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From the hottest restaurants in London right now to new Michelin star dining rooms and a sky bar set to be one of the highest in the Midlands, these are the most exciting new restaurant openings in the UK.
This list will constantly be added to so keep checking back for our latest recommendations.
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Alex Webb on Park Lane – open now
At the age of just 27, MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 winner Alex Webb has opened his very first restaurant at InterContinental Park Lane hotel.
Serving up a four (£75pp) or seven course (£110pp) menu, guests will get to taste some of his signature winning dishes from the show, such as Trout with Parsnip, Parsley, Mussel and Caviar Cream Sauce.
Other menu highlights include the Lobster Toast, Cod Fillet with White Bean Cassoulet and his winning dessert, Passion Fruit Parfait with Popping Candy.
Add a four-course wine (£35pp) or cider pairing (£25pp), or try one of Alex’s signature cocktails. Chef Webb is made from Earl-grey infused Beefeater Gin, lemon-balm-ginger-honey syrup, lemon, egg white and strawberry.
Orelle, Birmingham – open now
With more than 40 restaurants across London, Manchester, Bristol, Paris and New York, the newest addition to D&D’s ever-growing portfolio has finally opened in Birmingham.
Orelle sits at the top of Birmingham’s tallest office tower, 103 Colmore Row, and offers panoramic views across the city.
Don’t worry if heights aren’t your thing, as D&D has confirmed they will also be opening a separate cocktail bar and cafe on the ground floor of the 24-floor skyscraper.
YOPO at The Mandrake, Fitzrovia, London – open now
The Mandrake hotel has relaunched its restaurant, YOPO, and it’s jungle themed with a South American inspired menu.
Expect snacks like Crab Fennel and Caviar Brioche, tapas style dishes such as Grilled Octopus with Potato and Hot Smoked Paprika Pot, and a show-stopping main of Wild Seabass and Citrus (£37).
YOPO’s interiors have also been given a makeover with art installations that look like they are bursting out of the walls and a grandiose ‘showgirl’ ostrich taking centre stage.
Open from breakfast until late, we like the sound of their free flowing Sunday Sharing Brunch (from £65pp). While a three-course set lunch menu is £45pp.
Restaurant St. Barts, Smithfield, London – open now
The team behind neighbourhood restaurants NEST in Hackney and FENN in Fulham have opened a third restaurant in the capital – and it looks incredible.
Restaurant St. Barts is set within one of London’s most hidden yet historic buildings, overlooking the cloisters of St Bartholomew The Great Church.
The 15-course menu (£120pp), billed as a British Tasting Menu experience, starts with snacks such as Welsh Wagyu Bellini with Exmouth Caviar in the bar. The next course such as Red Mullet Terrine is served at the chef’s counter in the open fire kitchen.
Diners are then led to tables in the main restaurant which is largely lit by candlelight and the illuminations of the church outside. Here guests are served dishes such as Native Blue Lobster, Poached Cod with Wiltshire Truffle and Hackney Honey and Lavender for dessert. Wine pairing is £80pp. A six-course lunch menu is available for £60pp.
Woven by Adam Smith at Coworth Park, Berkshire – open now
Woven, the new restaurant at luxury country house hotel Coworth Park, opened in September and promises a tasting menu full of familiar flavours reimagined in unexpected ways.
Food comes courtesy of Adam Smith, Executive Chef at Cowarth Park since 2016, who previously worked at The Ritz and the Devonshire Arms.
The beautiful main dining room is inspired by nature and seats 44, plus there is a light-filled conservatory for private dining for up to 12. A new wine room and pantry with two floor-to-ceiling wine cellars have also been added.
Lunch is £80pp and dinner is £130pp. Wine pairing is an extra £80pp. The experience starts with a selection of snacks ‘From The Pantry’, followed by a choice ‘From The Larder’, ‘From The Stove’ and ‘From The Pastry’ before ending with an array of sweet treats. Stand out dishes include Cured Seabass, Brown Crab, Cotswolds White Chicken, Hereford Beef, Salt Aged Yorkshire Duck and Adam’s Signature Chocolate.
Grace & Savour at Hampton Manor, Solihull – open now
This stunning new restaurant opened at Hampton Manor in the west Midlands earlier this year and is not only unique to the area, but to the UK, as it’s built into the walls of a Victorian Walled Garden.
The restaurant is also open to non-guests who can watch their food being served from the open kitchen. Signature dishes include grass-fed beef brisket smoked over pine, wild boar or buttery monkfish and creel-caught red prawns caught from small day boats. As the menu changes with the seasons, you’ll have to visit to see what is on that day.
The 15-course menu is £135pp Thursday to Saturday. An eight-course lunch is available for £75pp on Saturdays only. Those staying over in the one of the Garden Suites with freestanding stone baths can get the full experience with chef’s garden tour, 15-course tasting menu and breakfast from £360pp. Bookings open six months in advance on the 1st of the month.
NoMad Restaurant & Bar, Covent Garden, London – open now
One of the most beautiful UK restaurants to book a table at in 2022 is NoMad Restaurant & Bar at Covent Garden’s most stylish hotel, NoMad London.
Set in a plant-filled atrium and serving up some of the best cocktails to have passed our lips, this is one of our favourite new spots in the capital.
Snack on oysters and caviar to start, followed by small or large plates such as Crab Tagliatelle (£28) and Suckling Pig with Smoked Bacon Jam (£39). Their signature dish, first made famous in their New York hotel, is the three-course NoMad Chicken Dinner (£70pp).
Bookings open 30 days in advance, so set a reminder on your Google calendar so you don’t miss out.
Sessions Arts Club, Clerkenwell, London – open now
Housed in Clerkenwell’s beautifully restored Grade II listed Old Sessions House, Sessions Arts Club is brings together art, design and food.
The venue is an attraction in itself, with an art gallery, programme of performances and events, wine bar and 60-cover dining room featuring arched windows that look out onto the roof terrace, complete with marble bar and infinity pool.
Florence Knight is at the helm in the kitchen, creating a seasonally-driven menu of dishes inspired by her love of British, French and Italian cooking and simple food made using carefully sourced ingredients.
Although critically acclaimed, some dishes on the menu won’t be for everyone, but dinner here is about the experience – and it’s the coolest restaurant in London right now.
MUSU, Manchester – opening late 2022
Contemporary Japanese restaurant MUSU promises to bring something very different to the city of Manchester when it opens later this year.
The fine dining menu and multi-million pound interiors, including video walls, combine to offer guests an immersive, multi-sensory dining experience.
It’s the brainchild of chef Michael Shaw, whose career has taken him from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons to Richard Neat’s eponymous restaurant in Cannes.
The menu is divided into three sections – Sentaku allows guest to choose their own dishes, Kaiseki is a set menu curated by Michael comprising of seven or 11 courses, while MUSU will offer the first Omakase menu outside London (served at MARU in Mayfair).
Served by Head Sushi Chef Andre Aguiar, who was trained by renowned Japanese Sushi Master Yugo Kato, diners who opt for this will have no say in the food that is put before them and must trust the chef to create the perfect menu. Prices are yet to be released on this one.
Heft, Cumbria – open now
Acclaimed chef Kevin Tickle has helped other restaurants, such as Forest Side in the Lake District, earn a Michelin star – and he is hoping to replicate that with his first solo venture, Heft.
Run with his wife Nicola, Heft is a 17th-century Inn in Newton-in-Cartmel, Cumbria. There is a bar serving quality beers, fine dining restaurant with a modern British menu, and five guest rooms are in the works.
Expect dishes such as Venison Pastrami with Cucurbit Relish and Smoked Juniper, and Cod with Oyster, Salsa, Iberico Ham Fat and Charred Lettuce.
A three-course lunch is £37.50, while a six-course dinner is £95. Rooms, when they open, are expected to start from £140 a night.
The Pem, Westminster, London – open now
For elevated dining with a side of female empowerment, book a table at The Pem at Conrad London St James hotel in Westminster.
Inspired by suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, affectionately nicknamed ‘Pem’ by her close family, this new destination restaurant plays host to some of London’s top female culinary talent.
At the helm is ‘Chef to Watch’ Sally Abé, the woman behind Fulham’s Michelin-starred Harwood Arms.
Expect a seasonal menu, including dishes like Sirloin and Rib of Dexter Beef with Oyster, Turnip and Horseradish (£45) and Cornish Pollock with White Wine Cockles and Samphire (£34).
Fork, Lewes – open now
Fork is a new independent restaurant for Lewes, East Sussex – and the first the area has seen for some time.
With a focus on local ingredients, it is the debut solo venture from acclaimed London chef Richard Falk, who previously worked at Michelin-starred The Ledbury and Robin Gills’ Dairy restaurant in Clapham.
Diners are treated to a changing British menu that is ‘innovative yet accessible’. A two-course lunch is £24.50. Dinner starts from £40 for two courses and three courses for £50.
Wilding, Oxford – open now
Everything revolves around wine at this new Oxford restaurant, which also doubles as a bottle shop.
The deceptively large venue has a chrome bar, booths and bistro tables in the restaurant, light-filled conservatory, private dining area, plus a garden terrace.
Menus range from nibbles and small plates to larger mains, catering for everyone from meat eaters to vegans. Highlights are the sharing boards which fall into Sea, Garden, Field and Dairy categories. All produce is responsibly sourced with butchery and fermentations handled in-house to minimise food waste.
A second Wilding, whose sister venue is the award-winning Eight Stony Street in Frome, has also just opened on Salisbury High Street.
JIJI, Islington, London – open now
If you love Japanese and Middle Eastern food, have you ever thought of combining the two?
That’s exactly what Janina Wolkow, restaurateur and founder of the multi-award winning Japanese restaurant Sumosan, has done with JIJI.
Creating dishes which showcase her two favourite cuisines, menu highlights include 48-Hour Miso Marinated Tender Baked Salmon Belly (£18.50) and The Perfect Poached Egg in a Japanese Panko Parmesan Crumb with Truffle Oil Polenta (£11). There’s also a range of freshly prepared sushi dishes on offer.
The interiors are pretty special with cool Japanese artwork on the walls, colour-changing neon corridors and a plant-filled terrace – perfect for the ‘gram.
Unalome by Graeme Cheevers, Glasgow – open now
Unalome is the first solo venture by chef Graeme Cheevers, which launched in his hometown of Glasgow in summer 2021 – and he’s just won the city’s first Michelin star in almost 20 years.
Graeme and his team use the best Scottish suppliers to serve an ever-changing menu featuring modern European dishes, often inspired by Japanese culture and cooking.
Guests can order the seven course Tasting Menu from £90pp. The à la carte menu features specialties like Roasted Goosnargh Duck and Fillet of Bass and Shetland Squid.
Hackney Coterie, Dalston, London – open now
With seating across two levels and a large outdoor terrace, Hackney Coterie is a new warehouse brasserie, bar and wine shop on the site of the former L’Entrepot restaurant in Dalston.
It’s the second venture from Anthony Lyon, the man behind nose-to-fin Lyon’s Seafood & Wine Bar in Crouch End. This time he has joined forces with head chef Dominic Auger, who formerly worked alongside Ollie Dabbous at HIDE, and master sommelier, Kelvin McCabe.
With a minimal waste menu which changes weekly, expect a mix of small and large plates with dishes like BBQ Salmon Head with Crispy Seaweed (£6) and Cured pork belly with Kisaichi Pickled Watermelon (£22.50).
There’s also a tasty looking weekend brunch menu. Think Avocado on Charcoal Toast with House Pickles and Pecan Praline (£8.50) and Grilled Banana Bread with Bacon Crumb and Crème Fraiche (£9.50).
Lilac, Lyme Regis – open now
Lilac is a wine bar and neighbourhood restaurant serving up a changing daily selection of small plates in Lyme Regis.
It’s chef Harriet Mansell’s second venture in the Dorset coastal town, following the success of sister restaurant Robin Wylde.
The wine bar came about as Robin Wylde needed extra space for their expansive vino collection – and is just a stone’s throw away from the main restaurant.
Dishes on Lilac’s menu include freshly baked breads, snacks, small plates, cheese and charcuterie. The wine here is also excellent.
Burnt Orange, Brighton – open now
Another new restaurant to make the Michelin Bib Gourmand list is Burnt Orange in Brighton.
This new hangout is from the team behind acclaimed local restaurants, The Coal Shed and The Salt Room and there’s a reason this place is always packed, it’s excellent.
A cross between a restaurant and a bar, with a gorgeous outdoor terrace, Burnt Orange is great for coffee, brunch, an afternoon beer, cocktails or a proper dinner with a bottle of wine.
Expect an exciting range of wood-fired meat and fish dishes, such as Flamed Sea Bream (£12.50) and Fermented Chilli-Marinated Rib Eye Steak (£19). Or try The Burnt Orange Experience (we recommend) which sees the chefs select a spread of their favourite dishes for your whole table to share. Priced at £35pp, it includes tasty sharers like Mangalitza Pork Belly Shawarma and Smoked Miso Aubergine.
Ave Mario, Covent Garden, London – open now
Following on from trattorias Gloria and Circolo Popolare, the latest offering from the Big Mamma Group comes in the form of Ave Mario.
This Instagrammable Covent Garden venue is a 295-cover restaurant, boasting two terraces and a courtyard.
Expect loud interiors, free flowing drinks, and oversized sharing food from pizzas to giant carbonara ravioli.
Make sure you leave room for dessert because Ave Mario has quite the showstopper on offer: the Giant Stracciatella Gelato (£9), a 60cm tall gelato tower shaped into a giant cake.
The Forge, Chester – open now
The Forge in Chester is the latest opening from restaurateur and chef Mike Robinson, combining his love of wild British ingredients and simple cooking over wood and charcoal.
With a field to fork philosophy, sustainability is at the heart of everything The Forge does. The menu includes hand-dived scallops, foraged produce and venison harvested on estates personally managed by Mike to ensure the deer herds stay in balance with the land.
There’s also an expansive wine list and selection of seasonal cocktails, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect tipple.
Park Row, Soho, London – open now
If you love an immersive dining experience, this DC Comics themed restaurant in Soho is the place to book – just don’t turn up in fancy dress!
Named after the area of Gotham City where Batman’s parents were killed, Park Row is made up of restaurants and bars, each with a DC character theme – and you get in via a secret entrance modelled on the Batcave.
Hang out at Art Deco bar, Pennyworth’s – named after Batman’s butler. Order cocktails under neon light at Old Gotham City, or sip champagne in style at The Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge (pictured above).
Book well in advance for the Monarch Theatre, Park Row’s multi-sensory tasting menu with 360-degree projection mapping technology to explore the psychology of good vs evil through food.
The latter might be best for a treat, as the 11 course tasting menu with wine pairing starts at £195pp.
The Loch & The Tyne, Windsor – open now
The latest from chef Adam Handling, The Loch & The Tyne is a pub, restaurant and private dining room in Old Windsor.
It is Handling’s second venue outside London – he has four ventures in the capital, plus the recently relaunched Ugly Butterfly restaurant in Cornwall.
There is a big focus on sustainability at all of Handling’s restaurants. At The Loch & The Tyne, dishes are made from produce from the restaurant’s vegetable garden and orchard. While leftovers are made into delicious looking ‘zero-waste croquettes’.
This is also a new foodie stay, as there are two luxury rooms with freestanding baths which guests can book to stay over.
BiBo, Shoreditch, London – open now
Three Michelin star chef Dani García is bringing next-level tapas to the Mondrian, on the site of the former Curtain hotel in Shoreditch.
BiBo already have restaurants in Spain, including Marbella, Madrid and Malaga, but this is García’s first UK outpost.
His Spanish kitchen serves up small plates on the ground floor of the Mondrian, which includes courtyard seating. Signature dishes include García favourites, such as Oxtail Brioche, Jamón Croquetas and Russian Salad with Quail Eggs. Prices start from £5.
Mickeys Beach, Exmouth – open now
Chef Michael Caines has spent three decades cooking in Devon, from two-star Michelin star dining to gastropubs – now he’s opened a beach bar and restaurant right on Exmouth seafront.
With only the freshest local seafood and meats simply cooked over charcoal, you can literally ‘eat the view’ at Mickeys Beach.
Head here for stylish après beach dining, take out meals on the seafront or maybe a midnight pizza after dancing the night away at Mickeys Beats on Fridays and Saturdays.
On warm evenings, the terrace roof fully retracts so you can watch uninterrupted views of the beautiful sunsets over Lyme Bay. When the weather isn’t so great, snuggle up in the cosy restaurant behind weatherproof panoramic windows.
Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, Soho, London – open now
We’ve got nothing but admiration for Syrian chef and restauranteur Imad Alarnab, who has opened his first permanent venue in London’s Soho – and bagged himself a Michelin Bib Gourmand award.
Imad was forced to flee his home country with his family in 2015 when his restaurants in Damascus were destroyed in the war.
As he made the journey to London, he cooked for refugees in Calais, sometimes feeding up to 400 people a time.
Imad has raised over £200,000 for charity since being in the UK and recently provided free food for those who needed it during lockdown. So what great news he’s got the chance to open a restaurant again, thanks to crowdfunding.
Madhu’s of Mayfair, London – open now
Experience Punjabi cuisine with a Kenyan twist in one of London’s most glamorous new dining rooms.
Indian fine dining restaurant Madhu’s of Mayfair has opened at five-star hotel, The Dilly – and it’s a fancy affair.
Serving family recipes handed down over four generations, the highlight of the innovative menu are the dishes cooked over the Robata Grill.
Signatures include Nyamah Choma, succulent prime cut lamb ribs marinated in chilli and lemon, and Madhu’s Machi, a whole seabass in an onion and carom seed marinade.
MARU, Mayfair, London – open now
If you want a restaurant where you don’t have to make any decisions when it comes to the menu, MARU does it for you.
Meaning circle in Japanese, MARU describes the constantly evolving Omakase tasting menu which is entirely chosen by the chef, right down to what drinks are served.
The restaurant is the first in the UK to specialise in the Japanese culinary technique of dry ageing fish, which will feature predominantly on the menu.
The tasting menu is £190 for 20 courses, with a supplementary drink pairing, to include wine, Champagne, sake and tea. Booking is essential.
The Alice, Oxford – open now
The Alice is an all-day restaurant and bar which has just opened at The Randolph Hotel in Oxford.
With a name that’s a nod to the city’s famous author, Lewis Carroll, The Alice serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner, pre-theatre dining and afternoon teas.
Chef Chris Emery, who has worked with Jason Atherton in New York and at London’s Pollen Street Social, is heading up the kitchen and the menu is seasonal British.
Other hospitality spaces include the Alice Bar, with speciality cocktails like the Randolph Gimlet. There is also The Snug, The Morse Bar, The Drawing Room and The Lancaster Room.
8 at The Londoner, London – open now
World-class Japanese dining and cocktails can be head on the rooftop of The Londoner, the world’s first ‘super boutique’ hotel.
8 at The Londoner has a decadent lounge area with a firepit at its centre, minimal terrace and breathtaking views of the capital.
The food is Japanese-inspired small dishes and signature plates including robata, tartare, sashimi and sushi rolls, headed up by ex-Nobu chef Kuenhi Won. Out in the Shima Garden, a more refined selection of small eats is available, as well as a selection of Gyoza Tacos, such as Grilled Lobster and Chilli.
Drinks include an impressive Champagne and wine selection, as well as a list of reserve sake and exclusive Japanese whisky.
Garden House, Cambridge – open now
The Garden House is a bar and restaurant within the new Graduate Cambridge hotel on the banks of the River Cam.
Adam Wood, formerly of London’s award-winning Perilla, leads the kitchen with a focus on open-flame cooking and seasonal East Anglian produce.
Dishes are set to include Grilled Norfolk Quail, Herdwick Hogget and Native Oysters with Gooseberry and Jalapeno.
The terrace area overlooking the river offers a lighter, more informal Garden House menu.
The Water House Project, Bethnal Green, London – open now
The Water House Project was set up by chef Gabriel Waterhouse, formerly of Michelin-star restaurant Galvin La Chapelle, to take the stuffiness out of fine dining.
Originally launched as a supper club in 2015 before becoming a restaurant, it has put down permanent roots in a contemporary space in east London’s Bethnal Green, close to Regent’s Canal.
The 40-cover restaurant has a state-of-the-art borderless kitchen and standalone reception area for pre and post-dinner drinks. Guests can choose to dine at one of two communal tables or more intimate smaller tables dotted around the room.
A nine-course seasonal tasting menu is £120pp and changes every month. As the monthly menu changes, so do the paired wines, showcasing an array of low-intervention bottles, sourced predominantly from across Europe.
The Little Chartroom and Eleanore, Edinburgh – open now
Roberta Hall-McCarron, chef-owner of The Little Chartroom, the Leith based restaurant inspired by her childhood memories of sailing the Scottish coastline and love for the country’s produce, has opened two new restaurants in Edinburgh.
Moving a short walk to Bonnington Road, The Little Chartroom’s latest incarnation is a bigger, more grown-up restaurant with a lively open kitchen at its heart, elegant dining room and separate bar area for pre and post-dinner drinks.
A second venue, Eleanore, is a restaurant and wine bar which has opened on the site of the current The Little Chartroom. Focused on relaxed counter culture with high-top dining, Eleanore serves small plates from its open kitchen, again highlighting the best of Scottish produce.
Hawksmoor, Canary Wharf, London – open now
If you love steak, you’ll probably know about London’s excellent Hawksmoor restaurants – but to mark their 15th anniversary the group have opened a new ‘floating’ establishment in Canary Wharf.
The seventh London Hawksmoor is an eco-friendly pavilion on the water with a green roof planted with wildflowers and grasses to encourage visits from insects and bees.
Spread over three levels, including a 150-cover dining space, a 120-cover bar – as well as Hawksmoor’s first ever outdoor space – it is their biggest restaurant yet.
Expect the best cuts of steak and a killer cocktail list. Our personal favourite is the Sour Cherry Negroni.
Zebra Riding Club, Hertfordshire – open now
Birch in Hertfordshire is one of our favourite just out of London hotels and its restaurant, The Zebra Riding Club, is just as raved about.
Offering farm-to-table dining which is as locally sourced as possible, cooking is straightforward and unfussy, featuring dishes like Salt-Marsh Lamb and Wild Harbour Monkfish.
The man in charge is renowned chef Robin Gill, who is also behind London restaurants Bermondsey Larder and Sorella in Clapham. Prices start from £48pp for the tasting menu of the day.
Behind, London Fields, London – open now
This intimate 18-seater restaurant in Hackney’s London Fields was only open for a few days before it earned its first Michelin star.
Behind is the first solo venture from chef Andy Beynon, former development chef for Jason Atherton – so expect big things.
The tasting menu is fish focused and will be served up by the chefs themselves. Prices start from £42pp for a six-course lunch and £68pp for an eight-course dinner. Wine pairing is £58pp.
Six by Nico, Soho, London – open now
With a tasting menu for just £35pp, we were thrilled when London finally got a Six By Nico restaurant.
As the name suggests, the menu is six courses, but changes every six weeks to a new theme, so there is always something new to try.
With restaurants in Glasgow, Edinbugh, Belfast, Manchester and Liverpool, it’s also one you don’t have to live in the capital to enjoy.
Sky Bar at The Gantry, London – open now
The Gantry is one of the hottest hotel openings in the capital – but it’s the food and drink we’re most excited for.
On the first floor there is a destination restaurant with alfresco dining including a chic terrace, but when the roof terrace bar on the 18th floor opens will be the highest in east London.
Although the Sky Bar is still to open, the rest of the 290-room hotel is available for guests to visit now.
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