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Feb
JinLi Chinatown - WC2H
Chinese
  London
One of a series of openings planned for the new Central Cross development in Chinatown, JinLi will be a modern Sichuanese restaurant (they are also on Leicester Street).
Feb
Gloria - EC2A
Italian
  London
The team behind La Felicitá and Pink Mamma in Paris are opening two restaurants in London in 2019 - Gloria is the first, a 'vintage style' Italian trattoria with 160 covers and a passion for authentic sourcing.
Feb
VIVI - WC1A
British, Modern
  London
Feb
OOTY - W1U
Indian, Southern
  London
On the former site of the Galvin Bros' Bistrot de Luxe, Ooty is run by former Vineet Bhatia head chef Manmeet Singh Bali. There's a fine dining restaurant, underground cocktail bar and all-day casual dining area.
Feb
Kindred - W6
British, Modern
  London
Communal tables and the experience of sharing food is what it's all about at this new Hammersmith restaurant, in a co-working and events space.
Feb
Cutter & Squidge - EC3V
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
The Cutter & Squidge baker sisters have opened a second bakery, in the Royal Exchange, selling their trademark Biskies (a sandwiched dessert creation of biscuit, buttercream and cake) to the good people of the City.
Feb
KoolCha - HA9
Indian
  London
Chef Rohit Ghai (of newly opened Kutir) is a busy man - not satisfied with setting up one restaurant, he's also opened up a street food stall at Boxpark Wembley, focusing on Indian flatbreads ('kulcha' - geddit?)
Feb
W12 Studios - W12
International
  London
The former White City BBC studios have been transformed into a 450-seat entertainment space, in partnership with Feast It, that will feature a rotating roster of chefs and pop-ups in the two kitchens; on opening, those spaces were filled with Cue Point (barbecue fusion cuisine from by ex-Smoke Stak head chef Joshua Moroney) and The Piadina Project, (Italian-inspired street food with a taste of Lincolnshire).
Feb
Yopo - W1T
Fusion
  London
The Mandrake Hotel has closed Serge et Le Phoque: in its place comes Yopo, hailed as "modern European with a South American accent".
Feb
Donnelly's at Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Not quite a restaurant, not just a pop-up; chef James Donnelly has completed seriously successful residencies at The Sun and 13 Cantons and Louie Louie, and now he's landed in a Bermondsey pub.
Feb
Emilia's Crafted Pasta - E1
Italian
  London
A second branch of the pasta-only restaurant from restaurateur Andrew Macleod opened in Aldgate in February 2019.
Feb
Vintry Kitchen - EC4V
Pan-Asian
  London
A new City hotel, "inspired by London’s historic trading guilds"; information on the two dining areas has changed, but here the website promises Asian tapas, while the Mercer Roof Terrace will serve modern British cuisine.
Feb
The Talbot Hotel - YO17
British, Modern
  Malton
The Talbot Hotel, a riverside coaching inn, is now run by Sam and Georgie Pearman, previously owners of Cotswold hotel & restaurant group The Lucky Onion; the hotel, which has 26 bedrooms, is being completely refurbished. The restaurant and bar snack menu will be under the watchful eye of head chef Robert Brittain.
Feb
The Glazebury - WA3
British, Modern
  Glazebury
South African-born chef Ernst van Zyl and partner Liz Kellett have taken over (and substantially refurbished) this Warrington pub; the chef was previously at The Lord Clyde in Kerridge, where he served “remarkable food in a village pub”. This new place has 60 covers, 5 rooms and a huge beer garden.
Feb
Tattu - B3
Chinese
  Birmingham
The Grand hotel has reopened after a major refurbishment; Tattu occupies two floors, including the former boiler room.
Feb
Rotate - EC2A
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A cafe and cycling shop, with a bar and workspaces; this multitasker in Shoreditch also features guest chef residencies.
Jan
We Are Vegan Everything - E8
Vegetarian
  London
Replacing Hackney's vegan bakery Dough Society is Caitlyn and Sophie's vegan cafe; the girls have been selling their cupcakes at Camden bakery Cupcakes and Shhht and at pop-ups, but now it's time for something permanent at WAVE.
Jan
Mollie’s Motel & Diner - SN7
American
  Buckland
Soho House are branching out with this new motel concept, now open on the Oxford-Swindon road. A modern take on American diner cuisine (also available to take away), with a general store and affordable rooms for overnight stays.
Jan
Yeni - W1F
Turkish
  London
Turkish chef Civan Er and restaurateur Cem Bilge (the duo behind famed Istanbul restaurant Yeni Lokanta) open in Soho, on the former site of Vinoteca, showcasing "contemporary Anatolian cookery" and ocakbasi culture.
Jan
The Oak SW11 - SW11
British, Modern
  London
Wood-fired pizzas and Italian/Mediterranean-inspired dishes are served up at this sibling to The Oaks in W2 and W12. Breakfast is also served here.
Jan
Pensons at Netherwood Estate - WR15
British, Modern
  Stoke Bliss
Lee Westcott, formerly of The Typing Room in Bethnal Green's converted town hall (RIP), has taken the helm at this new restaurant opening on the Netherwood Estate on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border.
Jan
The Crown - W4
Mediterranean
  London
Originally announced as The Harlot (formerly Carvosso), The Crown has opened under Henry Harris’ direction, serving all-day Mediterranean food with an Italian accent from Sicilian-born head chef Daniele Zaffora.
Jan
Stem & Glory - EC1A
Vegetarian
  London
Following a wildly successful crowdfund, Cambridge's popular vegan restaurant is heading down the M11 to open in Old Street to share its plant-based cuisine with eager Londoners; opening in early 2019, in time for Veganuary.
Jan
Vapiano - WC2H
Italian
  London
Vapiano has confirmed that it will double its London presence to six sites during 2018, following on from the group's successful launch in Glasgow. This branch occupies a massive (280-cover) site at the redeveloped landmark Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road, with the second and third restaurants occupying even bigger venues in Canary Wharf (284-covers) and Tower Bridge (311-covers).
Jan
Kalifornia Kitchen - W1T
Vegetarian
  London
From the founders of Hot Norwich Newcomer, Erpingham House, comes this plant-based, bright pink, fast food restaurant. We're sure the CBD latte will be much-talked about (it's made with cannabidiol, a non-active, naturally occurring constituent of cannabis).
Jan
Glass Room - WC2N
British, Modern
  London
A Tom Dixon designed interior on a boat brings a new dining experience to London. Set price packages for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea are available, with entertainment; check website for sailing and departure times.
Jan
Kuku Riku - NW1
Chicken
  London
Rotisserie chicken (with a secret marinade) from the Josper grill is the key at the new Camden Market outlet, which has room for 70 covers and does takeaway too.
Dec
Provisioners - SE1
British, Modern
  London
From the man who brought us Riding House Cafe, The Garrison and Blixen, Clive Watson, a new all-day restaurant (with adjoining Italian coffee bar) inside The Dixon boutique hotel in the new Tower Bridge development. As you'd expect with his pedigree, the Provisioners will be a hang-out with "uncomplicated and comforting food".
Dec
Ugly Dumpling - HA9
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Pan-fried dumplings and noodles, with traditional flavours, plus fusion or vegan options, are the draw to this Boxpark Wembley unit; a second permanent spot for founder Ping Wong, who started out on a street stall in 2017 before settling permanently in Carnaby in 2017.
Dec
The Athenian - HA9
Greek
  London
What started as a small street food venture offering freshly made souvlaki in 2014 has spawned five London outposts, a Bristol restaurant, and now, a new site at Boxpark Wembley.
Dec
Sutton and Sons - E8
Fish & chips
  London
A fourth branch for Sutton & Sons, just up the road from their new all-vegan branch.
Dec
Spiritland - SE1
Fusion
  London
Replacing Canteen (RIP), the newest inhabitant of the RFH's biggest eating venue (180 covers) is Spiritland, sibling to the King's Cross café, bar and radio studio. Kiwi chef Karl Calvert previously worked at The Providores & Tapa Room.
Dec
William IV - NW10
British, Modern
  London
This popular pub has been revamped and has a new chef, Sebastien Lambot and 15 rooms. Sunday lunches will remain a feature.
Dec
Yamagoya - W1D
Japanese
  London
Yamagoya returns to its old Soho stomping grounds, taking over the restaurant at Shuang Shuang where it began as a pop-up.
Dec
Omotesando Koffee - W1T
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
What started as a one-man operation in Omotesando, Japan, has become a global chain of super-stylish coffee houses, serving beautiful food and drink in typically pared-back surroundings. We expect the sandos and custard cubes will be the big Insta hits.
Dec
The Bonnie Badger - EH31
Scottish
  Gullane
Tom Kitchin, the chef behind Leith’s “outstanding” dining destination The Kitchin, has taken over this restaurant-with-rooms in the village of Gullane on Scotland’s East coast. Just a stone’s throw from Muirfield golf course, and a 30-minute drive from Edinburgh, the hotel features 12 bedrooms, a bar and 60-cover dining room serving locally sourced produce.
Dec
Terra Rossa - N1
Italian
  London
Puglian cuisine is the USP at this latest Upper Street newcomer.
Dec
Nathalie - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Juan Santa Cruz has opened his third London restaurant (alongside Casa Cruz and Isabel); Nathalie is hailed as a "revolutionary take-out spot”, right by the Conde Nast publishing house, open all day, and serving food with an "epic art-deco vibe".
Dec
Deeney's Cafe - E10
British, Traditional
  London
Traditional British breakfast and brunch fare with a distinctly Scottish twist, including the famous ‘Macbeth’ haggis toastie. They regularly pop up at festivals and street food markets; this is their first permanent place.
Dec
HOP Vietnamese - EC3V
Vietnamese
  London
The fifth and largest of the HOP Vietnamese mini-chain, on the ground floor of the Cheesegrater building.
Dec
The Corn Stores - RG1
British, Modern
  Reading
A third venture from Rarebreed Dining, the team behind Cobham's The Plough and The Shurlock Inn in Reading; this steak restaurant, bar and members’ lounge is housed in a Victorian listed building and showcases British meats.
Dec
Din Tai Fung - WC2E
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
One of the most hyped openings of the year, DTF is known and loved for its precisely made xiao long baos (dumplings with exactly 18 pleats and a variety of fillings) that are already clogging up most foodies' Insta-feeds. The beef noodle soup and fried rice are also much-mentioned. The second branch will open at Centre Point soon; expect to queue, even with 250 seats available.
Dec
Farzi Cafe - SW1Y
Indian
  London
Originating in New Delhi in 2014, the Farzi Cafe chain from the House of Massive Restaurants now has nine branches across India and in Dubai. The London opening serves up traditional Indian dishes in a contemporary style - buzzwords from the PR include "post-molecular", "laboratory-style", "playfully inspired" and "sonic homogeniser" (it's used to make cocktails, apparently). The drinks list is called The Vedika Menu, which is apparently Sanskrit for “restoring knowledge” - in our experience, cocktails often do the exact opposite...
Dec
Wild Rice & Mamasan - W1F
Thai
  London
A duo of restaurants has arrived in Soho: Wild Rice is on the ground floor, and focusses on small plates to share (Thai flavours with seasonal British ingredients). Mamasan is the underground basement restaurant, offering street food dishes.
Dec
Sir John Balcombe - NW1
British, Modern
  London
This Marylebone pub has been extensively refurbished and now offers a range of craft beers and food all day from breakfast.
Dec
Bao & Bing - W1U
Taiwanese
  London
Inspired by the street markets of Taiwan, this Marylebone spot doesn't just do bao buns, but also wheelcakes and alcoholic ice lollies.
Nov
The Parrot - WC2B
British, Modern
  London
Idris Elba is one of the names behind this new, tropical-themed cocktail bar at the Waldorf Hilton (serving small plates from Waldorf exec chef Karl Richardson). Live music nightly, secret menus, a chauffeur-driven car, unnanounced shows and "A-List surprises" are all promised.
Nov
Dishoom - M3
Indian
  Manchester
This branch of the growing group of Indian cafés was the fourth dining venue to open in Manchester Hall, a Grade II listed building in the Spinningfields area of Manchester. It opened alongside Masons Restaurant Bar, pan-Asian restaurant Fable and Leeds-based Basque-inspired Pintura.
Nov
Fare - EC1V
Pizza
  London
From the folks behind Sager + Wilde in Hackney and Bethnal Green, comes a new pizza place in Clerkenwell, offering sourdough bases, wine, cocktails and (in their own words) “mind-blowing coffee”.
Nov
Cérès - N16
Mediterranean
  London
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Camille Tardieu has transformed her Hackney supper club, Southbound, into bricks and mortar. The seasonally changing menu, inspired by her Sicilian and Provencal grandmothers, is described as 'contemporary southern European gastronomy'; the Brioche Brunch sounds delicious.
Nov
Patri - W13
Indian
  London
New Ealing restaurant from Puneet Wadhwhani, the founder of street food chain, Chai Naasto, serving Indian rail-side snacks; "train food" including dishes from New Delhi Station and Marwar Junction.
Nov
Le Cellar - EC1V
British, Modern
  London
A new, tiny, wine and tapas joint in Clerkenwell from entrepreneur Simon Maniora and wine buyer Anthonin Charlier (formerly at Cellar and Club Gascon); chef Matt Smith previously worked at Cliffords.
Nov
The Ivy Asia - M3
Pan-Asian
  Manchester
In a major departure for The Ivy group, the second floor of the new Ivy Spinningfields complex is an Asian restuarant; opulence is the key word for the decor, which includes a green floor made of semi-precious stone.
Nov
The Ivy Spinningfields - M3
British, Modern
  Manchester
One of the biggest restaurant openings of the year, The Ivy's foray into Manchester has four floors of dining rooms, with a separate pan-Asian restaurant (Ivy Asia), bar, private dining and roof garden.
Nov
The Gallery - E18
British, Modern
  London
On the site that was formerly much-loved restaurant The Woodford, a Ramsay-trained chef, Dave Rann (previously at the Juniper Tree) is now manning the stoves (and Josper grill)
Nov
Garden Room - WC2H
British, Modern
  London
Bourne & Hollingsworth have opened a roof garden in the West End to complement their Clerkenwell venture; the 10th floor of the Assembly hotel has great view and offers a range of dining options, from a la carte to sharing plates.
Nov
Pasta Remoli - W5
Italian
  Ealing Broadway
The third branch of Pasta Remoli has now opened in Ealing.
Nov
Kutir - SW3
Indian
  London
Rohit Ghai’s solo debut is an Indian fine-dining restaurant on the former site of Vineet Bhatia (RIP). Ghai previously cooked at Gymkhana, Jamavar, and Bombay Bustle; 'Kutir' means cottage in Sanskrit.
Nov
Imperial Treasure - SW1Y
Chinese
  London
With renowned restaurants across Asia, Imperial treasure has ventured into Europe with this London opening (and then France next year). The speciality of the house is Peking Duck carved at the table, which should be the next big thing on Instagram.
Nov
Pucci Mayfair - W1S
Pizza
  London
Fans of the long-gone Pucci Pizza on the King's Road will be glad to know that it's back (with a few tweaks). Ex-Noma and Gordon Ramsay chef Tilly Turbett and Pucci’s son Rufus Albanese have teamed up to revive the brand in Mayfair, serving pizzas made to the family recipe as well as mezze - Turkish and Lebanese small plates.
Nov
Calcutta Canteen by Darjeeling Express - W1F
Indian
  London
Following a successful pop-up at Market Halls Fulham, chef (and Chef’s Table star) Asma Khan's Calcutta Canteen is popping up in Soho, initially for three months. The cafe will serve stuffed pau buns, teas from her ancestral estate and cakes from My Little Cake Tin.
Nov
Poptata - SW17
International
  London
They only serve one thing – fries – but there’s an extensive array of toppings to choose from at this street food fave in Tooting Market, which also has outlets in the Croydon and Shoreditch Boxparks, and Portobello Market.
Nov
Roe - SW9
Fish & seafood
  London
Occupying one of Pop Brixton's shipping containers (and with a little terrace, too) Irish chef Simon Whiteside (from Hook in Camden) is serving up fish and seafood cuisine with inspiration from his homeland.
Nov
Soho Wala - W1F
Indian
  London
Designed to capture the spirit of the Indian market place, this new hotel restaurant (with its own entrance) is an ideal spot for a quick street-food pit-stop or one of their spiced cocktails.
Nov
Fortnum & Mason REX - EC3V
British, Modern
  London
In the space vacated by D&D London at The Royal Exchange comes a food hall - complete with gift and hamper selection – from HM’s grocer Fortnum & Mason. There is a dining and bar area in the courtyard (formerly D&D’s Grand Cafe).
Nov
Hicce - N1C
British, Modern
  London
Nov
Brasserie of Light - W1A
British, Modern
  London
New from Caprice Holdings, this elegant Selfridges brasserie features a 24ft crystal-encrusted Pegasus statue created especially by Damien Hirst. With its own entrance on Duke Street, Brasserie of Light will be open all day, serving an "eclectic mix of classic British and internationally inspired dishes".
Nov
Le Petit Citron - W6
French
  London
Lawrence and Emily Hartley ran Mustard on this site for three years, and have now transformed it into Le Petit Citron, featuring a classic French menu with a Provencal twist.
Nov
The White Haus - EC4A
Swiss
  City of London
This new City-fringe pub from Hippo Inns is a three-floor behemoth all decked out in an apres-ski theme, complete with memorabilia from the British Ski Club and a private dining cable car. All-day dining from breakfast to cocktails.
Nov
Cake and Bubbles - W1B
  London
Albert Adria (brother of El Bulli's Ferran, and former pastry chef at the world-famous restaurant) has arrived in London with a dessert and sparkling wine restaurant at Hotel Cafe Royal; he's bringing the famous white chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake from his smash-hit Barcelona joint, Tickets (pictured), along with intriguing-sounding dishes such as airwaffles with caramelised bananas, and chocolate ninoyoyaki cake balls.
Nov
The Falcon - SG9
British, Modern
  Buntingford
Chef Kieren Steinborn-Busse, previously executive chef of Vinoteca, is to open his first restaurant, where he plans to serve “British comfort food and rustic recipes using seasonal, local produce”. His wife Natasha will lead the front of house team in the Grade II-listed Tudor property with just 28 covers.
Nov
Roux at Skindles - SL6
French
  Taplow
A brasserie-style restaurant from Michel and Alain Roux, within a new waterside residential complex in Taplow (on the former site of Skindles hotel). The venture will be overseen by Alain Roux, chef-patron at nearby Bray's “absolutely impeccable” Waterside Inn.
Nov
VQ Euston - NW1
British, Modern
  London
A fifth branch for the expanding VQ group.
Nov
Artisan - W11
Italian
  London
Contemporary Italian cuisine, featuring homemade pasta and wood-fired pizzas.
Nov
Market Halls Victoria - SW1V
International
  London
Following the success of Market Halls Fulham, the company has announced that they have taken over a bigger site, opposite Victoria rail station (formerly Pacha nightclub), for a roll-out of the food court concept. This place will seat 400 people over 3 floors, with a roof terrace opening in 2019. Confirmed traders include Baozilnn, bunshop from The Marksman's team, an udon bar from Koya, and an off-shoot of Euston's Roti King (Gopal's Corner).
Nov
Vapiano Tower Bridge - SE1
Italian
  London
Vapiano has confirmed that it will double its London presence to six sites during 2018, following on from the group's successful launch in Glasgow. This Tower Bridge opening is the first site (others in the pipeline include Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road and Canary Wharf).
Nov
Bowls - W1F
International
  London
Russian TV chef Zarifa Ragimova has launched her first solo restaurant, on the Soho site of Billy & the Chicks (RIP), featuring all-day, global 'bowl' food from South America, the Caribbean and Asia.
Nov
Pachamama East - EC2A
Peruvian
  London
The popular Peruvian-inspired Marylebone restaurant has opened an east London site; Mikkel Gregersen (formerly of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and AOC in Copenhagen) has been appointed Executive Creative Chef of this new spot and its two sibling restaurants, Pachamama and Chicama.
Nov
Tapas Brindisa - SW11
Spanish
  London
Brindisa opened its sixth branch, at the Battersea Power Station development, in November 2018.
Nov
Grays & Feather - WC2E
British, Modern
  London
Sparkling wine expert Andrew Gray has a wine merchant business at the Southbank Food Market and has now opened in Covent Garden, offering over 30 types of sparkling wine and sharing plates.
Nov
Madame Pigg - E8
British, Modern
  London
From chef Adam Hardiman (ex-St John and The Dartmouth Arms), a modern British restaurant featuring seasonal produce and traditional dishes.
Oct
Levan - SE15
British, Modern
  London
All-day Peckham bar and dining space with a strong ‘natural’ wine focus, serving contemporary European cuisine, inspired by the ‘bistronomy’ movement.
Oct
Sushisamba - WC2
Fusion
  London
The second London outpost of this dazzling international chain has finally arrived in Covent Garden Market's Opera Terrace (on the former site of Brasserie Blanc), serving “heavenly” Japanese/South American fusion fare.
Oct
BunCo - EC3R
Fusion
  London
This Istanbul operator has arrived in the City, bringing with it bao buns stuffed with non-traditional fillings like veal kebab with pickled aubergine, tuna corn and capers, and even English breakfasts and falafel.
Oct
Wingstop - WC2H
Chicken
  London
The first of a planned 100-strong UK store roll-out for this American chicken wing chain, which already has over a thousand sites worldwide. The Cambridge Circus flagship, taking over the former home of HSBC, serves wings in 12 different flavours – including Teriyaki, Cajun and Atomic – as well as a range of Camden Town beers.
Oct
Yen Burger - SE1
  London
Asian-influenced burgers, combining unique ingredients such as Kim-chi mayonnaise with Wagyu beef, sustainable cod or veggies (and "nothing frozen" - that's a promise) make this new Borough burger offering a tantalising prospect from Yen Nguyen and her team.
Oct
Omoide - SE1
Japanese
  London
Formerly head chef at Story, Angelo Sato goes solo again (following pop-ups with Mission Sato and at Carousel) with this grab-and-go outlet (part of B Street Deli) serving rice-centred dishes inspired by the rice course in the formal multi-course dining called kaiseki.
Oct
Little Mercies - N8
British, Modern
  London
A trio of mixologists, Alan Sherwood and brothers Max and Noel Venning, who between them have an impressive pedigree that includes Scout, Peg + Patriot and Dalston's Three Sheets, are heading north to bring some hipster cool to Crouch End with this cocktail bar and restaurant; weekend brunch will be a feature.
Oct
Flipside - EC1M
Vegetarian
  London
Veganism continues its march across the city with this latest opening, a 100% plant-based cafe and takeaway by day, and 'proper', meat-free burger joint by night. The 'mac bar' where you can customise your (vegan) mac 'n' cheese is bound to be a hit on social media.
Oct
Yolk - EC4A
British, Modern
  London
Pop-up turned permanent in a shopping container, and now a full restaurant site for Yolk, serving up their famous poached egg pots, plus a range of breakfast baps, with heartier fare at lunch.
Oct
Gridiron - W1K
British, Modern
  London
The room formerly known as the Met Bar is re-opening with a bang at the end of October 2018; a 'live fire' venue with an impressive team at the wheel - food from Richard H Turner (Hawksmoor) and Colin McSherry (Nuala, Clove Club), cocktails from brothers Max and Noel Venning (Three Sheets) and wine choices by Guardian wine writer Fiona Beckett. With a counter for watching the chefs at work, this could become a serious destination.
Oct
Morty & Bob's - N1C
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Modern Iranian cooking from an ex-Noma chef, Leonardo Pereira (until recently at The Greenhouse).
Oct
Barrafina - N1C
Spanish
  London
The Hart Bros unveil the fourth (and largest) of their Barcelona-inspired tapas chain in a new Regent’s Canal-side retail quarter, Coal Drops Yard – developed from a converted Victorian coal store. It vaunts 40 covers with a private dining space for 24. The outside terrace, seating 60, will have a separate name - Parrillan, inspired by the Spanish 'parrilla' or grill - and will open in Spring 2019.
Oct
Casa Pastór & Plaza Pastór - N1C
Mexican/TexMex
  London
The big sister of El Pastor and Tortilleria El Pastor is now open in Coal Drop Yard, promising "tacos, mezcal, music and more"
Oct
Vermuteria - N1C
Spanish
  London
A 'bar with food' (focusing heavily on vermouths) from by Anthony Demetre, the owner of Wild Honey and Arbutus (RIP).
Oct
Berenjak - W1D
Persian
  London
Oct
Rocket & Ruby - L2
British, Modern
  Liverpool
A new, all-day cafe for Liverpool, on the corner of Castle Street and Derby Square. Early signs are impressive - not least because the team behind it are responsible for Bacaro, Salt House tapas and Hanover Street Social. Locals will recognise the name (which belongs to the owners' dogs, we are told) from their residency at Baltic Market, which ended in April 2018.
Oct
Art Yard - SE1
British, Modern
  London
An all-day bar and restaurant with in the Bankside hotel.
Oct
Gamma Gamma - W1D
Pan-Asian
  London
Pan-Asian fusion tapas (with some unusual meat options like kangaroo) that are responsibly sourced (with many gluten and dairy-free options) is the USP at this new Soho restaurant.
Oct
Jollibee - SW5
Chicken
  London
Oct
La Barra - SW9
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Joshua Whiting, one half of the team behind Killa Dilla, has taken over this Market Row unit in Brixton for his first bricks-and-mortar venture. Tacos with slow roasted meats are the key feature on the menu.
Oct
Mikkeller Bar - E2
  London
Danish craft beer company Mikeller and 80s pop icon Rick Astley have teamed up to open this Shoreditch bar; there's even a new Astley's beer being launched.
Oct
Ali Ocakbasi - WC2H
Turkish
  London
A new Turkish restaurant has opened in Leicester Square; originally from Istanbul, there's also a branch in Amsterdam.
Oct
Mana - M4
British, Modern
  Manchester
This restaurant from former Noma chef Simon Martin is described as an 'informal dining experience serving a menu of ten to fifteen plates in quick succession'. The small (just 30-covers) evening-only venture opens in Manchester Life’s Sawmill Court this summer and is one of the city’s most hotly anticipated new openings.
Oct
Cork & Bottle - NW3
British, Traditional
  London
Leicester Square's veteran indy wine bar now has two offshoots, in Paddington and now Hampstead, where there'll be over 300 carefully chosen wines for you to try alongside the popular comfort food or a plate of cheese, in the bar, restaurant or wine garden.
Oct
The Ivy in the Park - E14
British, Modern
  London
Overlooking Canada Square, this latest addition to The Ivy's spin-off family is open all week, including weekend brunch.
Oct
Honest Burgers - SE1
Burgers, etc
  London
A South Bank branch for the growing burger chain; regular specials (some of them plant-based) feature alongside the classics and THOSE rosemary salted fries.
Oct
Tracks & Records - E1
Afro-Caribbean
  London
Jamaican fast food - or at least Jamaican food from Usain Bolt. His company has three restaurants in Jamaica, and they have their sights on this spot in the City. Music, good food and sport will all feature.
Oct
Kinilaw & Buko - N1
Filipino
  London
Filipino goodies from the 100 Hoxton team (next door, using their former event space to give head chef Francis Puyat a place to serve up his native cuisine), Kinilaw serves up traditional Filipino dishes while Buko dishes up artisan ice cream and desserts.
Oct
Da Giua - EC1Y
Italian
  City of London
New Barbican trattoria serving up a range of Italian dishes, inlcuding pizza.
Oct
Koffmann & Mr White's - BA1
British, Modern
  Bath
A collaboration between Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White, located within the Abbey Hotel. Even with six Michelin stars between them, this "casual all day dining English and French Brasserie" serving "affordable classic food" opened with very little national fanfare.
Oct
Harry's Bar - W1U
Italian
  London
Oct
Flat Iron - N1
Steaks & grills
  London
A King's Cross outpost for this ever-popular steak cafe chain; there are already outposts in Covent Garden, Notting Hill, Soho and Shoreditch.
Oct
Blacklock - EC2A
Steaks & grills
  London
A third branch for Gordon Ker's popular chop-house mini-chain, this time in Old Street, in the former Rivington Grill space (RIP); it is the biggest Blacklock restaurant yet, with space for a bar (with dedicated bar snacks menu).
Oct
Macellaio RC - WC1E
Steaks & grills
  London
A fifth branch for this growing steak (and tuna) micro-chain, housed in the Duke of Bedford's former petrol station. There's also a branch in Milan.
Oct
The Coconut Tree - BS6
  Bristol
The latest in a mini chain of Sri Lankan street food restaurants (also in Cheltenham and Oxford), with a second Bristol branch due in late 2018.
Oct
Caractère - W11
Mediterranean
  London
Oct
Oct
1766 Bar & Kitchen - BS1
British, Modern
  Redcliffe
Dating back to 1766, the Bristol Old Vic's original theatre façade (recently revealed during a massive refurbishment) dominates the space here at the theatre's new food and drink offering. Open all day until an hour after the last evening performance, 1766 Bar & Kitchen aims to be a community hub, serving seasonal, local ingredients on a menu devised by head chef Coco Barone (ex-Glassboat and Rosemarino); there's a pre-theatre menu, too, as you'd expect.
Oct
Cecconi's Shoreditch - E2
Italian
  London
The Soho House group continues its creep into the mid-market with the launch of this new Cecconi’s restaurant in Shoreditch, which will, we are told, be more akin to the glamorous Mayfair original (founded in 1971 by Sgr Cecconi) rather than the spin-off Soho pizza spot.
Oct
Zela - WC2R
Pan-Asian
  London
Oct
Sticks 'n' Sushi - SW3
Japanese
  London
A massive, three-storey site - the eighth UK site in total - for this growing Danish chain.
Sep
Beam - N5
Mediterranean
  London
On the former site of Il Bacio in Highbury comes this Mediterranean café with British influences, it also has another outpost in Crouch End.
Sep
Beluga - W11
Persian
  London
From the owners of Mahdi in Hammersmith, a new contemporary Persian that promises luxury - from Roberto Cavalli wallpaper and Versace cutlery to an "elevated take on traditional Persian cuisine", with private dining and an exclusive cocktail bar.
Sep
Marle, Heckfield Place - RG27
British, Modern
  Heckfield
One of two restaurants within the new luxury Hampshire spa hotel, with food - much of it grown on the premises - under the watchful eye of Skye Gyngell. See also the less formal Hearth.
Sep
Hearth, Heckfield Place - RG27
British, Modern
  Heckfield
The less formal of the two dining options (see also Marle) at Heckfield Place, a Georgian former family home that's been converted in to a new luxury hotel and spa. Centred around an open fire, the cooking here is "simple and heartfelt" - overseen by Skye Gyngell.
Sep
Il Sud - W1T
Italian
  London
An "unfussy" southern Italian in Fitzrovia serving fresh pasta, regional Italian wines and decadent desserts. The set menu deals are great value for the area.
Sep
Pergola Olympia - W14
International
  London
The rooftop-crazy people behind Pergola have finally gone properly permanent with this new venue on top of Kensington's Olympia - it's all-weather, too, thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Pergola's food offerings will come from branches of Patty + Bun, Claw and Passo to fill the 500 seats available.
Sep
Pinion - L34
British, Modern
  Prescot
Gary Usher adds to his stellar group of British bistros (which includes Sticky Walnut in Chester, Burnt Truffle in Heswall on the Wirral, Hispi in Didsbury and Wreckfish in Liverpool) with this crowdfunded venture in Prescot. The chef and restaurateur hopes the restaurant will help regeneration plans for the town's High Street.
Sep
Chick 'n' Sours - N1
Chicken
  London
Sep
Whipped - WC2B
Ice cream
  London
From running a dessert supper club to working on pastry at Le Gavroche, it seems as though Alice Churchill's life has led to this one moment - opening a grab-and-go cheesecake bar in Covent Garden. Saucy jokes aplenty, DIY or menu combos of base, whipped topping and sprinkles and Shot Yard coffee. 10% discount if you re-use your colour-changing spoon next time you visit.
Sep
Pittabun - W1F
Greek
  London
"Modern Greek food", stuffed into a fluffy fat pitta bread, is the USP at this new Soho spot, which looks like the first of a planned roll-out.
Sep
Kricket - W12
Indian
  London
This Mumbai street food inspired restaurant has brought its “profoundly original dishes” to White City with a second venture at the revamped Television Centre (former home of the Beeb).
Sep
St John Bakery - WC2H
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Following successful pop-ups in Bermondsey and Old Street, St John have found a permanent home for their bakery (and those legendary doughnuts), in Covent Garden. There are already plans afoot for a second branch, too.
Sep
Canto - M4
Portuguese
  Manchester
The team behind El Gato Negro have opened a second 110-cover site in the city. Canto is in the Fairbairn building in Ancoats, and the in-part-cork-walled space serves 'modern Portuguese' cuisine inspired by chef/patron Simon Shaw’s travels to Lisbon, as well as head chef Carlos Gomes’ upbringing in Porto.
Sep
The Greene Oak - SL4
British, Modern
  Windsor
Sep
Fat Phil's - SE5
British, Modern
  London
A new addition to Camberwell's restaurant scene, from Phil Cooper, who's background includes training with Michel Roux, Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre-White.
Sep
Super Tacos - SW6
Mexican/TexMex
  London
A new incumbent at Market Halls Fulham is Super Tacos, a Mexican-only (with Tijuana festival specialities) branch of Breddos Tacos. Margaritas feature, naturally.
Sep
Maison Bab - WC2
Turkish
  London
Sep
Kricket - SW9
Indian
  London
Taking over the former site of Brindisa Food Rooms (RIP) this lauded, modern Indian makes its permanent return to Brixton (it started life with a residency at Pop Brixton). This is the third London site for the growing group, with a restaurant in Soho and a large outlet at the Beeb’s former White City home.
Sep
Two Lights - E2
British, Modern
  London
Sep
Jolene - N16
British, Modern
  London
Sep
Chip Nation - W1D
  London
Single concept restaurants just keep on coming - and now it's the turn of the humble chip. Chip Nation in Soho (the first of a planned proto-chain) claims to offer over 6000 possible flavour combinations to keep punters coming back for more.
Sep
Roots - YO30
British, Modern
  York
'Great British Menu' winner Tommy Banks and family, who run popular restaurant-with-rooms The Black Swan at Oldstead, have opened a new restaurant in central York. The PR info for Roots says: "Make a choice. Order as much as you like, eat, drink and be the creator of your own menu."
Sep
Mamasons - WC2H
Ice cream
  London
Filpino 'dirty' ice cream (as made by the street food stalls of Manila, using a steel drum with ice and salt) is the treat at the new opening in Chinatown's Newport Court (there's also a sibling in Kentish Town).
Sep
Mariage Frères - WC2E
French
  London
Legendary in Paris for over 100 years, Mariage Frères has finally crossed the Channel properly (the tea is available in Selfridges as a concession) to delight us with its tea-based cuisine. Everything served, from breakfast to dinner (and especially afternoon tea) has tea in it - and they have over 1000 varieties and flavours to choose from. The five storey Georgian building in Covent Garden houses a shop, first-floor 'Salon de Thé', tea museum and two floors of private rooms with terraces.
Sep
Milk Beach - NW6
British, Modern
  London
New Queen’s Park café with top sustainability credentials; the owner used to work for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, they carefully source and roast specialty coffees from around the world and seek out organic wines from independent winemakers.
Sep
The Botany - G20
International
  Glasgow
Formerly The Strathmore, this riverside pub in Glasgow's Maryhill area has been taken over and extensively refurbished by local entrepreneurs Alan Tomkins and Calum Lawson. A global menu, using local produce, will be served. The name is inspired by stories of prisoners who were transported down the river to Botany Bay, and the whole concept takes inspiration from Amsterdam's canalside restaurants.
Sep
Genesis - E1
Vegetarian
  London
Sep
Kahani - SW1X
Indian
  London
Sep
Little Kolkata - WC2H
British, Traditional
  London
Single concept restaurants just keep on coming - now its the turn of chips. With the promise of over 6000 flavour combinations, this chip purveyor (the first of a proto-chain) opening in Soho should keep the punters happy.
Sep
Kerridge’s Bar & Grill - SW1A
British, Modern
  London
Sep
Red Farm - WC2B
Chinese
  London
Sep
Goods Office - N4
British, Modern
  London
Neil Gill of Gilly's Fry Bar (RIP) has opened this neighbourhood spot in Crouch Hill while he waits for the perfect West End site to open another fish 'n' chip shop. The globally-inspired food includes snacks, small plates and sharing platters.
Sep
Caccia & Tails - BN7
Italian
  Lewes
Britain's first foccacia bar has opened in Lewes; owner Elisa Furci (of the London Restaurant Festival) grew up in the town, where her parents ran a restaurant called Spaghetti Junction thirty years ago (and later moved to Brighton). Caccia and Tails focuses on Genovese foccacia, which you eat upside down to get the salt on your tongue; open all day with takeaway dinner available (handy for commuters).
Sep
Pizza Pilgrims - EC2N
Pizza
  London
Another branch for the growing pizza chain; this one is at the base of Tower 42.
Sep
Baby Bao - SW1Y
Taiwanese
  London
Londoners just can't get enough of bao, so it's a good thing that this Brighton street food vendor has arrived to keep up with demand (they can also be found in residence at North Laine pub The Pond). Korean Fried Chicken wings, cocktails and loads of beers are also on offer.
Sep
Kaki - N1
Chinese
  London
Sep
Merienda - EH3
Mediterranean
  Edinburgh
Beautiful Mediterranean small plates made with Scottish produce from chef Campbell Mickel.
Aug
Old Compton Brasserie - W1D
British, Modern
  London
From the Maxwell Group (Maxwell’s Bar and Grill, Palm Court Brasserie) comes an all-day British brasserie with 'an industrial-Bohemian feel' and a flexitarian approach, offering a significant number of vegan dishes alongside seasonal fare and cocktails. It has taken over the former Soho site of Muriel’s Kitchen.
Aug
Farmer J - EC4R
Mediterranean
  London
Farmer J, best known to City folk as a quick and healthy stop for breakfast or lunch, has opened a full-blown, grown-up restaurant, adding small plates, evening meals, weekend brunch (including The Shak, an authentic spicy shakshuka) and cocktails to their repertoire.
Aug
Searcys at The Design Museum - W8
British, Modern
  London
Caterer Searcys has taken over the food outlets and event catering at The Design Museum following the June 2018 closure of Parabola (RIP) after the owners, Precott & Conran went into administration. The re-purposed Commonwealth Institute building now houses a ground-floor coffee bar and an upstairs 'casual dining cafe' which focuses on British produce.
Aug
1251 - N1
British, Modern
  London
Aug
Avobar - WC2E
Vegetarian
  London
Just when you thought the single concept restaurant had reached its peak, along comes an all-avocado offering in Covent Garden.

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