Explore Harden's - The restaurant guide created by you for you
Read all about the hottest new restaurant openings of the last six months.
Not open yet? See coming soon.
Are you a restaurant owner or a PR with a hot new project? Please tell us so we can tell the world! This page is constantly updated.
Jan
Greenwood - SW1E
  London
Another new opening (alongside Aviary) for the ETM Group, this time in the Nova mega-development in Victoria. the PR info promises a split-level venue for 'one-stop-shop' for a great day out. There's a giant (five screens!) sports lounge upstairs, all-day dining on the ground floor, and even - possibly a first for us - an in-house barber and brow 'n' lashes bar for those 'just-can't-wait' grooming needs.
Jan
Miusan - NW1
  London
Chris Singam, owner of the Cottons Caribbean restaurants, opens this new Camden restaurant / nightspot on 20 January after a soft launch period. Muisan (which means 'temple' in Cantonese) is modelled on the opium dens of 1940s New York and Paris. Expect Pan-Asian food, cocktails and regular DJs.
Jan
Club Mexicana - E8
Mexican/TexMex
  London
This fun and friendly Mexican street food favourite (still trading at Kerb and Hawker House) now has a place to lay its sombrero: Pamela bar in Dalston, every evening. Oh, and the food is also 100% vegan.
Jan
Lao Cafe - WC2
  London
In another successful transition from pop-up to permanent, Lao Cafe (from the Rosa's Thai Cafe people) has landed in Covent Garden, following the popularity of its temporary home in Victoria last year.
Jan
Ralph's Coffee & Bar - W1B
  London
Located next to the flagship retail store, this is fashion mogul Ralph Lauren's take on dining - a 36-seat cafe and bar inspired by the legendary Polo Bar in Manhattan. It opens for breakfast and closes in the early evening (but not so early you can't get a cocktail first!)
Jan
Maison Kayser - W1U
  London
Eric Kayser, 'artisan boulanger' of Paris (with over 100 bakeries across the city, New York and Hong Kong) has landed in London, appropriately in Baker Street, to introduce us to his sourdough bread, pastries and other delicacies, available to eat in or take away.
Jan
Plot - SW17
  London
Mark Kimber and Harry Smith open their first restaurant, Plot, in Tooting's Broadway Market showcasing the best of British. The 15-cover restaurant serves small plates from a menu created by head chef Giles Elstob. (ex Roux at Parliament Square) Expect queues....
Jan
Revolución de Cuba - G2
South American
  Blythswood Hill
With Taco Tuesday deals, two-for-one tapas on Sundays, Cuban rum cocktails and salsa classes, this new hang-out is bringing a taste of Latin America to Glasgow's Renfield Street.
Jan
Bala Baya - SE1
  London
The first stand-alone project from Israeli-born chef Eran Tibi (formerly of Ottolenghi, Made in Camden and Zest@JW3) aims to bring a flavour of Tel Aviv cafe culture to Southwark. Open from 9 January 2017, this spot features an open kitchen, bar and all-day cafe downstairs, with a finer dining restaurant upstairs.
Jan
Toms Kitchen - B1
  Ladywood
Bar and Deli, located in The Mailbox, in the heart of Birmingham city center. Serving "British favourites, comfort food classics & seasonal specials in a relaxed & informal brasserie setting". The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with menus created by Tom Aikens & brought to you by Head Chef Tom Wells & his team.
Jan
Firedog - W1T
  London
Firedog takes its name from the stone fire dogs that were used in the earliest form of grilled cooking found in Santorini, dating back to the 17th century BC. This Fitzrovia newcomer aims to recreate the cuisine, with a 'modern Aegean' twist.
Jan
Aviary - EC2A
  London
Jan
Smashburger - NE1
Burgers, etc
  Newcastle Upon Tyne
Milton Keynes, Brighton... Newcastle! The US burger chain - named for the grilling method of 'smashing' a meatball onto a hot,buttered grill - is rapidly moving in on our homegrown posh burger chains.
Jan
Kricket - W1
Indian
  London
Brixton's trendy Indian-fusion spot, set inside an old shipping container (part of POP Brixton), has opened its first bricks-and-mortar restaurant, in Soho.
Jan
Timmy Green - SW1
  London
All-day Australian restaurant and bar from Daisy Green founders - now open in the new Nova, Victoria development. Offering small plates and steaks (Josper-grilled of course)
Jan
Oak N4 - N4
  London
New to Finsbury Park, and more a wine-shop-with-food than a restaurant or bar, but we thought it worth including. Wine tasters are provided with nibbles to accompany food, and larger, sharing plates of cheese, charcuterie, etc can be ordered. Raul Diaz, the wine expert from TV's Sunday Brunch, has helped with the bin selection, and will be running tasting events.
Dec
The Oxford Blue - SL4
British, Modern
  Old Windsor
Former Clare Smyth protégé, Steven Ellis, has opened his own restaurant in Windsor, after 10 years spent in kitchens like Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, The Star Inn, Harome and Jamie O's Fifteen. The Oxford Blue dates back to the 1800’s. Originally two game keepers cottages, it was then converted into a traditional Inn and has served the local community ever since, in a number of different guises.
Dec
JAN - SW11
Middle Eastern
  London
A new Middle Eastern restaurant, in the streets nestled between Clapham and Wandsworth Commons, offering south Londoners a taste of the Caspian with influences from Iran and Turkey.
Dec
El Pastór - SE1
Mexican/TexMex
  London
From Barrafina bros Sam & Eddie Hart comes a new Mexican restaurant by Borough Market. The venue will primarily be a taqueria, specialising in spicy meat-laden and veggie tacos featuring corn tortillas made in-house. To drink there's mezcal, tequila, cocktails and Mexican beers.
Dec
Cinnamon Bazaar - WC2E
  London
The owners of The Cinnamon Club opened this all-day two-floor Indian restaurant on the former site of La Perla (RIP) in November 2016.
Dec
Hipchips - W1D
  London
And now for something completely, er, different: a crisp restaurant. Scott Davis and David Morris are opening Hipchips, offering freshly cooked gourmet crisps and dips in this Old Compton Street venue in November. They are using five heritage and vintage potato varieties to make crisps - including dessert options - that will be served on a conveyor belt.
Dec
Hawkers - KT2
  London
A new bar and brasserie now open in Kingston.
Dec
Stark - CT10
  Broadstairs
Formerly head chef at West House in Biddenden, Ben Crittenden and his wife Sophie opened this diminutive (12 cover), modern European, prix-fixe restaurant in Broadstairs just before Christmas 2016.
Dec
Bundobust - M1
Indian
  Manchester City Centre
Sibling to the Leeds Bundobust, this refectory-style Indian veggie street food joint arrived in Manchester just before Christmas 2016. Craft beers and lunch deals complete the picture.
Dec
Rockfish - EX8
  Exmouth
Dec
Pilau - W1F
  London
A second branch already for newcomer and former pop-up Pilau (also in Goodge Street since early autumn), an Indian all-day cafe in a former Soho sex shop. Co-owner Ollie Norman has an impressive restaurant pedigree - his father Russell owns the Polpo empire.
Dec
Ceru - SW7
  London
This contemporary Levantine restaurant from Barry and Patricia Hilton opened in South Kensington on 8 December, serving dishes and drinks inspired by the flavours of the eastern Mediterranean coast. Fans of their three previous pop-ups will be happy about a permanent home for Ceru - breakfast and afternoon tea will be added incentives to visit.
Dec
Messapica - NW10
  London
New to Kensal Rise from the owners of nearby Ostuni, an all-day "café, deli, bombetteria and juice bar", named for a town in Puglia, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. An Italian charcoal grill will be fired up each evening to produce 'bombetta' - bite-sized street food snacks.
Dec
Breddos Tacos - EC1M
  London
The permanent site for Breddos Tacos; the all-day taqueria owned by Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney is now open (in partnership with The Hoxton Group, owners of Ennismore) in Clerkenwell, serving up its trademark regional Mexican and Pocho fare.
Dec
Pomona's - W2
  London
West Coast California has arrived iin Notting Hill this winter, in the form of Pomona's. This new restaurant in the Commander building takes design inspiration from David Hockney’s 1970’s Malibu paintings.
Dec
Dishoom Edinburgh - EH2
  Edinburgh
Folk of Edinburgh rejoiced at the announcement that they were to have their very own branch of Dishoom - the much-loved London-based Parsi cafe chain. Now open, since Dec 2016 in St Andrew Square.
Dec
Boom Shack - SW9
  London
From the man behind Portobello's Boom Burger, Joshua de Lisser, this Jamaican-influenced juice and cocktail bar will offer breakfast, hot sandwiches and take-away; bringing the 'boom' to Brixton. To celebrate the new opening, this weekend (Sat 26 – Sun 27 November), Boom Shack will give away 100 menu items each day, on a first-come, first-served basis. From 10am on Saturday, the first 100 customers are invited to choose a free item from either the breakfast or evening menus for the full Boom experience. To be in with a chance of grabbing a free dish, all diners have to do is simply turn up to the restaurant and place their order!
Dec
Apicius - TN17
British, Modern
  Cranbrook
Dec
Radio Alice - N1
  London
Named for a short-lived 1970's pirate radio station in Bologna, and housed in a former school, Radio Alice is the brainchild of brothers Salvatore and Matteo Aloe. They created the Berbere pizzeria in Italy, making pizzas using yeast, ancient stoneground flour and 24-hour fermented dough. And they are now open in Hoxton (where else?). Emma King, co-founder of Gail’s Bakery, is also involved.
Dec
Tandoor Chop House - WC2
Indian
  London
From Ennismore (the owners of Gleneagles and the Hoxton hotels, as well as Egg Break in Notting Hill) comes a new Covent Garden venue combining the traditional British chophouse with the flavours of northern India.
Dec
Boom Burger - SW9
Burgers, etc
  London
Portobello Road's Boom Burger bar comes to Brixton Station Road where “Jamaican patties are all the rage"
Dec
Bar + Block - N1
Steaks & grills
  London
From the owners of Bar + Block in Birmingham, a King's Cross outlet for steak-hungry Londoners. You can even have steak for breakfast at this open-all-day spot.
Dec
Ole & Steen - SW1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Joining an impressive line-up of restaurants opening later this year at St James's Market on Haymarket (including NYC's Aquavit, Veneta from the Salt Yard Group and Anzu from Tonkotsu) is a new Danish bakery serving Scandinavian flatbreads and sandwiches to eat-in alongside a small list of wines and beers. Bread, cakes and pastries will, of course, be available to take away. There are already 50 such bakeries in Denmark, so this could be the start of a London roll-out.
Dec
Box-E Bristol - BS1
British, Modern
  Bristol
Chef Elliott Lidstone, previously of The Empress in Hackney, moves from the Big Smoke to Bristol's harbour side with a new solo venture. The tiny (just 14 cover) restaurant sits in the city's first retail yard made entirely out of old shipping containers. A couple of Lidstone's old Empress faves appear on the regularly changing, modern British menu.
Dec
Corazón - W1
  London
Opening in November 2016, a Mexico City-inspired 'taqueria' from Laura Sheffield, former manager of Fischer’s and the Riding House Café.
Dec
Jamavar - W1
  London
This 'jewel in the crown' of the Leela Palaces Indian hotel chain, under executive chef Rohit Ghai (Gymknana, Benares), is now open. Top Value Tip: set lunch menu for only £25 - a steal in Mayfair.
Dec
Pomaio - E1
  London
Move over craft beers - the latest thing to hit the east End is Enoteca Pomaio - a craft winery. In Brick Lane, no less. Italian winemaking brothers Marco and Iacopo Rossi will open Pomaio (named after their winery Podere di Pomaio in Arezzo) in late 2016.
Dec
Juniper Tree - NW3
  London
A new local for Belsize Park, featuring classic British fare made from organic British ingredients.
Dec
Hopscotch - E1
  London
New to the Brick Lane drinking and dining scene, this two-floor venue (plus garden) offers up fun food (sharing plates & buns) and serious cocktails.
Dec
The Marquis of Wellington - SE1
  London
This refurbished boozer is hailing itself as "the very first street food pub" - food (alongside pizzas cooked onsite) will be provided by a rotating schedule of the capital's finest food trucks. Ideally located between Borough and Maltby Street markets, the pub also offers a range of locally brewed craft beers, including 'Roadswill' designed specifically to be glugged with street food.
Dec
Passione e Tradizione - N15
  London
Mustapha Mouflih, of Anima e Cuore, has opened a second restaurant, in his local neighbourhood, Haringey - originally just intended as a prep kitchen for A&C, but it has been a hit with locals and visitors alike. Expect the same Italian influenced fare that has made his original site such a success.
Dec
London Shell Co. - W2
  London
Currently open just a few days a week for static lunches and dinner cruises (or available in its entirety for private hire), this restaurant aboard a newly-converted wide beam canal boat serves modern British fare (including seasonal game and fish) alongside an ever-changing selection of not-your-average wines.
Nov
Neighbourhood Cafe - L2
American
  Liverpool
A Liverpool outpost of Manchester's American-inspired all-day brasserie. The Spinningfields original underwent a £1m refurb this year and returns with chef Mike Jennings (formerly of Grenache) at the helm of the kitchen.
Nov
The Holy Birds - E1
  London
Brothers Jon and Gerry Calabrese opened this 1960's-inspired chicken rotisserie, bar and live music concept off Petticoat Lane in November 2016. Gerry is known for, among others, the Hoxton Pony and INK on Leicester Square, a collaboration with Professor Green. A proper family venture, the brothers’ father Salvatore has created the cocktail menu.
Nov
Emilia’s Crafted Pasta - E1W
  London
A Genoese pasta chef, a waterside location and a lifelong dream to open the best pasta restaurant outside of Italy. Pasta will be made fresh every day in front of customers and passers-by. A carefully selected drinks menu of Italian specialities is also promised.
Nov
Pizza Toscana - W1D
  London
Italian restaurateur Stefano Cresci, owner of Florence's La Bussola, which has been open since 1960, has his eye on London. He's taken over the La Scala site with this Tuscan pizzeria, which he already has plans to roll out in 2017.
Nov
Aquavit - SW1
Scandinavian
  London
Manhattan's perennially popular Nordic fine dining restaurant (est. 1987), with an emphasis on tasting and prix fixe menus, has now opened a London outpost in Haymarket's new St James's Market development. (It launches alongside venues from the Salt Yard Group and Duck & Waffle.) This spin-off reports to have “a more relaxed setting" than the NYC original with "a new all day dining concept". Foodwise it is said to be a celebration of all things Scandi: examples from the menu include Glassblower herrings, Gravadlax Vendace Roe and Venison tartar with wild blueberries, lingonberries and juniper.
Nov
Inamo - NW1
  London
A third branch of this high-tech Asian concept chain opened in Camden in November 2016.
Nov
Parabola - W8
  London
Named for the shape of its roof, Parabola can be found inside the re-located Design Museum, the brainchild of Sir Terence Conran and Peter Prescott. Head chef Graham Blower has an impressive CV (Tramshed, Pharmacy2, Petrus, Murano).
Nov
Boisdale of Mayfair - W1K
  London
A fourth Boisdale for London, serving the signature Scottish-influenced meat and seafood fare, opened in Mayfair just before Christmas 2016. This branch boasts a bistro, shellfish bar and cigar terrace.
Nov
Smiths of Smithfield, Cannon Street - EC4N
  London
A new venture from Smiths of Smithfield (now owned by a Cyprus-based group, and not by MasterChef host John Torode, who opened the original 3-storey site in 2000), due to open on November 21.
Nov
Mamie's - WC2
Crêpes
  London
Covent Garden gets a new crêperie this summer with the added bonus of a cider bar. La Cidrothèque will serve French ciders from Normandy and Brittany, as well as other brews from Britain, Ireland, Sweden and New Zealand. Expected to open July 2016.
Nov
The Kitty Hawk - EC2M
  City of London
The first of six planned ‘Department Stores of Dining’ from Wright & Bell, The Kitty Hawk aims "to cater to all of the needs of the city's food lovers, day and night and all under one roof". 'Departments' include an all-day bar and restaurant, a grill, a cocktail bar, private dining room and a speciality coffee bar. Opening November 21st.
Nov
Temple & Sons - EC2N
  City of London
A new, 'informal grill' restaurant and cocktail bar from Jason Atherton, a vertical stone's throw from City Social. The design inspiration comes from the traditional British grocer, and includes an all-day deli.
Nov
Clerkenwell Grind - EC1V
  London
A new all-day restaurant and bar from the owners of the small Grind chain of coffee bars and eateries, not far from the original branch in Shoreditch.
Nov
Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack - W1D
  London
Now open - a Soho sibling for Fitzrovia's popular, funky little pop-up-turned-permanent 'seafood shack', featuring the same fresh fish and seafood, from Alex Hunter and Danny Clancy.
Nov
Sakagura - W1
Japanese
  London
From the group behind Shoryu ramen, a much higher-end venture just off Regent Street with involvement from sushi specialist The Araki (by some way London's most expensive restaurant). The new restaurant, reported to open autumn 2016, will serve a southern Japanese menu of Washoku, Hakata yakitori, udon and soba noodles and sushi. It also boasts a sake bar and kappo counter where diners can watch the chefs at work.
Nov
Perilla - N16
  London
Following their stylish pop-ups across London, Ben Marks and Matt Emmerson have now opened Perilla in a permanent Newington Green location. With backing from Philip Howard, among others.
Nov
Grand Trunk Road - E18
  London
Named for the 16th-century trading route, Grand Trunk Road, opening in November 2016, has an impressive pedigree: restaurateur Rajesh Suri has Tamarind, as well as Zaika, on his CV, and brings with him to South Woodford chef Dayashankar Sharma.
Nov
Sumosan Twiga - SW1
Japanese
  London
Fans of this “relaxed yet classy” Japanese-Italian-fusion spot, which closed its doors in Mayfair in June, will be pleased to hear it will be reborn in a new Knightsbridge venue in November 2016. Let's hope that, like the original, you can “still get a table on a Saturday Night". Flavio Briatore (Twiga) and Janina Wolkow (Sumosan) have previously collaborated on ‘Twiga Sumosan’ in Monaco, and the opening of Sumosan Twiga in Dubai.
Nov
Lobos Soho - W1
Spanish
  London
Sibling to Borough's Lobo Meat & Tapas, Lobo Soho now open in a three-storey Frith Street site.
Nov
Antipodea - TW9
  London
Originally slated as a sixth branch of Brew Cafe, this site is now to become Antipodea, an all-day cafe-bar featuring breakfasts, coffee and lunches familiar to Brew Cafe fans, plus more exotic fare from chefs James Brown and Moran Etedegi (the latter of whom worked with Yotam Ottolenghi). The site - a former post office by Kew station - was previously home to Ma Cuisine (RIP).
Nov
Galvin Green Man - CM3
  Great Waltham
One of the oldest pubs in Essex, The Green Man, by the river Chelmer, is being lovingly restored by local lads Chris and Jeff Galvin. The menu will focus on classic pub dishes made with local ingredients. Craft ales will, of course, be a feature.
Nov
Street XO - W1
Spanish
  London
Highly regarded Madrid chef David Muñoz has finally opened his much delayed Mayfair street-food operation - Street XO ('XO" pronounced 'show"), complete with an open kitchen and 'diner interaction'.
Nov
Bar Douro - SE1
Portuguese
  London
A new Portuguese restaurant, drawing its inspiration from traditional Lisbon and Porto cerveijarias and tascas, now open in Flat Iron Square (just south of Borough Market)
Nov
Anzu - SW1
Japanese
  London
Tonkotsu – the “delicious, warming” ramen bar group from Ken Yamada and Emma Reynolds have added this Teishoku concept in a Japanese brasserie setting to their portfolio. Anzu sits in the new landmark destination of St James's Market alongside the likes of Veneta, Aquavit and Ole and Steen.
Nov
Smokestak - E1
  London
David Carter's popular barbecued / smoked / pulled meat street-food concept will be available from a permanent venue off Brick Lane from November 2016. Expect all your favourites, with interesting sides, desserts and craft beers to boot.
Nov
Knife - SW4
  London
Matt Wells, co-owner of The Dairy and Paradise Garage has opened this 'neighbourhood steak restaurant' in Clapham Park Road (the first of a planned local chain). All the meat is British, from Lake District farmers - and there's Cornish fish and seafood too.
Nov
James Cochran EC3 - EC3A
  City of London
James Cochran, former Ledbury chef, has moved on from his various pop-ups and collaborations (Camberwell Love, FIX and BYOC) to this grown-up, permanent venture in the City. British food, locally-sourced, will feature alongside his trademark Jamaican buttermilk chicken.
Nov
Panzo - EC1
  London
Now open in Exmouth Market, a Neapolitan-inspired pizza restaurant that aims to introduce a new concept to London - the Neapolitan panuozzo sandwich, made from 'lievito madre' (double-cooked dough). All drinks, including prosecco, will be on tap.
Nov
temper - W1
BBQ
  London
The 'soft launch' for this new 'whole animal barbecue' concept - complete with 4.5m open fire pit - from Neil Rankin, of Pitt Cue Co and Smokehouse fame, starts on November 8 for up to one week - 50% off food! - but will definitely end by November 14.
Nov
Nov
Indico - B90
  Birmingham
"Shirley's finest Indian street food restaurant" is a colourful, vibrant homage to the Indian subcontinent, serving street snacks, coffee house staples and railway station foods.
Nov
The Maynard Arms - N8
  London
Originally built in 1851, this Crouch End corner boozer has been carefully refurbished and now offers a selection of craft beers and high-end gastropub fare.
Oct
Caravan Bankside - SE1
  London
This third branch of Caravan, in Borough, will be followed shortly after by a 'flagship coffee roastery and café'. Owned by a Kiwi trio and housed in the ground floor of the old Metal Box Factory, Caravan offers a globally-inspired menu, with a focus on breakfasts and weekend brunch; this branch is good for business, too, we are told.
Oct
Luca - EC1M
  London
A second venture from the trio behind the successful Clove Club in Shoreditch Town Hall, Isaac McHale, Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith. Luca offers Italian food using British seasonal ingredients, for which they use the term 'Britalian'. There is a separate bar, open all day for food and drink, and several private rooms, including a roofless summer room.
Oct
Veneta - SW1Y
Italian
  London
From the Salt Yard Group (Opera Tavern, Salt Yard, Dehesa, Ember Yard) a new Venetian-inspired restaurant in Haymarket's St James's Market development. It will open alongside a second Duck & Waffle outpost and the London version of New York's Nordic fine dining establishment Aquavit.
Oct
Stoke Mill - NR14
  Stoke Holy Cross
Oct
Oct
Bodean's - N10
  London
A new branch of the 'Kansas City BBQ' chain Bodean’s is set to bring the Mid-West to Muswell Hill this October, on the site that was formerly a Giraffe.
Oct
Margot - WC2
Italian
  London
Bar Boulud Maitre d' Paulo de Tarso leaves Knightsbridge to open his own restaurant, in Covent Garden, on 10 October 2016, alongside restaurateur Nicolas Jaouën. Maurizio Morelli, most recently chef/patron of Latium, has been appointed head chef.
Oct
Little Smoke - EC2
  London
New from the team behind Islington's Smokehouse (Noble Inns), Little Smoke opened in the City in October 2016; specialising in 'whole animal' native and rare breed cuts roasted, smoked or grilled to your specification.
Oct
L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele - N16
  London
An outpost of the original L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele (est. 1870) in Naples opens in Stoke Newington this October.
Oct
New Delis - WC1X
Indian
  London
Oct
Rick Stein - SN8
  Marlborough
The Stein empire continues its expansion beyond Cornwall with this, the third branch of an eponymous chain, in a listed building in Marlborough's high street.
Oct
Nutbourne - SW11
British, Modern
  London
The Gladwin brothers (Richard, Oliver & Gregory) who are behind The Shed in Notting Hill and Chelsea's Rabbit have ventured to Battersea with their new restaurant, Nutbourne (named after the family farm and vineyard in West Sussex, and on the site of famed wine-lovers' paradise Ransome's Dock, RIP). Nutbourne will be an all-day brasserie and grill serving breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, and boasts not only river views but also an 'interior based on The Lost Gardens of Heligan'...
Oct
Ember - EC3R
  London
Named for its location, on the spot where the Great Fire of London started 350 years ago this year, Ember promises to be 'a new hidden bar, dining and late night destination.' Pan-Asian small plates cuisine and inventive cocktails should fan the flames of guests' enthusiasm.
Oct
Hispi Bistro - M20
British, Modern
  Chorlton
A new neighbourhood bistro from Sticky Walnut (Chester) and Burnt Truffle (Heswall, Wirral) proprietor, Gary Usher. The restaurant is crowd-funded and serve a similar style of food to the chef's other sites.
Oct
Oct
Oct
Pilau - W1T
  London
New from the son of the Polpo restaurant mini-empire owner, and already branching out into Soho too, come this no-frills all-day Indian cafe with an extra feelgood factor - they will donate the price of a meal to a child in India every time someone dines.
Oct
The Ivy Café - NW8
British, Modern
  London
Caprice Holdings continues to expand its Ivy brand with a third casual café offering in the heart of St John's Wood. The 100-cover venue, on the former site of Megan's Café Grill & Bar (RIP), includes Parisian-style street-tables.
Oct
Bond Street Kitchen - W1
  London
Bond Street Kitchen opened its doors in early October within Fenwick’s department store right in the heart of Mayfair. It's an exciting leap into the world of restaurants for EventOracle, however, a wealth of pop-up restaurants successfully delivered in recent years and a seemingly endless thirst for perfection means their first full time restaurant is destined for great things. Fenwick’s second floor restaurant is already well known, but now with the EventOracle team at the helm, piloted by head chef Jamie Draper from Roux at the Landau.
Oct
Arlo's - SW12
  London
A new specialist steak joint has appeared in Balham; this one, unusually, aims to be an affordable destination. Expect a simple menu of grass-fed British beef cuts, snacks instead of starters, options for children, and a keenly priced wine list.
Oct
Fucina - W1
  London
Kurt Zdesar - who has been involved with such illustrious names as Nobu, Hakkasan, Chotto Matte and Ping Pong - and Stefano Stecca (most recently Exec Chef at Toto's) are coming together in October to open Fucina (Italian for 'forge'), an organic, traditional Italian restaurant in Marylebone. A 'pannetteria' will open next door in November, selling the restaurant's baked goods, gelato and coffee.
Oct
MNKY HSE - W1
  London
On the former site of the Dover Street Wine Bar, this late-night dining and drinking venue is set to open in October 2016. The PR info tells us to expect "contemporary Latin American food and drink, alongside live music and DJ performances". No advice was provided about how to pronounce the name...
Oct
Oct
The Langford - TA3
  Lower Swell
Oct
Vineet Bhatia London - SW3
  London
Vineet Bhatia, the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star (for Zaika in Kensington), has opened this eponymous restaurant on the site of his long-established and revered Rasoi restaurant.
Oct
Honey & Smoke - W1W
  London
New from Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, the owners of nearby Honey & Co (and sister deli Honey & Spice), a 'middle Eastern grill'.
Oct
Chai Street - CF10
Indian
  Cardiff
A sibling to the popular Canton subcontintental street food kitchen; thalis are the thing to go for.
Oct
Jihwaja - SE11
Korean
  London
Once a street food cart in Tottenham Court Road, now a Korean karaoke 'n' K-pop restaurant in Vauxhall. Tapas-style bites, crispy fried chicken and everything in between.
Sep
Kiln - W1
Thai
  London
Ben Chapman, founder of one of London's hottest restaurants of last year – Smoking Goat – has now opened a second Thai venture. The Soho venue is a 'side of the road type restaurant' serving grills and a speciality daily noodle dish.
Sep
Fancy Funkin Chicken - SW9
  London
A new chicken shack (and bar) 'designed to elevate the humble chicken into something a bit fancier', Fancy Funkin Chicken - which opened in Brixton at the end of September - is run by Nathan Pattie (co-founder of PIX), Rollo Weeks (formerly at Sketch) and Lars Larson (formerly of Cuckoo). The chicken in question is ethically sourced, free-range and crusted with a Southern American recipe, and served with cocktails.
Sep
Elystan Street - SW3
British, Modern
  London
Chef Phil Howard – perhaps best known for his 25 years at the helm of The Square, Mayfair – has paired up with Rebecca Mascarenhas once again to launch a new, modern British restaurant. Elystan Street will open on the former Chelsea site of Tom Aikens Restaurant on 27 September 2016.
Sep
Sep
Jikoni - W1
International
  London
Food writer and chef Ravinder Bhogal teams up with restaurateur Ratnesh Bagdai (previously of Corbin & King, Caprice Holdings and Brindisa) to launch her first restaurant. The cuisine will reflect the chef-patron's mixed heritage with flavours from East Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Britain.
Sep
Ormer Mayfair - W1
British, Modern
  London
The hotel unveiled a new look in 2016 following a £14m refurb of its 129 rooms and the addition of a new 85-cover restaurant by Shaun Rankin.
Sep
The Beautiful Pizza Boy - SE15
  London
New from the owners of nearby Pedler and the Little Bird gin distillery, The Beautiful Pizza Boy advertises itself as 'a neighbourhood cocktail bar and pizzeria'. Signature cocktails, wood-fired pizzas, homemade gelati and a courtyard for al fresco dining all feature.
Sep
Fumo - WC2
Italian
  London
An 'all-day Italian and chic cocktail bar' concept from the San Carlo group (Cicchetti, Signor Sassi), Fumo is already open in Birmingham and Manchester, and made its London debut, in Covent Garden, in September.
Sep
Qvintessenza - SE1
Italian
  London
A newcomer to the Borough restaurant scene, Qvintessenza offers 'casual Venetian specialities', all-day dining and Venetian tapas, 'cicchetti'.
Sep
Popolo - EC2
Italian
  London
Chef Jonathan Lawson, who worked with Theo Randall for five years is opening his own place, which he describes as 'regional Italian with Moorish and Spanish influences'. An open kitchen with ringside seats will offer views to rival those from the first-floor restaurant that overlooks the heart of hipster Shoredicth.
Sep
Yosma - W1
Turkish
  London
A new mangal and raki bar, influenced by traditional Turkish meyhanes (taverns) arrives on Baker Street in August 2016. Exec chef Hus Vedat has Turkish heritage but has worked in kitchens across London at the likes of Barbacoa, Caxton Grill and Ceviche Old Street. Expect traditional coal-roasted meats, raki-based cocktails, Turkish wines and beer.
Sep
Burgerfi - HA9
  London
Another American burger chain breaks into the UK market - this time, somewhat inauspiciously, in Wembley. Burgerfi, an 'ethical' burger joint (with a focus on sustainable practices and recycling) has branches across the US, and plans a roll-out here.
Sep
Smashburger - BN1
Burgers, etc
  Brighton
The second of the Stateside burger chain to open in the UK - more will be coming!
Sep
Sagardi - EC2
Spanish
  London
An international group of Basque-inspired restaurants will open its first London outpost in Shoreditch this summer. Grupo Sagardi already has outposts in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, Porto, Mexico and Buenos Aires. The Shoreditch venue will include a pintos bar serving Basque ciders, as well as wine and beer, and a charcoal grill restaurant and butchers offering Galician beef.
Sep
Chick 'n' Sours - WC2
Chicken
  London
Carl Clarke secures a second site for his “fun and buzzy” Dalston fried chicken specialist Chick ‘n’ Sours; the new Seven Dials venue opens mid-September serving fried chicken alongside the restaurant's trademark sour cocktails – an “excellent combo”, so say our reporters.
Sep
Spiritland - N1
  London
Though the idea behind this new music-led venture next to Granary Square, King's Cross, is all about jazz, rock, soul and dub, there will also be food available (and from Brawn's Ed Wilson no less). Founded by music consultant Paul Noble (Monocle, BBC Radio), Patrick Clayton-Malone and Dominic Lake (founders of Canteen, Merchants Tavern), Spiritland's first standalone venture is expected in September.
Sep
Galvin at Centurion Club - HP3
French
  Hemel Hempstead
Chris & Jeff Galvin's (Galvin at Window et al) first home counties restaurant is due to launch at Hemel Hempstead's Centurion golf club in September. As well as the main restaurant the venue vaunts an outdoor terrace and three private dining rooms. Expect Provençale-inspired cooking using British produce.
Sep
Where The Pancakes Are - SE1
Crêpes
  London
Yet another street food trader puts down permanent roots. This pancake specialist, serving all manner of sweet and savoury stacks and blinis, opens its first standalone site in Flat Iron Square, just south of Borough Market. On top of the food offering, pancake lovers can enjoy prosecco and craft ciders. Expected September 2016.
Sep
April's Café - SW1
British, Modern
  London
From the folks behind Bethnal Green's Bistrotheque comes a new, health eating shop café at Sloane Square's Boutique 1. As well as breakfast, lunch and cold pressed juices, tea infusions and coffee, there's a small list of wines, champagne and cocktails on offer.
Sep
VQ - W11
  London
A Notting Hill outpost of the Chelsea 24-hour diner. This third branch won't be open the full 24/7 like its siblings, but not so far off: handy if you ever fancy a full English in W11 at 2am.
Sep
Tootoomoo - N1
Pan-Asian
  London
The fourth branch of this pan-Asian sharing plates chain opens in Islington this September. No booking at the new branch, but it does offer takeaway, collection and delivery.
Sep
Noak SE4 - SE4
  London
Having originally opened as a bakehouse in November 2015, Noak SE4 recently re-opened as a restaurant with a focus on all-day neighbourhood dining. Locally brewed Brockley beer on tap and a 'Danish twist on Sunday roasts' are a feature.
Sep
The Laughing Heart - E2
  London
A 'late night wine bar' and kitchen, from Charlie Mellor (ex-Brawn and Elliot’s), with chef Tom Anglesea at the stoves. Expect proper, growup cooking and a decent, unusual wine selection.
Sep
Noush - TW1
Indian
  London
New to the Twickenham dining scene, an elegant Indian street food restaurant; the Chef’s Menu, a five course tasting experience from across India’s regions, comes recommended.
Aug
Giggling Squid - HP4
Thai
  Berkhamsted
Aug
Paco Tapas, The General - BS1
  Bristol
A Spanish tapas and sherry bar masterminded by Peter Sanchez-Iglesias (of Casamia – number 4 in our top 100 restaurants 2016) and named after his father. It will open alongside the relocated Casamia in Bristol's new General development (on the site of the old General Hospital) in January 2016.
Aug
MEATliquor ED - SE22
Burgers, etc
  London
Aug
Tommi's Burger Joint - W1
Burgers, etc
  London
One of London's more petite burger chains (with sites in Marylebone and Chelsea) plans a third outpost in Soho. Expected to open summer 2016.
Aug
Dominique Ansel Bakery London - SW1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Dominique Ansel brings some of his most famous pastries – like the Cronut and the DKA (Dominique’s Kouign Amann) – across the Pond as he opens his first London bakery on 30 September 2016. The chef already has bakeries in New York and Japan, as well as the Dominique Ansel Kitchen and U.P. also in NYC.
Aug
Grain - CO1
British, Modern
  Colchester
Inspired by the likes of Clapham's The Dairy, Lyle's and The Clove Club in Shoreditch, two young chefs launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their own small plates focused, modern, British restaurant in Colchester. Paul Wendholt and Jordan Sidwell hope to open the venture by the end of summer 2016. Chefs and front of house staff will be multi-skilled, cooking in the kitchen and serving in the dining room.
Aug
Little Pitt - W1
BBQ
  London
Pitt Cue Co is back in its original Soho venue just off Carnaby Street under the new name Little Pitt. The BBQ restaurant moved lock and stock to a bigger premises in the City earlier this year. Its little sister will offer a menu of BBQ buns and sides, as well as bourbon and beer.
Aug
Dirty Bones - E1
American
  London
On the (Grade II-listed) site of Les Trois Garçons in Shoreditch, the third outpost of this New York-inspired small group with venues in Chelsea and Soho. Hot dogs and cocktails top the menu.
Aug
Voodoo Ray's - NW1
Pizza
  London
The third site for these hip, pizza-by-the-slice hangouts lands in Camden Market in August. Pizza-lovers can find the original venue in Dalston and its spin-off in Shoreditch's Boxpark.
Aug
Commission - TW6
  Hounslow
Opening in August from the Drake & Morgan stable - Anthologist, Parlour, Fable - comes a dusk-to-dawn eaterie, airside at Heathrow's T4.
Aug
BabaBoom - SW11
Middle Eastern
  London
Middle Eastern restaurant on Battersea Rise serving kebabs cooked on the traditional mangal grill; there are also some more unusual-sounding Persian brunch items.
Aug
Belpassi Bros - SW17
Italian
  London
After a run of pop-ups at venues like The Doodle Bar and House of Peroni – as well as a food truck parked at Spitalfields Market – brothers Livio and Lorenzo Belpassi have found a permanent home for their meatballs.
Aug
Westminster Kitchen - SE1
British, Modern
  London
A new venture from Ibrahim Dogus (the man behind Southbank's Middle Eastern restaurant Troia) opens just off Westminster Bridge.
Aug
The Lost & Found - LS1
  Leeds
Just opened in Leeds, this all-day bar and restaurant calls itself a "Victorian botanical hideaway" and boasts an inventive cocktail list. Siblings in Knutsford and Birmingham are already in the pipeline.
Aug
Cure & Cut - WC2
British, Modern
  London
Home-smoked pastrami is the main selling point for this new deli, due to open in Covent Garden in August 2016. The 30-cover site also offers a takeaway service.
Aug
400 Rabbits - SE15
Pizza
  London
Crystal Palace sodo pizza spot hops into Nunhead (just on the border of Peckham) with its second London site. Just like the original, the new restaurant will take great pride in its British Rye flour sourdough bases, cooked at 400 degrees in a wood-fired oven.
Aug
Foundry 39 - EH2
  Edinburgh
This all-day New Town newcomer offers cocktails and craft beers, brunch, sourdough pizzas and 'big flavour burgers'.
Aug
Samarkand - W1
Middle Eastern
  London
An Uzbeki restaurant backed by international restaurateur Sanjar Nabiev and industry consultant Charles Oak (whose credits include Pied à Terre, Gleneagles and many more). The new Fitzrovia venue is named after Uzbekistan's famous city on the Silk Road – the ancient trading route between China and the Mediterranean.
Aug
Firebrand Pizza - NW1
  London
New to the Marylebone restaurant scene, Firebrand offers Neapolitan specialities, wood-fired sourdough pizzas, pasta and a range of Italian wines, cocktails and craft beers.
Aug
Clockjack - SE18
Chicken
  London
Soho's “fun and funky” free-range rotisserie chicken spot opens a second restaurant, this time in the rather less central locale of Woolwich. 2016 also saw the launch of a delivery-only Clockjack kitchen in the City.
Aug
Cha Chaan Teng - WC2
Chinese
  London
Now open: this Chinese diner, just south of Holborn station, explores the culinary delights of Hong Kong. Inspired by the popular cha chaan teng cafés of the 1950s, the restaurant offers traditional Chinese dishes with western influences. TV chef and creator of School of Wok, Jeremy Pang, delivers what's described as 'eclectic comfort food'.
Aug
Calcutta Street - W1
Indian
  London
After a series of pop-ups and events around London, food blogger Shrimoyee Chakraborty opens her first permanent restaurant in Fitzrovia promising Bengali home cooking.
Aug
Zelman Meats - SW1
Steaks & grills
  London
The Goodman Group's replacement for Soho Rex & Mariano must be going strong because the steak purveyors have launched a second site for Zelman Meats, this time on the fifth floor of retailer de luxe Harvey Nicks in Knightsbridge. The restaurant will take over the spot where Polpo used to be for an undisclosed period of time.
Aug
Boondocks - EC1
American
  London
From the Queen of afternoon tea Bea Vo (Bea's of Bloomsbury), a follow-up to her American diner Stax which opened in Carnaby Street's Kingly Court last year. As well as favourites from Stax, her new US-inspired venture near Old Street station will riff on Deep South cooking.
Aug
Uli - W11
Pan-Asian
  London
Previously tucked away in All Saints Road, this Asian restaurant hailed by our reporters as a “perfect neighbourhood spot” offering “excellent” and “good value” food, has been resurrected not too far from its original home in a new location on Ladbroke Road.
Aug
Eneko at One Aldwych, One Aldwych Hotel - WC2
Spanish
  London
A partnership between One Aldwych Hotel and three-star Michelin Spanish chef Eneko Atxa results in an informal Basque restaurant at the Covent Garden hotel, on the former site of Axis; opened 1 September.
Aug
Butifarra - W1
Peruvian
  London
Fast casual Peruvian street food spot named after the popular Peruvian street snack Butifarra (a bread roll with slow-cooked meat and salsa), serving authentic sandwiches and ceviche alongside 'Cevushi' – a ceviche-sushi hybrid.
Aug
Carve - SE1
Steaks & grills
  London
Carvery restaurant not far from London Bridge offering a twist on this classic British dining concept by not accepting cash. The self service system allows diners to tap for contactless payment and then pick up their meal to eat-in or take-away.
Aug
MacellaioRC - SE1
Italian
  London
The team behind South Ken's Macellaio RC – which has long been “knocking more macho steak houses into a cock hat” according to our reporters – will launch a third restaurant in Southwark's Union Yard arches in August 2016. The new site will incorporate a steakhouse and bakery.
Aug
Polpo - BS8
Italian
  Bristol
Russell Norman and Richard Beatty continue to expand their popular Venetian tapas chain with a new site in Bristol, due to arrive in August 2016. The duo opened two new outposts at Harvey Nichols London and Leeds earlier this year.
Aug
Blanchette East - E1
French
  London
Soho's Gallic “gem” Blanchette branches out with a second site in east London's always buzzing Brick Lane. Expect classic French small plates as well as new dishes with influences from southern France and North Africa.
Aug
Savurè - EC2
Italian
  London
An Italian pasta shop and restaurant from Turin opens its first London venture in Shoreditch, serving over 200 different pasta dishes from its dedicated Pasta Lab.
Aug
Boma Bridge - SW15
British, Modern
  London
From the Boma Hospitality group (Boma Restaurant, Boma Green) comes a new all-day brasserie and late-night cocktail bar by Putney Bridge.
Aug
Milk Train Cafe - WC2
Ice cream
  London
A new ice cream parlour in Covent Garden offering soft serve vanilla, matcha and hojicha green tea, served on top of a cloud of candy floss if you so choose.
Aug
Pivaz - CM16
  Epping
Jul
Aubaine Deli - WC2
French
  London
French brasserie group Aubaine launches its first deli in the heart of Covent Garden. It will showcase the brand's boulangerie and patisserie, serving Gallic breakfasts and sandwiches as well as viennoiserie. The tiny premises has just 15 covers but there's a large outside terrace seating 40.
Jul
The Carew Arms - PL11
British, Modern
  Antony
Emily Watkins (chef/patron of the Cotswold's Kingham Plough and alum of The Fat Duck) partners with Tremayne Carew Pole (publisher of A Hedonists Guide To...) on a field-to-fork focused gastropub in the Cornish village of Antony. On the former site of The Ring O'Bells, the restaurant opens mid-July 2016 following a major refurb. As well as a restaurant and pub with private dining rooms, the venue will be used as a hybrid farm, community shop and café. Watkins will act as consultant chef with Jack Clayton (formerly of the Gurnard's Head in Treen) heading up the kitchen.
Jul
The Stable - TW8
Pizza
  London
After opening its first London outpost in Whitechapel in spring 2016, this popular British chain, specialising in pizza, pies and cider, is branching out once again with a new site by Kew Bridge station. The Stable already has 13 other restaurants across the UK in cities like Bristol, Bath, Birmingham, and Cardiff.
Jul
Patty and Bun - E2
Burgers, etc
  London
This group of über popular, indie-vibe burger bars branches out with a new site in Shoreditch. Fans hail their “revelatory” burgers as “a sloppy sensation”. The new venue offers counter seating around the open kitchen and a list of cocktails alongside the usual carnivorous delights.
Jul
Casita Andina - W1
Peruvian
  London
Martin Morales (the restaurateur behind Ceviche Soho and Old Street and Shoreditch's Andina) launches a fourth Peruvian restaurant in London. It is inspired by Peru's 'picanterias' – family run, traditional restaurants – serving traditional Andean dishes and snacks. The venue will incorporate a pisco bar, ceviche counter, dining room and patio.
Jul
'O ver - SE1
Italian
  London
This Neapolitan near Borough Market uses pure sea water as an ingredient in its wood fired pizzas, fresh pasta and homemade breads. The restaurant’s pizza chef, Tommaso Mastromatteo, is a teacher at Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana – an organisation which promotes and protects the True Neapolitan Pizza.
Jul
Poppies - W1
Fish & chips
  London
The third London outpost of this fish & chip chain (with sites in Shoreditch and Camden) takes over 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho's Old Compton Street. Owner Pat Newland – a fish & chip old-hand who ran a jellied eel stand in Rupert Street in the '60s – describes the interior as '1970s Soho café'.
Jul
Hyde Kensington - W8
Pan-Asian
  London
A late-night cocktail bar offering pan-Asian cuisine from an ex-Gilgamesh chef, as well as an long list of libations, just opposite Kensington Palace.
Jul
Clipstone - W1
British, Modern
  London
From the team behind Fitzrovia's outstanding “new kid-on-the-foodie-block” Portland, which opened just last year, comes a new venture just a few streets away.
Jul
Berber & Q Shawarma Bar - EC1
Middle Eastern
  London
From Hackney's Berber & Q founders, Josh & Paul Katz and Mattia Bianchi, a shawarma bar in Exmouth Market specialising in slow cooked lamb and Middle Eastern-style rotisserie chicken.
Jul
Killer Tomato - W12
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Street food trader turned permanent restaurant, serving up firey burritos and tacos – where sauces range from 'Mild is for Wimps' to 'Death Sauce 2'. There's no cash (card and mobile payments accepted) and no-walk-ins at this new spot by Shepherd's Bush Empire.

Latest on Instagram

Latest tweets

Follow @hardensbites

The 2017 Harden's Guide

2016 Hardens Restaurant Guide

"User friendly in price, size and outlook"

Financial Times