July, it’s been a scorcher and not just because of the weather, there’s been a whole host of new restaurants and bars opening, from new sky high bars in the Gherkin and bakeries in Marylebone to Indian restaurants in Kingston. Here are the best new openings to check out this month.
Clapham saw the opening of Manifesto this month, a new seasonal pizzeria with pizzas starting at just £6. Using the best ingredients, flour will be sourced from Molino Pasini who have been producing flour for over eighty years under the same family whilst mozzarella comes from Puglia. The menu is succinct, just six pizzas and one gourmet special each week, just two red wines, two whites and one prosecco and no pudding (which we’re a little devastated by), of course it’s all about quality not quantity.
A Pick 'n Mix of Cuisine
If you’re an advocate for food-well-travelled, or if you find choosing whether to have an Indian or Chinese takeaway more challenging than rocket science, then new Deptford restaurant Isla Ray is the nomad-enticing, food conglomeration you need to try. Owner Rachael Dalton-Loveland has taken inspo from a range of places she’s visited across the globe, including Melbourne, to create a diverse menu created, as she describes, “through inspiration of places I have visited around the world and this is a medley of all my favourite.” Rachael’s menu of choice consists of salad bowls, meze plates filled with falafel, hummus, feta, bread and olives, and plates of cured meats, cheeses, pickles and bread. Open sandwiches are also on offer with crusty sourdough concoctions that include brie and crushed walnuts with rosemary and maple syrup and Salmon, creme mascarpone and capers.
Casa do Frango brings a new style of Portuguese cooking to London, it specialises in regional Algarvian-style piri piri chicken ‘frango’ cooked over wood charcoal using traditional techniques which are deceivingly simple. Alongside the chicken you’ll find grilled chorizo, octopus rice, grilled vegetables in piri piri and for pudding, Portugal’s famous custard tarts, chocolate mousse and almond tart.
Boutique Townhouse Hotel
The Montcalm Hotel Group has just launched a new generation of boutique townhouse hotels, the first being The Chilworth. Making it’s home in a Georgian townhouse just a stroll from Hyde Park, the hotel is elegant but informal, mixing classical period features with modern designs. Keeping wellbeing at the forefron they have their own wellbeing ambassador, urban spa, yoga suite and even a pillow menu!
Harvey Nics Make Over Their Fifth Floor Bar
Harvey Nicks, Knightsbridge’s most chic emporium is about to reopen their fifth floor bar, aptly called the Fifth Floor Bar, and it looks pretty stunning: expect to see Ab Fab’s Patsy louchely lounging on a soft suede sofa ordering another glass of Champagne.
Closed for nearly a month, Knightsbridge residents have just had to cool their high heels waiting for their favourite drinks spot to be refurbished, but it was surely worth it as the new design is sophisticated and timeless. Working with design agency Keane Clarkson they’ve brought in a new colour scheme of earthy tones with muted shades of pinks and greys. Look forward to metallic, soft suede and raw steel furnishings. To go with the new look, Harvey Nichols Bar Manager, Sophie Bratt, has updated the drinks list with new wines and craft beers as well as a selection of London-inspired cocktails.
Caravan-To-Go’s Takeaway Treats
Introducing Caravan-To-Go, an expansion of the takeout offer that the empire of Caravan restaurants offer. The concept will be introduced at the new restaurant in Fitzrovia, located in Yalding House, or for the music buffs, the old BBC Radio 1 recording headquarters. Re-create pre-work Parisian coffee and croissant culture by sampling a freshly baked good from their flagship coffee roastery. The roastery will serve up all things breakfast-goals, from rye IPA coffee cream croissants to coddled egg, miso sweet potato mash and chive butter pots. The grandiose and quirky new location certainly doesn’t hold hands with the restaurant’s name, with an intriguing record room in the basement available for hire with a sideboard of treats and a dedicated bartender.
A Celebration of Feasting, Food and Family
David S Levin has always dreamed of opening his own restaurant, over the years he has perfected his skills cooking for family and friends and now the time has come for him to open the doors to Tish, a contemporary kosher restaurant and bar serving up Jewish heritage family favourites. Opening in Belsize Park, the restaurant will be serving up a dairy-free menu of both classic and modern dishes such as Challah French toast with pear compote and maple syrup and Tish chicken schnitzel with roasted fingerling potatoes, peppers and caper berries. Head there on a Friday night or Saturday lunch time and you’ll find that they are celebrating the Jewish day of Shabbat with special prixe-fixe menus and family style feasting.
The Ned's 17th Bar!
The Ned doesn’t hold back, why have one restaurant when you can have nine? And why have sixteen bars when you can have seventeen? That’s right,The Ned is going that bit further with the opening of the Library bar, their seventeenth bar. Taking up residence on the ground floor by Cecconi’s, the bar will seat 18 guests in a space that emulates the 1930s with old-world club chairs, a bar clad in oxblood leather panelling and retro cocktail books. To drink you’ll find over 30 Champagnes, a martini trolley that will be wheeled from table to table to serve up bespoke blends to order and cocktails. Cocktails are divided into vintage, inspired by drinks from the early 1800s made using rare spirits and vintage vermouths sourced from the 1950s onwards and house cocktails.
The Gherkin's Restaurant Opens to the Public
The Gherkin, it’s had competition from the ridiculous shape of the Walkie Talkie and the cool Shard, but now it is reasserting its self as it opens a new dining and bar concept – the Helix restaurant and Iris bar.
Daniel Loftin (previously head chef at Royal House London and Peninsula Restaurant) will take up the role of Executive Chef at Helix, putting seasonal and local produce at its centre. Salmon will come directly from John Ross Jr, holders of the Queen’s warrant in Scotland, fruit and vegetables are all sourced from the UK and meat comes locally from some of the UK’s finest farms. Highlights include English green asparagus with Dorset crab, grapefruit, soy and sesame and Rhug Estate Welsh lamb. In a first for the Gherkin, they’ll be saying goodbye to their members-only club and making it Iris, a bar open to the public, hurrah. It’s a new sky-high spot where we can drink English sparkling wine and cocktails.
Gazelle Leaps into Mayfair
Good minds think alike, especially if you’re chef Rob Roy Cameron and drinks specialist Tony Conigliaro. The two hospitality hotshots opened their Mayfair restaurant Gazelle, wrapped in an Edwardian building brimming with personality in Mayfair. If you’ve ever tuned into a spot of David Attenborough and witnessed a stint on gazelles, you’ll know they’re a rather sleek and elegant creature. In championing this vibe and corresponding with its name, the restaurant too will play host to a private members club vibe, set amongst two natural light flooded storeys.
Dan Doherty Takes Over a Marylebone Pub
Dan Doherty the previous executive chef of Duck & Waffle is going it alone with The Royal Oak pub in Marylebone.
The staple pub is to open temporarily with Dan at the helm and showcase a short bar menu before closing later on this year for a full-blown refurb. Exciting stuff. The temp menu features an array of Doherty inspired dishes, with a plug at the seasonal and quality produce from the British Isles. So, whether it be cheese from La Fromagerie or smoked salmon from Secret Smokehouse you’re craving, or even both, then The Royal Oak has got your back.
Live Life on the Wild Side
We’re lusting over Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis’ new restaurant Native, not only for their great food but because of the super sustainable concept behind it all. The menu begins with each chef creating a snack offering from offcuts, so this includes radish tops or grain husks. So, instead of throwing it away they’re creating something pretty special. What’s more, Borough market is a wander away so the chefs head down there every morning to peruse the goods, ready for your plates later that day. Greedily spanning the UK with their sourcing of ingredients, there’s fish from Dorset’s coasts, venison from South Downs and game shot in Yorkshire on offer.
Boxcar’s Back with a Bakery in Marylebone
Boxcar is like that friendly neighbour that takes your parcels when you’re out and invites you round for a cuppa. Reliable, part of the neighbourhood and not going anywhere fast. That’s why we’re so glad Boxcar Butcher and Grill was a success, because it means we now get to experience the goods of their new baker and deli opening in Marylebone.
This month, Boxcar’s Baker Store and Deli has thrown its doors open to reveal goodies galore. Again, playing to that cosy neighbourhood vibe there will be homemade goods that you’ll not only know, but love (we’re sure). As well as Swedish-inspired pastries and locally-sourced groceries.
Hoxton’s First On-Site Brewery
Brewhouse & Kitchen is Hoxton’s first on-site craft brewery and pub – an exciting new-comer in a sea of coveted Hoxton hot-spots. The space features exposed brick, two seated bar-spaces and oh, did we mention? A tonne of seasonal craft beers, brewed on-site. Whilst your usual follow-up to a few beers might be the nearest greasy kebab, Brewhouse & Kitchen prefers to keep things classy with a summer menu that offers seasonal beer pairing suggestions and a whole host of vegan and vegetarian options.
Flora, Fauna and Phileas Fogg
Introducing Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals in Fitzrovia, a mish mash of plants and herbs and spices thrown together for guests to enjoy in sensory journey form. Yep, that’s right, much like old Phileas himself, you’ll be perusing the plant landscape, having a sniff and a stare at botanicals brought home by Fogg on his Around the World in 80 Days voyage.
The latest project from Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling’s Inception Group, the location will be alive with whisperings of natural light and accentuated with plants, plants and more plants. Unsurprising, given the name? Both floors will see guests lift cocktails to their lips with drinks inspired by Mr Fogg’s botanical fancies; luscious leaves, spices and Amazonian plants. You’ll be as daring as Fogg if you feast on these drinks.
Rainforest Chic Hits Kensington
Founded by Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi, the restaurant will bring Latin American dishes to West London thanks to their not-so-secret weapon, Head Chef Francisco Lafee. Lafee has experience working at in Michelin star level restaurants in South America and London, including Barrafina, El Celler de Can Roca and Martin Berasategui, and has put together a menu of sharing dishes combining Argentinian, Mexican and Peruvian cuisine to create a Latin American feast.
From a colourful plate of Zuaya Ceviche (wild turbot infused with raspberry, orange, pink grapefruit, physalis and leche de tigre) a Purple Taco (18-hour slow cooked lamb neck with ras el hanout spices, smoked cinnamon pineapple and coriander) the menu reads like a Mouth Watering For Dummies how-to book.
The Riverside Restaurant That’s Going To Spice Up Kingston
Sleepy Kingston on Thames could probably do with a little spicing up, right? Well now it will, as Indian restaurant Chakra opens its second restaurant, right in the centre of Kingston.
Kensington has been good to Chakra, the Indian restaurant has built up a loyal following and the food is some of the best Indian cuisine in London, so the perfect time for a second version. And with Kingston prime for the taking, they’ve brought things to the river. Bringing with them a team of Indian chefs at the extensive lunch and evening menus will include some of Chakra’s most popular dishes like their lamb rogan josh, their signature Kashmiri lamb with ginger, chilli, saffron and whole spices and their vegan-friendly Chakra channa.