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Nov
Studio Frantzén - SW1X
Scandinavian
  London
Opened in late 2022, another culinary coup for Harrods, who signed up superstar chef Björn Frantzén to open a restaurant in store. His eponymous restaurant in Stockholm has three Michelin stars.
Straker's - W10
British, Modern
  London
Thomas Straker spent lockdown becoming an Instagram star uploading cooking videos; his debut restaurant was going to be Acre in Queen's Park, but it's had an upgrade to Notting Hill and a name change. His aim is for it to be an "epic neighbourhood restaurant" with "east London wine bar vibes".
Bleeding Heart Wine Bar - EC1
French
  London
The re-opened wine bar was previously known as The Tavern; opened November 2022.
Officina 00 Fitzrovia - W1T
Italian
  London
A new branch for the Old Street pasta specialist opened in November 2022.
Stem & Glory Broadgate - EC2M
Vegan
  London
In planning since before the pandemic, a second London outpost of Cambridge-based "gourmet vegan" restaurant. Founder Louise Palmer-Masterton is ensuring it will be an ultra-sustainable venue, too; opened November 2022.
Saltie Girl - W1K
Fish & seafood
  London
A renowned Boston seafood chain has opened in Mayfair; head there for lobster rolls, oysters and dishes from their established tinned seafood collection.
Notto - W1J
Italian
  London
Chef and restaurateur Phil Howard is bringing his lockdown pasta delivery service permanent in November 2022, with chef Louis Korovilas believed to be in charge of the kitchen - it was originally to be known as Otto (after Howard's lockdown pasta business), but lost a legal battle with "an unnamed “existing business with a similar name"
Oct
The Pony Chew Valley - BS40
British, Traditional
  Chew Magna
The Audley - W1K
British, Modern
  London
Ivan and Manuela Wirth (the art world's famous couple behind Hauser + Wirth, and owners of The Fife Arms in Braemar) re-opened this large tavern in partnership with Fortnum & Mason's CEO Ewan Venters. Architect Luis Laplace, who designed and restored Roth Bar & Grill and Hauser & Wirth Somerset led the revamp of the five-storey building, including the restoration of many features lost during WWII. Opened in autumn 2022 - see also Mount Street Restaurant for the beautiful upstairs dining room.
The Libertine - EC3V
British, Modern
  City of London
Opened in October 2022, from the Incipio Group, a "destination bar" plus drinking and dining spaces, two private dining rooms and a main restaurant, all underground beneath the vaults of The Royal Exchange.
Sparrow Italia - W1K
Italian
  London
"Modern coastal Italian" from Noble 33 group, which also owns the glitzy original in downtown LA; this spot replaces Onima and will boast a ground-floor lounge, first-floor terrace, second-floor dining room, and a cigar lounge on the top floor. Opened October 2022.
Dorian - W11
British, Modern
  London
Proper restaurant pedigree at this bistro in Notting Hill, which opened in October 2022: founder Chris D’Sylva, the owner of two high-profile local food shops, Notting Hill Fish + Meat and Supermarket of Dreams, has brought together a team including chefs Max Coen, formerly of Frantzén, Kitchen Table and most recently Ikoyi; George Williams, formerly of River Café; and Kai Menneken, of Phil Howard’s Church Road in Barnes. Ben Whitfield, a former general manager of Brasserie Zédel, runs the front of house, while the drinks come under Ale Villa, most recently of Clare Smyth’s nearby Core.
Pasero - N15
Mediterranean
  London
A new neighbourhood all-day cafe and restaurant from Genevieve and Tim Sparrow who have been running supperclubs for a while; opened in October 2022.
COR - BS3
Mediterranean
  Bristol
This inclusive Bedminster newcomer aims to serve all budgets and be both family and dog-friendly. The food on offer is small plates of culinary classics from French, Italian and Spanish recipes.
St John Marylebone - W1U
British, Traditional
  London
Nose-to-tail dining comes to the West End.
Mount Street Restaurant - W1K
British, Modern
  London
The pub part of the redevelopment of The Audley by Artfarm, the hospitality arm of Hauser & Wirth galleries, with chef Jamie Shears overseeing a classic British menu. The rotating gallery of work from the world’s most famous artists will draw a crowd.
Orelle - B3
British, Modern
  Birmingham
D&D London have ventured to the Midlands for the first time with this rooftop, 24th-floor restaurant at the top of the new skyscraper on the site of the old NatWest building near the cathedral; the opening has been pushed back from Autumn 2021 to October 2022.
Eve - EH1
  Edinburgh
Old Town restaurant named for Richard Branson's mother.
Restaurant St. Barts - EC1A
British, Modern
  London
A new venture from the team behind two of London’s favourite neighbourhood restaurants, Nest in Hackney and Fulham’s Fenn (Johnnie Crowe, Luke Wasserman and Toby Neill); the 15-course tasting menu format focuses on hyper-seasonal food. Opened in October 2022, it's named after the church it's next door to (St Bartholomew The Great), not the luxury island.
MUSU - M3
Japanese
  Manchester
High-end Japanese set to open in the former Randall & Aubin site, with sentaku (a ala carte), kaiseki (set menu) and omakase (chef's table) options - the name translates as ‘infinite possibilities’.
Elis - E2
British, Modern
  London
Din Tai Fung - WC1A
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Since opening in Taipei in 1972 to make ends meet when the retail oil prices plummeted, this soup, dumpling and noodle shop has gone global, and arrived in the UK in 2018 in Covent Garden (amid a publicity storm about the queues); we waited for this site in the revamped Centrepoint development on Tottenham Court Road until October 2022.
Sep
The Ivy Asia - LS1
Pan-Asian
  Leeds
Richard Caring's spin-off Asian brand opened in Leeds in Autumn 2022, on the former French Connection site.
Scott's Richmond - TW9
Fish & seafood
  Richmond
Richard Caring acquired this site (previously a Revolution Bar) under Caprice Holdings, to introduce a Scott's-meets-Sexy-Fish hybrid to Richmond; opened in Autumn 2022.
Salt Yard Borough - SE1
Spanish
  London
The Fitzrovia charcuterie bar and restaurant arrived in Borough in September 2022 serving its blend of Spanish and Italian small plates.
Akub - W8
Middle Eastern
  London
Fadi Kattan crowd-funded nearly £1m to open this Palestinian newcomer in Notting Hill which – originally slated to debut in 2021 – opened after a residency at Carousel in mid 2022. He opened his first restaurant (Fawda) in Bethlehem in 2016 and the focus here will be specialities from that city as well as Jerusalem, Jericho, Gaza, and Nablus, but here made with British ingredients.
Y Parlwr - LL64
British, Modern
  Rhosneigr
From the owners of Sandy Mount House nearby, a fine-dining Welsh restaurant.
Speedboat Bar - W1D
Thai
  London
"Bangkok Chinatown's iconic tom yam, noodles and curries, recreated in London" by Luke Farrell and JKS Restaurants (their second Thai venture together); opened September 2022.
The Ivy Asia - CF10
Pan-Asian
  Cardiff
The first Welsh branch of Richard Caring's Asian Ivy offshoot opened in 2022.
The Palm House - SW1E
American
  London
Taking over the vast site that housed Aster (RIP), this Incipio Group opening from September 2022 takes design inspiration from the 1930s clubhouses in Cuba and Miami.
Koyn - W1K
Japanese
  London
A Japanese-inspired izakaya-style venture from Mei Mei's Samyukta Nair - LSL Capital’s fifth Mayfair venture; opening September 2022.
Nostrana Glasgow - G12
Italian
  Glasgow
Businessmen Marco Stevenson ran the Hyndland takeaway Pizza Magic on this site for over 30 years, and recently realised his dream to turn it into a neighbourhood restaurant.
M Restaurant Canary Wharf - E14
Steaks & grills
  London
At the foot of The Diamond Building – a 58 storey tower in Canary Wharf – this new flagship for the M chain occupies the ground floor of this new landmark. Opened on 1 August 2022, it is a 10,000 square feet space serving a menu of surf ’n’ turf, split into four distinct areas; ‘Smoke’, ‘Coal’, ‘Wood’ and ‘Ice’.
Alex Dilling Café Royal - W1B
British, Modern
  London
Chef Alex Dilling opened his first restaurant in London’s historic Café Royal on 1st September 2022. Alex ran the kitchen at Mayfair’s late, lamented Greenhouse (RIP) until it closed during the Covid epidemic in 2020, and had previously worked for Hélène Darroze at the Connaught and Alain Ducasse.
Bottle & Rye - SW9
British, Modern
  London
Forza Win - SE5
British, Modern
  London
Aug
temper Shoreditch - EC2A
Steaks & grills
  London
A fourth branch for the modern barbecue company, in the former Jones Family Project site in Shoreditch; opened in late summer 2022.
Coarse - DH1
British, Modern
  Durham
Chef Ruari Mackay (who worked with Terry Laybourne at Jesmond Dene), along with Gemma Robinson and Craig Lappin-Smith, launched a £100,000 crowdfunding bid in order to open "Durham’s first tasting menu restaurant" in late summer 2022.
Tutto - BN1
Italian
  Brighton
An ambitious new Italian restaurant from the team behind Brighton’s Salt Room opened in summer 2022, in a revamped 1930s bank, on Marlborough Place near the Brighton Pavilion. The kitchen is run by Sardinian-born Mirella Pau, who is from a restaurant-owning family. and was mentored in London by Angela Hartnett during her four years as head chef at Cafe Murano.
The Brasserie MS - CT20
  Folkestone
Chef Patron Mark Sargeant’s new 60-seater restaurant opened in summer 2022.
Tahi - M1
  Manchester
Get a taste of New Zealand at this all-day eatery and bakery from Jonathan Perry, one of the founders behind the hugely successful Tamper Coffee in Sheffield.
The Tent (at the End of the Universe) - W1W
Middle Eastern
  London
Within a private members’ club, whose restaurant is now open to the public – John Javier’s small (34-cover) August 2022 newcomer in Fitzrovia is his first venture featuring Middle Eastern cuisine, zhooshed up with, for instance Asian seasonings, plus funky cocktails and wines. Expect Bedouin-style decor, DJs and live music. (Great name – whether Arthur, Zaphod and Marvin the paranoid android are regular customers is not yet known).
Dastaan Leeds - LS16
Indian
  Leeds
The ex-Gymkhana team who have opened Dastaan and Black Salt in London suburbs expanded to Leeds in late 2022.
Sessions - N1
International
  London
From the company behind Brighton's Shelter Hall, a new food hall with a rotating roster of chefs, starting with Jay Morjaria (of BBC's Million Pound Chef) and Zoe Adjonyoh.
Mambow - SE15
Pan-Asian
  London
Chef Chef Abby Lee grew up in Singapore and Malaysia; the name is a fusion of "mama" and "bowl" and her food is "the coming together of wholesome flavours, colours and nourishment all in one bowl". This former pop-up opened a permanent location in east London shortly before 2020's lockdown - we wish her all the best this time around! Opened in Summer 2022 in Peckham's Market alongside cocktails concept Rotorious.
Patty and Bun - E14
Burgers, etc
  London
Opened in Wood Wharf in August 2022.
Matsudai Ramen at the Bank - CF11
Japanese
  Cardiff
Welsh ramen wizard James Chant, whose start-up became a lockdown meal-kit hit and a pop-up phenomenon touring Manchester, Bristol and London, opened his first bricks-and-mortar restaurant in Cardiff in August 2022, in the former Grangetown Natwest bank.
Mriya - SW5
East & Cent. European
  London
Star Ukrainian chef Yurii Kovryzhenko was stranded in London when Russia invaded his home country; after a series of pop-ups and fundraising dinners, he opened this "neo-bistro" staffed by refugees from the war, alongside his partner Olga Tsybytovska.
Cadet - N16
British, Modern
  London
Tom Beattie and Francis Roberts left P. Franco and Bright respectively to set up a natural wine importing business; this new wine bar sees them collaborate with chefs George Jephson and Jamie Smart.
Jul
The Baring - N1
British, Modern
  London
Launched in Islington in July 2022, a new gastropub venture from Rob Tecwyn and Adam Symonds, who worked together a decade ago at The Bull and Last.
Sky Bar and Terraces, The Gantry - E20
British, Modern
  London
A 17-storey Hilton hotel, with a "stunning" rooftop restaurant, bar and terraces on the 18th floor opened in Summer 2022; there's also Coupe bar, Union Social lounge and a deli from the Stratford Grocer & Co.
Dulse - EH2
Fish & seafood
  New Town
New Town seafood restaurant and wine bar from MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 finalist Dean Banks, who also owns Haar in St Andrews.
Caia - W10
British, Modern
  London
Opened in Summer 2022, this 60-seat Portobello neighbourhood wine bar, restaurant and music venue was founded by locals Rishabh Vir and Tim Lang. It's named after the Roman goddess of fire, and will offer a seasonally changing menu cooked on a custom-made, open fire grill; there's also a open kitchen and 12-seater wine room.
Salt Yard - W12
Spanish
  London
We were expecting the latest news from Salt Yard to be about their Borough opening, but this popped up instead! Opened July 2022.
Vinoteca Birmingham - B3
British, Modern
  Birmingham
Vinoteca's first foray out of London.
Miro Mayfair - W1S
Fish & seafood
  London
Former Elystan Street head chef Toby Burrowes heads up this extravagant new Mayfair restaurant whose menu features a £3,000 "sunken treasure" caviar platter - and a cocktail listed at a staggering £50,000. Opening in mid-July 2022, this new spot calls itself a "clubstaurant" (hybrid club / restaurant) which is something we don't feel needs encouraging.
Miznon London - W1F
Middle Eastern
  London
Israeli chef Eyal Shani brought his international pita brand Miznon to London with the launch of his new restaurant in Soho in mid-July 2022, adding to the capital's booming Middle Eastern dining scene.
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 Summer 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.
Bubala Soho - W1F
Middle Eastern
  London
Opened in July 2022 on the former site of Vasco & Piero's, Marc Summers (who previously managed Berber & Q) and Helen Graham's sibling to their hit Middle Eastern Spitalfields spot.
Culture - TR11
British, Modern
  Falmouth
Opened in Summer 2022, chef Hylton Espey's ethically-conscious venture ‘celebrates local produce and hyper-seasonal cooking with a menu of nature-inspired cuisine’.
Valderrama's - N1
Chicken
  London
James Cochran, best known for Islington restaurant 12:51, opened this sports bar in July 2022; it will serve the fried chicken he made himself a name for in lockdown.
Manga Banga - NW1
Japanese
  London
A manga-themed, izakaya-style restaurant from Guy Holmes, managing director of Captivate Hospitality, a restaurant branding and marketing agency. Opened July 2022.
The Ivy Asia - BN1
Pan-Asian
  Brighton
Maria G's - W14
Italian
  London
A new neighbourhood Italian from Robin Gill, opened in Summer 2022.
Jun
Solstice - NE1
British, Modern
  Newcastle upon Tyne
Kenny Atkinson's follow-up to House of Tides next door (and replacement for Violets) will offer a tasting menu for just 14 guests; opened June 2022.
CORD - EC4Y
British, Modern
  London
Celebrating 125 years of Le Cordon Bleu Institute, a 90-cover restaurant and 30-cover cafe originally planned to open in the City in March 2020; the culinary institute will also be offering courses and training on-site.
Honey & Co - WC1N
Middle Eastern
  London
Market House - CB2
British, Modern
  Cambridge
In the building occupied for almost 50 years by well-known Italian restaurant Don Pasquale, at the edge of Cambridge's ancient marketplace, this new multi-level space incorporates a restaurant, an all-day cafe, a wine bar, a food lab and flexible meetings rooms over five floors of the Grade II listed building.
Firebird - W1F
East & Cent. European
  London
Club Cecconi's - BN2
Italian
  Brighton
Soho House opened in Brighton in Summer 2022, with a members-only branch of their Italian restaurant group Cecconi's.
Kora - EH10
Scottish
  Edinburgh
Star Edinburgh chef Tom Kitchin opened this new restaurant on the Bruntsfield site formerly occupied by his bistro Southside Scran, which closed down in 2020 after barely a year’s operation – a victim of both flooding and the pandemic.
Fatto Pizza & Beer KX - N1C
Pizza
  London
Since 2015, Fatto a Mano have taken Brighton by storm. This summer 2022 newcomer is their first foray into the capital (well, if you leave out Croydon in 2020), occupying one of the glossy units near Google HQ in King’s Cross. Also coming to Shoreditch.
The Spence at Gleneagles Townhouse - EH2
Scottish
  Edinburgh
The all-day restaurant at the the city outpost of the "iconic sporting and country estate" opened in late June 2022.
The Tamil Prince - N1
Pan-Asian
  London
Two former Roti King employees have taken over what used to be The Cuckoo pub in Barnsbury, transforming it into a pub showcasing South Asian cuisine. Opened in late June 2022.
Zenn Liverpool - L1
Pan-Asian
  Liverpool
This Asian-inspired restaurant opened at the end of June 2022, offering a ‘specially crafted social space’ to visitors.
SHIOK! - EC2M
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Pronounced 'shook' (the capitals and exclamation mark are part of the name, apparently) this newcomer is a Singapore influenced pâtisserie from acclaimed pastry chef (and Bake Off: The Professionals judge) Cherish Finden.
The Mount by Glynn Purnell - B95
British, Modern
  Henley-in-Arden
Glynn Purnell opened this pub and restaurant in this 200-year-old building on the High Street in the medieval market town of Henley-in-Arden in June 2022.
Black & Green - B45
British, Modern
  Barnt Green
Great British Menu chef Andrew Sheridan opened this tiny sibling restaurant to his Craft Dining Rooms in a leafy village on the Worcestershire -Birmingham border in June 2022; it has just 16 seats.
The White Hart Inn, Mersea Island - CO5
British, Modern
  Mersea Island
Closed since 2013, this island pub was taken over by the people behind The Sun Inn, Dedham and Church Street Tavern in Colchester, and opened as a 'pub with restaurant & rooms' in late Spring 2022. Non-residents can also visit for weekend breakfast (Fri-Sun, 8.15am – 9.45am, booking required).
Maddox Tavern - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Revived Mayfair boozer that claims to blend "New York tavern, rich local heritage and modern, metropolitan charm".
La Bocca - EH4
Italian
  Edinburgh
On the former site of Rollo, small plate Italian food and wines.
Hello Oriental - M1
Pan-Asian
  Manchester
Set over three floors (mostly underground), this new Asian development boasts a bakery, supermarket, a Vietnamese restaurant (Rice Paper Pho) and Downtown Oriental, a food hall selling "the best street food the Orient has to offer".
May
Riding House Bloomsbury - WC1N
British, Modern
  London
Opened in Spring 2022, a sibling to Fitzrovia's Riding House Cafe (celebrating 10 years of business) and Victoria's Rail House Cafe. Head chef Henry Omereye is combining Riding House classics with some new dishes.
The Ivy Asia Mayfair - W1K
Pan-Asian
  London
The Mayfair site acquired by Richard Caring in 2016; initially planned as a ‘Caprice Café’ and now open as the third London branch of the growing Ivy Asia concept.
Amuse - AB10
Scottish
  Aberdeen
Chef Kevin Dalgleish, who trained with Anton Edelman at The Savoy, has opened his first solo restaurant in his home town.

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