Lord Cardigan

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Opening Hour 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM, every day on week.

  • PHONE. 03 9645 5305
  • 59 Cardigan Place. Albert Park Vic. 3206

Established in 2007

Established in 2007, Lord Cardigan Restaurant is the brainchild of husband and wife team, John Singer and Dominique Bolger. Lord Cardigan’s conception was an obvious choice for the couple, John’s passion and commitment to creating thoughtful and beautifully presented dishes, using only the freshest ingredients of the season, combined with Dominique’s warmth and affable style front-of house, creates a mood of quiet indulgence. We look forward to sharing the Lord Cardigan experience with you.

John Singer
John Singer
John started his apprenticeship on the Mornington Peninsula at Julius Caesar’s Italian restaurant in 1985 and completed his apprenticeship at The Victorian Arts Centre which was, at the time, controlled by Spotless Catering. John, also an alumnus of Hermann Schneider, took the reins at Harvey’s in South Yarra for 5 years where he was awarded a Chef’s Hat with The Age Good Food Guide. After a quick stint back on the Peninsula, opening the multi restaurant-outlet at The Mornington Yacht Club, The Rocks, he found himself back in the city and the next 5 years was spent between Zinc at Federation Square and Hotel Spencer before opening Lord Cardigan in Albert Park.
LORD CARDIGAN
LORD CARDIGAN
The Earl of Cardigan was described as”vain” and “contentious” “foppish,” “hopeless,” “a notorious rake,” while Cecil Woodham Smith, in his book The Reason Why, calls Cardigan, “unusually stupid,” and “an ass.” Regardless of his character flaws, the Earl of Cardigan was a natty dresser, and made sure that the brigade he took charge of in 1857 was well dressed, sporting woolen button-down jackets. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding and an apparent lack of common sense, Cardigan lead that same well-dressed brigade into a disastrous cavalry battle against the Russians at Balklava during the Crimean war. Over half the men were slaughtered, and the event was immortalized in Tennyson’s poem, Charge of the Light Brigade. His name is used today to describe a knitted sweater that buttons down the front similar to the original woolen jackets worn by his ill-fated brigade.
Dominique Bolger
Dominique Bolger
Dominique studied Hospitality Management at Cathal Brugha Street in Dublin, Ireland, before coming out to Australia in 1999. Dominique began her employment in Australia at Harvey’s in South Yarra where she and John met. From here, they went down to the Mornington Peninsula to open The Rocks at The Mornington Yacht Club, before returning to the city and joining forces with Flinders Wines selling wine for Best’s Great Western, Sevenhills, Bird in Hand, De Iuliis and Woodstock to name a few. 18 months later, the constant interaction with many great city restaurants drew Dominique back to the floor, where she worked at Pure South on Southbank, until she and John opened Lord Cardigan in 2007.