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Jun
Ben's Canteen - SW8
Burgers, etc
  London
A third branch for this South London burger 'n' brunch chain; this time in the 'Circus West Village' at Battersea Power Station.
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.
Jun
Ugly Dumplings - W1F
  London
Street food trader Ping Wong is set to open a permanent site in Soho (formerly Little Pitt, RIP) this summer.
Jun
The Salutation - CT13
British, Modern
  Sandwich
Sir Edwin Lutyens designed and built The Salutation in 1912; the Grade 1 listed property is now being refurbished and reopened as a 17-room hotel in summer 2017, with Shane Hughes (The Connaught, The Landmark, Ynyshir Hall and Thackeray's) at the stoves.
May
MEATLiquor (Group) -
Burgers, etc
  
Another branch for the expanding 'MEAT' family of restaurants, which includes Brixton's CHICKENliquor; this branch is inside Queensway's historic ice rink.
May
Duck & Waffle Local - SW1Y
  London
London's highest restaurant (on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate, alongside SushiSamba) has a new sibling, one with its feet firmly on the ground this time, at Haymarket's new St James's Market development.
May
Made in Italy - SW11
Italian
  London
The eighth London site for this growing Italian group, which also includes Luna Rossa and Napulé.
May
Zona - N16
British, Modern
  London
All-day brunch and coffee (with regional Italian evening meals to follow later in the year) is the USP of Stoke Newington's latest opening.
May
Piebury Corner - N1
British, Traditional
  London
Arsenal's pie shop and deli have opened a second permanent branch (they have a stall near the Emirates Stadium on match days) in King's Cross; expect the same old-school tiled décor, all 15 pies on the Holloway Rd original menu, craft beers and a lot more seating.
May
Last Days of Shoreditch - EC1V
International
  London
The trend for open-air street-food venues just keeps getting bigger; this latest seasonal (May-August) opening in Shoreditch features pop-ups from Nanny Bill's and The Belli Fresci (of avocado chips fame), an urban beach and a karaoke toom, plus a small-plates restaurant with food by Ben Spalding.
May
The Vincent - E8
British, Modern
  London
Charles Ross, Richard Temple and Jamie Hempseed (who previously ran Bethnal Green boozer The Sebright Arms together) open this airy all-day Hackney spot in May 2017. Local beers, coffee, Sunday brunches and roasts will make it a popular addition the scene.
May
GBR - SW1A
British, Traditional
  London
Launching simultaneously in Duke's London (Mayfair) and Duke's Dubai (Jumeriah Palm), GBR - Great British Restaurant - is an all-day love affair with British food, open from breakfast time through lunch to afternoon tea and dinner. Head chef Nigel Mendham (South Lodge, Stapleford Park, The Lygon Arms) will oversee both venues.
May
Dinings - SW3
  London
Marylebone's innovative Japanese restaurant has opened a second branch in South Kensington this May. Chef Tomonari Chiba is properly international these days, with noodle bars in Tokyo and a Dinings outlet in a Tel-Aviv hotel.
May
The Prince of Peckham - SE15
Afro-Caribbean
  London
Formerly The Clayton Arms, this converted old boozer has a new lease of life as a pub 'by South Londoners for South Londoners' - the kitchen is run by Caribbean foodies (and locals) White Men Can’t Jerk. Events, music and art are planned over the two floors.
May
Foxlow - W1F
Steaks & grills
  London
A fourth sibling for the Foxlow group, a Hawksmoor spin-off, this time in Soho.
May
Salt the Radish - N4
Vegetarian
  London
A new 'veg-centric' cafe for Finsbury Park, occupying a former deli.
May
Wing Wing - WC1H
Korean
  London
Korean fried chicken and cold beer - the formula is simple but effective (inspired by the ‘chimaek’ restaurants in Korea and NYC) - at this new brightly-coloured Bloomsbury joint.
May
The Clifton - NW8
  London
This Clifton Hill pub has been empty since 2013, but has been rescued from re-development under the management of brothers Ed and Ben Robson, who previously ran Boosphi’s in Fitzrovia.
May
Henrietta - WC2E
  London
Ollie Dabbous has opened his third - soon to be only - London restaurant, in partnership with the team behind the Experimental Cocktail Club, in Covent Garden. Barnyard closed earlier this year and Dabbous closes in Summer 2017. The French-inspired restaurant, Henrietta, is inside the new 18-room Henrietta Hotel (sibling to Grand Pigalle in Paris).
May
Bar Termini Centrale - W1U
Italian
  London
Tony Conigliaro’s diminutive, authentic Italian Soho joint now has a Marylebone sibling.
May
The Stoke House, Nova - SW1
BBQ
  London
Will Ricker (of Bodega Negra fame) brings his American BBQ venture to Victoria's new Nova development; customers can choose their cut of meat at the counter and pay according to its weight. Also offering Breakfast, Brunch and Sunday Roasts.
May
Tratra - E2
French
  London
This spacious Conran venue-with-rooms, formerly home to The Boundary restaurant (RIP) now plays host to Tratra, from revered Parisian chef and cookery writer Stéphane Reynaud - his first venture outside France. Reynaud grew up on a pig farm in the Ardèche, and the menu reflects this, with regional classics and lots of pork.
May
Westerns Laundry - N5
British, Modern
  London
Primeur owners David Gingell (chef) and Jérémie Cometto-Lingenheim (manager) have opened a second restaurant, in a 1950s former laundry (hence the name) in the shadow of the Emirates Stadium in Holloway. Expect an educated selection of natural wines to accompany simply prepared seasonal food - mostly fish and seafood - with hints of southern Europe and Asia.
May
Curveball - SW12
Burgers, etc
  London
This new Balham restaurant is dedicated to the humble meatball, from every continent, with every flavour (including meat-free); indeed, all ball-shaped food is included on the menu. There's also a basement cocktail bar.
May
Madame D's - E1
Indian
  London
The founders of Gunpowder, a home-style Indian in Spitalfields, have opened this Himalayan restaurant nearby; it's a cosy, 25-cover "dining den" with communal trestle tables, above the Spirit of 76 bar.
May
Gaucho - M3
Argentinian
  Manchester
Gaucho Group's full Gaucho offering, including 'Electro Brunch', beef and wine masterclasses and a choice of over 200 Argentinian wines, are available.
May
Bourgee - IP33
  Bury St Edmunds
A third branch for the 'affordable luxury' duo of Essex steak-and-lobster restaurants, this time in the historic Suffolk market town in Bury St Edmunds.
May
WOLF II - EC2M
Italian
  London
Sibling to Stoke Newington's WOLF, this new City branch, by Liverpool St Station, offers up the same seasonal Italian fare, with takeaway options for commuters, from breakfast onwards.
May
The Bothy - E14
British, Modern
  London
A stunning waterside location in Canary Wharf (in the same former warehouse buildings as the Docklands Musuem) provides the setting for Drake & Morgan's latest opening; all-day dining, Sunday roasts, cocktails, plenty of outside seating and weekend brunch complete the picture.
May
Test Kitchen - W1D
International
  London
In a canny move that is sure to be copied, chef Adam Simmonds (Le Gavroche, Le Manoir) has opened up a year-long 'test' (some might say 'pop-up') kitchen/theatre to trial menus in advance of opening a permanent site elsewhere (already confirmed as opening in 2018). Why wait for your decorators to finish? Get cooking somewhere else and build up a following. The seats surround the chef, counter-style, so you can report your thoughts directly back as you eat; there's no set style of cuisine, but expect Scandi influences.
May
Granger & Co - SW1X
  London
Aussie celebrity chef Bill Granger has opened his fourth London restaurant: a 100-cover site in Chelsea.
May
MEATliquor - W2
Burgers, etc
  London
Another branch for the expanding 'MEAT' family - which includes Brixton's CHICKENliquor; this branch is inside Queensway's historic ice rink complex.
May
Leicester Square Kitchen - WC2H
  London
Tucked inside the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel in Leicester Square is a new Mexican/Peruvian small plates restaurant that might prove useful in an area not well known for decent food.
May
Yolk - EC2M
British, Modern
  London
Poached egg boxes, Ultimate sandwiches and Black Box coffee - City breakfasts and lunches are being transformed by Yolk, a pop-up turned permanent, located in a shipping container by Liverpool Street.
May
Ole & Steen - TW9
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Fresh from launching in St James's Market, this Insta-friendly Danish bakery chain has opened in the suburbs, taking on Richmond in May (to be closely followed by Victoria and Canary Wharf openings).
May
The Tapas Room - SW17
Spanish
  London
Sibling to Pop Brixton's Donostia Social Club, this cosy spot in the heart of Tooting's Broadway Market, specialises in Basque produce (wine, sherries, vermouths and cavas, with tapas, charcuterie and cheese to eat), directly imported by the restaurant's owners.
May
Arthur Hooper's - SE1
  London
This stylishly monochrome spot overlooking Borough Market is named after the fruit salesman who once occupied the building. Chef Lale Oztek presents a modern European menu of seasonal fare, much of it sourced from the market and surrounding shops.
May
Pizza Pilgrims - E14
Pizza
  London
Pizza Pilgrims continues its expansion with a Docklands branch at West India Quay. Lots of games, al fresco seating and menu extras at this branch - which you can book at.
May
Coya - EC2N
Peruvian
  London
Mayfair's glamorous Peruvian restaurant now has a City sibling - part of the Angel Court development near Bank - adding to the growing international family (now also in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Miami).
May
Malibu Kitchen, The Ned - EC2R
American
  London
The Ned is a 252-room hotel, spa, gym, hamam and members' club, housed in the old Midland Bank HQ that was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens. It's a joint venture between Soho House and American luxe hotel group Sydell, and is on an impressive scale, with no less then eight restaurants in the former banking hall; definitely one of the biggest openings in the City this year. Malibu Kitchen is a Californian-themed restaurant (with a raw bar, of course), serving superfood salads, juices and smoothies.
May
Millie's Lounge, The Ned - EC2R
Steaks & grills
  London
The Ned is a 252-room hotel, spa, gym, hamam and members' club, housed in the old Midland Bank HQ that was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens. It's a joint venture between Soho House and American luxe hotel group Sydell, and is on an impressive scale, with no less then eight restaurants in the former banking hall; definitely one of the biggest openings in the City this year. Millie's Lounge is a 24-hour restaurant and bar serving up British classics, afternoon tea, craft beers and English wines (the name refers to st Mildred's Church which occupied this site until it was destroyed in the Great Fire of London).
May
Lutyens Grill, The Ned - EC2R
  London
The Ned is a 252-room hotel, spa, gym, hamam and members' club, housed in the old Midland Bank HQ that was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens. It's a joint venture between Soho House and American luxe hotel group Sydell, and is on an impressive scale, with no less than eight restaurants in the former banking hall; definitely one of the biggest openings in the City this year. The Lutyens Grill is an American-style steakhouse - for members and hotel guests only - with traditional trolley service.
May
Cecconi's City of London, The Ned - EC2R
Italian
  London
The Ned is a 252-room hotel, spa, gym, hamam and members' club, housed in the old Midland Bank HQ that was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens. It's a joint venture between Soho House and American luxe hotel group Sydell, and is on an impressive scale, with no less than eight restaurants in the former banking hall; definitely one of the biggest openings in the City this year. Mayfair stalwart Cecconi's has secured a spot in the former banking hall for its first UK off-shoot, adding an Italian offering to the eye-watering range of The Ned's dining options.
May
Zobler's, The Ned - EC2R
American
  London
The Ned is a 252-room hotel, spa, gym, hamam and members' club, housed in the old Midland Bank HQ that was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens. It's a joint venture between Soho House and American luxe hotel group Sydell, and is on an impressive scale, with no less then eight restaurants in the former banking hall; definitely one of the biggest openings in the City this year. Malibu Kitchen is a Californian-themed restaurant (with a raw bar, of course), serving superfood salads, juices and smoothies.
May
Kaia, The Ned - EC2R
Pan-Asian
  London
The Ned, a 252-room hotel, spa, gym and members' club (with multiple bars and restaurants open to the public) is one of the City's biggest openings of 2017. The impressively vast building was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens and was previously HQ for Midland Bank, but has stood empty for a decade. Kaia offers healthy food with Asia-Pacific inspiration, including on-trend poké bowls.
May
Go-Viet - SW7
Vietnamese
  London
New from the owner of Soho's Viet Food, Jeff Tan (formerly at Hakkasan Mayfair), a 60-cover Vietnamese restaurant, on the Old Brompton Road.
May
Stagolee's - SW6
  London
A Southern-American-style 'hot chicken and liquor joint', Stagolee's serves up weekend brunches and evening meals with a dose of Southern hospitality.
May
Little Bird Battersea - SW11
Pan-Asian
  London
Sibling to Chiswick's Little Bird, from the same stable as Rock & Rose and Annie’s, Little Bird serves up fresh Asian-inspired fare with cocktails from guest bartenders.
May
Bistro Vadouvan - SW15
  London
Chef-patron Durga Misra (Restaurant One-O-One, Eric Chavot) and co-founder Uttam Tripathy both hail from the same town in India (although they only met years later at college). They have realised a long-held dream with the opening of Bistro Vadouvan, which offers French cooking with Asian spicing and an enviable Thames view from Putney Wharf.
May
Cartel - SW11
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Tacos, tequila and live music; what more does Battersea need? This new taqueria, opened in May 2017, is inspired by traditional Mexican street food stalls. Evening opening only (apart from certain summer Sundays, when they host a 'bottomless tequila brunch party' - see website for details.)
May
Dokke - E1W
International
  London
'Luxury private island specialist' chef Neil Wager has cooked for high-end clients all over the world, and now brings those influences to this new (cafe-by-day) small plates restaurant in St Katharine Docks. Healthy, clean eating (charcoal coffee, anyone?) is a focus, with weekend brunches also on the menu.
Apr
Andi's - N16
International
  London
New 'Great British Menu' judge Andi Oliver and her long-term business partner Kelly Miles have opened up their own permanent place, following a successful series of pop-ups and events (Sugar Shack, The Birdcage). Brunchy fare all day is on offer, with some healthier options, and brasserie fare at night.
Apr
Dirty Bones - W1D
  London
Hot on the heels of the group's latest opening, a fourth branch of NYC-inspired Dirty Bones has opened in Soho!
Apr
Bokan - E14
International
  London
Located on the 37th floor of the new Novotel Canary Wharf, this 65-cover restaurant features modern European cooking from Aurelie Altemaire, formerly of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. The views are impressive.
Apr
Sushisamba - WC2
Japanese
  London
A second London outpost of this dazzling international chain, serving “heavenly” Japanese/South American fusion fare, has arrived 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.
Apr
The Cheese Bar - NW1
British, Modern
  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. Serving cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Cheese Bar will be championing urban cheese makers who are producing within the M25.
Apr
Quartieri - NW6
Italian
  London
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. 100% authentic.
Apr
Trawler Trash - N1
Fish & chips
  London
From the company behind Firedog in Fitzrovia Trawler Trash is a new type of fish 'n' chip shop - fittingly on a site that's been serving up Britain's favourite takeaway for over 50 years (Seafish, RIP). The 'trash' part of the name refers to the fact that the restaurant will serve the less popular types of fish - pilchards, coley, sprat and grey mullet, for example - and only ever fish caught that day.
Apr
Monty's Deli - N1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
After many years on Druid St and a £50k crowdfund, Monty’s Deli now has a permanent site in east London, after securing the site of a Hoxton bakery. Founders Mark Ogus and Owen Barratt are serving bagels and overstuffed pastrami sandwiches to their legions of fans from their 'real Jewish deli'.
Apr
Zala - NW1
Turkish
  London
A traditional 'Levantine grill' for Camden Market; this one comes from co-founders and brothers-in-law, Tomer Niv and Alon Shamir. Tomer has worked at The Fat Duck and The Ledbury, as well as R’amas Kitchen in Jerusalem. The menu here features authentic Middle Eastern meze, Levantine pizzas, pitas and grilled meats, and there's an al fresco bar for the warmer months.
Apr
Apr
The Ivy Café - TW9
British, Modern
  London
A fourth café-style spin-off of Covent Garden's iconic Ivy (there are sites in Marylebone, St John's Wood and Wimbledon already) has arrived in Richmond offering pretty late-night dining for the area, serving until midnight most days and 1 am at weekends.
Apr
Roof Deck Restaurant, Selfridges & Co - W1A
American
  London
A seventh (hopefully glorious) summer of rooftop drinking and dining at Selfridges: this year the restaurant has a Californian theme. The open-air deck is lined by timber beams and tropical palms – and there is a retractable roof to protect diners in case of rain or cold.
Apr
Patty and Bun - W11
  London
A first foray into west London for this ever-so-cool (and ever-so-messy) burger chain.
Apr
Clarette - W1U
  London
This new Marylebone wine bar has an impressive pedigree - one of the owners is Alexandra Petit, daughter of Corinne Mentzelopoulos, who owns Château Margaux, one of the four original premier cru wines of Bordeaux.
Apr
Maple & King's - N1C
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Opening alongside Nike and Google, this cafe - big sister to Fitzrova's Maple & Fitz - offers a range of sandwiches, salads, juices and hot lunches, plus weekend brunches. Gluten-free and vegan options are a feature.
Apr
Bower House - CV36
  Shipston-on-Stour
This Georgian townhouse restaurant with rooms has chef Darren Brown (West Stoke House) at the stoves, with Henry Harris, of Racine fame, overseeing.
Apr
Melrose Diner - TW7
American
  London
This 40-cover new Isleworth joint evokes all-American diner classics; brunch on Sundays too.
Apr
Radici - N1
Italian
  London
Francesco Mazzei and D&D London have opened an authentic southern Italian trattoria on this site (formerly Almeida); he will remain as chef-patron at Sartoria too, and has brought in right-hand man Antonio Mazzone as head chef at Radici (which means 'roots' in Italian).
Apr
Tamarind Kitchen - W1F
Indian
  London
The Tamarind Collection has launched a new Soho restaurant: Tamarind Kitchen shares inspiration and menus with its Mayfair sibling, although in a "de-formalised" way, we are told.
Apr
Little José - SE16
Spanish
  London
Tapas master José Pizarro has opened his fourth (and smallest) venue in Canary Wharf; Little José launched on April 6 at Street Feast’s new 'rooftopia' in Crossrail Place, and will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week
Apr
Tommi's Burger Joint - W1
Burgers, etc
  London
One of London's more petite burger chains (with sites in Marylebone and Chelsea) has now opened a third outpost in Soho. Founder Tommi Tomasson - the 'Viking of Burgers' - opened Iceland's first fast food restaurant with this concept in 1981 and now has 17 sites across Europe.
Apr
Lympstone Manor - EX8
  Exmouth
Michael Caines MBE has renovated this once-private home (Courtlands) near Exmouth to create a 21-bedroom country house hotel with 60 covers spread across three individual dining rooms. With a vineyard and landscaped gardens and views over the Exe Estuary; watch out Gidleigh Park?
Apr
Le Roi Fou - EH1
French
  Old Town
A first solo venture for French-Swiss chef Jérôme Henry, previously head chef at Anton Mosimann’s Belgravia dining club; Scottish ingredients and produce are used to create classic French dishes at the New Town venue.
Apr
Comptoir Café & Wine - W1K
British, Modern
  London
Xavier Rousset, of the hugely successful Blandford Comptoir and Cabotte, has opened a third venue, this time in Mayfair. An all-day brasserie, cafe and wine shop that will feature over 1000 wines.
Apr
Lupins - SE1
  London
Chefs Lucy Pedder and Natasha Cooke met working at Medlar and set up a catering collective together; this is their first permanent restaurant venture, in Flat Iron Square food hub, a short walk from Borough Market. The menu is full of "seasonal British produce with a splash of sunshine".
Apr
Machiya - SW1Y
Japanese
  London
Aaron Burgess-Smith and Tony Lam (the duo behind Kanada-Ya on the same Soho street) have teamed up on another Japanese restaurant, named Machiya, after the stacked wooden town houses in Kyoto. Machiya is open all day, with a late-night bar downstairs offering traditional Japanese cocktails.
Apr
Saiphin's Thai Kitchen - E8
Thai
  London
The unstoppable force that is Saiphin and Alex Moore have done it again - their Rosa's Thais Cafe group is now eight strong, with three further openings expected for 2017; Lao Cafe only opened in December 2016, and now a new proto-chain, Saiphin's Thai Kitchen has popped up in London Fields, featuring a similar menu to Rosa's. Lucky east Londoners within 2km can also get delivery.
Apr
Winemakers Deptford - SE8
British, Modern
  London
This Deptford newcomer is an ambitious spin-off (and first foray into food) from Winemakers Club, a Farringdon wine importers. The bijou restaurant features mostly organic and biodynamic wines, with food pairings a speciality.
Apr
Llewelyns - SE24
British, Modern
  London
A welcome newcomer for Herne Hill, an under-served area; in a former Victorian dining room opposite the station, Llewelyn's offers an outdoor dining space overlooking Station Square (known for the Sunday farmers market), and serves breakfasts, lunch and roasts on Sundays.
Apr
Pike + Pine - BN2
  Brighton
This evening-only dining spot from Matt Gillan (formerly at Pass in Horsham) is located within the veteran Kemptown Red Roaster coffee shop and roastery; Gillan is currently aiming for £80k of crowdfunding to transform the coffee shop and add a restaurant and conservatory alongside.
Apr
Zheng - SW3
  London
Oxford's popular Malay-Chinese Zheng now has a Chelsea sibling.
Apr
Yoobi Great Castle Street - W1
Japanese
  London
The second London outpost of this Japanese/South American fusion restaurant serves 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
Hot Pot - W1F
  London
Communal Asian cooking and eating comes to Soho in April, thanks to Taechaubol Group, owners of 148 hot pot or “huo guo” restaurants in Bangkok; the new Wardour Street branch will be a luxury version, using British free-range ingredients where possible.
Apr
Strangers Dining Room, House of Commons - SW1A
British, Traditional
  London
Hardly a 'hot newcomer' when it's been a dining room since 1867, but it's certainly hot news that the House of Commons is opening the Strangers Dining Room to the public twice a week from 25 April 2017. Bookings must be made on the website (max 8) and rigorous security checks are only to be expected, but worth it for the experience of entering and dining within the hallowed halls of Westminster. A set menu only formula will be in place (currently £75pp); dates are available until October 2017, when the 'public engagement programme' will hopefully be reviewed and continued.
Apr
Bubblewrap Waffle - W1D
Ice cream
  London
No longer just for pop-ups and Instagram, the waffle that looks like bubblewrap now has a permanent home, in the exact spot where Chinatown and Soho merge. Load up with ice cream and artistic toppings, and dive in - once you've snapped and shared it for posterity, obviously.
Apr
The General Store - N5
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
This all-day cafe (with American gas station styling) has been carved out of space within The Garage, a veteran Islington music venue that's had a total makeover in recent months; as evening falls, it serves cocktails and craft beers.
Apr
Summers - NW6
  London
Above the Sir Colin Campbell pub on the Kilburn High Road you'll find an airy, pared-back British/Irish gem from Ruairidh Summers (formerly of St John Bread and Wine). St John influences are much in evidence on the simple menu, which aims to deliver "humble country cooking, elevated" - some of which is also available in the pub downstairs at weekends.
Mar
Rabbit in the Moon - M4
Pan-Asian
  Manchester
Chef Micheal O'Hare (of Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds, fame) has teamed up with footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs and opened this restaurant (one of three they are planning together) at the National Football Museum in Manchester. Named after an Asian folk tale, this joint is offering 'space-age Asian food', including an ambitious 17-course tasting menu.
Mar
Blacklock - EC3M
BBQ
  London
Blacklock Soho's big brother, in a former electricity substation below a Grade II listed building located on the site of a medieval meat markets, is now open. Fans of the original will be delighted to hear that this chop house will have a bigger bar, starters and reservations - and that cocktails will still only be a fiver.
Mar
Sparrow - SE13
  London
Close to Lewisham station, an exciting new destination for the area; chefs Terry Blake and Yohini Nandakumar met working at St John, and between them have worked both internationally and closer to home (Bao, Merchant’s Tavern, Pollen Street Social, The Square). Locals can look forward to weekday dinners, weekend brunch, seasonal food and Sri Lankan influences.
Mar
Bun House - W1D
Chinese
  London
A new Chinese steamed bun street cafe has opened on the corner of Greek and Old Compton Streets in Soho. Offering an "affordable and quick eating” menu, and focusing on traditional, closed Canton-style bao (buns), from a husband-and-wife team, Alex Peffly and Z He. Below Bun House, Tea Room will operate separately - "a speakeasy-style Chinese drinking den, with a license until 3am".
Mar
Rick Stein - SW14
Fish & seafood
  London
This picturesque riverside spot in Barnes - known for so long as The Depot, RIP - has been taken over and relaunched by the Rick Stein empire.
Mar
Dandy - N16
British, Modern
  London
Daniel Wilson and Andrew Leitch (of Hackney's Dandy Cafe, now closed) have opened this neighbourhood restaurant in Newington Green on the site that was formerly Newington Table with a soft launch from March 25.
Mar
Etch - BN3
  Hove
MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 winner Steven Edwards has opened his first restaurant, in Hove; four, five and eight-course seasonal tasting menus, using local Sussex produce, will be on offer. Edwards previously worked at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and The Pass near Horsham, alongside Matt Gillan whose solo venture Pike + Pine has opened in Brighton.
Mar
Florentine - SE1
  London
A new all-day dining restaurant and cocktail bar opposite Lambeth North tube station; as you'd expect from the name, breakfast / brunch is a key feature, including an 'ostrich egg Full English' (for four people to share).
Mar
Onodera - SW1Y
Japanese
  London
Rising from the ashes of Matsuri (RIP after 23 years on this site) comes Onodera, following a £2.5million renovation under the same owners. The new incarnation focuses on traditional Japanese cuisine, from sashimi and sushi to seafood grilled on the Robata. Chef Ryosuke Kishi will head up the 128-seat restaurant, which also has three private rooms and the opportunity for a chef's-table-style lunch or dinner.
Mar
Mercer & Co - N1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Islington's Chapel Market now boasts a "contemporary urban cafe", serving breakfast and lunch to hungry commuters and local workers. Salt beef made on the premises is a big feature, alongside a global menu of favourites, NYC deli fare, organic coffee, shakes and juices.
Mar
The Kitchen at Chewton Glen - BH23
British, Modern
  New Forest
Chewton Glen, the luxury country house hotel tucked away in the New Forest, has opened a purpose-built cookery school. 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
Koj - GL50
Pan-Asian
  Cheltenham
2012 MasterChef finalist Andrew Koj has spent the past five years working towards opening his own restaurant; after crowdfunded investment, here it is - the eponymous Koj, an Asian café that draws on his half-Japanese heritage.
Mar
Mere - W1
International
  London
Long-time right hand woman of Michel Roux Jr and MasterChef: The Professionals judge, Monica Galetti, has opened her first solo restaurant alongside her sommelier husband David .
Mar
Brown & Bean - PL4
British, Modern
  Plymouth
Friends Ben McBean and Paul Brown, along with Anton Piotrowski (formerly behind The Treby Arms' rise to starry heights) have opened this new hang-out in an increasingly foodie area of Plymouth; expectations are high.
Mar
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. Opened 1 March 2017, with a later phase opening over the summer introducing a further informal dining space in a refurbished barn.
Mar
The Bach Hoxton - N1
British, Modern
  
a newly opened Kiwi inspired eatery, created & designed by New Zealander chef and Bach General Manager, Nikki Stewart. Our caféis East London’s answer to the healthy & gluten free conscious bruncher who likes to mix it up with the odd bit of naughty.
Mar
The Colton Arms - W14
British, Modern
  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 opened in February.
Mar
Yard Sale Pizza - E17
  London
A third branch, in Walthamstow, for this former supper club pizza chain; housed in a former stained glass worskshop, it takes 'no-frills' to new levels, but the queues testify to the quality of the pizza.
Mar
The Pig & Whistle - HU17
British, Modern
  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
Honi Poké - W1D
  London
A new walk-in poké (Hawaiian raw fish dish) bar - pick a protein-packed 'bowl' from the menu or create your own to enjoy London's latest foodie trend.
Mar
Treves & Hyde - E1
British, Modern
  London
With a coffee shop and terrace downstairs, and a restaurant and bar upstairs, this new joint near Aldgate East tube covers all the bases - even brunch at weekends. An impressive array of equipment includes a Texan smoker, an Argentine grill and (apparently) the only Mavam coffee machine in the country. Head chef George Tannock boasts an equally impressive resume, with stints at The Dorchester, The Fat Duck, The Capital, The Greenhouse and Zuma under his culinary belt.
Feb
Franco Manca, Nova - SW1E
  London
These “amazingly yummy” sourdough pizza purveyors continue their London expansion apace with a site in Victoria's Nova development
Feb
Barbecoa Piccadilly - W1
Steaks & grills
  London
Feb
Maison Eric Kayser - W1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
This artisan Parisian boulanger has opened 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.
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 has opened alongside a plethora of other restaurants (Bone Daddies, Barbecoa, Aster from D&D London, Shake Shack and Jason Atherton's Hai Cenato).
Feb
Sourced Market - SW1W
International
  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. 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
Tuk Tuk - G2
Indian
  Glasgow
Sibling to Edinburgh's Indian street food joint.
Feb
Ferdi - W1J
French
  Mayfair, 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.
Feb
Patty and Bun - E8
  London
A seventh branch for the rapidly expanding east London burger chain.
Feb
Nanashi - EC2A
Japanese
  London
Newly opened in Shoreditch, an "environmentally conscious modern Japanese".
Feb
Food Store - WC2H
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A new deli, juice bar and cafe in the streets near Leicester Square, offering a healthy, quick alternative to the usual suspects.
Feb
Chai Thali - NW1
Indian
  London
Now open in Camden, a new pan-Indian street food restaurant and cocktail bar; diners can pop in for a coffee or takeaway, too.
Feb
Nusa Kitchen - EC4V
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Feb
Il Pampero - SW1X
Italian
  London
Il Pampero, a new Italian restaurant with Claudio Covino (Novikov, Locanda Locatelli) as head chef, opened in The Hari Hotel this month.
Feb
LASSCO Bar & DIning - SE1
British, Modern
  London
From one overcrowded hipster market to another - bar manager Jerome Slesinski and chef James Knox Boothman worked together at The Royal Oak in Columbia Road's Flower Market, and now they have teamed up again to run the restaurant and bar at at LASSCO (London Architectural Salvage and Supply Company) Ropewalk warehouse, in the heart of Maltby St Market.
Feb
Bon Vivant - WC1N
  London
Charmaine Abomnes opened this new all-day French bistro in Bloomsbury on Valentine's Day, 14 February 2017, on the former site of Balfour. All the authentic French dishes, as well as newer traditions like bottomless brunch, are on offer.
Feb
Tapas Revolution - NE1
Spanish
  Newcastle Upon Tyne
A sixth branch for the growing UK tapas chain from Spanish TV chef Omar Allibhoy has opened in Eldon Square shopping centre
Feb
Shake Shack - SW1W
Burgers, etc
  London
Danny Meyer's American burger brand has opened its fifth UK site (fourth in London) alongside a slew of other restaurants (Bone Daddies, Barbecoa, Franco Manca, and Hai Cenato, an Italian venture from Jason Atherton) in Victoria's new Nova development.
Feb
The Ivy Soho Brasserie - W1F
British, Traditional
  London
Another 'brasserie' concept from The Ivy group; this 200-cover restaurant, with private dining, bar and terrace on Broadwick Street, is part of the Great Portland Estates’ latest West End development, offers all-day dining, Monday to Sunday.
Feb
Hai Cenato - SW1
Italian
  London
The 'top spot' at Victoria's new Nova development, with over a dozen restaurants, goes to Jason Atherton's latest venture, in partnership with Paul Hood (chef at Atherton's Social Eating House). Hai Cenato (which translates as "Have you had dinner?" in Italian) is a 'New York-Italian' restaurant, and the site also plays home to a cocktail bar (The Drunken Oyster) and a 'dine-in, pit-stop' deli.
Feb
Bone Daddies - W1U
Japanese
  London
Feb
Lorne - SW1V
British, Modern
  London
Now open in 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
Feb
La Bonne Bouffe - SE22
British, Modern
  London
A new neighbourhood bistro for this up-and-coming area of East Dulwich.
Feb
Over Under - SW5
  London
A new community-focused cafe for Earl's Court. Owned by Kiwi Ed Barry, who draws inspiration from global cafe culture; in partnership with Brixton’s Assembly Coffee.
Feb
Farang - N5
Thai
  London
The Thai street food wok & BBQ favourite takes up a six-month residency at Highbury's San Daniele del Friuli from 3 February 2017.
Feb
Bar +Block - PO15
Steaks & grills
  Fareham
The third branch of Whitbread's new steakhouse diner chain now open in the Whiteley shopping centre near Fareham in February.
Feb
Pisqu - W1T
Peruvian
  London
Food from the Amazon and the Andes: this new Peruvian restaurant from Japanese-born Yuko Gil has opened on Rathbone Place, with Will Ortiz as head chef.
Feb
Nape - SE5
British, Modern
  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) offers a deli, bottle shop and cured meat bar. Soft launch 9-12 February with 50% off food.
Feb
Bar + Block - B2
Steaks & grills
  Ladywood
A third branch for the steakhouse chain from Beefeater.
Feb
Hawksmoor - SE1
  London
The Hawksmoor brand opened 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
The Other Naughty Piglet - SW1E
British, Modern
  London
Brixton's Naughty Piglets and Andrew Lloyd-Webber have joined forces to open this 'small plates' restaurant on the first floor of The Other Palace Theatre (formerly St James's Theatre) in Westminster.
Feb
Le Bun - E1
  London
This French-American burger diner (think Le Mac with truffle butter sauce) founded by Tim Talbot and Andy Taylor now has a permanent spot in Ely's Yard, part of the Truman Brewery; they also run a residency at Birthdays in Dalston.
Feb
Wilson's - BS6
British, Modern
  Bristol
This small, independent bistro in Redlands is gathering a loyal following, thanks to its seasonal menus (with many of the ingredients gathered, grown or hunted by the owners) and biodynamic wine selection.
Feb
Rosa's - N1
Thai
  London
A first (but by no means last) foray into north London for this growing chain of popular Thai cafes, this one by Islington Green, handy for the cinema.
Feb
Lahpet - E8
Burmese
  London
Following on from a successful run in Southwark's Maltby Stret, Dan Anton and chef Zaw are bringing Burmese food (permanently) to London Fields. Lahpet means pickled tea leaves (which are on the menu in a salad); the cuisine features influences from China, India and Thailand.
Feb
Untitled - E8
  London
A noteworthy bar opening, not least for its pedigree - the Drink Factory's Tony Conigliaro, of Bar Termini and 69 Colebrook Row - but also for its Asian menu and unusual cocktails (including such diverse ingredients as chalrk, truffle and beeswax).
Jan
Aster Restaurant - SW1E
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
Baluchi, Lalit Hotel London - SE1
  London
The 180-year-old building by Tower Bridge that formerly housed St. Olave’s Grammar School is now open as The Lalit London, the first European opening from the Indian luxury boutique hotel chain. The organic restaurant, Baluchi, occupies the school assembly hall, and takes culinary inspiration from all regions of India; there's also a bar, naanery and an alfresco dining option. The Gallery serves English and Indian afternoon teas.
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 is set over two floors.
Jan
Jules - SW15
British, Modern
  London
A new independent brasserie; Putney locals and visitors alike can enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, with cocktails and gourmet pizza a speciality.
Jan
Six Storeys - W1D
British, Modern
  London
An imposing townhouse on the corner of Soho Square and Soho Street, this six-storey newcomer offers a range of drinking and dining options, plus an events space and (naturally) private members' areas. Chefs Alan Lucas and Caroline Gardiner have created an adventurous English menu to delight their guests; light bites in the ground-floor Lobby Bar and all-day dining with a view in the second-floor Parlour restaurant (where bottomless brunch on Sunday will no doubt be popular).
Jan
Panetteria by Fucina - W1U
  London
New from the owners of Fucina, an artisan deli / organic Italian bakery / coffee shop.
Jan
La Dame de Pic London - EC3N
French
  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 opened in Trinity Square on 26 January. The website tells us to expect dishes "rich in powerful and unexpected flavour combinations".
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
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
Palatino - EC1V
Italian
  London
Restaurateur of the moment, Stevie Parle (Clove Club, Luca, Dock Kitchen, Rotorino), opened his fifth London restaurant in January 2017, in Clerkenwell. Named for one of the seven hills of Ancient Rome, Palatino is an all-day restaurant celebrating the food of the city.
Jan
Lokhandwala - W1T
Indian
  London
A quiet new Fitzrovia opening, serving a variety of Indian small plates, with 'a healthy twist', we are told: if the range of vegan Ayurvedic shots and smoothies doesn't appeal, there's not only ‘The Hot House’ cocktail bar at the rear of the restaurant, but also a 'speakeasy' with an outside terrace on the first floor.
Jan
Bleecker Burger - SW1E
Burgers, etc
  London
A tiny (12 stools plus takeaway) but permanent outpost of Spitalifields' burger van Bleeker, now open in Victoria.
Jan
Miusan - NW1
Pan-Asian
  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
Jan
Duck Duck Goose - SW9
Chinese
  London
Cantonese street markets are the inspiration behind Duck Duck Goose, which is now open in Pop Brixton. The brainchild of Oli Brown, who worked at The Continental in Hong Kong, the menu features meaty street food staples, air-dried and roasted on-site, including duck, pork belly and goose.
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
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
Ralph's Coffee & Bar - W1B
Afternoon tea
  Mayfair, 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
British, Modern
  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
  Birmingham
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
  Fitzrovia, 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 cocktails, brunch, small plates and steaks (Josper-grilled of course)
Jan
Bel-Air - EC4A
  London
A 'big sister' branch of Bel-Air Farringdon (at 54 Paul Street London EC2A 4LN; takeaway only) opened in January 2017; a Californian-inspired, globally-reaching menu of 'feel good fast food' is served all day.
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.
Jan
Louie Louie - SE17
  London
New from the owners of nearby Fowlds Cafe, and open as a result of a successful 2016 crowdfund, this all day cafe in Camberwell transforms (four nights a week) into a hip restaurant with guest chefs and DJ nights. The current chef, Oded Oren, hails from Tel Aviv, and brings a welcome touch of the Middle East to SE5.
Jan
Jugemu - W1D
Japanese
  London
A diminutive 'Japanese tapas bar' in Soho; there are a few tables but the Top Tip is to sit up at the bar and watch chef Yuya Kikuchi (previously at Kirazu) in action.
Jan
Jöro - S3
Scandinavian
  Sheffield
In an unexpected location, this restaurant in a Sheffield shipping container serves up "hyper-seasonal" fare in a small plates, snacks and tasting menus formula; the modern Scandinavian ("New Nordic") cuisine is even more unexpected. A brave move; we look forward to seeing the survey results.
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
Indian
  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
British, Modern
  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 Bar & Brasserie - 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, with rumours of a third branch on the way), 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
Italian
  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 - and stonebaked pizzas.
Dec
Breddos Tacos - EC1M
Mexican/TexMex
  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 Mexicanand Pocho fare.
Dec
Pomona's - W2
American
  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
Indian
  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
Afro-Caribbean
  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
The Lockhart - W1
Vegetarian
  London
A third branch for London's veteran veggie The Gate opened in December 2016.
Dec
The Green - EC1
British, Modern
  London
This Clerkenwell pub has the same owners as The Culpeper, nearby; gastropub and a rooftop space for summer should appeal.
Dec
Radio Alice - N1
Pizza
  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
Ritorno - SW10
Italian
  London
This King's Road lounge bar opened in December 2016 with the aim of transporting the "authentic Italian aperitivo experience" from Milan to SW10. Brunch, lunch and cicchetti are served too.
Dec
Ole & Steen - SW1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Joining an impressive line-up of restaurants opening this year at St James's Market (including NYC's Aquavit, Veneta from the Salt Yard Group and Anzu from Tonkotsu) is a new (to the UK) Danish bakery serving Scandinavian flatbreads and sandwiches to eat-in alongside a small list of wines and beers. Bread, cakes and pastries are also, of course, available to take away. There are 50 Ole & Steen bakeries in Denmark, and further London sites have already been earmarked in Richmond, Victoria and Canary Wharf, so this could be the start of a big roll-out.
Dec
Box-E - 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
Indian
  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
Italian
  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
Pizza
  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
Fish & seafood
  Paddington 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.
Dec
108 Garage - W10
Italian
  London
This Notting Hill garage conversion centres around communal high tables and tasting menus: 'fusion' chef Chris Denney has worked in variety of restaurants across the globe and brings all his experience to shine here.
Dec
The Gate - W1H
  London
A third branch of London's veggie veteran The Gate opened in December 2016.
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
American
  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
Italian
  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
Pizza
  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.

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