For better or worse, St Patrick's Day is going to look a bit different this year.
That doesn't mean celebrations are cancelled, though. From black pudding burgers to Guinness-spiked desserts, these dining experiences are sure to fill you up with the spirit of St Paddy's, wherever you are.
DIY Black Pudding Burger Kit by Bleecker
Bleecker Black is back. And for one day only, this multi-award-winning burger (which made our list of London's best) will be available in DIY form. We're talking juicy beef dry-aged for 45 days, classic American cheese, a bottle of Bleecker house source and — the pièce de résistance — a traditional Clonakilty black pudding to sandwich between your two patties.
Each kit costs £20 and makes two burgers. Order by Friday 12 March for nationwide delivery on Wednesday 17 March.
A taste of Ireland's indie breweries
It wouldn't be St Paddy's without a generous selection of booze. Go beyond stout this year with Honest Brew's St Patrick's Day mixed case — a selection of nine beers from Ireland's finest independent breweries.
Nationwide delivery is available. Each case costs £29.90 plus delivery — or £27.66 for Honest Brew members.
Robin Gill's St Patrick's Day Dining Experience
Go all out this St Paddy's Day with a lavish four-course feast created by acclaimed Dublin-born chef Robin Gill, Redbreast Irish whiskey and StarChefs. Culinary delights include London-cured Secret Smokehouse salmon served with Robin’s soda bread and wild Atlantic seaweed butter, beef and bone marrow pie, and a chocolate mousse drizzled in Redbreast whiskey sea-salted caramel. They're also chucking in enough whiskey to fix yourself and your dining partner two cocktails each.
Each meal box cost £150 and serves two. Pre-order now for nationwide delivery 17-20 March.
Dublin Born & Brewed by Hop House 13
Looking for something a bit more low-key? This box of small plates and bevvies inspired by the fair city of Dublin should do the trick. Hop House's Dublin Born & Brewed box includes starter-sized dishes by top London chefs, including beer-battered monkfish, a black pudding burger, and a crispy crubeen bun. Naturally, you also get a four-pack of Hop House 13 lager to wash it all down with.
Hop House's St Patrick's Day box costs £65 and is available for delivery nationwide. Order by Monday 15 March.
Rotunda's five-course feast
King's Cross restaurant Rotunda invites you to gorge on top notch Irish cuisine for a good cause this St Patrick's Day. For every purchase of its five-course St Patrick's Day meal kit — featuring DIY soda bread, a slow-cooked bacon chop and shamrock macarons — £15 will go to charity. Donations will be split between The Clink and the London Irish Centre.
Rotunda's St Patrick's Day @ Home feast cost £45 for one, or £95 for two. Delivery fees apply — order while stocks last.
Crosstown's Guinness & Baileys doughnuts
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Crosstown. London's sourdough doughnut specialists have brought together two of the Emerald Isle's most iconic tipples for this St Patrick's Day special: a ring of fluffy chocolate Guinness cake laced with Baileys-spiked milk chocolate ganache and hand-dipped in Guinness icing.
Each limited edition doughnut costs £4.50 and is available for collection at all of Crosstown's London locations, 15-21 March. Alternatively, you can splash out on a multipack delivered to your door — prices start at £22 for the Greater London area and £27.50 for nationwide delivery. If you really want to go all out, there's also a gift box, which gets you four cans of Guinness and a bar of Baileys truffle chocolate as well as six wickedly indulgent special edition doughnuts.