Two very different hospitality businesses which share rustic-posh design values, a promise of locally sourced produce and a passion for the porcine are making their first forays into pub ownership. In the Cotswolds, the shabby-chic Pig hotel group founded by Robin Hutson will next month open The Village Pub in Barnsley, outside Cirencester, in the […]

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The team behind Medlar in Chelsea are to launch their first follow-up restaurant this summer. Cornus will occupy the top floor with rooftop terrace of the Ice Factory, a repurposed early Victorian industrial building in Belgravia’s Eccleston Yards. Chef Joe Mercer Nairne and his co-owner David O’Connor opened Medlar in 2011, and it is one […]

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An Italian steakhouse from Lecce in Puglia has opened a London branch in Chelsea – with little in the way of introduction or promotion. Tabisca has taken over a site near Sloane Square long occupied by Como Lario, and more recently by short-lived restaurants Liv and 1771. Tabisca’s menu showcases a selection of Italian raw and […]

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Chelsea’s Enoteca Turi, famous for its list of Italian wines, has been acquired by a trio of industry professionals, allowing founders Giuseppe and Pam Turi to retire after 33 years at the helm. The new owners (pictured) are Dominic Ford (formerly Harvey Nichols restaurant & food director, and before that of L’Escargot) and Krishan Katyal […]

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Hong Kong-based restaurateur David Yeo is adding two Italian venues to his growing Aqua London portfolio this year – the informal Luci, which opened in Covent Garden last month, followed by Azzurra, a more upscale seafood specialist in Chelsea. Aqua already has six restaurants in London, covering cuisines from East Asia to Spain – Hutong and […]

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