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Anna Haugh, pictured here at the 2019 FOOD AND WINE Awards, featured on the 2020 Murphia ListPaul Sherwood

Murphia List 2020 reveals top Irish talent in London

The annual list showcases the best Irish talent making waves in the UK.


The Murphia List 2020 was recently revealed, highlighting some of the best Irish names working in the London food scene.

The Murphia List is released annually by Irish brother and sister Gavin and Catherine Hanly, who run Hot Dinners, a popular industry-focused website that highlights British dining. The Murphia List 2020 includes lots new entries, as well as old favourites like Richard Corrigan and Clare Smyth. It’s a great way to look at how many ex-pats are shaping the way people in the British capital eat.

According to the Hot Dinners website, The Murphia List 2020 is a way for the Hanlys to celebrate their Irish heritage:

"As second-generation Irish, Gavin and I decided six years ago to celebrate our own heritage through shining a light on all the passionate people from Ireland who work in London's restaurants, pubs and bars.  In the run-up to St Patrick's Day, we proudly present our sixth annual Murphia List, the launch of which is being celebrated this year with a party at Gibney's London. From chefs to bar-owners, and writers to restaurateurs it showcases the Irish talent that helps contribute to the creativity of London's food and drink scene."

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The list covers a variety of hospitality professionals working, including chefs, restaurateurs, bars, front of house, media, behind the scenes, producers and ones to watch. The top Irish chefs in the London food scene that appeared on The Murphia List 2020 are as follows:


  • Kenneth Culhane, The Dysart
  • Shauna Froydenlund, Marcus
  • Fiona Hannon, Bentley's
  • Anna Haugh, Myrtle
  • Colin Kelly, 22 Grosvenor Square
  • Marguerite Keogh, The Five Fields
  • RE-ENTRY - Simon Lamont, Seabird 
  • NEW - Adrian Martin, Wildflower 
  • Dave McCarthy, Scott's
  • Aidan McGee, Corrigan’s Mayfair
  • Tom Mullin, Pizza Pilgirms
  • Patrick Powell, Allegra
  • Clare Smyth MBE, Core by Clare Smyth

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Adrian Martin is set to open Wildflower in Camden this week
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  • Sinead Campbell, Bong Bong's Manila Kanteen
  • Richard Corrigan, Corrigan Collection
  • John Devitt, Koya
  • Garrett Fitzgerald, Butchies
  • Robin and Sarah Gill, The Dairy, Counter Culture, Sorella, Darby’s and The Yard
  • Brian Hannon, Super 8 Restaurants (Smoking Goat, Kiln, Brat)
  • John King, Bowling Bird
  • NEW - Aoife and Johanna Ledwidge, J+A Cafe 
  • NEW - Siobhan, Marie and Caitriona Peyton, Roastery + Toastery 
  • David Moore, Pied a Terre
  • John Nugent, Green & Fortune
  • Oliver Peyton, Peyton & Byrne
  • Mark and Alan Wogan, Homeslice

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  • Patrick Dardis, Young & Co.'s Brewery
  • Gearoid Devane, Trade
  • NEW - Cormac Gibney, Gibney's 
  • NEW - James Goggin, Empirical Spirits 
  • Aaron Wall and Ciarán Smith, Homeboy

Front of House

  • RE-ENTRY - Richie Corrigan, Daffodil Mulligan 
  • NEW - Conor Daly, Allegra 
  • Darren McHugh, The Ledbury
  • Oisin Rogers, The Guinea Grill
  • Garreth Walsh, Kimpton Fitzroy

Richard Corrigan- from corrigansmayfair.co.uk
Richard Corrigan- from corrigansmayfair.co.uk

The producers

  • Evin O’Riordain, The Kernel Brewery
  • Darragh O'Shea, O’Shea’s Butchers
  • Steve Ryan, 40FT Brewery


  • Jessica Corrigan, Crab Communications
  • Diana Henry, food writer and broadcaster
  • Niamh Shields, Eat Like A Girl
  • Joe Warwick, World Restaurant Awards

Behind the scenes

  • NEW - Gary Dunne, London Irish Centre 
  • Richard O'Connell, Seasoned Consultancy
  • Jim Lyons, Claridge's
  • Noel Mahony, BaxterStorey
  • Sinead Mallozzi, sketch
  • Charlie McCarthy, A Drop of Irish
  • Paul McKenna, Red Branch Hospitality
  • Alex Muir, sketch

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Steve Ryan.
Steve Ryan.