Not sure about you but we can’t quite believe how quickly October has flaunted by! But, much to our delight, the city has seen a few wonderful restaurants popping up and making a name for themselves. From seafood specialities to sensational salad bars, we’ve rounded up eight of our favourite restaurants which hit the city this October…
Looking for a new sustainable restaurant to add to your list? Say hello to Wilder, the all-new restaurant sourcing a 100% of their produce from the British Isles, with as much local as possible. McLellan has partnered with restaurateur Sir Terence Conran opening his first solo venture down in the basement of east London institution, Boundary London. As the name suggests, each dish will include a wild element – many of which McLellan foraged himself! On the menu expect to find: bread cracker with carrot emulsion and carrot oil; venison, beets, elderberries and rye; and meadowsweet with white chocolate and fig leaf oil.
Following an extensive refurbishment, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught reopened this October, and boy, is it looking beautiful! If you’re after an evening to remember, book yourself in at the newly installed Chef’s Table. You’ll find glorious bespoke Matteo Gonet lamps dazzling on the customised pink, marble tabletop, surrounded by plush armchairs. The menu has also received a glistening update, with each meal starting with a seasonal consommé to cleanse your palette to begin the dining experience.
The magnificent duo behind Tart London, Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison, and founder of Lock Studios, Tom Warren have launched the newest neighbourhood resto you need on your radar, and there’s no doubt the Insta-worthy dishes will help you dazzle away your following. You can expect Lucy and Jemima’s signature wholesome fare making its way on the menu. A little favourite of ours is their mushroom tortellini with fermented shiitake dashi, celeriac and Sichuan oil. Alongside the Wild by Tart resto will be a bar, deli, juice and coffee kiosk, retail store, events space and photography studio (wowee, that’s a mouthful!).
Tucked in the heart of London’s West End, Haymarket Wine House offers the perfect hideout for a pre or post-theatre evening. Alongside the global wines, a simple French inspired menu will be on offer. The chef’s specialty is the ‘Butlers’ steak’, best served with a choice of Béarnaise, green peppercorn or their signature ‘house secret’ sauce. And, of course, you can’t go wrong with a little mid-week wine and cheese night. Go grab yourself a table!
Seafood and wine? Utter perfection. Which is why we can’t tell you how excited we are about the newly launched Lyon’s Seafood and Wine Bar! The resto focuses on exceptional, sustainable seafood from the British Isles and sheds a light on showcasing independent wine producers. The menu is decided by the fresh catch of the day boats, with much of it cooked over charcoal added another layer of flavour.
Helping to raise London’s vegan game is Unity Diner, London’s leading 100% vegan and non-profit diner and bar, founded by vegan activist and enthusiast Ed Winters. And, if you thought all vegans ate was a plate of leafy greens, think again. Unity Diner helps push the boundaries of vegan cooking, with every from prawn tempura (how?!) to ‘chikken’ satay skewers, burgers to hot dogs. Delicious!
Say goodbye to your soggy lunchtime sarnies and hello to the salad bowl of dreams! Atis are here helping to serve up hearty made-to-order bowls right in the heart of Old Street roundabout, with options for vegans, veggies and meat-dwellers.
If you’re looking for a little rural retreat, head out into the rolling hills of the Kent countryside and to Squerryes Winery’s new restaurant. Being a vineyard, you can expect a whole lotta fruity sparkling wine making an appearance at the dinner table. The Dining Room itself will overlook a scenic view over part of the 2,500 acre Squerryes estate, and will serve up an ensemble of seafood and shellfish, making it the perfect spot to enjoy an autumnal evening of wining and dining.
Sucker for a restaurant opening? Here’s the best of September!