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Jan
Rabbit in the Moon - M4
  Manchester
Chef Micheal O'Hare (of Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds, fame) has teamed up with footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs to open this restaurant (one of three they are planning together) at the National Football Museum in Manchester. Named after an Asian folk tale, this joint will offer 'space-age Asian food', including an ambitious 17-course tasting menu.
Jan
Tuk Tuk - G2
Indian
  Glasgow
Sibling to Edinburgh's Indian street food joint.
Jan
Hawkyns - HP7
British, Traditional
  Amersham
This timber-framed Elizabethan coaching inn at the end of the Metropolitan Line is used to the limelight, having starred in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', but we suspect that having a Michelin-starred chef in the restaurant might surpass that; Atul Kochhar, of Tamarind and Benares, is opening Hawkyns there this month, with former head chef of Benares, Ross Bott, at the stoves. The 50-seat restaurant will present a twist on traditional British cuisine.
Jan
Patty and Bun - E8
  London
A seventh branch for the rapidly expanding east London burger chain.
Jan
Jan
Ferdi - W1J
  London
A London outpost for (equally tiny) Paris brasserie Ferdi, named for the son of owners Alicia and Jacques Fontanier. The Parisien original is known as a fashionista hang-out so, judging by the location, this place will soon be swarming with the rich and the beautiful too. Walk-ins only at lunch, but bookings will be taken (by text, of course) for dinner.
Jan
Palatino - EC1V
  London
Stevie Parle (Clove Club, Luca, Dock Kitchen, Rotorino) is set to open his fifth London restaurant on January 23, in Clerkenwell (with a soft launch from 16-21 January being this month's hot ticket - 50% off all food). Named for one of the seven hills of Ancient Rome, Palatino will be an all-day restaurant celebrating the food of the city.
Jan
Exmouth Market Grind - EC1R
  London
This expanding group of Melbourne-inspired cool coffee hang-outs takes it up a notch with this opening in Exmouth Market, which includes a 90-cover restaurant and bar.
Jan
La Dame de Pic - EC3N
French
  City of London
Another top French chef has her eyes on London's fine dining scene: Anne-Sophie Pic, three-star chef from family's restaurant Maison Pic (est. 1889) in Valence, SE France, has teamed up with the Four Seasons group in their stunning new City hotel venture, which opens in Trinity Square on 26 January. The website tells us to expect dishes "rich in powerful and unexpected flavour combinations". (Another restaurant in the hotel, with Asian influences but as yet un-named, will open on May 1.)
Jan
Baluchi - SE1
  London
Baluchi, a pan-Indian restaurant, will open in late 2016 as part of The Lalit London, in the imposing Grade II listed building by Tower Bridge that was formerly occupied by Lambeth College. The hotel will be the first overseas opening for The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, whose portfolio comprises deluxe hotels across India.
Jan
Bun House - W1D
  London
A new Chinese steamed bun street cafe, opening on the corner of Greek and Old Compton Streets in Soho in early 2017. The PR info says it will offer an "affordable and quick eating” menu, focusing on traditional Canton-style bao (buns), from a husband-and-wife team, Alex Peffly and Z He.
Jan
Pivaz - CM14
  Brentwood
Jan
Bone Daddies, Nova - SW1
Japanese
  London
Bringing some street cred to Victoria's new residential and restaurant development, Nova, is Ross Shonhan (the daddy of Bone Daddies). He plans to open a ramen bar serving noodles, filled buns and a take on Osaka-style Okonomiyaki. It sounds like it could be Shonhan’s largest venue to date with two floors and outside space.
Jan
Church Street Standard (TBC) - CF14
  Cardiff
From the chaps behind Bristol's Urban Standard and North Street Standard comes a new Cardiff venture serving traditional British and European dishes. The name is still TBC but Church Street Standard is in the mix.
Jan
D&D Victoria, Nova - SW1
British, Modern
  London
D&D adds to its already 30-strong restaurant empire by snapping up a 10,000 sq ft space in Victoria's new Nova development, comprising a café, bar, terrace, food shop and restaurant.
Jan
Maison Eric Kayser - W1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
This artisan Parisian boulanger opens its first site in London, with a bakery in Marylebone. Eric Kayser already has a global empire incorporating Paris, New York, Japan and Hong Kong. The London bakery is expected to open in September 2016 - watch this space for further details.
Jan
Mere - W1
International
  London
Long-time right hand woman of Michel Roux Jr and MasterChef: The Professionals judge, Monica Galetti, reveals plans for her first solo restaurant. To open autumn 2016.
Jan
Pique Nique - SE1
Chicken
  London
A proper, French rotisserie spot from the people who brought us Bermondsey's “genius” little Parisian bistro Casse-Croute. Just across the road from its sister restaurant, this 40-seater café revolves around chicken, specialising in designer breed Poulet de Bresse (which has appellation d'origine contrôlée status).
Jan
Rosa's - SW9
Thai
  London
This mushrooming chain of thai cafes swells its ranks with a new site in Brixton's Atlantic Road. The 74-cover restaurant, set over two floors, is expected to open in November 2016. Full address details still TBA.
Jan
The Botanical - TW9
British, Modern
  London
Peyton and Byrne opens its fifth catering venue in Kew's Botanical Gardens, an all-day table service restaurant housed within the 19th century building known as Museum No.1. It will feature an 80-cover dining terrace overlooking the Palm House Conservatory, bar and private dining room, and serve a predominantly plant-based British menu. Opening date still TBC, late-2016.
Jan
The Botanicals - N
  London
Tom Aikens plans to launch this as his new London flagship restaurant serving Tapas with a botanicals bar.
Jan
Vietvan, - CR0
Vietnamese
  Croydon
Nick Moss (brother of supermodel Kate) plans to unveil a permanent site for his Vietnamese street food at Croydon's upcoming Boxpark project – a new retail and restaurant development housed within old shipping containers. Expected to open summer 2016.
Jan
Hotel du Vin et Bistro - CV37
  Stratford upon Avon
The 17th outpost for this subset of the Malmaison hotel group, opening late 2016, taking over two Grade II listed townhouses in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Jan
Barbecoa, Nova - SW1
Steaks & grills
  London
Jamie O’s temple for meat-lovers, where prices are often “shocking”, has secured a site at Victoria's new Nova development, as well as a massive 300-cover Piccadilly sibling in 2017.
Jan
Franco Manca, Nova - SW1
  London
These “amazingly yummy” sourdough pizza purveyors continue their London expansion apace with a new site coming to Victoria's Nova development this autumn.
Jan
Come Fry With Me - WC2
British, Modern
  London
Another City high-flier ditches the day job to become a restaurateur with this chip-only, aviation themed newcomer. And we thought grilled cheese sandwich cafes were stretching single concept dining a bit far...
Jan
Dumpy Lynn's - EC1
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
A 45-seater dim sum parlour in the heart of Clerkenwell, brought to us by Ennismore – the owner of Gleneagles and the Hoxton hotels. Due to open summer 2016. Further details still TBA – watch this space!
Jan
Farang - SE1
Thai
  London
Head chef of Soho's tiny Thai spot Smoking Goat – where “hefty chunks of meat, marinated and grilled to perfection” – Seb Holmes is to open a new restaurant just south of Borough Market. Farang is set to open spring/summer-2016, but first Holmes will test out his menus at supperclubs in Highbury's San Daniele.
Jan
Galadari, Crowne Plaza Hotel (City) - EC4
Japanese
  London
The new restaurant for the eighth floor of the Crown Plaza Hotel in the City, set to feature a Japanese kushiyaki grill.
Jan
Pickle & Toast - W1
  London
Soho recently witnessed the arrival of grilled cheese sandwich café Melt Room; now W1 is about to gain another venue on the junction of Wardour Street and Peter Street, specialising in sourdough bread, vintage cheddar and dill pickle. Open for Breakfast, lunch, evening beers and late bites "from dawn till dark"
Jan
Raw & BBQ - W1
Fusion
  London
A new Mayfair restaurant from the owners of Sushi Samba and Duck & Waffle, specialising in raw bar-style cuisine (shellfish, ceviche etc) and BBQ.
Jan
Restaurant at The Curtain, Curtain Hotel - EC2
British, Modern
  London
A new £60m hotel and members' club (to rival Soho House) is slated to open next summer in the gigantic building site some know as Shoreditch. The Curtain is brought to us by Michael Achenbaum, president of the Gansevoort Hotel Group. Heading up the restaurant at The Curtain will be Marcus Samuelsson, operator of Red Rooster in Harlem.
Jan
Shake Shack - SW1
Burgers, etc
  London
Danny Meyer's American burger brand will open its fifth UK site (fourth in London) alongside a slew of other restaurants (Bone Daddies, Barbecoa, Franco Manca, and an Italian venture from Jason Atherton) coming to Victoria's new Nova development later this year.
Jan
Caprice Holdings (TBC) - W1
  London
Richard Caring's Caprice Group acquires yet another plum Mayfair spot – formerly the site of the “plush” and “consistent” (if not spectacular) Princess Garden. The as yet unnamed 120-cover restaurant is expected to open summer 2016.
Jan
Lalit Hotel London - SE1
  London
India hotel powerhouse, Bharat Hotel Group, to open its first overseas site in London on the former grounds of St Olave's Grammar School by Tower Bridge.
Jan
Polpo - S
  London
Russell Norman and Richard Beatty have announced plans for a seventh London outpost of their small plates empire, this time in Lewisham, stay tuned for more details.
Jan
Randall & Aubin - M3
Fish & seafood
  Manchester
A Manchester follow-up to Soho's “cool little haven” Randall & Aubin, whose “proper fruits de mer” have been delighting our reporters for over a decade. The northern outpost will open on the site of a former furniture store later this year.
Feb
Bar +Block - PO15
Steaks & grills
  Fareham
The third branch of Whitbread's new steakhouse diner chain opens in the Whiteley shopping centre near Fareham in February.
Feb
Dean & DeLuca - W1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Another American classic crossing the Pond: celebrity hangout and iconic deli chain Dean & DeLuca - founded in New York in 1977 and now spread throughout the US and Asia - is due to open in London in early 2017. It will occupy the site formerly occupied by butcher's Allen's of Mayfair.
Feb
Hawksmoor - SE1
  London
The Hawksmoor brand is due to open its sixth London site in February 2017, in Borough Market - the very place that owners Will Beckett and Huw Gott credit for the inspiration, suppliers and produce of the original Hawksmoor. A restored Victorian hop warehouse over two floors will house Hawksmoor Borough.
Feb
Henrietta - WC2E
  London
Ollie Dabbous (Dabbous, Barnyard) will open his third London restaurant, in partnership with the team behind the Experimental Cocktail Club, in Covent Garden early next year. The French-inspired restaurant, Henrietta, will be inside the new Henrietta Hotel.
Feb
Homeslice - W12
  London
A fourth branch of Mark and Alan Wogan's Homeslice will open in the redeveloped Television Centre in 2017.
Feb
Jamie Oliver's Pub - N1
  London
Jamie's heading back to his roots. The redevelopment of an 1850s canalside office building will see new 'creative offices' for Jamie HQ, a restaurant and this, a traditional British boozer. Opening date TBC - early 2017.
Feb
Nape - SE5
  London
A restaurant debut from Borough Market charcuterie operator Sean Cannon, Nape (named after the English name for coppa, a traditional cut of Italian salami) will be a deli, bottle shop and cured meat bar. Openeing in february 2017, but Camberwell locals and fans should head for the 'taster' pop-up onsite, 8-24 December.
Feb
Red Rooster - EC2
  London
A fried chicken shop like no other. Famed NYC chef Marcus Samuelsson is bringing an outpost of his hugely popular Harlem restaurant to Shoreditch in early 2017. It will be located inside the Curtain Hotel, and will offer punters the authentic taste of American soul food.
Feb
The Cheese Bar - NW1
  London
Fans of the sunny yellow converted ice-cream truck that serves up Instagram-fodder cheese toasties all over London will be thrilled to hear of a permanent site for Mathew Carver's cheesey fare. The Cheese Bar opens in Camden Stables Market in February 2017, serving cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will be championing urban cheese makers who are producing within the M25.
Feb
The Other Naughty Piglet - SW1E
  London
Opening in February 2017, in The Other Palace - 'a creative hub for all things musical theatre' on the site of the former St James Theatre: another restaurant from the owners of Naughty Piglets in Brixton, Joe and Margaux Sharratt. Andrew Lloyd Webber is also involved in the project.
Feb
Magpie - W1
British, Modern
  London
From the team behind Pidgin (James Ramsden, Sam Herlihy and Elizabeth Allen) a new central London venture opening in 2016. All that's known so far is that food will be served from customised trollies.
Feb
Bar + Block - B2
Steaks & grills
  Ladywood
A third branch for the steakhouse chain from Beefeater.
Feb
Moor Hall - L39
British, Modern
  Aughton
Simon Rogan's one-time right-hand man Mark Birchall (former exec chef at L'Enclume) sets out to open his own restaurant-with-rooms at this Grade-II listed Lancastrian gentry house. Due to open 1 March 2017, with a later phase over the summer introducing a further informal dining space in a refurbished barn.
Feb
Aster - SW1H
  London
The jewel in the crown of Victoria's long-awaited Nova development will be this D&D London offering, featuring Nordic inspired food from executive chef Helena Puolakka (ex-Skylon). The vast space (over two floors) will cater for any style of dining with a restaurant, cafe, bar, deli and retail area on the menu.
Feb
Bone Daddies - W1U
Japanese
  London
This new branch of the ramen 'n' ribs hotspot will open near Bond Street in early February.
Feb
La Bonne Bouffe - SE22
  London
George Garnier (founder of the Bermondsey Arts Club) and wine importer Sylvain Bertheleme have gone into partnership to open this Gallic spot in East Dulwich; it's due to open in early February.
Feb
Lorne - SW1V
  London
Coming soon to Victoria, a modern British restaurant with an impressive pedigree. Peter Hall (food) and Katie Exton (wine) met working at The Square, and their previous employees include River Cafe, Chez Bruce, Brawn and Benu (in San Francisco). Should be one to watch; opening February.
Feb
The Ivy Soho Brasserie - W1F
  London
Due to open on 7th Feb 2017, another 'brasserie' concept from The Ivy group. The 200-cover restaurant will be on the ground floor of the Great Portland Estates’ latest West End development on Broadwick Street. The restaurant will offer all-day dining, Monday to Sunday.
Feb
Tapas Revolution - NE1
Spanish
  Newcastle Upon Tyne
A sixth branch for the growing UK tapas chain from Spanish TV chef Omar Allibhoy will open in Eldon Square shopping centre on February 13.
Feb
Duck Duck Goose - SW9
  London
Cantonese street markets are the inspiration behind Duck Duck Goose, which will open in Pop Brixton soon. The brainchild of Oli Brown, who worked at The Continental in Hong Kong, the menu will feature meaty street food staples, air-dried and roasted on-site, including duck, pork belly and goose.
Feb
Hoppers - EC3P
  London
A pop-up sibling to Hoppers will open in early 2017 inside the crazy golf club beside the Gherkin.
Feb
Sourced Market - SW1H
  London
Of the 17 restaurants that will open in Victoria's Nova development over the next few months, Sourced Market can claim to be the first to have opened its doors (21 November). An 'artisan food and drink retailer' born out of a frustration with festival catering and a love of Borough Market, the restaurant and coffee bar brings the UK's finest food suppliers together.
Feb
The Clifton - NW8
  London
This Clifton Hill pub has been empty since 2013, but has been rescued from re-development and will open in December 2016 under the management of brothers Ed and Ben Robson, who previously ran Boosphi’s in Fitzrovia.
Feb
Hai Cenato - SW1
Italian
  London
Jason Atherton turns his hand to Italian cuisine, with his new restaurant opening in the Nova development currently underway near Victoria station. The venue will feature a pasta room where diners can see the food being made.
Feb
Rail House Café - SW1
British, Modern
  London
From Adam White (the man behind Fitzrovia's popular brunch spot Riding House Café and Village East in Bermondsey) comes a vast new café in Victoria's Nova development. The 330-cover venue is spread over two floors with a raised private dining room and outdoor seating area with al-fresco bar. It will open alongside a plethora of other restaurants (Bone Daddies, Barbecoa, D&D London, Shake Shack, Jason Atherton) in September.
Feb
The Stoke House, Nova - SW1
BBQ
  London
Will Ricker (of Bodega Negra fame) brings his American BBQ venture to Victoria's upcoming Nova development. He will also launch a second organic cold-press juice and food store at the new development, Juice Well.
Feb
Barbecoa Piccadilly - W1
Steaks & grills
  London
Mar
Are Friends Electric - M2
  Manchester
Chef Micheal O'Hare (of Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds, fame) has teamed up with footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs to open this restaurant (one of three they are planning together), on the rooftop of the former Stock Exchange building that they are converting into a boutique hotel. See also the Man Who Fell to Earth.
Mar
Jean-Georges Vongerichten at The Connaught - W1K
  London
There's no official name or opening date yet, but London - more specifically The Connaught - will be welcoming stellar French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (formerly of Vong at The Berkeley) back in Spring 2017.
Mar
Quartieri - NW6
  London
Despite a website and press release that bizarrely keep the exact address a secret, we can reveal that three Neapolitan chefs will be opening a pizza restaurant called Quartieri on Kilburn High Road some time in Spring 2017. The owners are behind Pizzeria Trianon in Naples, have sourced wines from the foot of Mt Vesuvius and have installed the very best flash flame pizza oven; if you can find it, we are sure it will be authentic.
Mar
The Colton Arms - W14
  London
Returning after a long absence, rejuventated by Hippo Inns (husband and wife team Rupert and Jo Clevely, former owners of Geronmio Inns), this Barons Court pub is set to re-open in Spring 2017.
Mar
The Man Who Fell to Earth - M2
  Manchester
Chef Micheal O'Hare (of Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds, fame) has teamed up with footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs to open this restaurant (one of three they are planning together) in the former Stock Exchange building, which they will re-open as a boutique hotel in 2017. It will be a 'Parisian ballroom-style' affair. See also Are Friends Electric, the rooftop restaurant.
Mar
The Pig & Whistle - HU17
  Beverley
Former Petrus chef James Allcock has quit the capital to open this small (25 cover) bistro in East Yorkshire. Not only that, but he hopes to introduce a new concept of dining to the area, serving only small plates of cured meats and cheeses, all day, seven days a week, in the hope that people will drop in before or after dining elsewhere. His involvement with the crowdfunded Burnt Truffle in Heswall suggests he knows exactly what will work.
Mar
Leon - G1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Glasgow
The first Scottish outpost of this reliable chain of healthy fast food joints with numerous sites in London. It was expected to open in July 2016 in Glasgow's Buchanan Galleries but is still yet to open.
Mar
Duck & Waffle (TBC) - SW1
British, Modern
  London
New restaurant from Sushi Samba group, opening at Haymarket's new St James's Market development alongside a new venture from the Salt Yard Group and the London outpost of NYC's enduring Nordic fine dining restaurant Aquavit.
Mar
Sushisamba - WC2
Japanese
  London
A second London outpost of this dazzling international chain, serving “heavenly” Japanese/South American fusion fare, is set to arrive in Covent Garden in early-2017 on the former site of Brasserie Blanc. The City original occupies the 39th floor of Heron Tower and incorporates one of the capital's best rooftop terraces.
Mar
The Kitchen at Chewton Glen - BH23
  New Forest
Chewton Glen, the luxury country house hotel tucked away in the New Forest, is opening a purpose-built cookery school in March 2017. You can book here to eat, too - there's an informal dining space attached where you can watch the lessons and chefs at work. Expect more relaxed food than at the 'big house' - the menu lists wood-fired pizzas, burgers and superfood salads, as well as local seafood.
Mar
Martha Ortiz - W1
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Martha Oritz, of Mexico City's Dulce Patria, has confirmed she will open her first London venture alongside Theo Randall as The Intercontinental Park Lane's second restaurant. The new dining room, designed by David Collins Studio, will serve the chef's take on Mexican cuisine and is expected to open in early 2017.
Apr
Clare Smyth (Name TBC) - W11
  London
Clare Smyth, former chef patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay - and the first British woman to hold three Michelin stars - has secured this site (previously Notting Hill Kitchen, RIP, and once the site of the original Leith's) will launch her first solo venture here later in 2017. As yet, the restaurant is unnamed - more details as we hear them.
Apr
Monty's Deli - E2
  London
After many years on Druid St and a £50k crowdfund, Monty’s Deli is to open a permanent site in east London, after securing the site of a Hoxton bakery. Founders Mark Ogus and Owen Barratt will open their 'real Jewish deli' in April 2017, so fans will have a few months to wait for their bagels and pastrami sandwiches.
Apr
Yoobi Great Castle Street - W1
Japanese
  London
The second London outpost of this Japanese/South American fusion restaurant will serve up temaki rolls, maki rolls and sashimi, as well as a selection of new Brazilian-influenced dishes. The original (also in Soho's Lexington Street) was hailed as the city's first temakeria when it opened in 2012.
Apr
Bob Bob Exchange - EC3
British, Modern
  London
Soho's “OTT” but undeniably fun Bob Bob Ricard – where diners “love the ‘press for champagne’ button on every table!” – gets a swanky new City sibling. The restaurant is expected to open in the Leadenhall Building (otherwise known as The Cheesegrater) in April 2017.
Apr
Lympstone Manor - EX8
  Exmouth
A major new opening to look forward to - Michael Caines MBE is renovating this once-private home (Courtlands) near Exmouth to create a 21-bedroom country house hotel with 60 covers spread across three individual dining rooms. A vineyard is also in development, and the landscaped gardens and views over the Exe Estuary promise a new Devon destination in the making; watch out Gidleigh Park?
May
Sophie's Steakhouse - W1D
  London
A third London branch of Sophie's Steakhouse opens in Soho mid-2017.
Jun
The Palm at Deane - SN8
  Basingstoke
From the restaurateurs behind Winchester's pan-Asian restaurants Palm Pan Asia, The Shapla and Gandhi, comes a new venture near Basingstoke. Expected to open summer-2016. Address details still TBA.
Aug
Bokan - E14
  London
Opening on 37th floor of the new Novotel Canary Wharf, this 65-cover restaurant was due to open in January 2017, featuring modern European cooking from Aurelie Altemaire, formerly of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. The views should be impressive. Now opening Summer 2017
Sep
Bluebird Café - W12
  London
D&D London are rolling out the Bluebird Café concept with this first sibling in the former Television Centre at White City, due to open later in 2017. An outdoor terrace and deli will feature.
Oct
Rhubarb - WC1A
  London
As part of the renovation of the entire, iconic Centre Point building, London restaurateurs rhubarb (Sky Garden, Saatchi Gallery, Royal Albert Hall) will open a 'new culinary destination' on the bridge link overlooking the new square in late 2017.
Feb
Pantechnicon Building - SW1
  London
Yet another Belgravia acquisition for the Cubitt House group as it agrees a deal with The Grosvenor Estate to let the Pantechnicon building; Barry Hirst and Stefan Turnbull will create a food and retail emporium in the Grade II listed property.
Apr
Wish Tower Restaurant - BN21
  Eastbourne
A £2m government-funded scheme to regenerate Eastbourne's shorefront after fire devastated its 146-year-old pier will include a £1.2m restaurant housed within the town's Wish Tower. Rick Stein's company was at one point rumoured to be favourite to head up the new venture, however a petition to award the restaurant contract to a local caterer was launched in July 2016.
Jan
Dining Room at Art'otel, Art'otel - SW8
  London
Amsterdam hotel group plans to open new hotel and rooftop dining space in London's iconic Battersea Power Station in 2019. A second hotel in Hoxton is expected to follow.

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