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Jun
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.
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.
Huo - SW10
Pan-Asian
  London
Tim Allen is a chef with a fine CV and the name (if strangely spelt) hints at the intention of his new 40 seater on the site of The Seafood Pub Company’s Wine Bar (RIP). It’s another reason to visit this increasingly foodie corner of Lancashire, which has Moor Hall just down the road.
Parlour, The Ned - EC2R
  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?
May
The Shed by James Sommerin - CF62
  St Athan
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.
400 Rabbits - SE19
Pizza
  London
South London's bunny-themed pizza chain is opening a flagship store at Elephant Park, next to elephant & Castle station.
Pergola on the Wharf - E14
International
  London
Soft launching from 28 May, this new 'entertainment space' from the team behind Pergola Paddington, The Prince and Lost in Brixton with three bars and a dance floor will host food pop-ups throughout the year.
Imad's Syrian Kitchen - W1B
Syrian
  London
Forced to flee Damascus in 2015 after his restaurant businesses were destroyed, chef Imad Alarnab has cooked for refugees in Calais and provided free falafel for those in need during lockdown at his pop-ups in London; this crowdfunded venture will be his first permanent, restaurant. Due to open in December 2020, but delayed by London entering Tier 3 restrictions and further lockdown.
Wilding - OX1
British, Modern
  Oxford
A 'hyper environmental' seasonal restaurant, wine bar and wine shop in the upmarket Jericho area.
NoMad London - WC2E
American
  London
The London outpost of a NYC hotel arrives in London in 2021 (delayed by lockdown), located inside the historic, grade II-listed building known as The Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station. The main restaurant sits inside a stunning three-storey, glass-ceilinged atrium, and there's also Side Hustle - NoMad's take on a British pub - a cocktail bar and a guests-only library bar. NYC chef Daniel Humm was originally linked with the project but is no longer mentioned on the website.
Due South - BN1
  Brighton
It’s a case of "Back to the Future" at this beautifully situated site on the front, which operated here under the Due South name from 2004-2011 before becoming Riddle & Finns on the Beach. Now owner Rob Shenton has decided to return to its former branding having moved Riddle & Finns on the Beach to a new location nearby.
The Coconut Tree - BA1
Sri Lankan
  Bath
Sri Lankan street food.
INO - W1F
Greek
  London
From the team behind OPSO (and the predecessor on this site, PittaBun), a Greek grill restaurant with an outdoor terrace, live fire cooking and an all-Greek wine list.
Boujee - M3
  Manchester
An all-pink, Insta-friendly palace from Real Housewives of Cheshire star Lystra Adams and her silent business partners.
Ready Burger - N8
Burgers, etc
  London
100% plant-based fast food; a second branch opens in Finchley Road in summer 2021, and crowdfunding is underway to finance expansion plans.
Bar des Prés - W1S
French
  London
On the former Indian Accent site, French TV chef Cyril Lignac has opened his Saint Germain bar and restaurant in Mayfair this; patisserie and cocktails feature heavily.
Magenta - WC1H
  London
Opposite St Pancras, a new hotel restaurant with ex-Trinity chef Manuele Bazzoni at the stoves serving a 'modern Italian menu with subtle British influences'. From the website, it looks like a funky, vaguely steampunk kind of place.
Mamasan - L1
Pan-Asian
  Liverpool
Hospitality entrepreneur Brad Stevens opened this second branch (the original is in Glasgow) in Spring 2021.
The Cheese Barge - W2
British, Traditional
  London
Not satisfied with opening a cheese bar and the world's first cheese conveyor belt, Matthew Carver is taking his theme one step further; The Cheese Barge - hand-crafted in Somerset - hosts a two-storey, 40-cover restaurant. Executive chef Ross Keeling and head chef Reagan Ellenbroek have created a menu of “honest British dishes using small producer cheese”. The opening has been twice delayed due to lockdowns.
Jollibee - WC2H
Chicken
  London
A second, flagship, London branch for the global 'chickenjoy' chain; other branches can be found in Liverpool and Leicester, with up to 50 more planned by the end of 2021.
Humble Chicken - W1D
Japanese
  London
Japanese-born Angelo Sato worked under Clare Smyth and Adam Byatt before becoming head chef at Restaurant Story. His opening of an izakaya-style yakitori spot in the heart of Soho - on the original site of Barrafina - is exciting news for Soho.
The Blues Kitchen - M3
American
  Manchester
The three-strong American restaurant group from London branched out to Manchester in Spring 2021.
Cucina del Mercato - EC2M
Italian
  London
This counter-to-table concept features produce from all of the fresh food counters at Eataly.
The Forge - CH1
British, Modern
  Chester
Harwood Arms owner Mike Robinson opened this 70-seater restaurant in Chester's Hotel Indigo in May 2021; the kitchens cook over open flame using only British ingredients, with an emphasis on wild produce and sustainability. Chester local Curtis Tonge is head chef.
The Pony - BS3
British, Modern
  Bristol
The team from the Pony & Trap in Chew Magna have launched this new bistro next door to Bristol Beer Factory's tap room. The website claims it will be "full of all the charm, passion and deliciousness from of the original".
Open Kitchen at The People's Museum - M3
Vegetarian
  Manchester
The new cafe at the People's Museum is zero-waste, mostly vegetarian and vegan, and will "celebrate sustainable and ethical produce with an all-day menu".
Fern - NE2
British, Modern
  Jesmond
An "upmarket neighbourhood dining room" from ex-House of Tides chef Danny Parker, now open in the venerable Jesmond Dene location once part-owned by Terry Laybourne. In addition to dinner service and Sunday lunch, there's afternoon tea available Wed-Sun 1pm-4pm.
Anexo - SG14
Spanish
  Hertford
Part of the new Hertford House hotel collection (and just up the road from it), a tapas and pintxos bar that features wood-fired cooking.
Rosa's Thai Cafe - B3
Thai
  Birmingham
A west of England branch for the popular Thai chain.
Maru - W1J
Japanese
  London
On the former site of TAKA Mayfair, and under the same ownership, this June 2021 newcomer is led by chef Taiji Maruyama, a former sushi chef at Nobu London and head chef at Surrey hotel Beaverbrook. Just 6 guests at a time are served (from behind a custom-made counter created by Chef Maruyama himself!) for a "20-course farm-to-table, daily changing tasting menu, presented omakase-style". MARU is the first Japanese restaurant in the UK to specialise in the Japanese culinary technique of dry ageing fish, which features prominently across the menu.
Emily Scott at Watergate Bay - TR8
British, Modern
  Watergate Bay
After a successful 2020 pop-up, Emily Scott (of St Tudy Inn) has opened a more permanent site at the Watergate Bay hotel, serving seafood and plant-based fare.
Holy Carrot - SW1X
Vegan
  London
Elegant all-day vegan dining near Harrods, at Urban Retreat.
Allora Hall - N8
International
  London
From the same group as Canova Hall, Martello Hall et al, a new hot-desking space; the restaurant serves pizza, pasta and chicken, plus breakfasts, weekend brunch and plenty of choice for vegans.
Coppernose - KT8
British, Modern
  London
Riverside views from a new boutique hotel will make this all-day restaurant (including afternoon tea), named after Henry VIII, a popular spot. Ronnie Kimbugwe, who worked with Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and also ran the food at the Bel and the Dragon inn group, is in charge of the food here and at 1665 (see also).
Roketsu - W1H
Japanese
  London
One of 2021’s more ambitious openings – chef Daisuke Hayashi’s new kaiseki restaurant in Marylebone will draw on his 20 years under Yoshihiro Murata at the three-Michelin-starred Kikunoi Honten in Kyoto (his London CV includes Tokemeite and Chrysan near Broadgate). It offers a kaiseki-only menu, so the presumption is that you will need to melt your credit card to go...
Nusr-Et Steakhouse - SW1X
Steaks & grills
  London
Istanbul, Dubai, Doha, New York, Miami… finally – having been first announced in 2017 – 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.
Hertford House - SG14
British, Modern
  Hertford
Chef Andrew Clarke, formerly of St Leonards and Tramshed is in charge of this new hotel restaurant in Hertfordshire; the hotel also boasts The Store House deli and a pop-up takeaway The Hole in the Wall, as well as Anexo a few doors away.
Moss & Moor - LS29
International
  Ilkley
A garden centre with a difference; not least a 230-cover restaurant from London restaurateur Zak Jones.
Sycamore Vino Cucina, Middle Eight Hotel - WC2B
Italian
  London
If it hadn’t originally launched on 28 October 2020, this expensively designed Covent Garden hotel would have attracted more attention. In its all-day bar and restaurant occupying much of the ground floor (there’s also a mezzanine), executive chef Paul Robinson (ex-Temper and The Coal Shed) serves food from Northern Italy using British produce. Pizza and cicchetti feature alongside small plates, pasta and secondi.
The Double Red Duke - OX18
British, Modern
  Clanfield
In this Cotswold village, this 17th century coaching inn has received a major makeover as a 19-bedroom hotel and contemporary restaurant, centred around open-fire cooking. A kitchen-counter overlooks rotisseries and a wood-fired grill, alongside a 40-seater garden room. Alongside conventional main dishes, you can enjoy large cuts of meat and whole fish to share. It’s part of Sam and Georgie Pearman’s Country Creatures family of pubs and inns and has been created in collaboration with Hawksmoor ex-exec chef and Meatopia founder Richard Turner, and head chef, Richard Sandiford. A treatment room will be added soon.
Rudy's Vegan Diner - N1
Vegan
  London
The second branch of the all-vegan diner, next door to their Islington butcher.
Los Mochis - W8
  London
On the site that was for over half a century Geales (RIP) – this new urban-grunge, Mexican/Japanese hang out is the antithesis of the traditional English fish ’n’ chips restaurant that preceded it.
Koocha - BS6
Vegan
  Bristol
Already an established name in Bristol, this vegan mezze restaurant took over bigger and better premises in May 2021.
RAW - Fish & Cocktails - W1W
Fish & seafood
  London
On a Fitzrovia site that was Laboratorio Pizza – owner Ivan Simeoli has reformatted it as a second branch of his new seafood concept: cocktails, oysters, ceviche… and you can buy fish for your supper too.
SeaSons - W1J
Fish & seafood
  London
On the former site of The Square (RIP), the high-end, international fishmongers of the same name opened a Mediterranean fish and seafood restaurant in May 2021.
At feast - NW8
British, Modern
  London
Wholesome family fare with an eco-friendly twist is the promise of this new all-day arrival on St John’s Wood High Street – open from breakfast onwards and incorporating a child-friendly cookery school. The menu leans heavily on its plant-based associations.
The Loch & The Tyne - SL4
British, Modern
  Old Windsor
This new pub / restaurant-with-rooms from Adam Handling is aiming to be the most sustainable in the UK, with an eco-garden and orchard, solar panels and composting. "Sustainable British luxury" is the tagline; it will be run by his two chefs, Steven Kerr and Jonny McNeil, and is named after the two locations he met them in.
Powerplant - NW1
Vegan
  London
A vegan restaurant from Selina, the "experience-led hospitality group" ; future openings in the pipeline include Washington DC and Lisbon
Street Pizza - NW1
Pizza
  London
Gordon Ramsay's pizza chain; this branch is based at his York & Albany pub.
Street Pizza - SE1
Pizza
  London
Gordon Ramsay's pizza chain; this branch opened in May 2021.
The Cellar - N1
British, Modern
  London
From the team behind the Cotswolds restaurant of the same name,
Tigre Tacos - EC1R
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Known for their food stand in Bermondsey's Nine Lives Alley, this Mexican taco specialist opened a bricks-and-mortar branch at The Gunmakers in Clerkenwell in May 2021.
Glebe House - EX24
British, Modern
  Colyton
Formerly run as a B&B by Hugo Guest's parents, this Georgian vicarage opened as a restaurant-with-rooms in May 2021, serving a 4-course dinner (Thu-Sun) and Sunday lunch; Hugo worked at The Marksman and Sorella, and will run the kitchen with chef Sam Lomas (formerly of River Cottage and Tide Llanw), using local ingredients served with an Italian flavour. Guests can also take cookery classes in the on-site bakery and charcuterie room, and there's also 'The Kitchen', a casual, open-all-week, dining option.
Macellaio RC - W1
Steaks & grills
  London
In the beating heart of Theatreland, this latest sixth branch of the popular Italian steakhouse chain steps into the shoes of the now-defunct Café Monico (RIP).
The Tapas Room - SE15
Spanish
  London
A fifth branch for the growing south London tapas chain, in an atmospheric corner site in Peckham.
Sabich - L1
Middle Eastern
  Liverpool
From the Maray restaurant group, a casual Middle Eastern joint that serves baguette sandwiches and rotisserie chicken; a sabich is a pitta filled with aubergine, eggs and tahini.
Maya - EC2A
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Breezing in from West Hollywood, Soho House’s latest opening is a groovy looking 80-seater plus loungey terrace, which sits on the glam rooftop (lots of steel, glass and greenery) of the Hoxton Hotel. Executive chef Giacomo Pettinari has created a menu of Baja-Mexican dishes and a roving guacamole cart is all part of the fun. Cocktails a-gogo too, of course.
First Street Bar & Kitchen - M15
Mediterranean
  Manchester
In the hotel space that was briefly the Hideout Bar & Grill, Gino D'Acampo has launched this new space with large terrace immediately after the 2021 lockdown. The new all-day restaurant is his third in town. There's no shortage of space – it has 200 seats with another 120 on the terrace. The menu leans on its Mediterranean theming. For those looking for a lighter bite, sharing plates and salads are also available.
Bong Bong’s Manila Kanteen - WC2H
Filipino
  London
After closing their Hackney restaurant, it's great news that the BBC My Million Pound Menu winners Lee Johnson and Sinead Campbell have found a new home for their Filipino street-food concept, in the Seven Dials home of KERB.
Coqbull Spitalfields - E1
Chicken
  London
Madhu's at The Dilly - W1J
Indian
  London
Many moons ago home to Marco Pierre White's Oak Room restaurant, this fine hotel dining room now plays host to Madhu's, which serves Punjabi cuisine with a Kenyan twist. The landmark Edwardian hotel, previously known as Le Meridien Piccadilly, is now being run as an independent hotel, whimsically called The Dilly.
Hatch - KY16
British, Modern
  St Andrews
Chef-patron Julie Dalton offers up a constantly changing, seasonal small plates menu.
28-50 - SW3
British, Modern
  London
This third branch of the wine-focused mini-chain opened in Spring 2021.
Sushi Revolution - SW9
Japanese
  London
Two ex-Sticks'n'Sushi employees have opened this 'sushi and more' spot in Brixton; expect a "rebellious twist" to the classics.
081 Pizzeria - SE15
Pizza
  London
From the team behind Streatham's Bravi Ragazzi, this new spot in Peckham Levels offers Neapolitan pizza and tapas.
Rooftop at The Standard - WC1H
American
  London
Great views over London are the main attraction of this new rooftop venue one floor above Decimo, which serves bottled cocktails and hot dogs from an NYC-style cart.
Apr
Eataly - EC2M
Italian
  London
The Square Mile continues to up its foodie credentials with the arrival of an Italian 'foodie theme park' from Eataly in April 2021 boasting stores, restaurants, market stalls and coffee shops. Eataly was founded in 2004 by entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti and now has 35 megastores worldwide, including in Tokyo and New York. A London location has been touted in the past but has not materialised until now. Separate restaurants within the complex include La Terrazza, Pasta e Pizza and Cucine del Mercato.
La Terrazza di Eataly - EC2M
Italian
  London
One of several restaurants within the new City Italian food emporium (see also Eataly, Pasta e Pizza, Terra and Cucina del Mercato, plus several bars); this spot focuses on sharing plates of seasonal fare, plus Aperol-based cocktails.
Pasta e Pizza - EC2M
Pizza
  London
One of several restaurants within the new City Italian food emporium (see also Eataly, La Terrazza di Eataly, Terra and Cucina del Mercato, plus several bars); this spot focuses on pasta and pizza, much as the name suggests, that the website promised will be "deliciously unforgettable". The pizza dough is leavened for 50 hours.
Chameleon - NW1
Israeli
  London
Grade I listed ‘One Marylebone’ – an Event Space run by One Events which occupies what was formerly Holy Trinity Church, designed by Sir John Soane – is morphing for the time being into more of a conventional restaurant operation (with the events business more on-the-side than previously). The starting point comes in May 2021 with a "Tel Avivian sharing-style outdoor restaurant" from Isreali chef (and ex-NYC's Alenbi) Elior Balbur, set in nine individual greenhouses. On the menu, yellowtail sashimi, chargrilled romanesco steak and Spanish octopus. Other features will include a tented garden lounge, silent cinema, "magical wellness sessions", weekend market, a fitness centre, dance classes, and a gallery. A private members club will follow in the autumn.
The Coach House Kitchen - AL9
  Hatfield
The restaurant at the Jacobean country pile Hatfield House is now being run by Restaurant Associates; there's a courtyard garden for al fresco dining. Open from breakfast and brunch, through to lunch and afternoon teas
Street Burger - GU21
Burgers, etc
  Woking
The third branch of Gordon Ramsay's £15 burger chain opened out of London on 17 April 2021.
Pumproom Restaurant at Copper Rivet Distillery - ME4
  Chatham
An April 2021 newcomer – an 80 seat restaurant housed in a Victorian Pumphouse beside the Medway river. Initially it is just open under the arches and on the wood decking overlooking the River Medway, with views of Queen Elizabeth 1st’ gunpowder store, the grey stone castle of Upnor on the opposite shore. As well as the ability to sample the distillery’s cocktails, the Pumproom will present a fine-dining experience and its riverside windows offer great views. A meal might start with Bone marrow, chicken crackling, smoked eel, cockles, radish & toast; followed by Ash rolled 40day aged fillet, beef shin ragout, with Granny Smith tart, toffee popcorn, and Masthouse Whisky custard to finish.
The Farrier - NW1
British, Traditional
  London
The first pub ever in Camden Market (yes really!), this April 2021 newcomer occupies a Grade II listed space that were once stables (lots of vaulted brick ceilings and bare brick walls). Not only does it have the handy post-Covid feature of a hidden courtyard with fire pit, but also locally brewed beers and rustic British fare from Ash Finch (ex-The Langham and Wild Honey).
No. 3 Restaurants - GL50
British, Modern
  Cheltenham
Rugby World Cup AND Celebrity MasterChef winner Phil Vickery has opened his own restaurant, with his wife Jules and chef Tom Rains, after a year of running a delivery service, No.3 at Home.
Cinder - NW3
  London
Small Belsize Park newcomer from chef Jake Finn, whose 16 seats inside are matched by a similar number outside. Dishes are cooked on a Josper grill, with influences from lots of sunny countries all over the world (including Peru, Japan, Italy, France and Greece). Options will include seared tuna and sharing dishes for two such as whole sea bream. Finn's CV includes La Petite Maison, Coya and The Ritz.
Campfire - N7
  London
New from the Two Tribes beer company is this outdoor firepit and tap room in King's Cross next to its HQ; much like Carousel, the venue will feature guest chefs and residencies to showcase open-fire cooking.
Spring in the Courtyard / Hackney Bridge Kitchen - E15
International
  London
Trading as Spring in the Courtyard during al fresco-only dining, and while the main building is being refurbished (opening August 2021), this new street food space comes from the team behind Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels, so we're expecting big things from the space and the stalls that will begin here.
Pelicana - W6
Korean
  London
With over 3000 branches worldwide, it's no surprise that this Korean fried chicken company is launching in the UK with plans for four sites at once. Following this Hammersmith trial, they plan to open in Angel, Clapham and Wimbledon by September.
St Felix Place - SE1
International
  London
A new outdoor dining and entertainment space for Borough, tucked into railway arches; food comes from street food stalls Texas Joe's Adobe and The Good Slice.
Sussex Pass - TN5
British, Modern
  Wadhurst
Sam Maynard, who previously worked at Hotel Du Vin, Gallivant and The Beacon, along with local chef Adam Sear, have opened this pub restaurant that aims to showcase the finest produce in Sussex and Kent.
Mike's Peckham - SE15
Pizza
  London
Opened post-lockdown in the funky site that used to house Forza Win (RIP, but looking for a new home), a new pizza restaurant in Peckham. There’s a new 80-seater outdoor space initially, with the indoor 40-covers available as soon as indoor restrictions are lifted. Michael ‘Mike’ Davies is the chef director of the Camberwell Arms and Frank’s Café and the same team are behind the launch. On the menu: Roman-style pizza (and other small plates).
FENN - SW6
British, Modern
  London
Replacing the Harlequin (RIP) is this seasonal British restaurant from the team behind Hackney's NEST (we're not sure about all the capitals either), including chefs Johnnie Crowe and Joe Laker.
The Light Bar - E1
  London
This iconic Shoreditch venue has risen once more from the ashes. Originally it was set to reopen in Spring 2020 with a bar and restaurant (ground floor Engine Hall / mezzanine Copper Bar); open for al fresco dining from April 2021. The Timber Loft, an "epic" top floor bar & restaurant will open from 21 June.
Indian Alley - NW1
Indian
  London
From the team behind Benares, a street-food concept that opened in the Stables building in Spring 2021.
Bosporus - WC2H
Turkish
  London
An ambitious newcomer, Bosporus comes from a Dubai-based restaurant group with eight other Bosporus locations around the world. They are aiming to bring Turkish food and culture to the heart of London - and it doesn't come more central than the site next to the Empire!
1665 - KT8
British, Modern
  London
There are fine riverside views from this newly refurbished boutique hotel; Ronnie Kimbugwe, who worked with Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and also ran the food at the Bel and the Dragon inn group, is in charge of the brasserie food here and the all day and afternoon tea offer at Coppernose (see also).
Greenaway's - WC2N
British, Traditional
  London
Scottish chef Mark Greenaway announced this traditional pie 'n' mash shop in early 2021, ahead of opening a signature restaurant in London.
Osma - M25
Scandinavian
  Prestwich
Chef Danielle Heron, who has worked at L'Enclume and Maaemo in Oslo, opened her first solo venture, serving "Scandinavian-style open sandwiches and hearty salads", with evening meals served four nights a week. The name comes from Osla and Manchester, the home cities of Danielle and co-owner Sofie Stoermann-Naess.
Buvette - W11
French
  London
NYC bistro launched a site here in late 2020 (takeaway only until April 2021) to join outposts in Paris and Tokyo; like the original there's French-inspired décor and menu, plus a shop and natural wines.
Megan's at the Post Office - KT6
British, Modern
  London
Another former post office branch for the dog-friendly restaurant chain, this time in Surbiton.
Mickey's Beach Bar - EX8
British, Modern
  Exmouth
Micheal Caines and long-term business partner Sylvain Peltier have opened this new seafront venture, with a downstairs bar and first-floor restaurant with a retracting glass roof and sea views; there is also a bakery, Cafe Patisserie Glacerie.
Bellefields - SW9
Mediterranean
  London
Ex-Bonnie Gull chef James Mathieson heads up this new restaurant, located inside and on the ground floor of Brixton's Design Store, owned by family architect firm Squire & Partners; opened in April 2021, there's a cobblestone courtyard for alfresco dining.
The Garden, Corinthia Hotel - WC2N
  London
The inner courtyard at Corinthia has been furnished with retractable covers for al fresco dining, whatever the weather. Food comes under the management of André Garrett (there's a terrace upstairs that's being used by Kerridge's until 17 May.
Crazy Pizza - SW3
Pizza
  London
Due to open in January 2021 but delayed by lockdown, a second branch - in the exclusive Hans Crescent near Harrods - for the glitzy pizza restaurant (also in Monte Carlo and coming soon to Doha and Riyadh).
Andina Spitalfields - E1
Peruvian
  London
Originally in Shoreditch, the celebrated Peruvian restaurant Andina has moved to a bigger location on the City fringe, which also has a basement bar; officially relaunching in May, but already open for delivery and takeaway.
The Bridge Arms - CT4
British, Modern
  Bridge
A new village pub from the team behind the uber-successful Fordwich Arms. Formerly known as The White Horse Inn.
Enderby House - SE10
British, Modern
  London
Young's have revived this Grade II listed building on the Greenwich riverfront that has been closed for years. The pub has three floors and two riverside terraces; open for outside dining from April 12.
Street Burger - WC2H
Burgers, etc
  London
The second branch of Gordon Ramsay's £15 burger chain, on the former site of a Byron burger shop; there's a small outdoor area for al fresco dining from 12 April.
Dorchester Rooftop - W1K
British, Modern
  London
The Dorchester has launched a rooftop bar and restaurant with views over Hyde Park and the City; open "throughout spring and summer for live music and a series of al fresco culinary pop-ups".
123V - W1S
Vegan
  London
Plant-based global restaurant from Alexis Gauthier; based inside Fenwick, the terrace is open from 12 April.
Street Pizza - SW11
Pizza
  London
A fourth branch for Gordon Ramsay's pizza restaurant, which opened after the 2021 lockdown.
Keff - NW1
Middle Eastern
  London
The company that delivered Middle Eastern dips and snacks across London during lockdown has opened a bricks-and-mortar site in Camden's Stables Market.
Brendan the Navigator - N19
Irish
  London
A new Irish pub on the site previously known as The Tourian Lounge, and before that as The Old Crown Inn; live music will be a focus, and there'll be food from chef Michael Spurgeon who previously cooked at Nickel and Season Kitchen.
The Perry Hill - SE6
British, Modern
  London
This south London pub has been taken over by Doghouse Pubs; chef Jamie Young who also owns the Begging Bowl in Peckham has been brought in to create the menu.
Sen - EH8
Vietnamese
  Edinburgh
Southside Vietnamese which opened at the end of 2021's lockdown.
Old Brompton - SW5
British, Traditional
  London
Cheese and charcuterie bar with Prohibition-style drinks and styling; see also Nocturne downstairs.
Mar
Le Bab - EC1V
Middle Eastern
  London
On the former site of the Turkish Delight old-school kebab shop, the team behind Le Bab have opened a "brand new, very naughty kebab shop" in Old Street that will stay open until the small hours.
Laila - EH1
Middle Eastern
  Edinburgh
Old Town Middle Eastern brunch spot from the owners of Hanam’s, Pomegranate, Souq and the capital’s only 100% halal fish 'n' chips shop, Deep Sea.
Eggs 'n' Stuff - N7
British, Modern
  London
This first bricks-and-mortar outpost of the popular eggy delivery service from Wing Shack founder Josh Jarvis can be found on Holloway Road from 20 March 2021 for three months.
Hot Stone - W1T
Japanese
  London
Open from March 11 2021 (initially for delivery only), a second, 50-cover, branch of Padam Raj Rai's ishiyaki and sushi restaurant, serving certified Kobe beef, one of only eight restaurants in the UK to do so. Once the restaurant is able to open its doors in May, diners can expect sushi and sashimi alongside maki rolls as well as Hot Stone’s signature Ishiyaki menu – inspired by the ancient Japanese art of cooking on a searing-hot stones; also, 48-hours marinated black cod. The interiors boast traditional wooden panelling, accent tiling and artwork by 18th century Japanese ukiyo-e painter Hokusai Katsushika.
The Old Pharmacy - BA10
French
  Bruton
A new establishment from nearby Osip's Merlic Labron-Johnson. In a 16th century former pharmacy (hence the name), it's an evening small-plates restaurant and wine bar and daytime French-style epicerie using local products.
Turul Project - N15
Hungarian
  London
It's not often a new Hungarian restaurant comes along, but we will see one in Turnpike Lane soon - the attached deli is already open. Chef Balazs Berta, who previously worked at Restaurant Story and Aquavit, aims to "make high-end Hungarian gastronomy accessible".
Wing Wing - WC2H
Korean
  London
A third, central branch for the Korean chicken specialists; karaoke is planned for the future.
Feb
Cincinnati Chilibomb - EC2A
American
  London
Tim Brice, aka ‘Captain Chilli’, bravely launched London’s first dedicated Cincinnati-style chilli restaurant in February 2021. It occupies the small (40 seats) former Shoreditch premises of Rök and Emile (RIP). Part of the vogue for Americana-driven menus, Tim has developed a chilli-filled brioche ‘bombshell’ for his new venture. Each batch is three days in the making and – the coup de grâce – you inject your Chilibomb with a syringe of chilli-infused oil to get the level of heat that you desire.
Butcher & Brew - N1
Steaks & grills
  London
This craft beer and butchery shop (sibling to a Streatham spot) has an open rear terrace for outdoor dining; once fully open, it will offer a small plates menu.
Native at Browns - W1K
British, Modern
  London
Having escaped Borough for Osea Island last year, Imogen Davis and Ivan Tisdall-Downes are returning to London to set up a Native restaurant in the new Browns Brook Street store. It will continue to uphold the zero-waste, ethical, sustainable, seasonal cuisine of the original, and is offering dine at home kits until restaurants re-open.
The Red Duck - SW12
Chinese
  London
Opened during Lockdown #3 in Balham, this Cantonese operation comes from an Alan Yau protege, Chi San. Operating initially as takeaway only, it hopes to open as a sit-in restaurant once lockdown restrictions are eased: 2th April for their terrace, 17th May for indoor dining. The menu is focused on Chinese classics, free from flavour enhancers or additives. Also, low intervention and organic wines.
Heritage - SE21
Indian
  London
Fine-dining Indian from executive chef Dayashankar Sharma, who is head chef at Grand Trunk Road and has worked at Tamarind and Zika in his 30-year career. Expect regional small plates and Indian-inspired cocktails; opening Spring 2021.
Elliot's - E8
British, Modern
  London
A sibling for the Borough Market restaurant and natural wine bar; originally due to open in February 2021; open now for delivery ("small plates, pizza, dessert and wine") until building work finishes in May.
Panadera Bakery - NW1
Filipino
  London
From the owners of 'dirty' ice cream parlour Mamasans, Florence Mae Magnaloc and Omar Shah, a Filipino bakery. Breads, sandos and dessert-based drinks.
Butta Burger - EH2
Burgers, etc
  Edinburgh
Currently delivery and takeaway only, this new burger joint, which bastes the inside of their burgers with their own seasoned butter, opened mid-lockdown in January 2021.
ELD Pizza - E2
Pizza
  London
Currently only open for takeaway, with delivery (and onsite dining) coming when it can, the British/Swedish team from of extreme smokers from Lagom have opened this wood-fired pizzeria-and-more on the site of Bong Bong's Manila Kanteen (which is itself still operating as a click-and-collect / delivery outlet).
Chic'n Wing - W11
Chicken
  London
This new Notting Hill spot believes that "there aren't many things in life that a bucket of fried chicken wings can't solve".
Jan
Cin Cin - W1
Italian
  London
The 25-seat terrace of small this Fitzrovia corner-site – previously Bonnie Gull (RIP) – opened first at this April 2021 newcomer: the first spin-off from the well-known Brighton duo of the same name. The outside is actually a bigger space than the tightly-packed 20-seat interior, open a month or so later. Later the layout may become more like its Brighton stablemates, with more counter seating. The menu – with homemade pasta, small plates and perhaps some emphasis on fish – will also echo its Brighton siblings.
Flower Burger - W1T
Vegan
  London
Taking over from Herman ze German (RIP) is a vegan burger concept that originated in Milan in 2016, known for its colourful buns (see picture!). The interior is reportedly as bright as the buns, and there's a fully heated and covered terrace.
Bronx Burger Co - BS8
Burgers, etc
  Bristol
Launched during the 2021 lockdown for delivery and takeaway, Bronx (on the former site of Wellbourne, RIP) comes from chef Matthew Demichele, who previously ran a pizzeria in Corsham for 15 years.
The Fox Inn - DT2
British, Modern
  Corscombe
Mr Ji - W1D
Taiwanese
  London
Taiwanese fried chicken is the order of the day at Mr Ji's, which started a few years ago as a stall in Camden; this bricks and mortar branch opened in January 2021, with a little help from the team behind cult favourite Ta Ta Eatery.
EggRun - EC3R
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Similar to the Eggslut brand, this new City restaurant - opening in March 2021 but already delivering via Deliveroo - offers a range of eggs in buns. The company hope to open over a dozen branches in the next few years.
Dec
The Italians - W1G
Italian
  London
From the Chiswick deli of the same name, a wine bar and bistro serving an all-Italian wine list and food, with aperitivo on offer every evening.
Sumi - W11
Japanese
  London
Endo Kazutoshi – the man behind White City’s super-swish sushi mecca, Endo at Rotunda – was to open this Notting Hill sushi haunt in December 2020, before COVID-19 scuppered his plans. At first, he's just opened it for click and collect.
Nadu - BS1
Sri Lankan
  Bristol
Delayed by lockdowns but now open, this Sri Lankan and Tamil restaurant in Stokes (on the former site of Msa + Mezcal) Croft comes from the team behind Clifton's Nutmeg.

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