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May
Wagtail - EC4N
British, Modern
  London
Once earmarked by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King for a City Wolseley-style restaurant, and now taken over by Maven Leisure, the elegant former House of Fraser building is to host this rooftop bar, restaurant and private dining space with 360-degree views across the City from May 2022.
Audrey's - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Opening in May 2022, an all-day cafe-bar in Borough; also open 8am-3pm on Tuesdays for takeaways.
Parrillan - SE1
Spanish
  London
Harts Group's May 2022 newcomer again celebrates Spanish cooking over fire. Like its Coal Drops Yard sibling, the venue will have an outside terrace (with 40 covers) with tabletop ‘parrilla’ grills, for guests to cook themselves over coals. But, for the first time, you will not have to DIY here, there also being an indoor restaurant (with 60 covers) with a menu designed for sharing cooked on an Ox Grill and an apple and olive wood-fired stove at the heart of an open kitchen.
Roti King - SW8
Malaysian
  London
The Euston roti specialist opened up a branch at the Battersea Power Station development in Spring 2022 - and even better, you can book here!
The Scallop's Tale - G61
Fish & seafood
  Bearsden
A Glasgow aesthetician known as Dr Q has branched out into restaurant ownership with this seafood restaurant and takeaway on the fringes of Glasgow, offering an extensive menu of locally sourced seafood dishes, including vegetarian and vegan dishes and a "scallops high tea"; opened May 2022.
Magari - BS1
Italian
  Bristol
"Authentically Italian, sustainably British" says the tagline of this new Wapping Wharf container restaurant.
Apr
Ye Horns Inn - PR3
British, Modern
  Goosnargh
The Lancashire village known for its delicious ducks has an ambitious new restaurant – with foraged ingredients expected to highlight the menu. Reopened in April 2022 with Yorkshire-based forager Alysia Vasey as operations consultant alongside Sean Wrest (formerly head chef at Roots in York) and his fiancee Sam Haigh (previously restaurant manager of the Black Swan at Oldstead).
Cavita - W1U
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Mexico star chef Adriana Cavita opened her first permanent London venture in April 2022: a 70-cover site with an open fire kitchen, communal dining (hosted by Adriana herself) and a chef’s table (plus a basement mezcaleria with its own street entrance). The cuisine is Mexican (obvs).
Cicchetti Knightsbridge - SW3
Italian
  London
Opened in Spring 2022 (not late 2021 as mentioned in the guide entry), the new Knightsbridge branch of Cicchetti from the popular San Carlo family of restaurants offers "opulent and elevated authentic Italian dining" all week long.
Flat Iron, The Cut - SE1
Steaks & grills
  London
Another South Bank Flat Iron, this one has taken over the spot vacated by Byron (RIP).
Tatale - SE1
West African
  London
African cuisine has come a long way in London since Calabash – the capital’s first African restaurant in the basement of the former Africa Centre in Covent Garden – opened in 1964. On the site of the new Africa Centre, in a repurposed Southwark office block, this Spring 2022 50-seater is run by Ghanaian-British restaurateur Akwasi Brenya-Mensa. Named after a form of plantain pancake, Tatale aims to reflect the spirit of busy African roadside ‘chop bars’. On the menu: omo tuo nkatekwan sesame (mashed rice with groundnut, peanut soup); and buttermilk chicken burger topped with shito chilli, citrus yogurt and basil oil.
Chotto Matte - W1U
Fusion
  London
A second branch for the Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian fusion) specialist, opened in Marylebone in Spring 2022.
Ochre - WC2N
British, Modern
  London
After extensive refurbishment, the food offering at the National Gallery relaunched in Spring 2022 with a cafe (Muriel's Kitchen) and this restaurant, both run by South Kensington brunch spot Muriel's Kitchen.
Rock & Rose - W4
British, Modern
  London
Restaurateur Lorraine Angliss (Annie's, Little Bird) opened a second site for her Rock & Rose restaurant concept in Spring 2022.
Le Bab - SW9
Middle Eastern
  London
Another branch for the upscale kebab purveyors, this time in Brixton; see also Kebab Queen.
Le Bab - SW11
Middle Eastern
  London
Black Bear Burger - E14
Burgers, etc
  London
The third Black Bear opened within the new Market Halls Canary Wharf in Spring 2022.
Kibou Solihull - B91
Japanese
  Solihull
A fourth branch for the growing Japanese chain - the website invites you to "sashimi over" to their place and give it a try.
The Clerk & Well - EC1R
British, Modern
  London
One of the oldest public houses in central London was relaunched in April 2022 with eight boutique guestrooms.
Arcade Food Hall - WC1A
International
  London
JKS Restaurants and the innovative Sethi family relaunched Arcade Food Theatre in April 2022. The new-look food hall features nine new kitchens, an independent restaurant on the mezzanine level, a counter dining experience as well as a standalone bar and outdoor dining.
Mowgli Glasgow - G2
Indian
  Glasgow
The fast-growing Indian street food brand headed to Glasgow in Spring 2022.
Apricity - W1K
British, Modern
  London
Chantelle Nicholson, former chef-owner Tredwells (RIP), opened her new hyper-seasonal, sustainable restaurant in April 2022 in Mayfair. There's be a tasting menu focused solely on vegetables as well as a more conventional meat and fish-focused offering.
Flat Earth Pizza - E2
Pizza
  London
This pizza joint "puts veg centre stage" and is committed to sustainability.
Dulse - SA73
British, Modern
  Milford Haven
Waterfront dining with produce from the Pembrokeshire coast from exec head chef SImon Crockford; dulse is an edible variety of seaweed that grows abundantly around the coast.
Market Halls Canary Wharf - E14
International
  London
A third Market Halls for London (the Fulham original has closed), first announced in 2019 and now soft launched in early April 2022.
Madhu’s Brasserie Richmond - TW9
Indian
  London
Launched at Harvey Nichols in October 2021 (see also), this sibling in Richmond is the second in the group that offers a dine-in or takeaway option; it appears to be unconnected with the famous Southall veteran.
Acme Fire Cult - E8
BBQ
  London
Live-fire restaurant from Andrew Clarke and Daniel Watkins, at 40FT Brewery in Dalston, where the chefs offer a new veggie-centric approach to BBQ, and where beer by-products are used to make ferments and hot sauces.
Farin Road - EH2
Afro-Caribbean
  Edinburgh
The pop-up African supper club from chef Tunde Abifarin has found a permanent home in the city’s New Town, taking a residency at the cafe Tani Modi on Friday and Saturday nights.
Bistro Marc at Winter's - SK1
French
  Stockport
A new French spot in the historic Winter’s building that's been under refurbishment for three years.
Mar
The Arkle, The Chester Grosvenor - CH1
British, Modern
  Chester
Lisboeta - WC1B
Portuguese
  London
Partnering with MJMK Restaurants, ex-Maos chef-patron Nuno Mendes returned to the London restaurant scene in Spring 2022. Set over three floors, the restaurant aims to embody "the very spirit of Lisbon, in an informal yet informative dining space".
One Hundred Shoreditch - E1
Fish & seafood
  London
Hipster haunt, The Ace Hotel Shoreditch – and its restuarant Hoi Polloi (RIP) – have gone. But this new Lore Group (Sea Containers et al) property opening in March 2022 is stepping into its boots. And it’s aiming to boost its appeal with an expanded rooftop bar and terrace (panoramic views of East London), cafe, lobby bar and a restaurant and wine bar specialising in sustainably sourced seafood - Goddard & Gibbs(see also). It being EC2, there’s even going to be a take-out hatch! (that’s a sign of groovy sophistication these days, apparently…)
Brother Marcus - SE1
Mediterranean
  London
A third branch for the brunching mini chain (Balham's branch is no more) opened in Spring 2022 in Borough Yards.
Tattu London - WC2H
Chinese
  London
Opened in early 2022, the fifth site from the contemporary Chinese restaurant group, with 220 covers and panoramic views from The Now Building.
Shuck's - G12
Fish & seafood
  Glasgow
The team behind Cail Bruich opened a seafood restaurant in Hyndland in March 2022 - their fourth site overall - serving up fresh Scottish produce with Champagne and cocktails.
The Princess Royal - W2
British, Modern
  London
Opened in March 2022, with ex-Stafford and Norma chef Ben Tish (in conjunction with pub group Cubitt House) in charge; locals might know the site as previously housing The Commander and Pomona's.
Samsons - HG1
British, Modern
  Harrogate
An all-day dining space in the heart of Harrogate, serving up a "pan-European" menu; exec chef, Josh Whitehead, was a semi-finalist of the 2016 MasterChef: The Professionals.
St Martin's House - WC2H
British, Modern
  London
This new all-day British brasserie in London's Theatreland occupies the site formerly occupied by Tredwell's (RIP).
Trampoline - N1
British, Modern
  London
The first of 14 planned branches, this Islington corner cafe was founded by the team behind NEMI Teas (itself a social enterprise), and aims to help London’s refugee community integrate, train and become independent citizens. Partnering with The Hotel School, Groundwork and employment partner, Thomas Franks, they work to provide a holistic route from gaining refugee status to meaningful employment.
Toffs - B91
British, Modern
  Solihull
Local boy Rob Palmer, previously head chef at Hampton Manor where he won the hotel's Peel's restaurant its first Michelin star in 2016, opened this tasting menu spot in a former computer game shop in Solihull in early 2022.
The Greyhound - SE15
British, Modern
  London
Promising not to be yet another gastropub, this sister venue to The Paxton in Gypsy Hill aims to redefine what a pub should be, with independent craft beers, global street food, vegan food menus and artisan pizza and a wide-ranging events agenda.
The Arber Garden - W1W
British, Modern
  London
From the same owners as Pantechnicon and The Lighterman, a Fitzrovia pub inspired by the legendary botanist and philosopher Agnes Arber, offering a vast gin selection, seasonal food, and a spacious leafy terrace.
Gladwell's - SE5
British, Modern
  London
A community-focused grocer / deli / cafe concept that launched in a former bank building the heart of Camberwell in March 2022; the old bank vault has been transformed into a wine cellar and bottle shop.
Bridge 15 at The Bridge Inn - EH28
Scottish
  Ratho
Tyler King, former senior sous chef at Prism in Berlin is heading up Bridge 15, a "modern Scottish restaurant" (and also overseeing a bar menu) here, from March 2022.
The Ivy Asia Guildford - GU1
Pan-Asian
  Guildford
Located in the Tunsgate Quarter of Guildford, just a stone’s throw from the cathedral.
Facing Heaven - E8
Chinese
  London
Owner Julian Denis previously ran the super-popular vegan Chinese Mao Chow just up the road; this new restaurant is twice the size (although still only 28 seats) and is "an evolution" of the food there, and incorporates flavours and techniques from Puerto Rican, Portuguese and American cuisines.
Noci - N1
Italian
  London
A new (March 2022) Italian from Louis Korovilas, formerly of Locatelli and Bancone, which serves a short, seasonal menu of pastas and a modern take on Italian street food snacks.
Yoku - GL50
Japanese
  Cheltenham
Part of the Lucky Onion group, this sushi restaurant and cocktail bar opened in March 2022 inside No.131 boutique hotel.
Caravel - N1
French
  London
A trip of former working canal barges, restored to house 40 diners, run by brothers Fin and Lorcan Spiteri who also run Studio Kitchen; the food aims to be "simple, French and Italian-inflected".
Mano Mayfair - W1B
South American
  London
"When the Brazilian and Japanese cuisines meet the unbridled glamour of late 1960s St Tropez", according to their Insta page.
Goddard & Gibbs - E1
Fish & seafood
  London
Occupying the former site of Hoi Polloi (RIP), a fine-dining fish restaurant for new hotel One Hundred Shoreditch; the hotel also has a wine bar (called Wine Bar) and trendy hatch (called Hatch) serving takeaway snacks (lobster rolls, etc).
Pesky - M15
Fish & seafood
  Manchester
Initially a month-long pop-up, this restaurant sells Swedish-inspired small plates and bar snacks with cocktails from mixologist owner Zaide O’Rourke, formerly of The Alchemist.
Jikoni - BS2
Ethiopian
  Bristol
This East African stall and pop-up put down roots in St Pauls in March 2022, serving traditional and inspired dishes from Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Tanzania.
The Alan - M1
British, Modern
  Manchester
Ocean Basket - BR1
Fish & seafood
  Bromley
The South African-based affordable seafood brand has opened its first UK branch; Peter ‘Fats’ Lazarides and his brother George opened their first restaurant in Pretoria – more than 300 miles from the nearest coast – in 1995, and there are now more than 215 Ocean Baskets in 19 countries – many of them in sub-Saharan Africa. We expect a roll-out to commence any day.
Fiddie’s Italian Kitchen - NW3
Italian
  London
Deliveroo has quietly opened its first restaurant – an anonymous-looking pizzeria called in Swiss Cottage on the former site of Fiddie's Pizzeria (RIP) – with the ostensible aim of delivering the company insights into how restaurants operate.
The Jones Family Affair - WC2N
British, Modern
  London
Sibling to Belgravia's Jones Family Kitchen; this Theatreland site has 150 covers spread over two floors, with a private dining room for 30.
The Rushmere - SW19
British, Modern
  London
Formerly known as The Swan, this Wimbledon pub has been extensively refurbished by the Metropolitan Pub Co, and reopened with a new name on 1st March 2022.
Pizza Paradiso - NW3
Pizza
  London
Deliveroo has quietly opened its first restaurant – an anonymous-looking pizzeria called Swiss Cottage – with the ostensible aim of delivering the company insights into how restaurants operate.
Potyo - SK9
Indian
  Wilmslow
Husband and wife team Jason and Milena Almeida have opened this March 2022 newcomer, focussing on dishes from the west coast of India - the Malabar coast. Potyo means 'greedy boy' in the native language of Goa.
Beat 6 - G31
Scottish
  Glasgow
New from the Six by Nico group, a restaurant with a similar concept - six-course menus that change regularly - but a new angle, in which 100% of profits are donated to the Beatson Cancer Charity.
Three Uncles - SW9
Chinese
  London
The first sit-in restaurant from the Cantonese operation that has outlets in the City and Camden.
North House - PO31
British, Modern
  Cowes
Isle of Wight-based chef Robert Thompson is chef-patron of this new boutique hotel and restaurant in Cowes; the brasserie serves a la carte meals with a fine-dining, tasting-menu-only, evening option up to five nights a week depending on the season.
Feb
Walter's - SE21
British, Modern
  London
A neighbourhood restaurant from the team behind The Oystermen opened in February 2022.
Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley - SW1X
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Pastry supremo Cedric Grolet opened his first permanent patisserie outside France in the early months of 2022 (you may remember his Harrods pop-up in 2019 if you can recall the days pre-pandemic); his beautiful creations - including realistic fruit desserts - will be very popular with the social media crowd. You're able to eat in or takeaway, and there's even a "kitchen theatre" table where you can watch the chefs at work.
Paradise Café at Daleside Nurseries - HG3
British, Modern
  Killinghall
Frances Atkins, one of the most prominent British chefs of the century and the first woman in the UK to earn a Michelin star, has launched a new venture, accompanied by chef Roger Olive and front-of-house manager John Tullett – her team for more than 20 years. Paradise café is in a garden centre near Harrogate, less than 20 miles from the Yorke Arms, the old coaching inn on the Yorkshire Moors where she made her name
Richoux - W1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Closed in January 2021 (along with all the other branches) after the parent company went into administration, this branch was relaunched in February 2022 after being bought out by Naveen Hana of the family-owned Cairn hotel group. Ex-Moor Hall chefs Jamie Butler and Lewis Spencer are in charge of the food, which aims to be “luxury at affordable prices”.
Tell Tale - SE19
British, Modern
  London
Jamie Edwards and Arron Curtis teamed with idiosyncratic former Lettonie chef Martin Blunos for what they call a "neighbourhood eatery and bar".
Mildreds - WC2N
Vegetarian
  London
The veggie stalwart opened a sixth restaurant (including Mallow, see also), on the former site of an Angus Steakhouse, in February 2022.
Emilia's Crafted Pasta - E14
Italian
  London
A third branch for the pasta mini-chain, this time in Canary Wharf - seating 70 inside and 30 outside - complete with open kitchen and a custom table bocce set.
Bombay Delight - SW19
Indian
  London
Chef-patron Ajay Chaurasia has launched a second Bombay Delight in Wimbledon (the original is in Vauxhall); the menu features lesser-known, regional Indian dishes alongside all-time favourites.
Lahpet - WC2E
Burmese
  London
A West End spot for the Burmese duo Dan Anton and Zaw Mahesh, in The Yards area of Covent Garden; open from early February 2022.
Itaku - W1W
Fusion
  London
Celebrity restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini and Naples-born chef Ivan Simeoli launched this Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant in February 2022.
Riwaz by Atul Kochhar - HP9
Indian
  Beaconsfield
It's a busy time for Kochhar, who also opened Masalchi in Wembley in October 2021. There's another Riwaz (which means 'tradition') planned for Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Blacklock - WC2E
Steaks & grills
  London
A fourth branch for the steak chain was due to open in 2020 and finally launched on Valentine's Day 2022.
Bread Street Kitchen - L1
British, Modern
  Liverpool
The sixth branch of the Gordon Ramsay chain opened in Liverpool in February 2022.
Truffle - EC2M
Burgers, etc
  London
A second restaurant for the burger specialist opened near Liverpool Street in February 2022; there's also the original outlet in KERB Seven Dials.
Neyba - W2
International
  London
Misha Zelman, the founder of Burger & Lobster and Zelman Meats opened this "multi-cuisine" restaurant, takeaway and grocer in February 2022; a roster of big-name chefs will appear in the 16-seat restaurant and make meals for dine-in and takeaway, to highlight the importance of reducing food waste.
Marugame Udon - W1U
Japanese
  London
Dear Grace - W12
British, Modern
  London
All-day, 350-cover 'small plates and cocktails' site (formerly Wellbourne Brasserie) from the team behind Pergola on the Wharf; opened early February 2022.
Noon - EH1
Vegan
  Edinburgh
All-day bistro and bar serving breakfasts, pastries, tacos, salads, pizza and foccacia; a brave, two-storey opening right opposite the huge St James's development.
Em Sherif - SW1X
Middle Eastern
  London
Self-taught Lebanese chef Mireille Hayek has brought her Beirut-based Em Sherif restaurant concept to London (and Harrods, no less); she opened her first restaurant in 2006 and now has a 12-strong group across the Middle East.
The Butcher - M4
Burgers, etc
  Manchester
A high-end European burger brand based in Amsterdam, has opened its first UK branch, billed as an "haute couture" take on the fast-food favourite.
Delicious Pho - E1
Vietnamese
  London
The popular Vietnamese restaurant chain from Canada opened its doors to the British public in Spitalfields at the start of the Lunar year on Tuesday 1st February 2022.
Vinoteca Borough - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Wine bar, shop and restaurant concept Vinoteca opened its new site at London’s Borough Yards in February 2022. The two-storey site sources ingredients for daily-changing menus from Borough Market.
Goila Butter Chicken - W1T
  London
On the side of Carousel, a one-dish-wonder selling nothing but variations on butter chicken.
Jan
Boiler & Co - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Chef Kerth Gumbs, from the tiny West Indian island of Anguilla (pop 15,000), is bringing some unusual Caribbean hints to this new, modern British tasting-menu restaurant Boiler & Co, which opened behind Tate Modern in Southwark in January 2022. Takeaway coffee from Kiss the Hippo is also available.
Din Tai Fung at Selfridges - W1A
Taiwanese
  London
The long-awaited Centre Point branch has now been surpassed by two new openings from this Taiwanese import famed for its immaculate xiao long bao soup dumplings; this one is on the re-vamped fourth floor of Selfridges.
The Aubrey - SW1X
Japanese
  London
In the space formerly occupied by Bar Boulud and its B+NYC-style burgers comes an “eccentric Japanese izakaya experience” named after the decadent fin de siècle artist Aubrey Beardsley; the original Aubrey opened in February 2021 in the Mandarin Oriental’s Hong Kong flagship.
The London Tavern - CT9
British, Modern
  Margate
From Emma Piggott and Jonathan Mercer, the team behind Hackney’s The Plough and The Prince Arthur. There's also a deli next door, called The Tiny Deli.
Th@51 - SW1E
International
  London
Inspired by the Taj group's Treehouse rooftop bar in Dubai, this January 2022 opening "brings the outside in with a stunning glass dining room" and open kitchen. The menu promises "global food with a creative spin".
Riva Blu - B2
Italian
  Birmingham
Replaced Gino D'Acampo's Temple Row restaurant in January 2022.
RAI - W1T
Japanese
  London
Formerly known as Hot Stone, and under the same ownership, this Fitzrovia site - under executive chef Padam Raj Rai - has launched this modern fusion concept using Japanese techniques, omakase-style in a tasting menu format, using "quintessential British" ingredients.
Luciano - SK9
Italian
  Alderley Edge
Formerly a Piccolino, and popular with celebrity footballers, this restaurant has been re-launched as the second Luciano in Gino D'Acampo's empire.
Tonkotsu - N4
Japanese
  London
Another branch for the ramen specialist, in the new Finsbury Park development.
Off the Hook - E1W
Fish & seafood
  London
Chef Neil Wagner in collaboration with sustainable fish suppliers Henderson's are opening this seafood restaurant, with fishmonger (of course) and takeaway fish 'n' chips (naturally) in stages from late January 2022.
Roji - W1K
Japanese
  London
The team behind Chiou and Sushi Atelier opened this intimate 10-seat restaurant in early 2022; accomplished husband-and-wife chefs Tamas Naszai and Tomoko Hasegawa are in charge of the food.
Ela & Dhani - SW13
Indian
  London
A trio childhood friends who grew up together in the Punjab have joined forces to launch their first restaurant. Ela & Dhani means cardamom and coriander in Sanskrit.
Grace & Savour - B92
British, Modern
  Hampton-in-Arden
A third dining space for Hampton Manor; this one is a standalone restaurant-with-rooms that provides a "dinner, bed, breakfast and development kitchen experience" from chef David Taylor with his wife Anette on FOH.
Ugly Dumpling - W1T
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
This new branch of the dumpling specialist is bigger than the Carnaby original and has a small private dining room.
Gallio - E14
Pizza
  London
A new dog-friendly pizza restaurant for Canary Wharf offering Mediterranean flavours and local delivery.
Bread Street Kitchen - EH2
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
This Gordon Ramsay outpost has ex-Pompadour chef and local lad Dan Ashmore as executive head chef.
Dec
Popeyes - E15
Chicken
  London
Another globally hyped fast-food chain, this one serving "soul powered" Louisiana-style fried chicken sandwiches, has landed in Westfield Stratford City; expect a roll-out very soon.
Fair Shot Café - W1K
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A collaboration with West London College and Action on Disability, providing in-work training for adults with learning difficulties.
Adesse - W1C
Vegan
  London
American 'raw food' celeb chef Matthew Kenney opened this plant-based restaurant in Selfridges before Christmas 2021. The name means 'to arrive' in Latin.
Shutters - E14
Fish & seafood
  London
Sibling to a Shutters in Marazion, Cornwall, a Californian-style restaurant from The Happiness Cartel.
Eleanore - EH7
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
On the site of the original Little Chartroom, and still owned by chef-owner Roberta Hall-McCarron, this place will be a wine bar and small plates spot.
Roketsu - W1H
Japanese
  London
Albert's Schloss - B3
German
  Birmingham
Already established in Manchester, the Bavarian beer hall landed in Brum in December 2021.
Upstairs at The George - W1W
British, Modern
  London
Star chef James Knappett has teamed up with his backers JKS (Gymkhana, Hoppers) and publican Dominic Jacobs (The Running Horse, Mayfair) to open their second London pub in the space of six months. The George in Fitzrovia is a beautifully restored grand Victorian Grade II-listed pub with an Italianate corner site frontage; open from late November 2021, with Upstairs at The George, the first-floor dining room, opening in March 2022.
Jeru - W1J
Middle Eastern
  London
A "layered" new Mayfair restaurant from Israeli-born Australian chef Roy Ner, comprising of a bakery, wine bar and dining space.
Riley's Fish Shop - NE30
Fish & seafood
  Tynemouth
A bricks-and-mortar spin-off from the famous beachside shack of the same name; a deli and eatery for when the weather is too cold for al fresco eating (which to locals is around -5 degrees)
Haar - KY16
Scottish
  St Andrews
Named for a "cold sea fog on the East coast of Scotland", Haar, from MasterChef finalist Dean Banks, serves British produce, simply prepared.
The Black Friar - M3
British, Modern
  Manchester
This Grade-II listed pub was taken over by ex-Manchester House / MCR chef Aiden Byrne in early 2020, but he has since pulled out of the development. Following a £2m transformation; there was to be a different dining experience on each of the building’s three floors.
Where's Fred's - EC2R
British, Modern
  The City
A "day-to-night café and wine bar" in the heart of the City.
The Plimsoll - N4
British, Modern
  London
The new permanent home for Four Legs (previously a pop-up at The Compton Arms in Islington). Jamie Allan and Ed McIlroy have moved on after two years in N1 and converted the former Auld Triangle pub in St Thomas’ Road – with a little help from a Kickstarter campaign – to relaunch it.
Ruby Jeans - BS11
British, Traditional
  Shirehampton
The owners of the nearby coffee shop / lockdown community shop have now opened a restaurant in a converted bank.
Cora - CF11
British, Modern
  Cardiff
Launched after a successful crowdfunding campaign, Lee Skeet's restaurant above Milkwood follows two popular lockdown pop-ups, Bones Supper Club and 40 days, 40 nights.
Nov
Hawksmoor - E14
Steaks & grills
  London
Opened in late 2021, Hawksmoor can now be found amongst the scrapers of Canary Wharf. The Wood Wharf branch – their 7th in the capital – is housed in an eco-friendly floating pavilion made from sustainably sourced timber decking and with a green roof planted with wildflowers and grasses. It is their biggest and most ambitious space yet, spread over three levels with a 150-cover restaurant, a 120-cover bar, and outdoor space.
Zahter - W1F
Turkish
  London
Istanbul star chef Esra Muslu has finally opened her own London restaurant; rumours had been circulating since her March 2018 residency at Carousel.
Miscusi - WC2H
Italian
  London
One of Italy's recent hits, a sustainable fast-food pasta chain with 12 branches, arrived in Covent Garden in November 2021.
The Fat Badger - TW10
British, Modern
  Richmond
A fifth site from the Gladwin Bros (Rabbit, Nutbourne, etc).
El Norte - W1S
Spanish
  London
Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi have opened their third London restaurant; this Mayfair site is a Spanish restaurant, joining their pan-Latin American debut, Zuaya in Kensington High Street, which launched in 2018, and Como Garden, which opened next door to Zuaya in 2020.
Pastan - EC1M
Italian
  London
Moved from Westbourne Park in late 2021.
Wood & Water - SW9
  London
Former Miss Jamaica Universe and BBC Apprentice candidate April Jackson's spot was previously called Three Little Birds, and served Jamaican tapas and bottomless brunches, but - with a new name a revamped menu - it will now serve "Modern British food with Jamaican soul", but retains the bottomless brunches.
Dipna's Restaurant & Bar - WC2R
Indian, Southern
  London
Punjabi and South Indian cuisine from chef Dipna Anand, who co-owns Brilliant in Southall that was set up by her father and uncle.

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2022 Hardens London Restaurant Guide

"User friendly in price, size and outlook"

Financial Times