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Where to Eat: Six Restaurants for Six Nations

5 March 2019 Livvi Alderson-Tuck

The mornings are getting brighter, daffodils are blooming and most importantly, the Six Nations have returned: March is here. If you want to get into the spirit but don’t want to cram into a pub corner to watch half a screen, there are other ways you can get into the Six Nations spirit. We’ve compiled a list of the best places to eat and drink to celebrate the cuisine from each of the nations of the Championship.

France: Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental
Bar Boulud, the only London restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud, offers traditional French cuisine in a relaxed and rustic atmosphere. Bar Boulud aims to use the best of British produce to create authentic French dishes – think confit duck leg, beef tartare and garlicky snails. Of course, it wouldn’t be a French restaurant without a mouth-watering dessert menu: highlights include light, fluffy souffle and mango jelly with lime sorbet. We recommend requesting a seat at the charcuterie counter, where you can watch the chefs at work and select beautiful cured meat to start your meal.

Italy: Luna Nuova in Parson’s Green
Big flavours and big portions are a staple of Italian cuisine, and at this family-run Italian restaurant in Fulham, that ethos is very much put into practice. Kick off your meal with fritto misto: lightly fried squid, prawns and courgette, all with a deletable crunch. Then, tuck into a big bowl of pasta – try the black squid ink linguine with prawn bisque or spaghetti with a rich wild boar ragu. We also recommend making the most of their stellar happy hour every Thursday - Saturday from 5-7pm. 2-4-1 cocktails, yum.
 
bar boulud restaurant charcuterie board
Charcuterie board © Bar Boulud via Facebook

Scotland: Boisdale of Belgravia
Boisdale of Belgravia has been bringing a taste of the Highlands to the Big Smoke for over 30 years now, and with live jazz music, Scottish whiskey tastings and traditional Scottish food, it’s the perfect spot to indulge in some Celtic revelry. Try some of the best Scottish produce, such as John Ross kiln smoked salmon and Aberdeen Angus steaks, and classic dishes (haggis, neeps and tatties) with a sophisticated edge. There are a huge amount of Scottish whiskies on offer which their knowledgeable staff will pair perfectly with your food.
 
Wales: Rhug Estate at Borough Market
If you want to get your mates round for a rugby viewing and a roast, do it Welsh style. Wales produces some of the best lamb in the world, and the Rhug Estate is so good it has earned itself the admirable Royal Warrant. Based in Corwen, North Wales, the Rhug Estate’s unique pasture of clover, cocksfoot, and chicory results in an incredibly rich and hearty flavour. Head to their stall in Borough Market to buy some of their salt marsh lamb and roast with plenty of garlic and rosemary for a game-winning roast.
 
hawksmoor guildhall english breakfast
Sharing English breakfast © Hawksmoor Guildhall via Facebook

Ireland: Waxy O’Connors on Rupert Street
If any team’s supporters know how to celebrate a try, it’s the Irish, and Waxy O’Connor’s is the quintessential Irish pub. Situated over a rabbit warren of six levels, Waxy O’Connors has four different bars, from the gothic Church Bar to the fairytale-inspired Tree Room. If you fancy a normal pint, there is always room by a cosy fire in the Cottage Bar, and with classic pub grub, awesome live music and a wide range of beers and ciders on tap, it is the perfect place to experience Irish pride in London during this Six Nations.
 
England: Hawksmoor Guildhall
If you celebrated a big win a little too much, and need a delicious hangover cure, there is nothing better than a full English, and stalwart steakhouse Hawksmoor now serves up an amazing one. Known for their quality, the thick cut bacon, juicy sausages and herby black pudding that make up their sharing breakfasts might just be the best in the business. Crispy bubble and squeak and sumptuous grilled bone marrow are also on offer, alongside unlimited Bloody Marys to continue the celebration.
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