and ginger combination.

The bar snacks menu has been designed by Richard Corrigan to complement the authentic Irish drink offering and will include dishes such as Durrus (from West Cork) cheese toastie with burnt onion and pickled onion chutney (£5), Mangalitza Black Pudding Sando served with an apple and cucumber pickle (£5), Salt Chilli Chicken with chorizo mayonnaise (£8) as well as Rock and Native Oysters from Britain and Ireland.

In November 2019, Chef Richard Corrigan opened his third London restaurant, Daffodil Mulligan, to the south of and close to the Old Street roundabout in conjunction with John Nugent and Tony Gibney. The Irish trio who have over a century of hospitality experience combined, acquired the site previously known as Nuala in July 2019.

Address: 70-74 City Road, London, EC1Y 2BJ. Opening times: Monday – Wednesday: 4pm – midnight Thursday – Saturday: Noon – 2am Sunday: Noon – 8pm. Instagram: @gibneys.london