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Aug
Eggslut - W11
British, Modern
  London
A breakfast-loving, egg-based chain, with five branches in America and one in Beirut, expanded into London in 2019; the first branch opened in Notting Hill.
KPH - W10
British, Modern
  London
The Kensington Park Hotel has been taken over by Henry Harris and Harcourt Inns, with chef Ruairidh Summers at the stoves.
El Gato Negro - L2
Spanish
  Liverpool
Sibling to Manchester's excellent tapas joint, overlooking the iconic Liverpool Town Hall.
Albert's Schenke - L1
German
  Liverpool
Sibling to Manchester's Albert's Schloss, this "bohemian bier halle and cook haus" will be a great addition to Liverpool's local bar scene. It replaces The Hub Alehouse.
Jul
Nutshell - WC2N
Persian
  London
Modern Iranian cooking from an ex-Noma chef, Leonardo Pereira (until recently at The Greenhouse).
by Chloe - SE10
Vegan
  London
A fourth branch for the plant-based chain, at The O2.
Mowgli - CF10
Indian
  Cardiff
Baozi Inn - SE1
  London
Baozi Inn has opened a new, three-storey, 120 cover flagship restaurant near Borough Market.
No.9, Dixie Dean Hotel - L1
  Liverpool
One for Everton fans, this 100-room hotel and restaurant dedicated to Dixie Dean, "Everton and England's greatest goalscorer" - the restaurant is named after his shirt number. It sits "overlooking Signature Living's flagship hotel The Shankly, which was built in tribute to legendary Liverpool Manager Bill Shankly MBE".
Wun's (was Bun House) - W1D
Chinese
  London
Bun House changed to Wun's on 24 July 2019, and is now a "1960s-style Hong Kong tea room and late night bar", set across two floors in Soho, mimicing the communal, open-air cafes and restaurants in Hong Kong known as ‘dai pai dong’.
Arcade Food Theatre - WC2H
  London
A new style of food hall for central London; this "food theatre" on the ground floor of Centre Point has seven kitchens, three bars, a coffee shop and bakery, an outdoor terrace and an "incubation-focused space showcasing some of the city’s most exciting and emerging culinary concepts". Brands signed up at the launch were: Lina Stores, Pophams, T?U by TA? TA? Eatery, Pastorcito, Oklava, Flat Iron Workshop, Casita Do Frango and Chotto by Chotto Matte.
10 Heddon Street - W1B
  London
Described online as a "restaurant residency focusing on hand-made pastas and in-house butchery / charcuterie by Chris Leach (Pitt Cue Soho, Sager + Wilde, Kitty Fisher’s) and David Carter (SMOKESTAK)"; there's also Amaro bar.
Six by Nico - M2
International
  Manchester
"A new restaurant every six weeks." This mini-chain from chef Nico Simeone opened in Manchester in Summer 2019 (there are sites also in Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh) serves a signature six-course tasting menu, which changes every six weeks in style, cuisine and inspiration, served to 66 diners.
Humble Grape - E14
British, Modern
  London
A fifth branch for the growing wine bar chain, occupying the former Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote site, with a waterside terrace; it's open all day from breakfast.
Craft Dining Rooms - B1
British, Modern
  Birmingham
New to Birmingham's ICC.
Double Standard - WC1H
British, Modern
  London
This American-style hotel chain opened in summer 2019 with several restaurants, including this ground-floor, street-facing 'neighbourhood' bar that Adam Rawson is in charge of (he will also look after Isla, a garden restaurant). Double Standard promises casual drinking and dining, with draft beers and classic cocktails in a Shawn-Hausman-designed space. The hotel also boasts a striking glass roof extension housing a further restaurant and roof garden from Peter Sanchez-Iglesias of Bristol's Casamia.
Flor - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Although not the most obvious partnership, this "bakery and wine bar" is from the team behind Lyle's, so it should work out just fine; it's also "inspired by the buvettes of Paris and pintxos bars of San Sebastian".
Isla - WC1H
  London
This American-style hotel opened in summer 2019 with several restaurants, including this garden restaurant that Adam Rawson is in charge of "offering an approachable seasonal menu featuring light proteins and a predominantly natural wine list" (he will also be looking after ground-floor, street-facing 'neighbourhood' bar, Double Standard).
Kama by Vineet - SW1X
Indian
  London
Vineet Bhatia brings regional Indian specialities to Harrods newly spruced-up dining halls, including thalis and breakfasts.
Rye by the Water - TW8
British, Modern
  London
A "bakery and grill" from Ben Rand, head chef at The Dairy, and Janine Edwards, former head pastry chef at Little Bread Pedlar.
Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall - HG4
British, Modern
  Grantley
This newly refurbished luxury hotel and spa in the heart of Yorkshire opens in Summer 2019, with Shaun Rankin in charge of the main restaurant; there will also be an Asian restaurant (EightyEight) and a casual all-day restaurant (Fletchers).
Hoh Sek Noodles - E1W
Chinese
  London
The founders of Rosa's Thai have opened a noodle bar in St Katharine Docks, in the round hut recently vacated by Starbucks - there's 40 seats plus a bar counter inside and more outside seating available in summer. Hoh Sek means “delicious” in Cantonese.
Mahé - PL28
Fish & seafood
  Padstow
From Paul and Emma Ainsworth and John Lambert, a cookery school (by day) and chef's table (by night), right next door to Paul Ainsworth at No. 6; it's named after the island in the Indian Ocean where Paul's parents met. This is the Ainsworth's fourth Padstow venture.
Moncks of Dover Street - W1S
French
  London
An all-day brasserie concept from luxury Mayfair restaurant Park Chinois: the 92-cover venue will launch in July 2019, with chef Gennaro Vitto, who was previously a pastry chef at Park Chinois, at the stoves.
The Hayden - W2
British, Modern
  London
This renovated pub (with boutique rooms opening in September 2019) is part of First Restaurant Group which also runs the Clerk & Well, The One Tun and The Grafton Arms as well as riverside restaurants The Waterway and The Summerhouse in Little Venice.
Fugitive Motel - E2
British, Modern
  London
A "craft bar and kitchen" near some soon-to-be developed railway arches in Bethnal Green.
Café Barletta - CT9
British, Modern
  Margate
Margate's famous amusement park gained a new restaurant in summer 2019, from chef Jackson Berg (formerly at Kettner's) and Natalia Ribbe; it sserve local produce and features an eight-foot olive tree.
The Yan - LA22
British, Modern
  Grasmere
Not a restaurant with rooms, but a 'bistro with beds'; a 17th Century former farm nestled in the Central Fells will prove a handy spot for anyone exploring the Lakes. The family-run venture will serve "rustic Cumbrian classics and nostalgic British favourites".
Stampa - W1K
  London
A 'budget' pasta restaurant in Mayfair (words you don't often see in the same sentence!), serving Roman-style dishes inspired by the bars found in the Trastevere district. Open from breakfast time.
Jun
Arros QD - W1W
Spanish
  London
Chef Quique Dacosta has been heavily awarded by the tyre men for his two restaurants in Spain (Quique Dacosta in Denia and El Poblet in Valencia), and has been heralded with arriving in the UK since late 2017 with backing from the Iberica chain. Originally called InPaella, the main offering of this project, which finally opened in June 2019, is paella, and it will be anything but ordinary.
Circolo Popolare - W1T
Italian
  London
Hot on the heels of opening Gloria, the Big Mamma Group have opened a second venture, a Sicilian joint on Rathbone Square.
Heritage - W1D
Swiss
  London
A new Swiss restaurant landed in Soho in June 2019: the "cuisine is re-imagined by Head Chef Aarik Persaud through an elegant menu designed for sharing. From fondue, raclette and rösti to barbecuing prime cuts of meat and fresh seafood on table-top charbonnade grills".
Harrods Dining Hall - SW1X
International
  London
The multi-million pound revamp of this famous grocer's food halls has now revealed the improved ground floor Dining Hall (redesigned by David Collins Studios), featuring The Grill, The Pasta Bar, The Fish Bar, Kama by Vineet (Bhatia), The Sushi Bar (food by Eddie Lim of The Mango Tree) and The Wine Bar (with food by Caviar House & Prunier and over 100 wines to try by the glass, or 1,200 by the bottle); each restaurant has counter seating so you can watch the chefs, an there's also tables. Booking is highly recommended (see website for phone numbers - online booking will follow).
Lucky Cat - W1K
Pan-Asian
  London
Gordon Ramsay replaced his flagship Maze with this restaurant in the summer of 2019; he recruited former Sexy Fish exec chef Ben Orpwood to head up the kitchen. The restaurant, which cost over £5 million to refurbish, is to emulate “the drinking dens of Thirties Tokyo and the Far East”.
Suzi Tros - W8
Greek
  London
Husband and wife team Adrien Carre and Christina Mouratoglou (of Mazi, just up the road) have launched Suzi Tros; the name is inspired by a character from the cult 1960s Greek film ‘I Parisiana’, and the restaurant focuses on cuisine from the north of Greece.
Fitzroy - PL23
Fish & seafood
  Fowey
A restaurant on the banks of the Fowey estuary, brought to Cornwall by the owners of Jolene, Primeur and Westerns Laundry.
Pavlova's - SW1E
British, Modern
  London
Jason Atherton and The Social Company's Jay Doy have joined with the Victoria Palace Theatre to open this wine bar, which offers "a delicious selection of light bar snacks and even a hidden gin cupboard".
The Orange Buffalo - SW17
Chicken
  London
From Shoreditch and Brick Lane street food stall to permanent site for the spicy chicken purveyors.
by Chloe - W1B
Vegan
  London
A third branch for the growing plant-based mini-chain, this time in Oxford Circus, with 72 indoor seats and a terrace that seats 10.
E&O Chelsea - SW3
Pan-Asian
  London
Replacing Eight Over Eight (RIP), this pan-Asian restaurant, also from Ricker Restaurants, boasts a "chic emerald horseshoe bar".
Siren (Nathan Outlaw at The Goring) - SW1W
Fish & seafood
  London
It was announced just before Christmas 2018 that Nathan Outlaw would be heading up a second, more casual, restaurant at The Goring - the first new restaurant there in over 100 years. Siren will focus on his tried-and-tested, winning formula of fish-centric, Cornish-influenced cooking.
SOW - W1F
International
  London
Natural bowl food from early until late, from Frederick Forster, a former National Chef of the Year and Roux Scholar.
Maremma - SW2
Italian
  London
Brixton locals Alice Staple and Dickie Bielenberg have teamed up with ex-Bruno Loubet chef Dominique Goltinger to create this little Tuscan haven in Brixton.
Pilgrim - L1
Spanish
  Liverpool
BBC2's 'My Million Pound Menu' winners Dave Bone (chef) Jamie Duffield (front of house), and Anthony Power are opening their restaurant in Duke Street Market (a revamped docklands warehouse) this Spring; their food offering is based on dishes found along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes in Spain, France and Portugal.
Squeg and Bonez - E8
Vegan
  London
Named after the owners' nicknames, this vegan restaurant, natural wine bar and coffee shop is designed to be friendly and not too serious - although the owners have serious form; Holly O’Leary previously worked at Cornerstone, and Alice Harry has spent the last seven years at Monmouth and AllPress.
Wild Honey St James - SW1Y
British, Modern
  London
Allegra - E20
British, Modern
  London
Ex-Chiltern Firehouse head chef Patrick Powell's first solo venture, on the seventh floor of Stratford's new Manhattan Loft Gardens building (the new apartment tower that also boasts a hotel and three roof gardens, plus The Stratford Brasserie on the ground floor). It's certainly shaping up to be one of the most impressive openings of 2019. Allegra will have its own roof terrace (or 'sky garden'), a curing room, a Scandinavian stone bar and a glass, walk-in wine room. Powell's dedication to local and sustainable food has extended to buying Kent farmland to provide Allegra with nearby ingredients.
The Stratford Brasserie - E20
British, Modern
  London
One of two restaurants in the new Stratford Manhattan Lofts hotel, The Stratford Brasserie is overseen by chef Ben Harrington, previously with Soho House Group. See also Allegra (from ex-Chiltern Firehouse chef Patrick Powell).
MEATLiquor - W1G
Burgers, etc
  London
The orginal MEATLiquor closed its doors in February 2019, after the Brutalist car park it inhabited was approved for demolition (RIP); its reincarnation, just 500m up the road, takes over the former Match bar space.
Gold - W11
British, Modern
  London
A roof-to-pavement mural on the outside of the building announced the latest Notting Hill newcomer, a four-storey restaurant and bar on the former site of Portobello Gold (RIP) - hence the name. There's a garden room (with retractable roof) and a party room on the second floor. Chef Theo Hill leads a experienced team (from River Cafe and Soho House among others).
Catch Me - W12
  London
Club Gascon's Pascal Aussignac is bringing a seafood restaurant to Westfield, which aims to "showcase the very best of seafood available in the UK with a twist of the Provence"; we imagine the smoked haddock mini doughnuts and lobster rolls will soon be Instagram hits.
Chapters - HR3
British, Modern
  Hay on Wye
Replacing St John's Place (RIP), this new restaurant is the work of debutante restaurateurs Charmaine Blatchford and Mark McHugo.
Sette - SW1X
Italian
  London
Famous NYC restaurant Scarpetta opened its first London sibling in Knightsbridge's Bulgari Hotel in June, serving Italian classics; the seventh location for the group, this one is named Sette for “lucky number seven”.
The Secret Cafe - BS1
Spanish
  Bristol
A Spanish cafe in a church, run by Sevillian husband and wife Antonio Perez and Alicia Amish.
May
Louie's - N1
Chicken
  London
In the basement of Red Dog Saloon, and from the same owners, comes a Nashville-style spicy fried chicken joint.
Bob Bob Cité - EC3
French
  London
Chik'n - W1F
Chicken
  London
Two years after landing in Baker Street, this pop-up-turned-permanent purveyor of crispy fried chicken burgers has opened a permanent site in Soho; fans of the "KFC" (Korean Fried Chicken) will be happy.
Tayer + Elementary - EC1V
  London
Celebrated mixologist Alex Kratena has opened this two-part venue with Monica Berg; Tayer is a "progressive bar" with food (including THAT katso sando) by resident chefs TATA Eatery and a 4-seat kitchen counter serving a chef's tasting menu. Elementary is an all-day, no booking bar serving coffee, cocktails and snacks.
Darby's - SW11
Irish
  London
MasterChef judge and chef Robin Gill (of The Dairy and Sorella) will be running the restaurant and rooftop bar at the Embassy Gardens development (the one with the suspended swimming pool), by the new US Embassy. Irish influences, open-fire cooking and on-site brewed drinks will feature, in decor inspired by 1950s Manhattan.
The Swan Inn - OX7
British, Traditional
  Ascott-under-Wychwood
The co-founders of group that owns The Chequers in the Cotswolds, and The Talbot in North Yorkshire have added another historic Cotswolds venue to their collection; The Swan Inn is 16th century and has a 100-cover dining room and seven guest bedrooms.
Pitch - BN11
British, Modern
  Worthing
Former bank manager and 2018 MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt has announced his debut restaurant; Pitch will champion local and homegrown produce.
Baba G's - NW1
Burgers, etc
  London
The first permanent site with seating for the winners of My Million Pound Menu; there's also stalls in Vinegar Yard and Pop Brixton.
Gezellig - WC1V
International
  London
After a successful residency at Carousel, the trio behind Gezellig have now located their own site in Holborn for their unique offering of 'creative comfort food'. The name is a Dutch word that translates as ‘an atmosphere, which allows good times to happen’.
Coqfighter - W1F
Chicken
  London
After successful stalls at Boxparks in Croydon and east London, the famed purveyor of fried chicken burgers and K-wings has found a permanent home, in Soho.
The Great Southern - SE19
  London
A refurbished pub and kitchen for Gipsy Hill, opposite the train station, with a large south-facing garden and aims to be a new community hub.
The Buxton - E1
British, Modern
  London
From the team behind The Culpeper in Aldgate, a seven-storey pub-with-rooms (formerly The Archers, and now named for Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, prison reformer, MP and anti-slavery campaigner); guests will have exclusive access to the rooftop terrace and hot tub.
Pescheria Assunta - SW5
Fish & seafood
  London
A fish restaurant from the owners of the fishmonger a few doors down.
Les Platanes - W1J
French
  London
A "contemporary French bistro" from chef Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov, in an historic Mayfair townhouse.
Cent Anni - SW19
Italian
  London
Restaurateur Ray de Fazio (Cafe Med and Med Kitchen) has open an Italian restaurant in Wimbledon village, on the former site of Cau (RIP).
Bo & Birdy - G2
Scottish
  Glasgow
"From farm to fabulous" is the tagline of this new hotel brasserie, under the watchful eye of Gillian Matthews.
The Pig at Bridge Place - CT4
British, Modern
  Bridge
The first of the three new Pig hotels opened in the village of Bridge near Canterbury in Spring 2019, located within a Grade II-listed, 17th-century manor house dating back to 1638. A newly built Coach House features a conservatory restaurant with open kitchen and 12 more bedrooms, while a converted barn houses the Kitchen Larder which offers wood-fired cooking. An additional restored lodge provides two bedrooms. Like the other Pig hotels, the restaurant here serves locally sourced ingredients from the kitchen garden and farms within a 25 mile radius.
Parrillan - N1C
Spanish
  London
From the Hart Bros, a terrace and Spanish grill next to Barrafina in Coal Drops Yard.
Wahlburgers - WC2E
Burgers, etc
  London
Finally, a date! Mark Wahlberg (with brothers Donnie and Paul) is to officially open his eponymous burger chain in London on May 20, although the press and soft launches are from May 9.
Myrtle - SW10
Irish
  London
Former Bob Bob Ricard chef Anna Haugh has opened her own restaurant; Myrtle in Chelsea offers "modern European cooking with an Irish influence, using the finest Irish produce."
No. 5 Social - W1S
British, Modern
  London
The reinvention of Little Social (RIP), still under the wings of Jason Atherton; chef Kostas Papathanasiou is running the stoves, serving up food with a seasonal British focus.
Bao Borough - SE1
Taiwanese
  London
The latest branch of the popular Taiwanese steamed bun company landed in Borough Market in Spring 2019, with a grab-and-go delivery hatch and a karaoke room upstairs.
The Mantl - SW3
Turkish
  London
Open grill cooking and Turkish flavours are at the heart of this new Knightsbridge venture.
Kala - M2
British, Modern
  Manchester
Never a man to stand still, Gary Usher opened the sixth outpost of his growing, crowd-funded north western empire in the heart of the city-centre; the venue will be open from breakfast onwards, and incorporate a 70-cover restaurant, plus a bar set out 'Barrafina-style' where up to 15 people can eat. Rather than feeling rustic, the site is a massive glass-fronted building with polished floors, with marble and lots of black to suit the glass feel.
O'ver - SW1Y
Pizza
  London
A second branch for the pizza restaurant that makes its Neopolitan pizza dough with sea water; the original opened in Borough in 2018.
Hello Darling - SE1
British, Modern
  London
A new "playful restaurant and botanical bar" next to The Old Vic serving "killer cocktails" alongside food from Natalie Coleman, winner of MasterChef 2013.
360 Restaurant - KT6
International
  Kingston upon Thames
International tapas, is the USP at this Kingston restaurant.
Apr
Herman Ze German - B2
German
  Birmingham
Harlem Soul - EC1
American
  London
From the Queen of afternoon tea Bea Vo (Bea's of Bloomsbury), a follow-up to her American diner Stax which opened in Carnaby Street's Kingly Court last year. As well as favourites from Stax, her new US-inspired venture near Old Street station riffs on Deep South cooking.
Wild Flor - BN3
British, Modern
  Hove
Bistro-style restaurant from Robert Maynard, Faye Hudson, and James Thomson, together with chef Oliver Derby - a well-known team from the Brighton restaurant scene.
The Sea, The Sea - SW3
Fish & seafood
  London
Named for an Iris Murdoch novel, this new fish shop and deli (by day) and fish restaurant (by night) is the new project from Alex Hunter, co-founder of Bonnie Gull; we're told to expect guests chefs and workshops from day 1.
Hard Rock Cafe Oxford Street - W1H
American
  London
Formerly The Cumberland, this Mayfair hotel re-opened under the Hard Rock brand in Spring 2019. The 'cafe' serves the same "classic American cooking" as the original, "with a modern British twist", alongside music memorabilia, live music events and a striking lobby cocktail bar.
144 on the Hill - TW10
British, Modern
  London
A new neighbourhood venue for Richmond (part of the Richmond Hill Hotel), focusing on 'turf to table' local produce, with afternoon tea a feature. Lovely views and live music will set it apart from the competition.
Hacha - E8
Mexican/TexMex
  London
On the site that was briefly Sapling (RIP), a tequila and mezcal bar (or 'agaveria') serving Mexican small plate fare; the 'margarita fountain' will no doubt prove popular on social media.
Soutine - NW8
International
  London
Emilia - W1K
Italian
  London
The Woodhead Restaurant Group, which operates Portland, Clipstone, and the Quality Chop House, are taking over the quirky space at the back of the famous auctioneers (Bonham's, RIP) and will launch Emilia on April 26 following a soft launch period. The Bonham’s cellar was an impressive one, and the wine-savvy Woodhead Group will also run the space in a vinous vein.
It's Pleat - W1B
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Fashion house H&M opened their second in-store cafe in April 2019 (the first UK one is in Westfield), serving Scandi-inspired snacks, salads, sandwiches and smoothies.
Dory's - CT9
Fish & seafood
  Margate
From the owners of Angela's in Margate, a sibling restaurant that's not a carbon copy, but instead a place that's "casual and informal, no reservations, counter-stool seating and open all day"; sustainable fish and seafood will feature highly.
The Woodsman - CV37
British, Modern
  Stratford-Upon-Avon
Mike Robinson, restaurateur and co-owner of the “terrific” Harwood Arms in Fulham, has opened The Woodsman in Stratford-upon-Avon's Indigo hotel, bringing with him his ‘field to fork’ philosophy, with a focus on sustainability, seasonality and locally-sourced produce.
Flint House - BN1
British, Modern
  Brighton
A fifth restaurant from Pamela and Ben McKellar, behind The Gingerman group; this new-build site has the 50-cover restaurant at the centre, complete with roof terrace.
The Hadrian Hotel - NE46
British, Modern
  Wall
A walkers' pub that's dog-friendly; the hotel's other dining option is Hjem (see also), a Scandinavian fine dining restaurant showcasing the best local produce, cooked by Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori.
Hjem - NE46
Scandinavian
  Wall
A second, fine dining, restaurant for the hotel, run by Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori, showcasing the best local produce; 'Hjem' means 'home' in both Scandinavian and the local Northumbrian dialect.
Mao Chow - E8
Vegetarian
  London
This new opening is riding all of the current food trends: it's a tiny (12 seats), no-booking, vegan, pop-up-turned-permanent BYO in east London - literally the epitome of cool, on its way to Insta-stardom, no doubt. The inventive Chinese food can also be taken away.
Casa Fofó - E8
International
  London
Former Pidgin head chef Adolfo de Cecco serves up globally ranging - and daily changing - tasting menus at this Hackney newcomer.
The Little Yellow Door - W11
British, Modern
  London
What was a pop-up is now in a permanent Notting Hill venue; we're still not sure whether it's a restaurant, house party, members' bar, supper club or secret cocktail bar, but it'll be fun finding out. WhatsApp the phone number to get in for the party, bottomless brunch or Sunday roast.
104 Restaurant - W2
British, Modern
  London
With just six tables, this tiny fine dining restaurant (in the space that used to be Marianne's, RIP) opened up quietly in April 2019, than had critics rushing to visit. Chef Richard Wilkins previously had his own place in Buckhurst Hill in Essex, and has also worked at The Waterside Inn and Pétrus.
The Gate - NW8
Vegetarian
  London
A fourth branch for London's veggie pioneers, in a spacious St John's Wood location. We are told to expect a vegan weekend brunch, kids' meals and a set lunch menu.
Mimo - SE1
Spanish
  London
Jon and Nicole Warren, the husband and wife team behind San Sebastian's Mimo (and the branches in Seville, Mallorca and The Algarve) have opened a cookery school, "experiential dining" and chefs table to Borough Market; Basque-born Joseba Lasa joins Mimo London as head chef.
Serata Hall - EC1V
American
  London
Albion & East, the team behind Canova Hall and Martello Hall (they also own Cattivo) are completing a trio of halls with this opening in Old Street; the food is Italian-American, from a bakery and wood-burning oven, and there's also a cocktail bar, hot-desking space, a distillery and events.
Vanderlyle - CB1
  Cambridge
Alex Rushmer, who closed his Cambridge restaurant Hole in the Wall in 2018, has opened another place in the city centre, with his former sous chef, Lawrence Butler.
Lucknow 49 - W1S
Indian
  London
Dhruv Mittal and the team behind Dum Biryani are opening this neighbourhood Indian restaurant just a stone's throw from Regent Street; the cuisine (and the name) take inspiration from the 'low and slow' Awadhi cooking of the city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, north India.
No. Fifty Cheyne - SW3
British, Modern
  London
Rising from the ashes of the Cheyne Walk Brasserie, No.Fifty has undergone a complete rebuild under the watchful eye of Sally Greene (Director of The Old Vic and proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s). Chef Iain Smith (formerly head chef at Social Eating House) provides the eats for the 70-seat restaurant (with cocktail bar and drawing room upstairs).
Champagne + Fromage - L1
French
  Liverpool
A Liverpool outlet for the London-based neighbourhood bistro (and shop).
Stork Restaurant - W1S
British, Modern
  London
This Mayfair restaurant (and lounge) claims to "bring to you a blend of British Modern cuisine with accents of West African and Eastern European dishes".
Mar
Shola Karachi Kitchen - W12
Pakistani
  London
Former banker Aida Khan has found a permanent home for her passion project in the former Beeb headquarters in White City alongside Kricket and Homeslice. She promises 'Pakistani cuisine with a twist' where diners can 'experience of the traditional flavours of Karachi'.
Bambusa - W1T
Pan-Asian
  London
An all-day Asian cafe lands in Charlotte Street in March, from the team behind Marylebone's Roti Chai, promising good coffee, breakfasts and dishes from across South East Asia.
The Halal Guys - WC2H
American
  London
A US import, The Halal Guys have been around for 27 years, after starting as a hot dog stand. They now focus on halal street food - hot sandwiches or bowls with meat or falafel - and are planning up to 20 branches in the UK over the next few years.
Dough - BS1
Pizza
  Bristol
A sibling branch for the Bath pizzeria that lets you choose the dough as well as the topping for your pizza, from over 10 doughs available, including gluten-free and purple corn.
Flamboree - EC1V
French
  London
Offering a "contemporary spin on the traditional dish from the region of Alsace" (tartes flambée, or 'flams'), this new all-day Old Street restaurant caters for gluten-free diets too.
Robata - W1D
Japanese
  London
An izakaya-style Japanese eatery from Birmingham restaurateur Sonny Huang.
Latteria - N1
Italian
  London
Drawing inspiration from Milan's pasticceria, panino shops and pizzerias, everything at Latteria - cakes, pastries, pizza and pasta - is made in-house, with ingredients sourced from Italy; it's open from breakfast to 'aperitivo time'.
Vinegar Yard - SE1
International
  London
A new "eating, drinking, shopping and art space" from the founders of Flat Iron Square, also London Bridge, with vintage shops, street food stalls and bars in shipping containers and a large garden. Million Pound Menu stars Baba G’s will be selling their naanwiches and Indian burgers.
Kisama - B2
Japanese
  Birmingham
Chef Alex Claridge (who also owns The Wilderness in the Jewellery Quarter) has taken over the 80s-themed Nocturnal Animals restaurant and bar; he will continue to operate the ground floor bar but the basement restaurant has been re-branded and serves “modern Japanese food with eclectic twists.” (including 'rock and roll sushi', whatever that means, and a "tongue-in-cheek take on afternoon tea")
Endo at Rotunda - W12
Japanese
  London
Endo Kazutoshi (the director of Ichibuns, and previously sushi chef at Zuma) opens his exclusive (just 16 seats), no-expense-spared dining experience, in the rotunda of the former BBC Television Centre. Giles Coren of The Times ate there pre-opening, and had "the most perfect meal" of his 20 years as a critic, so expect to book months ahead for a seat.
Master Wei - WC1N
Chinese
  London
The chef behind Xi'an Impression (and its spin-off Biang Biang Noodles), Wei Guirong, has opened her first solo restaurant; the Chinese Shaanxi dishes and noodles will no doubt be much in demand.
St Martin's Lane Kitchen - WC2N
Pan-Asian
  London
Replacing Asia de Cuba (RIP), this pop-up in St Martin's Lane hotel serves up all-day Asian fare, with a showcase of Malaysian, Thai and Chinese dishes, plus cocktails.
Farmstand Canary Wharf - E14
Organic
  London
Farmstand Canary Wharf is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee, to eat in or take away. Pick up porridge or eggs with full on flavour toppings on your way to work; fuel your lunch break with their signature boxes, with dishes including Chana Masala, Mac & Cheese and Harissa Chicken, along with flatbread, wraps, seasonal soups and salads; or meet up with friends for drinks and dinner.
Brook House - SW6
British, Modern
  London
Mark Dyer and Eamonn Manson (formerly of The Sands End and The Brown Cow) have taken over this traditional pub overlooking Eel Brook Common.
Woky Ko Kaiju - BS1
Japanese
  Bristol
MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen opens his third 'Woky Ko' Bristol restaurant (after Kauto and Cargo), in Wapping Wharf. Chef John Watson will oversee this one, serving an izakaya style menu of ramen and yakitori skewer dishes cooked on traditional Japanese robata grills.
Fatt Pundit - W1F
Indian
  London
Indo-Chinese cuisine, incorporating traditional Chinese cooking techniques with the vibrant spices of India, was invented when the Hakka people migrated to India from the Chinese province of Canton. Spicy Tibetan 'momo' dumplings are the star of the show.
Masa + Mezcal - BS1
Mexican/TexMex
  Bristol
The menu at this Stokes Croft Mexican restaurant is 100% gluten free.
Dead Rabbits Saloon - N4
Burgers, etc
  London
Gourmet burgers and whiskey are the late-night fare at this new Highbury venue.
Longboys - HA9
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Elaborately filled finger doughnuts (#notroundhere) and soft serve ice cream are the focus at this new Boxpark Wembley stall. The credentials of the two owners speak for themselves: Graham Hornigold was group pastry chef for Hakkasan, and Heather Kaniuk was the executive pastry chef at Mandarin Oriental and Shangri-La (in The Shard).
Xier - W1U
British, Modern
  London
Carlo Scotto was mentored by Angela Hartnett and was most recently head chef at Mayfair's Dabbo. His first solo venture, in Marylebone, is actually two ventures, with a casual ground-floor restaurant (XR) and - on the first-floor - fine dining and tasting menus; Scotto has teamed up with organic farm The Rhug Estate on this project.
Jolt Coffee - W1W
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A new caffeine stop for Fitzrovia, imported from Riyadh; pastries and small savoury plates will be on offer.
Orasay - W11
Scottish
  London
Not content with opening St Leonards this year, Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke have already opened a new venture, Orasay, which focuses on the cuisine of the Hebridean islands where Boxer spent childhood summers.
Za by Pizza Express - EC3M
Pizza
  London
The Fenchurch Street branch of PizzaExpress has been rebranded as Za; a future-proofing experiment by the chain, this pilot venture serves breakfasts, pastries and takeaway pizza slices.
Restaurant MCR - M3
British, Modern
  Manchester
Lost Society - SW11
British, Modern
  London
A lavishly-decorated revival of the Wandsworth drinking, dining and dancing venue; brunch and roasts will feature at weekends.
The Perky Nel - SW4
British, Modern
  London
The second Clapham location for independent pub group Livelyhood, joins sister venue The Clapham North in providing somewhere new for Claphamites to gather and socialise.
Top Cuvee - N5
British, Modern
  London
A new neighbourhood bistro for Highbury from the team behind Three Sheets Dalston; the open kitchen serves up small plates and platters of charcuterie and cheese.
Yolo - WC2H
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
An all-dessert venue in Covent Garden, with traditonal, vegan and gluten-free options.
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Slim Chickens - W1D
Chicken
  London
The American fried chicken chain's second branch occupies the triangular Soho site that housed Ed's Easy Diner for many years.
Adam Handling Chelsea - SW1X
British, Modern
  London
Steeped in history, The Cadogan hotel on Sloane Street had a major refurbishment, from which it rose, phoenix-like, as the Belmond Cadogan. Hot chef du jour Adam Handling is 'handling' the entire food offering, from breakfast and room service to afternoon tea to this eponymous restaurant (with its own entrance on Pont Street); Adam says he wants to "draw on the heritage of the building and reinterpret it in my own way" - with Lillie Langtry and Oscar Wilde as former residents, that could mean almost anything!
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).
Shanghai Modern - WC2H
Chinese
  London
The new Central Cross development in Chinatown has several food outlets, including this noodle and dumpling joint, a Filipino import. Their signature xiao long bao will be on the menu - watch out Din Tai Fung...
Rehmat's - AB25
Pakistani
  Aberdeen
A new Pakistani restaurant for Aberdeen.
Whiskers - EH4
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
This Stockbridge wine bar serves up a range of small plates and sharing platters, as well as breakfasts and coffee.
Kanishka - W1S
Indian
  London
Atul Kochhar, in collaboration with Tina English, is opening a new Indian restaurant, which will "showcase the cuisine of territories previously unexplored by London’s restaurants, particularly the Seven Sister States in the most easternmost region of India". It's named after King Kanishka, an emperor of the Kushan dynasty in the second century.
Cook Love - EC2A
BBQ
  London
In a break from tradition (but undoubtedly the start of a new 'thing'), a veteran London restaurant has opened up a street food stall in the City: the founder of Pied à Terre Founder, David Moore, and chef Asimakis Chaniotis have launched Cook Love, where the food (including dishes from Pied à Terre) will be cooked in an oil drum barbecue. The name, by the way, comes from the words tattooed across chef Chaniotis' fingers...
Rosa’s - L3
Thai
  Liverpool
London group of Thai restaurants founded by husband and wife, Alex and Saiphin Moore, has opened its first site outside the capital, in Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock.
AOK Kitchen - W1U
British, Modern
  London
New Marylebone restaurant (upstairs) and bakery (downstairs) that are both 100% free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar; owner Kelly Landesberg is the daughter of Gary Landesberg, chairman of Mayfair's Arts Club.
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.

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