St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and all week the exquisite 11 Cadogan Gardens hotel has been celebrating with a special set menu that started my week off on a perfect note. I met up with Emma who wrote a gorgeous post about the evening, which you can read here.
We started with a glass of Champagne; even more appreciated because it was a Monday night. But the set menu does come with a glass of Irish stout or cider to accompany the carefully chosen Irish dishes.
Our meal began with cream of leek and potato soup, accompanied by oven roasted Dublin Bay prawns. To describe the succulence of the prawns as a wonderful surprise is an understatement. Along with the silky and flavoursome soup, the prawns were a burst of delight as soon as they entered my mouth. Oven roasting may just have to be the way forward with prawns. They were heavenly.
For main, Emma chose the slow cooked neck of lamb with colcannon potatoes; a traditional Irish mashed potatoes dish made with cabbage.
My choice was the Guinness braised beef cheeks which was beautifully cooked. The tender beef was full of deep flavour and I couldn’t leave any of it on my plate. It was divine.
As for dessert, we both throughly enjoyed the Guinness and pear crumble with Jameson whiskey cream. The cream’s rich flavour alongside the texture and depth of the crumble made this a perfect finale to the evening.
But of course, no St. Patrick’s Day celebration would feel complete without a glass of Black Velvet. It’s been an age since I’ve tasted what was once a favourite cocktail so it was a real pleasure to sit in 11 Cadogan Gardens’ refurbished bar and remind myself of why I loved it so much.
As always, it was a fabulous night catching up with Emma and given how much I love this hotel it was an honour to try such a gorgeous menu. Happy to raise a glass to St. Patrick here any day.
(Emma and I had the pleasure of being guests of the hotel’s restaurant. My thoughts above were only under the influence of the fantastic food and drinks we enjoyed.)
11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London SW3 2RJ