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May
Bubala - W1F
Middle Eastern
  London
Opening 31 May 2022
Due to open in Springl 2022 on the former site of Vasco & Piero's, Marc Summers (who previously managed Berber & Q) is opening a sibling to his hit Middle Eastern Spitalfields spot.
Duck & Waffle - EH1
  Edinburgh
Opening 31 May 2022
Opening, along with several other big-name London restaurants, in the new St James development in 2022.
Firebird - W1F
  London
Opening 31 May 2022
Kora - EH10
Scottish
  Edinburgh
Opening 31 May 2022
Star Edinburgh chef Tom Kitchin is opening this new restaurant on the Bruntsfield site formerly occupied by his bistro Southside Scran, which closed down in 2020 after barely a year’s operation – a victim of both flooding and the pandemic.
Market House - CB2
British, Modern
  Cambridge
Opening 31 May 2022
In the building occupied for almost 50 years by well-known Italian restaurant Don Pasquale, at the edge of Cambridge's ancient marketplace, this new multi-level space will incorporate a restaurant, an all-day cafe, a wine bar, a food lab and flexible meetings rooms over five floors of the Grade II listed building.
Riding House Bloomsbury - WC1N
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 May 2022
Opening in Spring 2022, a sibling to Fitzrovia's Riding House Cafe (celebrating 10 years of business) and Victoria's Rail House Cafe. Head chef Henry Omereye is combining Riding House classics with some new dishes.
Saltie Girl - W1K
Fish & seafood
  London
Opening 31 May 2022
A renowned Boston seafood chain is opening in Mayfair; expect lobster rolls, oysters and very likely dishes from their established tinned seafood collection.
The Gurkhas - WC2A
Pan-Asian
  London
Opening 31 May 2022
From the team behind Hot Stone comes a spot (location as yet unknown) serving authentic Nepalese cuisine.
The Ivy Asia Mayfair - W1K
Pan-Asian
  London
Opening 31 May 2022
The Mayfair site acquired by Richard Caring in 2016; initially planned as a ‘Caprice Café’ and more recently touted as the third London branch of the growing Ivy Asia concept, which looks as though it will open in Spring 2022.
The Mount by Glynn Purnell - B95
British, Modern
  Henley-in-Arden
Opening 31 May 2022
Glynn Purnell is opening this a pub and restaurant in this 200-year-old building on the High Street in the medieval market town of Henley-in-Arden at the end of May 2022.
The White Hart Inn, Mersea Island - CO5
British, Modern
  Mersea Island
Opening 31 May 2022
Closed since 2013, this island pub has been taken over by the people behind The Sun Inn, Dedham and Church Street Tavern in Colchester; opening as a 'pub with restaurant & rooms' in late Spring 2022.
The White Horse - CH3
British, Modern
  Churton
Opening 31 May 2022
March 2022: Gary Usher of Elite Bistros is in the final stages of completing on this community pub; his plans for the place "are pretty simple, we want to serve great drinks, delicious unpretentious food by a team that love what they do".
The Baring - N1
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 May 2022
Due to launch in Islington in May 2022, a new gastropub venture from Rob Tecwyn and Adam Symonds, who worked together a decade ago at The Bull and Last.
The Pony Chew Valley - BS40
British, Traditional
  Chew Magna
Opening 31 May 2022
Jun
Culture - TR11
British, Modern
  Falmouth
Opening 01 Jun 2022
Opening in June 2022, chef Hylton Espey's ethically-conscious venture will ‘celebrate local produce and hyper-seasonal cooking with a menu of nature-inspired cuisine’.
Maria G's - W14
Italian
  London
Opening 01 Jun 2022
A new neighbourhood Italian from Robin Gill, opening in June 2022.
Straker's - W10
British, Modern
  London
Opening 01 Jun 2022
Thomas Straker spent lockdown becoming an Instagram star uploading cooking videos; his debut restaurant was going to be Acre in Queen's Park, but it's had an upgrade to Notting Hill and a name change. His aim is for it to be an "epic neighbourhood restaurant" with "east London wine bar vibes".
Gleneagles Townhouse - EH2
Scottish
  Edinburgh
Opening 06 Jun 2022
The "iconic sporting and country estate is launching its first ever city outpost" in Spring 2022, taking over the old Bank of Scotland headquarters in New Town, and offering bedrooms, a private members' club and an all-day restaurant.
Black & Green - B45
British, Modern
  Barnt Green
Opening 09 Jun 2022
Great British Menu chef Andrew Sheridan is opening this tiny sibling restaurant to his Craft Dining Rooms in a leafy village on the Worcestershire -Birmingham border; opening in June 2022, it has just 16 seats.
Alex Dilling Café Royal - W1B
British, Modern
  London
Opening 15 Jun 2022
Chef Alex Dilling is set to open his first restaurant in London’s historic Café Royal in June 2022. Alex ran the kitchen at Mayfair’s late, lamented Greenhouse (RIP) until it closed during the Covid epidemic in 2020, and had previously worked for Hélène Darroze at the Connaught and Alain Ducasse.
Zenn Liverpool - L1
Pan-Asian
  Liverpool
Opening 17 Jun 2022
An Asian-inspired restaurant opening at the end of June 2022, offering a ‘specially crafted social space’ to visitors.
The Tamil Prince - N1
Pan-Asian
  London
Opening 24 Jun 2022
Two former Roti King employees are taking over what used to be The Cuckoo pub in Barnsbury and are transforming it into a pub showcasing South Asian cuisine. Opening in late June 2022.
AngloThai - SW1Y
Thai
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2022
No news yet on the location of John and Desiree Chantarasak's central London restaurant.
Caia - W10
British, Modern
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2022
Opening in Spring 2022, this 60-seat Portobello neighbourhood wine bar, restaurant and music venue is founded by locals Rishabh Vir and Tim Lang. It's named after the Roman goddess of fire, and will offer a seasonally changing menu cooked on a custom-made, open fire grill; there's alos a open kitchen and 12-seater wine room.
Club Cecconi's - BN2
Italian
  Brighton
Opening 30 Jun 2022
Soho House opens in Brighton in Spring 2022, with a members-only branch of their Italian restaurant group Cecconi's.
Fatto's Pizza & Beer - N1C
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2022
Since 2015, Fatto e Mano have taken Brighton by storm. This summer 2022 newcomer is their first foray into the capital (well, if you leave out Croydon in 2020), occuping one of the glossy units near Google HQ in King’s Cross, and serving, er, …
Lantern Restaurant at 103 Colmore Row (D&D London) - B3
British, Modern
  Birmingham
Opening 30 Jun 2022
D&D London are expanding to Brum with this rooftop, 24th-floor restaurant at the top of the new skyscraper on the site of the old NatWest building near the cathedral; the opening has been pushed back from Autumn 2021 to 2022.
Manzi's - W1D
Fish & seafood
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2022
There's no news on what will happens to the plans for a homage to the late, great Manzi's now that uber-restaurateurs Corbin & King have been removed from their own company.
Matsudai Ramen - CF11
Japanese
  Cardiff
Opening 30 Jun 2022
Welsh ramen wizard James Chant, whose start-up became a lockdown meal-kit hit and a pop-up phenomenon touring Manchester, Bristol and London, is to open his first bricks-and-mortar restaurant in Cardiff early this summer.
Mister Nice - W1K
French
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2022
Still in the development stages, this two-storey French/Mediterranean restaurant takes over the former Kallos Gallery; it's the project of French businessman Jean Philippe Kley, who already part-owns a local members' club. Originally due to open in 2021, it's now expected in 2022 and will feature a secret tunnel for members to access the club.
Salt Yard - SE1
Spanish
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2022
The Fitzrovia charcuterie bar and restaurant is arriving in Borough in 2022 serving its blend of Spanish and Italian small plates; exact opening date unknown.
Sexy Fish - M3
Fish & seafood
  Manchester
Opening 30 Jun 2022
Richard Caring's Caprice Holdings group is opening a second Sexy Fish (and neighbour to The Ivy Asia) in Manchester's Spinningfields Square in 2022.
Solstice - NE1
British, Modern
  Newcastle upon Tyne
Opening 30 Jun 2022
Kenny Atkinson's follow-up to House of Tides next door (and replacement for Violets) will offer a tasting menu for just 14 guests; opening Spring 2022.
temper Shoreditch - EC2A
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2022
A fourth branch for the modern barbecue company, in the former Jones Family Project site in Shoreditch; due for an opening in early summer 2022.
The Crown at Burchetts Green - SL6
French
  Maidenhead
Opening 30 Jun 2022
Honey & Co - WC1N
Middle Eastern
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2022
Jul
Socca - W1K
  London
Opening 01 Jul 2022
Opening in summer 2022, a collaboration between Claude Bosi and Samyukta Nair that will "pay homage to the coastal towns of Cannes, Marseille and Nice, with an emphasis on French-Mediterranean style dishes and wines".
M Restaurant Canary Wharf - E14
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening 06 Jul 2022
At the foot of The Diamond Building – a 58 storey tower in Canary Wharf – this new flagship for the M chain occupies the ground floor of this new landmark. Tables to open in July 2022, it will be 10,000 square feet space serving a menu of surf ’n’ turf, split into four distinct areas; ‘Smoke’, ‘Coal’, ‘Wood’ and ‘Ice’.
The Ivy Asia - LS1
Pan-Asian
  Leeds
Opening 31 Jul 2022
Richard Caring's spin-off Asian brand is to open in Leeds in Summer 2022, on the former French Connection site.
Tutto - BN1
Italian
  Brighton
Opening 31 Jul 2022
An ambitious new Italian restaurant from the team behind Brighton’s Salt Room, is to open in summer 2022 in a revamped 1930s bank on Marlborough Place near the Brighton Pavilion. The kitchen will run by Sardinian-born Mirella Pau, who is from a restaurant-owning family. and was mentored in London by Angela Hartnett during her four years as head chef at Cafe Murano.
X by Harry Guy - CH1
British, Modern
  Chester
Opening 31 Jul 2022
Chef Harry Guy (ex-Savoy Grill and Mallory Court Hotel) will open his debut restaurant in Wildes Group’s new Chester boutique hotel in Summer 2022.
Sky Bar and Terraces, The Gantry - E20
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Jul 2022
A 17-storey Hilton hotel, promising a "stunning" rooftop restaurant, bar and terraces on the 18th floor; opening in Summer 2022; there's also Coupe bar, Union Social lounge and a deli from the Stratford Grocer & Co.
Aug
Coarse - DH1
British, Modern
  Durham
Opening 31 Aug 2022
Chef Ruari Mackay (who worked with Terry Laybourne at Jesmond Dene), along with Gemma Robinson and Craig Lappin-Smith, has launched a £100,000 crowdfunding bid in order to open "Durham’s first tasting menu restaurant" in late summer 2022.
Stem & Glory Broadgate - EC2M
Vegan
  London
Opening 31 Aug 2022
In planning since before the pandemic, a second London outpost of Cambridge-based "gourmet vegan" restaurant. Founder Louise Palmer-Masterton is ensuring it will be an ultra-sustainable venue, too; opening late summer 2022.
Yuca - W1S
Fusion
  London
Opening 31 Aug 2022
The duo behind Mayfair's Brazilian-Japanese fusion spot Mano, Alexis Colletta and Romain Fargette, are opening another fusion restaurant in the neighbourhood in summer 2022. This one will be Japanese-Mexican, sited where Mews of Mayfair (RIP) was, and will feature a 300-cover restaurant and a club in the basement.
Sep
Restaurant St. Barts - EC1A
British, Modern
  London
Opening 05 Sep 2022
A new venture from the team behind two of London’s favourite neighbourhood restaurants, Nest in Hackney and Fulham’s Fenn (Johnnie Crowe, Luke Wasserman and Toby Neill); the 15-course tasting menu format will focus on hyper-seasonal food. Opening September 2022, it's named after the church it's next door to (St Bartholomew The Great), not the luxury island.
Björn Frantzén at Harrods - SW1X
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2022
Due to arrive in late 2022, another culinary coup for Harrods, who have signed up superstar chef Björn Frantzén to open a restaurant in store. His eponymous restaurant in Stockholm has three Michelin stars.
Cantinetta Antinori - SW1X
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2022
A new spin-off from a famous Florence-based, international group (founded in the 1950s, whose HQ is the 15th-century Palazzo Antinori) – this Autumn 2022 newcomer is the brand’s first UK venture. It occupies a three-storey site, just off Sloane Street, from which it will offer all-day dining featuring Tuscan food and wine in a fairly old-school vein.
Lino's - NW6
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2022
Though well-received, the original Lino’s near St Barts never properly got off the ground before Covid struck and closed during the Pandemic. This September 2022 newcomer adds to the expanding Queen’s Park scene, a two-floor site plus outside dining too.
Long Chim - W1D
Thai
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2022
We don't know exactly when, but it's exciting news that renowned Thai chef David Thompson (of Nahm at The Halkin, 2001-2010, RIP) is returning to London with his Long Chim brand (open in Sydney, Perth and Dubai but recently closed in Melbourne and Korea). More news as we hear it...
Oct
Albert's Schloss - L1
German
  Liverpool
Opening 31 Oct 2022
The Manchester-based mock-Bavarian restaurant already has a small Liverpool outpost (see Albert's Schenke), but a full-sized 'Schloss' is expected soon; Roy Ellis of Mission Mars says he plans to spend £3m on a complete refurbishment of the six-storey site, and has his eyes on opening in London.
The Audley - W1K
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2022
Ivan and Manuela Wirth (the art world's famous couple behind Hauser + Wirth, and owners of The Fife Arms in Braemar) are re-opening this large tavern in partnership with Fortnum & Mason's CEO Ewan Venters. Architect Luis Laplace, who designed and restored Roth Bar & Grill and Hauser & Wirth Somerset is leading the revamp of the five-storey building, including the restoration of many features lost during WWII. Opening is contemplated in autumn 2022.
Nov
The Three Horseshoes - BA4
British, Modern
  Batcombe
Opening 01 Nov 2022
Margot Henderson of Rochelle Canteen in Shoreditch is taking over this restored 17th-Century Somerset inn with rooms, which is scheduled to reopen after refurbishment in November 2022.
Dishoom - E14
Indian
  London
Opening 30 Nov 2022
Dishoom has announced plans for an enormous new branch in the Wood Wharf development at Canary Wharf, expected to open by the end of 2022. The 8,800 sq ft venue will seat 355 diners over two floors and a terrace, giving it an even bigger capacity than the branch at King’s Cross.
Mauro Colagreco at Raffles London at The OWO - SW1A
French
  London
Opening 30 Nov 2022
A major new hotel for London sees the Old War Office being taken over by Raffles, no less, and with famed French chef Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur taking three of the 11 dining spaces, we'll have plenty of choice about where to eat. More information (and restaurant names) as we know them, but there'll be a "a brasserie with a twist, a fine dining restaurant, and an avant-garde private Chef’s Table". Opening late 2022.

Opening Date to be Confirmed
Aktar Islam Rooftop Restaurant, Guildhall - NG1
  Nottingham
An as-yet-unnamed restaurant project; it will open in the city's Grade II listed former courtrooms, police and fire stations that are being transformed into a hotel by Ascena, which owned the now-closed Opheem. Work was due to start in late 2020.
Alkebulan Dining Hall - WC2N
Afro-Caribbean
  London
Coming in 2022 - date and address as yet unknown - an African dining hall, the first of its kind in the UK, from TGP International, the company behind 3 Henrietta Street in Covent Garden, in partnership with New York restaurateur Alexander Smalls. The concept was launched at Expo 2020 in Dubai.
Babaji Pide - W8
Turkish
  London
The Soho original has closed, but owner Alan Yau announced his intention to revive the brand in west London (and Istanbul); no news since late 2019 on this development.
Bacchanalia - W1J
  London
Richard Caring has outlined plans for his most spectacular and decadent restaurant yet. This new place in Berkeley Square will channel the atmosphere of Ancient Greece and Rome, and promises to make his Sexy Fish, a near-neighbour, look like a vicarage tea party. No opening date yet; we'll keep you updated.
Bar Jaleo - W1D
Spanish
  London
An all-paella menu is planned for this pitstop from Victor Garvey (of Rambla), who seems incapable of opening just one restaurant at a time; he also opened Barullo in Aldgate in March 2019 (although that closed just a few months later). UPDATE: As at April 2021, there's still no news on when this is going to happen - and it may not be at this location when it does.
Café Patisserie Glacerie - EX8
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Exmouth
A new bakery from Micheal Caines, plus Mickey's Beach Bar nearby; no fixed opening date yet.
Chyna - E14
Chinese
  London
Announced in late 2019, Alan Yau’s ambitious Canary Wharf opening has yet to happen, with nothing heard of its development during the pandemic. On paper, it’s big and bold – occupying the ground floor of a large new Docklands development with 120 seats, and a large terrace overlooking the South Dock. Yau has said he wants it to be a ‘Chinese River Café’ with a series of tanks from which you can pick live seafood. In the same building, he was also planning Yau Grilling (see also).
Cleaver and Wake at Canal Turn - NG2
British, Modern
  Nottingham
Former MasterChef: The Professionals winner, Laurence Henry, is to be chef patron at this new restaurant space at The Island Quarter in central Nottingham; opening Spring 2022.
Fat Hippo - CF10
Burgers, etc
  Cardiff
A Welsh branch for the growing Newcastle-based burger chain.
Fat Hippo - EH2
Burgers, etc
  Edinburgh
Fat Hippo - G2
Burgers, etc
  Glasgow
Flat Iron Clink Street - SE1
Steaks & grills
  London
A second London Bridge branch for the growing steak chain; the other is on Tooley Street. No firm details on the opening date yet.
Glynn Purnell Charterhouse restaurant - CV1
British, Modern
  Coventry
'Yummy Brummie' Glynn Purnell, in partnership with Historic Coventry Trust, is opening a cafe and pizzeria in the cloisters of this Grade I-listed 14th former Century Carthusian monastery. Once fully restored, Charterhouse will be an interactive heritage and educational visitor attraction; no opening date yet.
H.O.M.E. - W1S
International
  London
Pre-lockdown, Jason Atherton announced in an interview with Hot Dinners that he's opening another restaurant next to Pollen Street Social; the name is a working title, and it sounds as though it's going to be a small, globally inspired chef's table affair. No news on whether it's still in the pipeline post-lockdown.
Jolene Bakery - E2
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
One of two new satellite bakeries from the Jolene / Big Jo team.
Kuki - TR3
British, Modern
  Truro
Opening in 2021, although no date has been shared with us, the third restaurant in Jude Kereama's Kota Collective of restaurant using Cornish produce with an Asian twist; this one is in The Valley, a hamlet of holiday cottages near Truro.
Mambow - SE15
Pan-Asian
  London
Chef Chef Abby Lee grew up in Singapore and Malaysia; the name is a fusion of "mama" and "bowl" and her food is "the coming together of wholesome flavours, colours and nourishment all in one bowl". This former pop-up opened a permanent location in east London shortly before 2020's lockdown - we wish her all the best this time around! Opening June 2022 in Peckham's Market alongside cocktails concept Rotorious.
Mercato Metropolitano Ilford - IG1
International
  Ilford
The next food hall from the Mercato team will open in a car park in Ilford; there will be 30 stalls and space 600 people on the ground floor, and a sustainable farm on the roof which will produce salad for the market using hydroponic technology. Originally scheduled to open in October 2020, we don't have a revised date yet.
Mowgli - BS1
Indian
  Bristol
Opening in 2022, date as yet unknown.
Muriel's Kitchen - WC2
British, Modern
  London
FKA "Portrait" (now RIP) – this gallery restaurant with marvellous rooftop views of Nelson's Column and Westminster is no longer run by Peyton & Byrne and is being rebranded as Muriel's Kitchen. The new formula will follow that of the brand's original location in South Kensington. NB The gallery itself is under refurbishment until Spring 2023, so no opening date yet.
New England Colonial fish restaurant (name tbc) - W1S
Fish & seafood
  London
Due to land in Autumn 2021, a high-rolling fish and steak restaurant with three siblings in Dubai. It's as yet un-named but we know it will overlook a new, covered, retail colonnade space called Medici Courtyard, that will connect the square with New Bond Street.
Noble Palace - SW1H
Chinese
  London
New Chinese fine-dining restaurant near St James’s Park; opening end of May 2022 with a luxury menu representing all eight of China’s culinary regions. On the same site will be Mi Bar, where you'll be served a cocktail based on how you are feeling.
Notting Hill Corbin & King venture - name TBC - W11
  London
Chris Corbin & Jeremy King have revealed that a new restaurant will open in Notting Hill, in the former Royal Bank of Scotland building; opening date to be announced.
Pacific - W1F
Japanese
  London
We were told that Shaun Presland, previously executive chef with Australia's Rockpool group, would open in this former Foxlow Soho site in 2019, but it's now been announced that Bancone 2 is opening there - more details about this venture as we hear them...
Pizzeria da Michele - M2
Pizza
  Manchester
The former Deansgate branch of Zizzi is soon to be home to "the world's best pizza", as made famous by Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love.
Ready Burger - NW3
Burgers, etc
  London
Opening in July 2021; 100% plant-based fast food, already open in Crouch End.
Restaurant TBC at Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria - SW1A
  London
Due to open in 2023, the new hotel in Admiralty Arch will have unparalleled views from two restaurants, including one on the rooftop.
Richard Caring at 1 Mount Street - W1K
  London
We don't have many details on this yet, but CODE has revealed that Richard Caring has taken over the former Porsche showroom corner site with a view to opening a new, Scott's-style venue.
Richard Corrigan at Hawley Wharf - NW1
Irish
  London
We don't even have a name for the famed Irish chef's new restaurant, but he's been talking about it in the press, so it's definitely happening sometime in 2022; all we know at the moment is that it's in a new development in Camden Basin and will feature "bakery, smokery, craft beers" and has a large rooftop dining area.
Rioja - G3
Spanish
  Glasgow
Spanish chef Miguel Angel Major, previously of Michelin-starred Sucede in Valencia (and before that, a little-known spot called El Bulli), has been appointed head chef for the relaunch of this newly expanded Finneston tapas restaurant; he will blend Basque and Scottish flavours and ingredients in what their social media calls "an exceptional, unique restaurant concept". Opening in June 2021.
Riwaz by Atul Kochhar - TN2
Indian
  Royal Tunbridge Wells
We don't have many details about this forthcoming opening from Atul Kochhar; he dropped the name on Instagram during the Pub in the Park festival in July 2021.
Rockfish - TQ8
Fish & seafood
  Salcombe
Due to open in Spring 2022 - subject to planning - a 100-seater seafood restaurant overlooking Batson Creek.
Sabor De Don Pablo - SW2
Spanish
  London
Pop-up entrepreneur Jimmy Garcia has announced plans for his first permanent restaurant, in premises he currently uses for storage by Tulse Hill station; it will be named after his grandfather and focus on tapas and paella. The original plan was to open in October 2019, but as at March 2020 we have no news to share.
Scott's on the River - TW9
Fish & seafood
  Richmond
Richard Caring has acquired this site (previously a Revolution Bar) under Caprice Holdings, and plans to introduce a Scott's-meets-Sexy-Fish hybrid to Richmond; opening date as yet unknown.
SOMA - W1D
Indian
  London
Due to open in September, a new concept from the team behind Kricket; named after the Hindi moon god, SOMA is a "take on a speakeasy", serving Indian-inspired cocktails and snacks right next door to Kricket Soho.
Stu Deeley restaurant, name tbc - B3
  Birmingham
No further news on when MasterChef: The Professionals 2019 winner Stu Deeley is opening his own Jewellery Quarter restaurant (in direct competition to his former employers at The Wilderness). More details - and a name - when we hear them, but he has already said he'll be serving the "Brummie fusion food" that won him the MasterChef crown.
Sushisamba - EH1
Fusion
  Edinburgh
Due to open in 2021 (or possibly the year after), the UK's third branch of Sushisamba at the second ever W hotel, this one will be part of the vast St James's Quarter redevelopment. The restaurant will be on the rooftop of the distinctive, 'ribboned' building.
Tapas Brindisa Richmond - TW9
Spanish
  London
Opening in October, the first suburban branch of Brindisa's tapas mini-chain; this site benefits from riverside views from the 60-cover terrace.
The 3rd - BS1
Spanish
  Bristol
Apparently not busy enough with running his new restaurant in London (Decimo), Peter Sanchez-Iglesias is also opening this spot (originally planned for March 2020) on the former site of his Pi Shop (tucked between his other two restaurants, Casamia and Paco Tapas); it will have an all-day café, restaurant (with a chef's table, naturally) and a bar.
The Fox at Oddington - GL56
British, Modern
  Lower Oddington
Due to re-open in early 2022, this 16th century pub has been taken over by Daylesford founder Carole Bamford; she opened her first pub, The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, in 2013. There will be bedrooms and self-catering accommodation, and organic produce throughout, as you'd expect.
The OWO - SW1A
International
  London
The Old War Office, the Grade 2 listed building in which Winston Churchill made many of the most important decisions of World War 2, is to be turned into a luxury hotel. It was sold in 2014 and will open in 2022 as a hotel in partnership between Raffles (their first venture in Europe) and the Hinduja Group. Acclaimed French chef, Mauro Colagreco (who runs France’s three-Michelin-starred Mirazur in Menton) will help create a brasserie, a chef's table and a fine dining restaurant at this 125 bedroom property.
The Plough at Shiplake - RG9
British, Modern
  Shiplake
The team behind Orwells in Henley have rescued this village pub (previously called The Plowden Arms) that dates back to 1774. It will reopen as an "informal all day dining affair open seven days a week".
The Queen's Arms - BS40
British, Modern
  Chew Magna
A second Chew Magna site from the Eggleton family, the team behind The Pony & Trap (now known as The Pony Chew Magna); this site is being refurbished to open with rooms.
The York Minister Refectory Restaurant - YO1
British, Modern
  York
Just a month after the tragic fire at his Star Inn at Harome, chef Andrew Pern received the good news that his application to convert the closed York Minster School into a restaurant, along with chef Bex Toppin and her partner Will Pearce, of Robinsons Cafe.
Tienda Roosteria - EC2A
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Tienda Roosteria at Shoreditch's ultra-cool Curtain Hotel specialises in "tacos, tequilas and good times". Head there on Triple Taco Tuesdays to snag yourself three tacos and a beer for just £10.
Unimini - EC3M
Pan-Asian
  City of London
The owners of CheeMc in Elephant & Castle and Gogo Pocha in Waterloo are opening a bento box grab-and-go restaurant in the City.
Veda Baby - W1D
Vegetarian
  London
Trailed in early 2020 as "Ayurvedic grab-and-go" restaurant from Jasmine Helmsley, supported by The Pepper Collective. The website is still up, but there's been zero mention of it since… our growing impression is that it's “coming never".
Wright Brothers - EC2R
Fish & seafood
  London
This branch of the seafood specialists was due to open in Summer 2020; the Kingly and Lamb Street branches have now closed, and we have no news about what is happening here.
Yafo - BS3
Middle Eastern
  Bristol
A vegan Middle Eastern spot, opening after lockdown, serving authentic Middle Eastern vegan fare.
Yann Couvreur - W1K
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
They know their way around a bun those Parisians. So the news that social media sensation Yann (who did a short residency at Claridges in 2019) is set to open in Mayfair – complete with his Instagramable pet fox and ‘iconic’ buckwheat version of the Breton pastry cake, the kouign-amann – has tongues wagging. The store was originally to open in late 2019 / early 2020, but its already delayed arrival was pushed back further by the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on restaurants.
Yau Grilling - E14
Japanese
  London
Announced in late 2019, little has since been heard of this Alan Yau opening on the first floor of a big Canary Wharf development near the South Dock. It’s to be a 45-seater, open all day, and serving a Japanese-inspired menu from the, er, grill. On the ground floor, Yau also plans to open Chyna – see also.
Benihana - WC2
Japanese, Teppan-yaki
  London
The glossy US-based teppanyaki chain is to add a third London branch on the Covent Garden site that was Fire & Stone (RIP) – its first new one in London in 20 years (to join those in Chelsea and Mayfair). Nowadays, the group is owned by Minor International who acquired a 75% stake in 2018.
Caviar Kaspia - W1J
Fish & seafood
  London
Back after almost 20 years, the famous Parisian caviar house announced it was opening on the former site of The Chess Club back in 2018; exact date yet to be announced.
Embr Kitchen - E2
Steaks & grills
  London
The "best of British produce with a Brazilian and Scandinavian twist" features high-welfare meat (with a focus on goat), seasonal ingredients, great sustainability credentials and charcoal grilling; no news (at Jan 2022) on an opening date - it's been a while...
Flesh and Buns - W8
Japanese
  London
F&B's third restaurant is to be located in West London on the old Sticky Fingers site.
Kanada-Ya - W5
Japanese
  London
A fifth UK branch for the ramen specialists; opening date as yet unknown.
Roast - W1W
British, Modern
  London
In a former BBC building, the Borough Market restaurant's more casual sibling, over two floors, will open with Paul Shearing (Bread Street Kitchen, Odette's) at the stoves. Still no news yet on an opening date at Jan 2022...
Theo's Italian Kitchen (Group) -
Italian
  GROUP
Chef Theo Randall already runs one Theo's Italian Kitchen in Zurich; three UK branches are to open (we are still waiting for dates to be confirmed over a year later) in Newcastle and London (Battersea and Aldgate). We'll (hopefully) expect the same authentic Italian fare that has kept Theo at the top of his game since his days as head chef at The River Cafe.
Vergine Maria - W5
Vegan
  London
From the Santa Maria team (and on the original site of the Ealing branch, which has shifted to Bond Street in W5), a vegan pizzeria which was scheduled to open in late 2021, but there's been no news for a while now...
Wool Yard - SE18
International
  London
We're told that the land for Wool Yard has been sold; a Street Feast has also now opened in Woolwich so whether the 'shipping-container-community-hub with food stalls' development, from Carl Turner (the man who brought us Pop Brixton) will actually happen now remains to be seen.
Yiu Fat Noodle - WC2H
Chinese
  London
From the team behind Pachamama, a crowdfunded Chinese restaurant, in the new Central Cross development at the eastern end of Chinatown. It was due to open in Summer 2019 but (as of Jan 2022) no opening date has been released.
Atticus - EC1V
American
  London
No news on when Iqbal Wahhab, founder of Westminster's classy Indian the Cinnamon Club and Borough Market's Roast, will open his Southern US venture in Angel serving chicken, ribs and barbecued meats; it's been in planning for well over a year. Named after Atticus Finch, the magnanimous father in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, the restaurant will be rolled-out as a chain if the concept proves successful. Much like its namesake, this restaurant has noble goals and will employee disadvantaged people and help rehabilitate ex-offenders through employment.
Custard - SE1
Indian
  London
The plan to open a bakery by day, wine bar by night project at One Tower Bridge, from the folks behind Gunpowder (and below the new branch of Gunpowder), is currently on hold while they locate kitchen facilities - the bakery was to share facilities with Gunpowder, but this is proving a problem.
Din Tai Fung - WC1A
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Since opening in Taipei in 1972 to make ends meet when the retail oil prices plummeted, this soup, dumpling and noodle shop has gone global, and arrived in the UK in 2018 in Covent Garden (amid a publicity storm about the queues); we have been waiting for this other site in the revamped Centrepoint development on Tottenham Court Road ever since. Watch this space for more details...
Kingsway Hall Hotel - WC2
British, Modern
  London
Mamarosa - EC2
Italian
  London
After several years, there's still no news about when Barcelona's Mamarosa is due to land in Shoreditch... we'll keep you updated when we hear something.
Muriel's Kitchen - WC2
British, Traditional
  London
No news on the proposed sibling to South Ken's neighbourhood bistro.
Not Really Indian (NRI) - B1
Indian
  Birmingham
Since being announced in 2018, there's been no news about when chef-entrepreneur Atul Kocchar's first UK restaurant under the Not Really Indian (NRI) brand will open. (When it does, it will be serving cuisine developed by Indian cooks living abroad.) Kochhar pulled out of taking up space in Birmingham’s Mailbox development in 2018, but is apparently looking elsewhere; NRI was launched in Mumbai in 2016.
Shibui - W1
Japanese
  London
Former head chef at Hackney's “cramped-but-magical” Pidgin, Elizabeth Haigh, ran a pop-up at Carousel in 2017 (and Kaizen House pop-up at Mortimer House in 2019) and is looking for a permanent site for her Japanese-influenced cuisine, featuring refined barbecue dishes with inventive flavour pairings. More news as we know it...
Amethyst - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Carlo Scotto, previously head chef at Xier in Marylebone, announces his new restaurant will open this May on Mayfair’s Sackville Street. The charismatic Neapolitan who earned rave reviews for his creative and hyper-original tasting menus is picking up where he left off pre-2020 with the opening of Amethyst.
The Peninsula London - SW1
  London
Luxury hotel owned and operated by The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels; due to open in 2023.
Crocadon Farm - PL12
British, Modern
  Saltash
Dan Cox, previously head chef at Fera, has taken over this former sawmill and organic farm on the Devon/Cornwall border and will open a restaurant, microbrewery and pottery here; originally slated for 2019, but we don't know an opening date or future plans at the moment.
Dining Room at Art'otel - SW8
  London
Amsterdam hotel group plans to open new hotel and rooftop dining space in London's iconic Battersea Power Station in late 2022 (originally it was promised for 2019). A second hotel in Hoxton is due to open in 2023.

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