NUALA

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Niall Davidson is excited, and so should you be, the former Chiltern Firehouse chef has just opened his new venture in Old Street. Welcome Nuala.

Harrods, Chiltern Firehouse, Lockhart, just some of the venues on Niall Davidson's impressive CV. You know this is going to be good! Drawing on his Scottish/Irish heritage, he has created a menu that features freshly sourced highland beef and Cornish fish that he has personally selected, complimented by a contemporary wine list from established and emerging regions. He has also picked a high pedigree team; Colin McSherry (Fat Duck, Dinner by Heston) The floor is managed by Charlie Sims (Noma) and John O’Dowd (Bistroteque) with wine by Honey Spencer (Noma Mexico). This exceptional team will bring a fresh take on UK sourced all-day dining. Dishes include bone marrow doughnuts and flamed clams in cider, clay- baked spider crab with Indian spices, suckling pig, T-bone steak with saison sauce and fries.

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In the restaurant classic retro seating surrounds the brick-lined open fireplace and a curved concrete bar with red accents on the industrial pillars. Post dinner you have options; stay and relax around the open fire or head downstairs to the beckoning bar.

Wander down the staircase and take a peek through the curtain into a little piece of Ireland, where the drinks are as good as the atmosphere.

Boasting the best Guinness outside of Dublin and a head bartender (Lauren Taylor - formerly Hawksmoor) who hails from there. You are in safe hands. Perch against the wooden bar and ask her for a recommendation; you'll get a drink you won't forget. Or sample a whiskey from a list curated by Bar Manager Spencer Large (Barbecoa). Kick back to Irish tunes, and if the quaffing has left you in need of sustenance, there's a selection of local delicacies such as potted smokie, scampi-fried quail eggs and coffee ham with Irish condiments. A perfect place to start your evening or a great place to enjoy some Irish charm at the end of your night. And if you want to keep up the party from dusk till dawn, you'll be pleased to hear there's a breakfast menu launching in January.

It's clear Niall doesn't need the luck of the Irish for this one; it's going to be a craic!