The second London restaurant from Ollie Dabbous, round the corner from his self-titled (and much-hyped) original. In contrast to that restaurant's long wait for a booking, Barnyard won't be taking reservations, and the focus is said to be on good, homestyle cooking.
Of the Kings Road original, our reporters have long effused that “New Orleans was never closer!”; well it's now even closer to the centre of town, as this “lively” Chelsea surf ’n’ turf shack open it's first outpost right in Coven Garden.
Apparently named after a Victorian publican with a penchant for taxidermy, this new restaurant from the Parched Pubs lot (The Trinity is downstairs) will have former Village East chef Selim Massouf in the kitchen.
On the former site of Ristorante Semplice (RIP), a Mayfair outpost of the Roman seafood restaurant from Johnny Micalusi; proving there's no price on authenticity, Assunta Madre will have its fish flown in fresh daily from the Terracina fish market.
STOP PRESS: Closed until 24th March 2014, when the restaurant will re-open as 'Marcus'. Existing review:For “precision and perfection”, fans still hail the “unbelievable experience” offered by Marcus Wareing’s “elegantly relaxed” Knightsbridge dining room, vaunting “superlative” cuisine and “top drawer” service; prices are “eye-watering”, however, and ratings support those who feel it’s “not as tip-top as it used to be”.www.marcus-wareing.com