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Jan
Jacuzzi - W8
Italian
  London
The latest offering from the Big Mamma group (Gloria, Circolo Popolare, etc) is this oddly-named four-floor behemoth on Ken High Street, with a Sicilian-styled mezzanine with retractable roof and glitter-ball disco toilets. We'd expect nothing less.
Vori - W11
Greek
  London
Restaurateur Markos Tsimikalis has closed his Shoreditch Greek restaurant, Hungry Donkey, to open here in Holland Park. Food and drink offerings are based around grapes, grains and olives.
Dec
Gura Gura - WC2H
Pan-Asian
  London
In Covent Garden’s The Yards, a new pan-Asian restaurant from restaurateur Gobind Chona, whose Delhi restaurant Tippling Street is an homage to London pubs; opened winter 2022.
Tabu - B1
Pan-Asian
  Birmingham
A vast new pan-Asian restaurant and basement cocktail bar, in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter in the premises which previously housed The Vaults nightclub.
Tozi Grand Cafe - SW11
  London
All-day Italian-style dining, inspired by the grand cafes of Europe and the culinary traditions of Venice, is offered at this venue in the Battersea Power Station development's new art'otel. It has a sister restaurant in Victoria.
Chet's - W12
Thai
  London
Los Angeles celeb chef Kris Yenbamroong has found a permanent showcase for his US-style ‘nu Thai’ cuisine at the new Hoxton Hotel overlooking Shepherd’s Bush Green.
Daily Noodles - BS1
Japanese
  Bristol
Restaurateur Larkin Cen closed all three Woky Ko outlets in October 2022, but has re-opened the original Wapping Wharf site in this new format, where he says he "can deliver the original concept and the original price point by stripping out the complexity in the business and focusing on creating great food that does not leave you feeling guilty. Great food that you can have everyday of the week."
Climat - M3
British, Modern
  Manchester
A new 'wine-led' rooftop venue with views over the city, run by the team behind Covino in Chester.
The Barley Mow - W1K
British, Modern
  London
Bought and glossily refurbished in 2022 Cubitt House, which now owns a number of central London pubs, including the Alfred Tennyson in Knightsbridge and the Princess Royal in Notting Hill. There's a bar downstairs and a more formal restaurant on the first floor.
Shiro - EC2M
Japanese
  London
In the new Broadgate development, this minimalist Japanese offers 'crystal sushi' plus robata-grilled meats and noodles.
The Metropolitan - BS8
British, Modern
  Bristol
This Clifton late-2022 newcomer serves brunch all day and Asian dishes in the evenings.
Bouchon Racine - EC1M
French
  London
Upstairs at the Three Compasses in Smithfield, a pub that's stood the test of time (over 300 years), Henry Harris has once again revived his Racine concept with this bouchon. Even the old Knightsbridge sign has been brought out of retirement for the occasion.
The Fox at Oddington - GL56
British, Modern
  Lower Oddington
Re-opened in 2022, this 16th century pub has been taken over by Daylesford founder Carole Bamford; she opened her first pub, The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, in 2013. There are bedrooms and self-catering accommodation, and organic produce throughout, as you'd expect.
Bacchanalia - W1K
British, Modern
  London
Richard Caring has opened his most spectacular and decadent restaurant yet. This new place just off Berkeley Square, in the former Porsche showroom corner site, channels the atmosphere of Ancient Greece and Rome, and promises to make his Sexy Fish, a near-neighbour, look like a vicarage tea party.
Nov
Duck & Waffle - EH1
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
Opened, along with several other big-name London restaurants, in the new St James development in November 2022.
Albert's Schloss - L1
German
  Liverpool
The Manchester-based mock-Bavarian restaurant already has a small Liverpool outpost (see Albert's Schenke), but a full-sized 'Schloss' opened in November 2022; Roy Ellis of Mission Mars says he spent £3m on a complete refurbishment of the six-storey site, and has his eyes on opening in London.
Dishoom - E14
Indian
  London
Dishoom opened an enormous new branch in the Wood Wharf development at Canary Wharf in November 2022. The 8,800 sq ft venue can seat 355 diners over two floors and a terrace, giving it an even bigger capacity than the branch at King’s Cross.
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"
Raynes Park Tavern - SW20
  London
Reopened after a two-month refurb, this spacious Victorian boozer opposite Raynes Park station offers a menu of sharing plates, burgers and pub classics backed up by a good selection of local beers, such as the Wimbledon Brewery's Copper Leaf Ale.
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
International
  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.
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.
Mostrador - EC2A
  London
This six-month pop-up in a hip East End hotel from Argentinian star chef Fernando Trocca (of Sucre in Soho) features an 80% vegetarian menu with dishes including sweet potato with criolla sauce and coriander; butternut squash with honey, lime, cinnamon vinaigrette, kale and feta; and chia pudding with almonds, coconut and orange.
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.
The Lamb Tavern Buckland - SN7
  Faringdon
Nathan Richardson, former chef at Mayfair's famed Guinea Grill, has restored this old village boozer near Faringdon as a showcase for his 'elevated gastro-pub cooking', eaten either in the bar or in the restaurant.
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’.
The Mulberry - TR11
  Falmouth
Tucked away under street level, this Falmouth venue is the debut restaurant from Cornish-based chefs Harry Cartwright and Nathan Outlaw-trained Jay Brady, with a focus on seasonal local ingredients.
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
Italian
  London
Ante - EH7
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
A new bakery and coffee project from the people behind Spry wine bar, bottle shop and small plate restaurant, just upstairs.
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.

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