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Nov
The Three Fishes - BB7
British, Traditional
  Whalley
It's a case of Back to the Future at this ancient inn, closed by Brunning & Price in 2019. For the second time in the last 20 years, it's been made over by Nigel Haworth of nearby Northcote Manor fame. Back in 2004 it was part of Ribble Valley Inns but now it’s in partnership with Martin Aspinall, trustee of the Standen Estate. Launched in November 2021, Nigel is aiming to put back the "original magic of The Three Fishes alongside my drive for sustainability and local sourcing".
Mowgli - W1
Indian
  London
Nisha Katona has brought her dozen-strong Indian restaurant group to London, launching in Fitzrovia in November 2021; expansion plans continue with a branch in Cheltenham also in the works for 2021, and Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol and Brighton in 2022.
Panton Yokocho - SW1Y
Japanese
  London
A celebration of regional ramen is promised from this November 2021 Japan Centre opening, similar to Heddon Yokocho.
Holm - TA13
British, Modern
  South Petherton
Opened in November 2021, from the team behind London's Salon, Larry's and Levan. Nicholas Balfe is from Somerset and returns to his roots to open this restaurant and co-working space in the village's old bank
Mallow - SE1
Vegetarian
  London
In the shadow of Southwark Cathedral, a plant-based restaurant with a pedigree - it's from the team behind Mildred's. International cuisines and local, sustainable ingredients will make up the dishes.
Tallow - TN4
British, Modern
  Southborough
Rob and Donna Taylor - formerly of The Compasses in nearby Crundale - opened this 26-cover bistro in early November. When Grace Dent of The Guardian heard they were moving on, she wrote “Wherever they go, I will follow”.
Qavali - B1
Persian
  Birmingham
A foliage-covered ceiling is one of the decorative features of this high-end Indo Persian restaurant that has replaced Coast to Coast. The all-halal menu covers covers Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Persia and Turkey.
Mr White's - WC2H
British, Modern
  London
Marco Pierre White's first West End opening in over a decade serves "steaks, gin cocktails and pizzas".
Toklas - WC2R
British, Modern
  London
New grill-focused restaurant, bakery and food shop with a large garden terrace, from Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, founders of Frieze (it's next door to the Frieze offices).
Oct
Gunpowder (Group) -
Indian
  GROUP
A third branch for Harneet Baweja and Devina Seth’s modern Indian mini-chain; opening October 2021.
Terra - EC2M
Steaks & grills
  London
Opened later than the main site, the fine dining part of Eataly features a "show-stopping artisanal grill". Flame-cooked, seasonal Italian fare and botanical cocktails are the USP here.
The Maine Mayfair - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Opened in October 2021, an enormous, American-style, 350-cover brasserie, split over three levels, residing in one of Mayfair’s only surviving Georgian ‘Grade II’ listed buildings, which dates back to 1720 and is the former home of the Duke of Montrose. The PR announcement said it will be a “blend of old-world British elegance, New England extravagance, and subterranean decadence”.
1771 Restaurant - SW1W
British, Modern
  London
On the site near Sloane Square that was very briefly Liv (RIP) – and for aeons previously Como Lario (long RIP) – this site was relaunched in October 2021 by Anglo chef, Mark Jarvis, who took over as chef-director at Liv in late 2020. Now it looks like it’s going to be his show, which – on his past record – should be good news.
Langan’s Brasserie - W1
British, Modern
  London
Kasa and Kin - W1F
Filipino
  London
Opened in late October 2021, an all-day Filipino restaurant, bar, bakery and patisserie from the team behind Kensington's Romulo Café.
The Chelsea Pig - SW3
British, Modern
  London
Furniture designer Timothy Oulton opened his first pub in October 2021, updating and re-opening this 1890s landmark.
SeaSons - W1J
Fish & seafood
  London
On the former site of The Square (RIP), the high-end, international fishmongers of the same name are opening a Mediterranean fish and seafood restaurant in October 2021.
Bob Bob Ricard City - EC3
French
  London
Formerly Bob Bob Cité, Leonid Shutov has rebranded his £25m City creation as Bob Bob Ricard City, and making it similar in style to the Soho original.
Carmel - NW6
Middle Eastern
  London
October 2021 opening from the team behind Berber & Q, an "evolved big sister" restaurant in Queen's Park.
Inca - W1F
South American
  London
South American-themed late night restaurant and club from a team (including chef Davide Alberti) who worked together at Sumosan Twiga.
Up A Yard - CH8
Afro-Caribbean
  Holywell
Chef-owner Charlotte Stanley starting selling her traditional Jamaican meals from home during lockdown, and now has a bricks-and-mortar site for dining in.
Le Petit Bois - B13
French
  Birmingham
Restaurateurs Ben Taylor and Zsofia Kisgergely have returned to their former haunt - the site of their Little Blackwood, which closed in 2020 - with a French bistro offering blow-out seafood platters.
Rita's Soho - W1F
Mexican/TexMex
  London
This spot from the team behind Bodega Rita's (the Coal Drops Yard spot that closed in 2020) opened before Christmas 2020 as a bottle shop and deli; the full Rita's restaurant followed in October 2021.
Love Café - CT9
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Margate
Gizzi Erskine and Libertines' frontman Carl Barât (who also co-owns Margate hotel The Albion Rooms with his Libertines bandmates) opened this seafront cafe in October 2021, featuring the Great British sandwich and ice cream sundaes. They are aiming for it to be a "sandwich bar on steroids", using produce from Kent's local farms and suppliers.
El Ta'koy - WC2E
Pan-Asian
  London
Luis Pous, best known for the now-closed celebrity hangout, Asia de Cuba, opened this basement restaurant within 3 Henrietta Street, in October 2021; the menu spans the Pacific Rim and islands, particularly Kauai Hawaii.
Lilly's - WC2E
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
The ground floor of 3 Henrietta Street (see also Pivot and El Ta'koy) is occupied by a coffee shop and this all-day cafe from pastry chef Kimberley Lin, who previously worked as Dominique Ansel’s development chef, so we can expect epic things in the cakes and pastries department.
Oxeye - SW11
British, Modern
  London
After six years of planning, chef Sven-Hanson Britt has opened his debut restaurant in Embassy Gardens in October 2021; the Masterchef: The Professionals winner's place is a fine-dining restaurant based on tasting menus, with a bar and British wine shop too.
Bardo - SW1Y
Italian
  London
Nightclub owner Luca Maggiora opened his first fine dining restaurant in October 2021; there's also a walk-in wine cellar, whisky room, private dining room and private lounge, plus an ex-Cipriani bartender on cocktails.
Upstairs by Tom Shepherd - WS13
British, Modern
  Lichfield
Tom Shepherd, most recently seen at Adam’s in Birmingham, opened the much-anticipated first restaurant under his own name in October 2021, above his father’s Lichfield jewellery shop.
The Jackdaw - LL32
British, Modern
  Conwy
Sous chef at The Fat Duck for seven years, chef Nick Rudge has embarked on his first solo enterprise, a 30-cover site in Conwy.
Chilli Chutney - SW16
Italian
  London
Named after Carmine Lupertazzi, the Mafia boss and restaurateur in The Sopranos, this 100-cover restaurant and work space has ex-Peckham Cellars chef Ozzy Martin Peer at the stoves; the team also recently took over the Elm Park Tavern in Brixton.
Carmine - SW16
Italian
  London
Named after Carmine Lupertazzi, the Mafia boss and restaurateur in The Sopranos, this 100-cover restaurant and work space has ex-Peckham Cellars chef Ozzy Martin Peer at the stoves; the team also recently took over the Elm Park Tavern in Brixton.
West 4th - SW6
Canadian
  London
A Canadian restaurant modelled on Vancouver's West 4th St area; poutine, maple syrup and mac & cheese are staples of the menu.
Birchwood - TN5
British, Modern
  Ticehurst
Exciting news from The Small Holding’s Will Devlin, who has opened a third site set in a "sustainable woodland community" in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the East Sussex countryside.
Chourangi - W1H
Indian
  London
'Flavours of Calcutta'; this restaurant from chef-patron Anjan Chatterjee and tech entrepreneur Aditya Ghosh was due to open in 2020, and eventually appeared in October 2021.
Colonel Saab - WC1V
Indian
  London
Will this October 2021 newcomer finally dispel the curse of Holborn Town Hall? It’s a potentially magnificent site, that’s so far seen off Shanghai Blues, Burger & Lobster and most recently Gezellig (RIP). This ‘progressive Indian Restaurant' is the first London venture of entrepreneur Roop Partap Choudhary, and culinary inspiration comes from his property Hotel Noor Mahal in Karnal (north of Delhi).
Maroush Park Royal - NW10
Lebanese
  London
Sep
Isla - WC1H
British, Modern
  London
Isola by San Carlo - W1U
Italian
  London
Opened in September 2021 – a new flagship for the San Carlo group on the prominent former St Christopher's Place site of Carluccio's. It’s big, with 220 seats and a 50-cover al fresco terrace. Managing Director, Carlo Distefano, describes it as the group’s “most exciting project in years”.
Trattoria Brutto - EC1A
Italian
  London
Opened in September 2021, the new project from Russell Norman, who left the Polpo group last year. Thanks to The Sunday Times critic Marina O'Loughlin for spotting the new Instagram name and truffling this one out. Norman confirmed the project and says that the trattoria "has a Tuscan accent" and that the food comes from the heart of Italy "where flavour is more important than favour".
Manthan - W1S
Indian
  London
Rohit Ghai (of Kutir) returns to Mayfair with this late summer 2021 opening with his eyes on the Michelin star he won in his Jamavar days. Taking over the site near Regent Street of Covid casualty Lucknow 49 (RIP), the offer incorporates traditional-with-a-twist dishes and lots of cocktails (including of the non-alcoholic variety).
Yellowhammer - SK1
Pizza
  Stockport
Truffled out by The Code, this interesting project involves Sam Buckley of Where the Light Gets In; it will be a "community bakery, pottery and deli" by day, and a wine bar / pizzeria in the evenings.
Joshua's Tavern - WC2H
British, Modern
  London
Pub and live music venue attached to the Leicester Square 'super boutique' hotel The Londoner, opened in September 2021; see also Whitcomb's and 8 at The Londoner.
8 at The Londoner - WC2H
Japanese
  London
Part of the 'super boutique' hotel that opened in September 2021, a rooftop izakaya with fire pits.
Upstairs at Landrace - BA1
British, Modern
  Bath
"A restaurant above a bakery." Such a simple description for a restaurant (that started as a series of supper clubs) from Jules Copperman, former GM at Big Jo, and Rob Sachdev, former sous chef at Brawn. Opened in September 2021 above the popular sourdough bakery.
Mamma Pastrama - W1F
American
  London
A Carnaby reboot of the classic American sarnie from Jay Morjaria (from BBC2's Million Pound Menu) and the Vagabond Wines team.
Galvin Bar & Grill - WC1B
British, Modern
  London
The Galvin Brothers and Gary Rhodes-trained chef Adam Gray opened this 100-cover hotel dining room in late September 2021.
Nusr-Et Steakhouse - SW1X
Steaks & grills
  London
Istanbul, Dubai, Doha, New York, Miami… finally – having been first announced in 2017 – as of September 2021, London now has its very own outpost for the globe-trotting brand of Nusret Gökçe’s (aka Salt Bae’s) social media sensation. He is The Park Tower hotel’s answer to breathing life into the formerly deathly dull-looking space that was for many years the accomplished but un-Instagram-friendly One-O-One (RIP). A butcher-turned-chef, this is not first choice for vegans, with a menu extending to every variety of chop, burger and steak.
Rennaisant - RG20
French
  Bagnor
Opened on the site of The Blackbird (RIP) in September 2021, a new fine dining restaurant from the same chef, Dom Robinson, who will continue to cook the classic French cuisine that made the previous incarnation so popular; during lockdown, Robinson ran a pop-up outdoor dining restaurant called Pizza Paloma here, which may continue in some form as well.
Poke House - W11
Salads
  London
On its opening weekend, this US import (which acquired Ahi Poke in April 2021) offered free food for life to anyone willing to get the company's logo tattooed on them.
The Alice, The Randolph Hotel - OX1
British, Modern
  Oxford
At the heart of the Varsity, this famous old Victorian hotel emerged in September 2021 from a major revamp. Not least amongst its reinvented form – this new all-day dining restaurant (78 covers) serving classic British dishes, as interpreted by Chris Emery (ex head chef of Jason Atherton’s The Clocktower in New York, et al). The venture is a collaboration between hotel owners Graduate Hotels® and White Rabbit Projects (Lina Stores, Kricket, Island Poké). Lewis Carroll used to drink nearby – hence it’s named for his famous literary creation – hopefully the afternoon tea will involve flamingoes...
Joe Allen - WC2E
American
  London
Peg - E9
Fusion
  London
A team of owners of P Franco and Bright opened another natural wine bar (on the former site of Hackney's Legs, geddit?) in 2019, with Australian chef Byron Fini at the stoves.
Ekstedt at The Yard, Great Scotland Yard Hotel - SW1A
Scandinavian
  London
With the September 2021 arrival of Swedish star chef Nicklas Ekstedt, the five-star Hyatt is continuing its creative, north European theme with this “godfather of wood-fired cooking” stepping into the shoes of The Yard by Robin Gill (RIP). It features Ekstedt’s “old Nordic” cuisine, which sees seasonal ingredients cooked over wood-grills in a (very) open kitchen.
Poke House - E1
Salads
  London
BiBi - W1K
Indian
  London
Chef Chet Sharma (ex-Ledbury and Moor Hall) has opened a contemporary Indian restaurant in Mayfair, with backing from the JKS Restaurants group, with whom he's worked for several years. ‘Bibi’ translates in Urdu as ‘lady of the house’, and is used as a term of endearment for grandmothers across the Indian subcontinent. Sharma's "playful menu" is "influenced by the street carts and roadside cafés from Punjab in the north, to Kerala in the south".
Bundobust Brewery - M1
Vegetarian
  Manchester
The second site for Manchester, complete with brewery, finally opened in September 2021.
Haugen - E20
Swiss
  London
Part of Stratford’s coming of age as a restaurant destination – and part of East London’s International Quarter development: this D&D Group launch occupies a new, sustainably constructed three-floor landmark – The Pavilion – within the Olympic Park. It has a sizeable 550 covers in all and comprises a ground floor deli plus large restaurant and ‘winter garden’ (sounds a bit llike Bluebird); plus a first floor dining room, also with terrae; and a rooftop bar with views of Stratford and the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. Foodwise, it’s akin to The German Gymnasium – an Alpine theme with references to France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Koya Ko - E8
Japanese
  London
Another little sister for Koya arrived in Broadway Market in September 2021, inspired by the fast-paced dining of the train station noodle bars found in Japan.
Garden House - CB2
British, Modern
  Cambridge
A grill-focused hotel restaurant that opened in September 2021 with White Rabbit Studio (Lina Stores, Kricket) in charge of the food under chef Adam Wood (ex-Perilla); it's set within the new Graduate hotel on the banks on the Cam (there's also one in Oxford; the group also has a portfolio of hotels in college towns in America).
The Pig in the South Downs - BN18
British, Modern
  Madehurst
The newest Pig opened in West Sussex in September 2021 at Grade II-listed Madehurst Lodge, boasting the largest kitchen garden in the Pig group and also the group’s first vineyard.
Bar Flounder - E8
Fish & seafood
  London
Fin and Flounder, one of London’s top fishmongers and supplier to the city’s finest restaurants, launched its own seafood shack at Netil Market in September 2021, just around the corner from their Broadway Market shop.
Prévost at Haycock - PE8
Mediterranean
  Wansford
Lee Clarke's Peterborough restaurant Prévost moved to this newly refurbished historic hotel on the River Nene, where you might stay in a room once occupied by Queen Victoria. Ex-L'Enclume chef Sam Nash joins Clarke to run both Prévost and the more casual Haycock Kitchen.
Straits Kitchen, Pan Pacific London - EC3A
Pan-Asian
  London
This new City hotel promises to be a "new statement of indulgence" that "integrates design with comfort and Asian hospitality". It's the Singapore-based group's "first mixed-use development for the City of London" and will include luxury sky apartments, high-end retail, a plaza, and Devonshire House. This signature Singaporean restaurant is joined by cocktail bar Ginger Lily and The Orchid Lounge, serving Kopi Tiam, Singaporean-inspired afternoon tea.
Supa Ya Ramen - E8
Japanese
  London
The Victoria Oxshott - KT22
British, Modern
  Oxshott
The first pub for Igniting Hospitality, led by former JKS Ops Director Simon King and former Crown at Bray head chef Matt Larcombe.
MiMi Mei Fair - W1J
Chinese
  London
The long-awaited replacement to Matsya (RIP) comes from Jamavar and Bombay Bustle creator Samyukta Nair, and is inspired by 1920s Shanghai; former Hakkasan chef Peter Ho will oversee the high-end, modern Chinese menu.
The Orchid Lounge, Pan Pacific Lounge - EC3A
Afternoon tea
  London
TV's pastry chef, Cherish Finden, will be overseeing the Singaporean afternoon teas on offer at this new hotel.
Luckenbooths - EH1
Scottish
  Edinburgh
New central hotel restaurant offering all-day dining and Scottish cuisine.
La Brasseria - W11
Italian
  London
All-day sibling to La Brasseria Milanese in Marylebone.
Aug
Palais de Luxe at The Windmill Theatre - W1D
International
  London
'Table Dancing' written in lurid neon is a nostalgic relic of sleazy ’70s sex shows, at this relaunched Soho icon, which has had a £10m revamp (including the neon signs). Now, this 350-seat venue is to become an ambitious multiplex, with shows in the main theatre, alongside upstairs and basement bars and private dining. At the stoves, Andrew McLeish, whose long CV most notably includes his long stint at Chapter One. A luxurious menu is planned (Dover sole, Wagyu sliders…)
Kudu Grill - SE15
South African
  London
On the old Babette site, the Kudu team are bringing live fire cooking to Peckham, with this braai restaurant, which opened in August 2021.
Colette - SW19
French
  London
The Fulham French traiteur and delicatessen is opening a second branch in Wimbledon Village; this one will have a butcher’s counter too. A further, and bigger, branch is due to open in Wandsworth by the end of 2021.
Celentano's - G4
Italian
  Glasgow
Opening August 2021 in Glasgow's Cathedral House building, from Darby's head chef Dean Parker and his wife Anna; Italian small and sharing plates from a low-waste kitchen.
Santa Maria - N1
Pizza
  London
A fourth branch of this successful small pizza group arrived in summer 2021.
The Crossing - SW13
British, Modern
  London
After a significant refurb (about £400k), this sweet pub off White Hart Lane – fka The Tree House – is to be relaunched by hospitality operator Christian Arden. There will be a new outside terrace (complete with its own pizza oven), while the main food offering will include a rotisserie. The involvement from afar of the accomplished chef, Anthony Demetre, will likely win coverage.
Ramo Ramen - W1F
Japanese
  London
Opened in August 2021, a second branch of the Filipino-infused noodle restaurant (the original is in Kentish Town)
Mowgli - GL50
Indian
  Cheltenham
Bindas Eatery - W12
Indian
  London
After winning a mentorship in a pop-up competition at Westfield White City Shopping Centre in 2019, Mehak Kansal opened (and subsequently closed, RIP) her first bricks-and-mortar restaurant in swanky Mayfair - but has already opened up again back in Westfield, serving up "epic" Indian street food.
The Seafood Bar - W1D
Fish & seafood
  London
The De Visscher family have imported the model that’s worked for them in Amsterdam to this August 2021 opening in central Soho: their fifth venture and the first outside The Netherlands. And it's big, with 190 covers spread over two floors, and decorated with lots of white marble. On the menu – the clue is in the name – fruits de mer, oysters, fish cooked on la planca – and lots of booze too....
The Garden at The Lane, Theatre Royal - WC2B
British, Modern
  London
Part of a £60m refurb of the Theatre Royal (nickname ‘The Lane’) started in 2019. Very simple all-day dining incorporate breakfast, lunch, and after-work drinks. Afternoon tea will be available later in the year when they open the Grand Saloon.
Aspen & Meursault - SW11
British, Traditional
  London
Opened in mid-August 2021; cafe and deli by day, natural wine bar by night (sibling to Diogenes the Dog) serving cheese and charcuterie platters.
Wadadli - E9
Afro-Caribbean
  London
Celebrity chef Andi Oliver opened this communal dining kitchen (plus Roadside takeaway) in August 2021; the name derives from the old Arawak word for Antigua, and the food is Caribbean and designed for sharing.
Cafe Cecilia - E8
British, Modern
  London
Hot news from Hot Dinners. Ex-River Cafe and St John Bread & Wine chef Max Rocha has opened this canalside spot in Hackney (part of the new WMe8 development) after running a lockdown delivery venture and supper clubs.
Skylight Peckham - SE15
British, Modern
  London
Sibling to Skylight Tobacco Dock, the 250-seat rooftop of Peckham's Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has been transformed into another site with spectacular panoramic views.
Home - CF64
  Penarth
Bouncing back from the demise of his nearby Michelin-starred seafront restaurant, James Sommerin opened this August 2021 newcomer one year later: an immersive dining experience behind blacked-out windows. Working with his daughter Georgia (who last year represented Wales on Great British Menu), they will serve a four-course lunches and an eight-course taster menu from an open kitchen.
Pizzeria Mozza - W1B
Pizza
  London
The involvement of Netflix star (‘Chef's Table') – LA chef, Nancy Silverton – is the justification for including this new (August 2021) pizzeria, adjacent to the foot of the Treehouse Hotel London (which is just across the road from Broadcasting House). Her pizzas are, apparently, “famed for their unique dough recipe and well-structured crusts" and you can round off with her own-brand ice cream: Nancy's Fancy. The plans for the interior are wild – literally! – "you will be transported to a wild Mediterranean garden upon entry… with lush interior planting and trees, and trailing vines crawling up white plaster walls".
Park Row - W1F
British, Modern
  London
Holy Guacamole, Batman! The basement near Piccadilly Circus that was Mash Steakhouse (RIP) has been taken over. With their evil masterplan it’s been relaunched. But not just as a themed diner. Oh no! But a ‘Gastronomic Amusement Park’ with five restaurants, three bars and 330 covers in total. For the 20-seat Monarch Theatre experience, enjoy 11-courses for… £195 per person. Great Scott!! There are some serious folks in the kitchen here, though. Executive Chef of The Monarch Theatre, Karl O’Dell, was formerly head chef of the sadly now defunct, but superb Texture (RIP).
Sucre London - W1F
Argentinian
  London
In the refurbished 300-year-old former home of the Royal College of Music, Argentine chef Fernando Trocca (and partner Tato Giovannoni) will open a “re-imagining" of the Buenos Aires open-fire restaurant of the same name.
Bar La Rampa - W1W
Cuban
  London
Near Oxford Circus, on a site that briefly saw Sweet Chick (RIP) hatch and go – this summer 2021 newcomer aims to import the style of old Havana to the centre of the West End. A sibling to Kol and Casa do Frango – it features Cuban small plates, and puts a big emphasis on cocktails.
José Pizarro at the RA - W1J
Spanish
  London
One of two new eateries that arrived in late Summer at the Royal Academy from the star Spaniard - see also Poster Bar by José. This one took over the Dorfman Senate Room and is a formal fine-dining affair.
The Palmerston - EH12
Scottish
  Edinburgh
Opened in early August, a neighbourhood restaurant near Haymarket, from ex-Harwood Arms GM James Snowdon and ex-Spring chef Lloyd Morse, who will "champion provenance and sustainability" with their St-John-style “whole animal cooking”. The corner site will house a 60-cover restaurant, bar, bakery, coffee shop and butchery.
The Top Hat - W1T
British, Modern
  London
A Monopoly-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar, on the ground floor of the Monopoly Lifesized immersive experience, owned by Gamepath Entertainment in partnership with Hasbro. If you have never tried the short card-based version, ‘Monopoly Deal’, you can get a quick round in over a propery-themed cocktail (eg Leicester Square red carpet daiquiri). In the 70-cover restaurant, the menu centres on British small plates (mini steak, mash and Yorkshire pudding). Take a Chance or Advance to Go?
Poster Bar at the RA - W1J
Spanish
  London
Joining José Pizarro at the RA is this less formal tapas bar from the star Spaniard slowly taking over London; we expect this one to be more like his Bermondsey tapas joint.
Six by Nico - E14
International
  London
Opened in mid-August, the largest restaurant yet for Nico Simeone, with over 100 covers, plus more in the bar and on the outside terrace.
Ugly Butterfly - TR26
British, Modern
  Saint Ives
Adam Handling is arriving in Cornwall with this August 2021 newcomer which aims to bring the creativity of his Frog in Covent Garden to this 65-cover all-day dining experience set in a luxury estate on the fringes of St Ives. With floor-to-ceiling windows, it has ocean views to entertain outside and an open kitchen within. There's also a similar capacity bar area with a more-than-incidental menu. Sustainability – for which he has better credentials than most – is key to the undertaking. Jamie Park is Head Chef, having previously been head chef at the Frog.
Joy - W1U
British, Modern
  London
Bibo by Dani García - EC2
Spanish
  London
On the site of Red Rooster (RIP) within the The Curtain Hotel (RIP), comes this summer 2021 newcomer within the newly opened Mondrian Shoreditch. Whether the name chef, Andalusian Dani Garcia, will spend much time here we don’t know, but he already has Bibos in Madrid, Marbella, Cádiz, and Doha, so maybe not. Some of his signature dishes will be on the menu (for example oxtail ravioli) alongside international hotel staples.
People - WA15
British, Modern
  Hale
From the man behind Manchester's Don Giovanni (and also previously Mahiki), Adam Karim, an all-day 'luxury' restaurant and bar.
Mollie’s Motel & Diner - BS10
American
  Bristol
A second location, just outside Bristol, for the budget-but-stylish motel and diner chain from Soho House.
Danclair's - SW9
International
  London
Next door to his Fish, Wings & Tings, Brian Danclair has opened a restaurant to showcase his experiences of cooking in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe.
Callow Hall - DE6
British, Modern
  Ashbourne
Opened in late Summer 2021, a food-lovers' hotel from new hotel group Wildhive; chef David Bukowicki (ex-Barnsdale Lodge) is looking after the Garden Room restaurant.
Sessions Arts Club - EC1R
British, Modern
  London
Name-checked in Oliver Twist by Dickens – and until the 1920s one of the largest courthouses in the UK – this Grade II Clerkenwell pile now incorporates an events space and restaurant on its fourth floor. It’s a 60-seater with a 20-seat terrace and rooftop pool. Planned since 2019 and open from July 2021, it’s run with input from various creative studios, St John co-found Jon Spiteri and well-known artist Jonny Gent. Expect lots of artfully distressed Victorian interiors and Med-inspired food from chef Florence Knight (ex head chef of Polpetto, et al).
The Dusty Knuckle - N4
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Cafe and bakery by day, pizza joint (Thu-Sat) by night; this second, 'big sister' Dusty Knuckle opened in Haringey in Summer 2021.
Jul
Hector's - N1
British, Modern
  London
Cafe by day, wine bar and small plates restaurant by night (Thursday to Sunday), this new independent North London spot comes from ex-Hill & Szrok partner Jimmy Stephenson and his wife Anna Shaffer.
Marugame Udon - E1
Japanese
  London
An 800-strong global chain of udon noodle restaurants launched in London - more specifically, a 100+ cover site just off Liverpool Street - in July 2021, with three further branches already in the works. The competitively priced Japanese fare will include a substantial number of vegan dishes.
Luciano - WC2R
Italian
  London
Named for his son, this new, 100-cover, hotel restaurant from Gino D'Acampo will serve "upmarket Italian"; there's a further 100 covers for al fresco dining. (Not to be confused with Luciano's, the South West mini-chain run by the son of Marco Pierre White, which was orginally called Luccio's when it opened in 2020.)
Korean Dinner Party - W1B
Korean
  London
The teams behind Senor Ceviche and TATA Eatery have come together to create this LA Koreatown-inspired Soho restaurant and cocktail bar.
Crust Bros - SW18
Pizza
  London
A second permanent site for the pizza boys from Waterloo, on the Sambrook's Brewery site, with "250 seats of pure pizza and beer joy".
Fiend - W10
British, Modern
  London
Chef Chris Denney, who previously ran the much-loved 108 Garage (RIP), launched this curiously named spot on the former Santo site in July 2021.
Kitchen Table - W1
British, Modern
  London
The Cadogan Arms - SW3
British, Modern
  London
The PR for this newly-relaunched King’s Road pub says it’s a ‘much-loved institution’, but we hadn’t heard of it before its mid-2021 relaunch. Still, it’s got a prime Chelsea location; it’s got the heritage and a fine restored interior (dating from 1838); and it’s got the backing with investors led by Dominic Jacobs of The Running Horse Mayfair, and investors including Jyotin, Karam & Sunaina Sethi, of JKS Restaurants. The culinary team has splendid form too – Kitchen Table’s James Knappett is collaborating with chef Alex Harper who has The Ledbury and The Harwood Arms on his CV.
Heron - EH6
Scottish
  Edinburgh
This Leith restaurant from chefs Tomas Gormley and Sam Yorke was born from the lockdown pop-up success Bad Seeds. Views over the Water of Leith make it a lovely spot.
The Pem - SW1H
British, Modern
  London
With Sally Abé's recent arrival from the Harwood Arms, the Conrad St James's Hotel is clearly aiming to take its offering up a notch. This summer 2021 arrival is to be her main showcase within the hotel, offering an ambitious menu with classic British overtones. Did no-one tell Sally the unwritten rule that good British restaurants are just not allowed in Westminster? Perhaps she will at last break the mould! (See also The Blue Boar.)
Nama - L1
Japanese
  Liverpool
Opened in the Met Quarter's new GPO Food Hall in July 2021, an izakaya-inspired restaurant from chef Luke French and business director wife Stacey Sherwood, who already run JÖRO and Konjö in Sheffield (a sibling Konjö will join Nama in the GPO Food Hall soon); Nama means 'raw' in Japanese.
Giggling Squid - B75
Thai
  Sutton Coldfield
A second West Midlands branch for the growing Thai chain.
Bar Crispin - W1B
British, Modern
  London
Opened in Summer 2021, a spin-off of Spitalfields' natural wine bar Crispin, which serves an all-day snack menu curated by head chef Naz Hassan, who previously cooked at Anglo and Clipstone.
Antillean - SE1
Afro-Caribbean
  London
Out goes the Polish vodka and in comes the jerk chicken, oxtail curry and flying fish at this Waterloo site. For over a decade, this intriguing former Georgian factory (a coachbuilding works) traded as Baltic (RIP). But it’s now in the hands of Michael Hanbury who is aiming to highlight an evolved form of Jamaican cuisine. A rum library and cocktails too – Whispering Death anyone?
Erpingham House - EH1
Vegan
  Edinburgh
A third branch for the Norwich-based vegan restaurant, which opened inside the Bonnie & Wild Scottish Marketplace in June 2021.
Bonnie & Wild Scottish Marketplace - EH1
Scottish
  Edinburgh
Opening in July 2021 after five years of development, the largest food hall in Scotland (and the first in Edinburgh) will feature independent Scottish food and drink producers; restaurants signed up so far include Erpingham House and Glasgow's The Gannet. Bonnie & Wild is the brainchild of Mac & Wild
Camden Social - NW1
British, Modern
  London
All-day 'modern European' dining tucked away in a Camden side street; from The Rhumshack Group, who won Cottons and several other restaurant brands. The listing of their TikTok page on their website might give you an idea of the crowd they hope to attract?
Chucs - NW8
Italian
  London
The sixth branch of this chain – with its glam, retro Italian inspirations – opened in July 2021 in the heart of St John's Wood (on the site of a former Côte). With 84 covers, it's the largest outlet to-date and open all day from breakfast to dinner.
Lilac - DT7
British, Modern
  Lyme Regis
Harriet Mansell opened a second Lyme Regis site in July 2021, just months after successfully launching Robin Wylde during lockdown; this wine bar and tap room is a 40-cover cellar space over 400 years old, just down the road from its big sister, and focuses on low intervention wines and small plate food.
Rico's - EH2
Italian
  Edinburgh
Taking over the site of Martin Wishart's The Honour is local restaurateur Stefano Pieraccini of The Rocca Group, which also includes The Broughton and The Seafood Ristorante in St Andrews. Italian dishes are made with locally-sourced Scottish ingredients.
Bao Noodle Shop - E2
Taiwanese
  London
A sixth location for the Taiwanese mini-chain owned by Erchen Chang and her husband, Shing Tat Chung plus his sister, Wai Ting Chung, on the former site of Andina; as the name suggests, this location focuses on noodles, inspired by the beef noodle shops of Taiwan.
The Dartmouth Arms (inc Meat Liquor) - SE23
Burgers, etc
  London
This Victorian boozer in Forest Hill pub has been taken over by the MeatLiquor chain and is in process of receiving "a MEAT makeover". According to their Instagram post, "it’ll be respectful of the building, area and pub traditions alike. Expect beer, burgers, Sunday roasts and fish and chips on Fridays. There's even a massive car park."
The Engine Rooms - N2
Mediterranean
  London
In a former classic car dealership at Hexagon Classics, this restaurant also features a specialty wine cellar, bar, and event space, from ex-Taka chef James Harrison; inspiration for the food comes from the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
Ave Mario - WC2E
Italian
  London
Brace yourselves Covent Garden! Big Mamma (the group behind hits Gloria and Circolo Popolare) open this huge – 7,000 square feet and 295 covers – newcomer in July 2021. Set over two floors, with two outside terraces, it’s aiming for a ‘cheeky interpretation of the Church’. Apparently that means a bar decorated with 3,500 bottles, and a mirrored basement for events. The cooking – how did we nearly forget?! Expect more Italian dishes (lots of pasta and pizza) featuring loads of cream, with the must-Instagram dishes in this case being a mega stracciatella and chocolate ice cream cake.
Sunday in Brooklyn - W2
American
  London
‘Sunday in Bayswater’? Another NYC staple arrives in town. The original was launched in 2016 by chef Jaime Young and, as the name hints, is a hit for brunch and burgers. This summer 2021, London spin-off is on the W2 fringes of Notting Hill aiming to be a weekend magnet for ostentatiously hung-over local Trustafarians.
Ottolenghi - W1U
Mediterranean
  London
The first new Ottolenghi in 6 years and the most central yet opened in Marylebone in summer 2021. No reservations - "the space will have a hint of the art gallery aesthetic in mind".
Magenta - NW1
Italian
  London
Flour + Water - SW15
Pizza
  London
We learned about this newcomer from the Phil Howard / Otto pasta pop-up that's happening there on 5&6 July, so presumably it'll be open by then! Rebecca Mascarenhas of Home SW15 ran this concept as a pop-up in the garden there during lockdowns, and it now has a home of its own; coffee, brunch, pizza, pasta and cocktails are the USP, and there's a canopied garden complete with olive trees.
The Phoenix - W12
Pizza
  London
Promising to be Westfield Shepherd’s Bush’s largest eating operation – this 650-seat capacity operation is a new venture from Bird House, who run the nearby Hawk’s Nest by Goldhawk Road Tube. Opened in July 2021, on the prominent site at the top of the escalators to the South Terrace that was formerly Jamie’s Italian (RIP), it offers sourdough pizza, steak frites and salads plus drinks and DJs. Most seating (400) is on a huge outside terrace.
Street Burger - N1
Burgers, etc
  London
Street Burger - SE10
Burgers, etc
  London
Camden Beer Hall - NW5
British, Modern
  London
Bavarian-style beer hall in the arches of (and owned by) The Camden Town Brewery; the food menu is "curated by chef Theo Randall" (which presumably means he's not doing the cooking).
Luciano's - EX1
Italian
  Exeter
A second branch for Luciano "son of Marco" Pierre White; after opening in Dorchester in 2020 (and re-branding from Luccios'), he is creating a mini-chain of South-West Italians.
Tofu Vegan - N1
Chinese
  London
Vegan Chinese joint from the people behind Xi’an Impression.
MEATliquor - SW4
Burgers, etc
  London
Jun
Apothecary - EC2
Japanese
  London
On the sizeable Shoreditch site that was Merchant’s Tavern (RIP), this mid-2021 newcomer is nowadays a 130-cover Japanese izakaya, with more of an emphasis on drinking (and DJs) than of old. It comes complete with open kitchen and robata counter, serving skewers, sushi and steamed buns to soak up the hot or cold sake, beers and cocktails.
El Pastor Soho - W1F
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Harts Group have announced that a Soho El Pastor will open in June 2021, on the former HIX site; the menu will feature the dishes familiar to fans of the SE1 original, plus "new fiery seafood tostadas and crispy duck tacos" and a Mezcaleria basement bar.
Pino - W8
Italian
  London
Formerly Pizzicotto (RIP) – the Chiavarini family (who have run nearby Il Portico since the '60's) have revamped their six-year-old spin-off and in June 2021 are taking it in a slightly more serious culinary direction. The wood-burning pizza oven is still in operation, but there’s more of an emphasis on trattoria style dishes, cured meats and pasta.
Junsei - W1H
Japanese
  London
Eight skewers and sides for £48 is the blow-out omakase option at this Japanese June 2021 newcomer in Marylebone. But you can also order individually and there are sharing plates available too. The PR tells us that the name means ‘pure’ – apparently a reference to the white wood used to fuel the robata.
Bad Vegan - NW1
Vegan
  London
Tom Kerridge launched this 'mostly vegan" restaurant in Camden's Buck Street market in June 2021. Red packaging for meat products and green packaging for vegan products will help customers choose the right food for them.
Catch at The Old Fish Market - DT4
Fish & seafood
  Weymouth
Opened in summer 2021, Catch is based in Weymouth’s historic Old Fish Market, at the heart of the local fishing community. The restaurant focuses on sustainability - see also Hatch on the Harbour.
Creel Caught - EH1
Scottish
  Edinburgh
MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean opened his first restaurant in June 2021 inside the Bonnie & Wild Marketplace, Edinburgh's first food hall in St James Quarter. Unsurprisingly, given the name, the menu champions Scottish seafood.
Seoul Bird - E14
Korean
  London
Judy Joo has opened a second branch of her Korean chicken restaurant, this time in Canary Wharf.
Bodega Rita's - EC1M
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
At the same time as planning for a full Rita's restaurant in Soho, this epic sandwich and taco shop is also rising from the ashes (the Coal Drops Yard branch closed in 2020, RIP); this time there will also be American-style subs on the menu.
Curious Kudu - SE15
South African
  London
The pandemic has changed plans here - originally called Little Kudu, the space is now branded as "Curious Kudu" and is a boutique gallery with a small private dining room.
Burnt Orange - BN1
British, Modern
  Brighton
Coal Shed founder Razak Helalat opens his third Brighton restaurant in The Lanes in June 2021 (there's also The Coal Shed and The Salt Room) serving "wood-fired flavours and well-made drinks", and a specially curated music programme from Fatboy Slim.
Nocturne - SW5
British, Traditional
  London
A Prohibition-inspired underground cocktail bar with top cheese and charcuterie from Xavier Rousset and Steve Pineau; see also Old Brompton, which sits above it.
Stem & Glory - CB1
Vegan
  Cambridge
Vegan restaurant Stem & Glory (which nowadays also has a London offshoot) is moving from the city-centre to a swish new home in the burgeoning new developments, just seconds from the train station. It’s a swish new unit at the bottom of a large office building, incorporating a WeWork.
The Star - BN26
British, Modern
  Alfriston
Hoteliers Olga and Alex Polizzi have acquired this historic inn to add to their portfolio (which includes Hotel Endsleigh and Hotel Tresanton in the south west); it opened in June 2021 with Edward Johnson (formerly of The Berkeley) as general manager and chef Tim Kensett (previously of The Fife Arms and River Cafe) in charge of the all-day food offering.
The Saxon - SW4
British, Modern
  London
From the East London Pub Co (also behind Ten Bells in Spitalfields and Coqbull), the refubished Kazbar is now a four-story behemoth with a rooftop terrace and private room.
Italian Greyhound - W1
Italian
  London
On the former site as Bernardi's (RIP) and relaunched as a more casual place - inspired by Italian neighbourhood bars - by the same team; the Italian small plates menu comes from from ex-Dinings SW3 and Petersham Nurseries chef Yohei Furuhashi.
Street Burger - WC2E
Burgers, etc
  London
The White Horse - W1
  London
On the cute Shepherd Market site of Hatchetts (RIP), this June 2021 newcomer is the first "pub" from swanky wine merchants, Hedonism Wines, and you can order any of their 6,000 bins here. Soak up your purchases with cheese from La Fromagerie, charcuterie and other simple small plates.
atis - SW1W
British, Modern
  London
A second branch for the build-your-own salad bowl store, also in Shoreditch.
Habas - M2
Middle Eastern
  Manchester
Simon Shaw and the team behind El Gato Negro are opening this Middle Eastern in a subterranean spot (previously occupied by Panama Hatty's) underneath a Grade II-listed heritage site; opening Spring 2021.
Royale at East London Liquor Company - E3
French
  London
Born of necessity but now here to stay – this pandemic pop-up from the team behind Leroy turned permanent in June 2021. Within Bow Wharf’s East London Liquor Co – and with a large outside terrace – it aims to bring some easygoing Provençal good times to E3, in the form of rotisserie chicken and other ‘comforting’ dishes, plus gluggable wines.
Huo - SW10
Pan-Asian
  London
The Lamb Inn - OX7
British, Modern
  Shipton-under-Wychwood
Opened in June 2021, another Cotswolds pub restored in the very capable hands of chef Tom Noest and manager Peter Creed, who restored and brought the nearby Bell Inn in Langford to notable acclaim.
Base Face Pizza - W6
Pizza
  London
What a backstory! Jazz musician, Tim Thornton, lost his income in the pandemic and, with the help of his wife, sold pizza to bring in cash. Being in West London, it was (naturally!) from a special, low GI mix for the bases, alongside some upscale toppings (Stichelton blue cheese, crispy cured pig cheek, etc). And now he’s opened his own pizza caff: it’s on the site, opposite King Street W6’s Tesco Metro, that was formerly Piate (RIP), a cheery small Greek: itself, a victim of the pandemic. So, something lost, something gained on this site.
Parlour, The Ned - EC2R
British, Modern
  City of London
Yet another option for eating at The Ned! This time, this colossal hipster hotel near Bank has added a new basement bar and entertainment space, complete with regular live music. The food is more than just bar bites though – Lobster Thermidor anyone?
The Table - CT10
British, Modern
  Broadstairs
Chef Joe Hill has an impressive London-based CV, then shifted to Margate and cooked at Wyatt & Jones before opening his own tiny space here; creative small plates and cocktails are the order of the day.
Sargasso - CT9
British, Modern
  Margate
Another 'escape to the country', this time from the team behind east London’s Brawn.
Fork - BN7
British, Modern
  Lewes
From ex-Dairy chef Richard Falk, a neighbourhood restaurant just of Lewes High Street.
Sylvan - G3
Vegetarian
  Glasgow
Tempest on Tithebarn - L2
British, Modern
  Liverpool
New mega-venue for the city centre, with open-plan restaurant, rooftop views, bar and basement club.
May
The Shed by James Sommerin - CF62
British, Modern
  Barry
A converted, red-brick Victorian railway building is the new (May 2021) home for one of Wales’s best-known chefs, who closed his former Penarth HQ in July last year. It’s an attractive contemporary setting with 30 covers for a menu that’s not as chefy and expensive as his former, Michelin starred one – more affordable and in a style you might describe as ‘brasserie plus’. A range of steaks is a feature.

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