There are some great new UK restaurants which opened their doors in 2021 – so we’ve compiled a handy list so you know where to book next.
From London’s hottest restaurant to a Batman-themed immersive dining experience, these are the most exciting new restaurant openings in the UK.
We’ve also included some UK restaurants which opened in late 2020, but were unable to welcome customers for long.
This list will constantly be added to so keep checking back for our latest recommendations.
New UK restaurant openings
NoMad Restaurant & Bar, Covent Garden – open now
One of the most beautiful UK restaurants to open in 2021 is NoMad Restaurant & Bar, part of Covent Garden’s newest and coolest hotel, NoMad London.
Set in a lush plant-filled atrium and serving up some of the best cocktails to have passed our lips, it won’t be long before this place is all over Instagram.
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).
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’ll be hoping to replicate this with his first solo venture, Heft.
Run with his wife Nicola, Heft is a 17th-century Inn with five guest rooms in Newton-in-Cartmel, Cumbria. But the main draw will be the fine dining restaurant serving up modern British food.
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 £35, while a six-course dinner is £85. If you’re staying over rooms will start from £140 a night.
The Pem, Westminster – 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 will play 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).
JIJI, Islington – 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.
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, a 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.
Barletta, Margate – open now
Margate pop-up Barletta is a cafe and restaurant which has now set up a permanent home in the Turner Contemporary gallery.
Bringing a touch of the Mediterranean to Margs, guests can enjoy an all day menu, ranging from morning coffees and pastries, to sandwiches for lunch, and oysters and baked monkfish for dinner.
The wine list celebrates a variety of countries and regions, so there’s a little something for everyone. Or simply sip on a classic cocktail as you enjoy the stunning views of the harbour.
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 June 2021 – and he’s hoping to win the first Michelin star the city has seen 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 £70pp. The à la carte menu features specialties like Roasted Goosnargh Duck and Fillet of Bass and Shetland Squid.
Hackney Coterie, Dalston – 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).
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 will be treated to a changing British menu that is ‘innovative yet accessible’. Check the latest offerings on their Instagram feed.
A two-course lunch is £30. A set dinner on Fridays and Saturdays is £45pp. Dishes from the à la carte menu start at £13.
Ave Mario, Covent Garden – 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, which opened its doors in July 2021.
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, London -open now
If you love an immersive dining experience, this DC Comics themed restaurant in Soho is an exciting opening for 2021 – 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 – open now
Three Michelin star chef Dani García is bringing next-level tapas to the newly opened 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 will be serving 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.
FENN, Fulham – open now
From the team behind Hackney’s Nest comes FENN, a stylish neighbourhood restaurant with a heated outdoor terrace in Fulham.
With a changing menu focused on the best of British, meat is sourced from small scale farms, fish is sustainably caught in Cornwall and Scotland, while veg comes from small, ethical growers.
Some of this season’s highlights include FENN Fried Chicken with Chive Mayonnaise (£7) and Middle White Pork Belly with Carrot and Burnt Apple Ketchup (£22).
To sample the best of FENN, opt for the £50pp set menu, with the option to add wine pairing for an extra £45pp.
Lilac, Lyme Regis – open now
Lilac is a new 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.
Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, Soho – open now
We’ve got nothing but admiration for Syrian chef and restauranteur Imad Alarnab, who opened his first permanent venue in London’s Soho in 2021.
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 – 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.
Burnt Orange, Brighton – open now
Burnt Orange is a new Brighton hangout from the team behind acclaimed local restaurants, The Coal Shed and The Salt Room.
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, 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.
MARU, Mayfair – 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 £170 for 20 courses, with a supplementary drink pairing, to include wine, Champagne, sake and tea. Booking is essential.
Sessions Arts Club, Clerkenwell – open now
Housed in Clerkenwell’s beautifully restored Grade II listed Old Sessions House, Sessions Arts Club is an urban sanctuary, set to bring together art, design and food.
The venue is an attraction in itself, with an art gallery, programme of performances and events, wine bar and a 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.
The Alice, Oxford – open now
The Alice is an all-day restaurant and bar set to open this summer at The Randolph Hotel in Oxford.
With a name that’s a nod to the city’s famous author, Lewis Carroll, The Alice will be serving 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. Menus will be seasonal British.
Other hospitality spaces include the Alice Bar, where speciality cocktails include the Randolph Gimlet. There is also The Snug, The Morse Bar, The Drawing Room and The Lancaster Room.
8 at The Londoner – open now
World-class Japanese dining and cocktails are coming to the rooftop of The Londoner, the world’s first ‘super boutique’ hotel.
8 at The Londoner will feature 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 will be available, as well as a selection of Gyoza Tacos, such as Grilled Lobster and Chilli.
Drinks will include an impressive Champagne and wine selection, as well as a list of reserve sake and exclusive Japanese whisky.
Garden House, Cambridge – open now
September 2021 will see the launch of Garden House, a new bar and restaurant within Graduate Cambridge hotel on the banks of the River Cam.
Adam Wood, formerly of London’s award-winning Perilla, will lead 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 will offer a lighter, more informal Garden House menu.
The Water House Project, Bethnal Green – 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 will put down permanent roots this September in a contemporary space in east London’s Bethnal Green, close to Regent’s Canal.
The new 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, which is £99pp and changes every month, features Nordic and Japanese influences such as pickling and grill cooking.
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 – bookings open
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 – will bring two new restaurant openings to Edinburgh in 2021.
Moving a short walk to Bonnington Road, The Little Chartroom’s latest incarnation will be a bigger, more grown-up restaurant with a lively open kitchen at its heart, an elegant dining room and separate bar area for pre and post-dinner drinks.
A second venue, Eleanore, is a restaurant and wine bar set to open in late October 2021 on the site of the current The Little Chartroom.
Focused on relaxed counter culture with high-top dining, Eleanore will serve small plates from its open kitchen, again highlighting the best of Scottish produce.
The Gantry, London – hotel open, restaurant coming in 2022
The Gantry is set to be one of the hottest hotel openings in the capital for 2021 – but it’s the food and drink we’re most excited for.
On the first floor there will be a destination restaurant with alfresco dining, while the roof terrace bar on the 18th floor is expected to be the highest in east London.
The exact opening date has yet to be revealed. More details coming when we have them.
Hawksmoor, Canary Wharf – open now
If you love steak, you’ll probably know about London’s excellent Hawksmoor restaurants – but to mark their 15th anniversary the group are opening a new ‘floating’ establishment this winter.
The seventh London Hawksmoor is an eco-friendly pavilion on the water in Canary Wharf, 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 will be their biggest restaurant yet.
Expect the best cuts of steak and a killer cocktail list. Our personal favourite is the Sour Cherry Negroni.
103 Colmore Row, Birmingham – opening 2022
With more than 40 restaurants across London, Manchester, Bristol, Paris and New York, the newest addition to D&D’s ever-growing portfolio will launch in Birmingham next year.
103 Colmore Row will be a restaurant at the top of Birmingham’s tallest office tower, offering panoramic views across the city.
But 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.
Late 2020 UK restaurant openings
Zebra Riding Club, Hertfordshire
Birch in Hertfordshire was the hottest hotel opening of 2020 – 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
This intimate 18-seater restaurant in Hackney’s London Fields was only open for a few days in 2020, but has already 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
With a tasting menu for just £35pp, we were thrilled when London finally got a Six By Nico restaurant in late summer 2020.
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.
Hive at Selfridges, London
If you’re into honey, you’ll love the new Hive restaurant at Selfridges which opened its doors at the end of 2020.
The whole restaurant is yellow and bee-themed, with an Instagrammable neon sign ‘Hive is where the honey is’.
When it comes to food, expect innovative salads and light dishes – but the main event is the Cheese & Honey Afternoon Tea priced at £30pp.
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