We love a NKOTB so we’re always on the hunt for new and exciting openings across London. Here’s what we recommend having on your radar.


Opened in April 2016

Walter and MontyWalter and Monty

When? Beginning of April 2016

What is it? Walter & Monty presents their version of charcoal cooking: gutsy street-food in style and unrivalled in taste, here the best quality meat and fish is marinated in exotic elixirs that give a nod to the vibrant flavours of the East but cooked, delivered and executed very much to Western tastes.

Who’s behind it? Former trader and street-food veteran Alex Kaye and Head Chef Nick Ross who has trained and worked alongside culinary greats including the two Michelin Starred Daniel Boulud and Scott Conant.

Size? 30 covers

What’s on the Menu? On the Grill expect to see Walter & Monty’s famous Summer Tales Beef Picanha : top sirloin sourced from London’s best meat market Smithfield, as well as butterflied Leg of Lamb marinated in mint, garlic and lemon. Serving choices are simple; enjoy it wrapped in a flatbread warmed on the grill or straight up with rice and salad and don’t forget your choice of house sauce on the side (choose from no less than six) which range from a flaming Scotch Bonnet to a more mellow Feta and Garlic.

Walter and Monty are also serving a selection of at least five different salads, all will be bulging with colour and taste making them a feast for the eyes and tummy; think Beans and Peas Salad (kidney beans, chickpeas, coco beans, lentils, fava beans, French beans, red onion, diced fennel, black olive, feta cheese, and oregano vinaigrette) as well as Cauliflower Salad (50% roasted cauliflower, 50% deep fried cauliflower, brown butter croutons, crispy pancetta, shaved parmesan cheese, cumin vinaigrette).

Bookings? 50% booking; 50% walk in

Soft Opening? TBC

Contact: Walter and Monty – 6 Bury Court, London, EC3A 8EP. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Walter and Monty London


 

Opened in February 2016

The Cocktail Trading Company, Brick Lane

When? February 26, 2016

What is it? One of London’s most exciting bar brands, The Cocktail Trading Company, is moving from its hugely successful temporary site in Soho to a brand new permanent home in the heart of East London, in mid February 2016.

Who’s behind it? CTC Brick Lane is the latest project from award winning bartenders Andy Mil, Olly Brading and Elliot Ball, the young and highly innovative team who launched their first venture in January 2015, and have since then enjoyed success with CTC Smithfield and Her Majesty’s Secret Service, in Bristol.

Size? 80ish, the interiors of the venue will combine a mixture of urban and luxury décor; rustic stone flooring, beautiful wood panelled ceilings and an array of quintessentially British artwork.

What’s on the menu?

Featuring a 400 strong back bar, CTC Brick Lane will focus on unusual and rare spirits from around the world. From German whisky and cola liquor, the extraordinarily rare spirits include a bottle of 1800’s Buchi Leaf Gin, the globally diverse bar will offer something for everyone. An in-house distillery will also be in place, allowing the creative bar team to produce their own bespoke spirits, which can then be incorporated into the cocktails.

Newly Open: The Cocktail Trading Company - Shoreditch, LondonNewly Open: The Cocktail Trading Company - Shoreditch, London

The highly creative cocktail menu has been specially designed to highlight some of life’s touchstone moments, creating a sense of nostalgia and amusement between consumers. From the ‘Spilt Milk’ to the ‘ApairOTeef’, the inspired cocktails reminisce life’s universally relatable milestones, in the brand’s perfected tongue-in-cheek style. Cardamom-pear infusion, guava-pink peppercorn syrup, and tobacco and rose essence are just a few of the unique concoctions that will be created in the CTC Kitchen, and incorporated into the drinks.

Bookings? No

Contact: The Cocktail Trading Company – 68 Bethnal Green Road E1 6GQ. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Monday-Wednesday 4-11.30pm, Thursday – Saturday 4-12:00am, Sunday – 4-10.30pm


 

‘Django Bango’ the Old West Pop UpDjango Bango

When? 19th Feb, running every Friday and Saturday until 2nd April

What is it? Wild West pop-up ‘Django Bango’ is coming to Whitechapel. Made entirely of wood, Django Bango is a bona fide buckaroo town with sprawling multi-storey buildings and dusty streets; complete with a Saloon Bar, creaky church confessional and the risk of jail time for any outlaws.

Who’s behind it? Three old friends Vivienne Errington-Barnes, Wenny Armstrong, and Sorcha Harriman-Smith

What’s on the Menu? Old West style offering including:

  • Nachos, guac, salsa, Django Bango cheese sauce, fresh jalapeños
  • 10 hour roasted hog carved in the square, brioche bap, slaw, Django Bango sauces
  • Cowboy con carne, warm cornbread, slaw
  • Veggie gumbo, warm cornbread, slaw
  • Oreo Crodough Wagon Wheel
  • PBJ Crodough Wagon Wheel

Bookings? Yes – Here.

Contact: Django Bango – 22 – 36 Raven Row. Whitechapel, London, E1 2EG. Ph. +44 (0)7791292202. FacebookTwitterInstagram.

Django Bango


Native - Covent GardenNative

When? Early February 2016

What is it? Native is a new restaurant that will specialise in game, wild food and rare breeds, focusing on the robust and distinctive flavours found when raiding Britain’s wild larder.

Who’s behind it? Native was co-founded by Imogen Davis and Chef-Patron Ivan Tisdall-Downes. They ran supper clubs before launching Native and Ivan Tisdall-Downes worked at Jascots Wine Merchants and River Cottage HQ.

Size? Capacity of 30.

What’s on the Menu? Their signature dishes include Wood Pigeon Kebab and Southern Fried Rabbit. With starters and desserts from £5 and mains from £11, examples from the menu include:

  • Braised Chicory, Walnut, Buttermilk
  • Raw Sussex Venison, Treacle Cured Pheasant Egg, Hayonnaise
  • Charred Cauli, Rye Bay Scallop, Tentsuyu Broth, Pennywort
  • Confit Trout, Wood Ear Speltotto, Bone Marrow
  • Pigeon, Liquorice Ash, Artichoke Puree, Pickled Turnips
  • Pickled Pear, Winter Cress, Lord of the Hundreds

Bookings? Yes 

Soft Opening? Soft Launch Offerings:

2 courses -£10

3 coures- £20

Dish & drinks (lunch time only)- £10

Chef’s Table

Monday- Wednesday (commencing week 2)

(Pre theatre 60 minute menu – Native’s chef table tasting menu)

5 course for £35 or £55 with drinks pairing for each course. Counter-side seating, served directly by chef while you watch and interact whilst food is prepared in front of you.

First seating at 5:00pm; Second seating 6:15pm.

Contact: Native – 3 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DP. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Monday – Sunday. Lunch 11.30 – 14.30. Dinner 17.00 – 22.30.

Native - Covent Garden


 

Opened in December

Kanada-Ya, Panton Street Kanada-Ya, Panton Street 

When? December 7, 2015

What is it? Specialising in authentic Tonkotsu ramen, this is their 2nd London site.

Who’s behind it? The brand was founded by Kanada Kazuhiro in Yukuhashi, Japan, back in 2009.

Size? Seating up to 56 covers over 2 floors (ground and basement).

What’s on the Menu? Kanada-Ya’s signature ramen consists of noodles, Tonkotsu broth, secret sauce (imported from the original restaurant, and hand-made by Mr. Kanada), wood ear fungus mushroom (kikurage), finely sliced spring onion, chashu pork belly and a sheet of nori.

Variations include a Moyashi ramen, which introduces blanched beansprouts into the mix, and Chashu Men ramen, which replaces the standard chashu pork belly with large slices of the meatier chashu pork collar. The Panton Street site also offers new dishes: chicken karaage and Japanese spicy kale.

Bookings? The restaurant includes two bookable tables for groups of 5-7 people, available through a dedicated WhatsApp profile on 07886666663.

Contact: Kanada-Ya Panton Street – 3 Panton Street London, SW1Y 4DL. Ph. 02079303511. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, 6 days a week from 12pm-3pm; 5pm-10:30pm.

Kanada-Ya, Panton Street


 

Opened in November

Dirty Burger - Exmouth Market, LondonDirty Burger

When? December 3, 2015

What is it?  Iconic London Burger Restaurant

Who’s behind it? Soho House.

Size? Smallish but you should take advantage of the Dirty Bar while visiting.

What’s on the Menu? Dirty Burger serves sinful shakes, cheeseburgers, Dirty Bacon and vegetarian Dirty Cop-out burgers with crinkle cut and onion fries. The basement is home to their little secret – the Dirty Bar.

The menu at Dirty Bar has been specially designed by Thomas Solberg, a filthily talented Norwegian mixologist with a reputation for putting the dirtiest takes on classic cocktails.

It features such headliners as the Kitchen Sink Martini with lillet and mushroom & oyster leaf tincture and the Pharmaceutical, a spin on the espresso martini using an instant coffee-based syrup. Burger lovers will be queuing up for the Coal Crusta, a smoking take on the crusta with Amer Picon and a coconut charcoal rim. Finally, no Dirty Bar menu would be complete without a bloody mary. Using a burger stock spiced with Jagermeister, and garnished with pickled egg, beetroot, cucumber and mushrooms, the DBX Bloody Mary is quite rightly a bit of a beast. So come downstairs for a stiff one from the Dirty Burger team. 

Bookings? Walk ins only

Contact: Dirty Burger – 17 Exmouth Market London EC1R 4QD. Ph. Ph: 0203 350 3474. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 11pm; Friday-Saturday: 12pm-12am; Sunday: 12pm – 10pm.

Dirty Burger - Exmouth Market, London


 

Hot Booze Pop Up - Hoxton, LondonHot Booze

When? December 4, 2015

What is it? A pop-up bar in Hoxton serving grown-up hot drinks.

Who’s behind it? Mia Lane and Matt Biss are old school buddies who’ve dreamed of leaving the daily grind to launch their own temple to hot booze. Mia is a TV creative and part-time comedienne and Matt is an events producer and cocktail fanatic.

Size? 40

What’s on the Menu? The 12 Hot Boozes of Christmas. They include:

RED HOT WINE – Hot merlot with port, orange, spices and fresh cranberries.
CHOCOLATE SALTY BOOZE – Salted caramel hot chocolate with dark rum, cream and salty sprinkles.
HOT MOMMA’S RUIN – Warm cloudy apple and elderflower with early grey tea, gin and cinnamon
HOT TWINKLE – Cinnamon schnapps and triple sec with warming ginger ale and bitters.
PEANUT BUTTER RUM – Spiced peanut butter with dark rum, fresh cream and biscuit sprinkles.
HOT POP – Our new favourite. This neon delight features Southern Comfort, grenadine, orange juice and popping candy.

They’re also serving bottled beers, spirits and mixers and bar snacks. All of our Hot Booze drinks are available alcohol free too.

Bookings? No

Contact: Hot Booze – 93 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E2 8AG. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Tues-Thurs: 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sun: 3pm-11pm; Mon: Closed

Final day of opening: Sunday 20th Dec.

Hot Booze Pop Up - Hoxton, London


 

BAOZI - London FieldsBAOZI

When? Every Saturday

What is it? East London’s newest Steamed Bun Bar.

Who’s behind it? 2 London School friends, Chris and Pablo.

Size? Max capacity 50.

What’s on the Menu? Taiwanese style steamed buns, filled with Braised Pork Belly, Panko Fried Chicken, Barbequed Pork Chop or Seasoned Tofu. All fillings also available as a Rice Box. Plus a special Desert Bao, served with chocolate and strawberries.

Bookings? Yes via their Facebook page

Contact: Baozi – 274 Richmond Road, E8 3Qw. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: 7pm-11pm every Saturday.

BAOZI - London Fields


 

Papilles at The BrewPapilles at The Brew

When? November 24, 2015

What is it? Papilles’ Pop-Up Wine Bar hits the drinking scene in Old Street with a selection of #FRAPAS (French Tapas) and excellent value for money wines from French winemakers worldwide.

Who’s behind it? Husband and wife team Anne Roque and Jonathan Dupont. Papilles is the realisation of a long awaited dream to open their own business in the hospitality industry. The couple met fourteen years ago when Jonathan hired Anne for position of sommelier at a four star hotel outside of Bristol. Since then, the couple have moved from hotel to hotel before settling in London in 2008. Both Anne and Jonathan studied at catering school in France before moving to the UK to work in hospitality. Jonathan has worked at Quaglinos Restaurant as head sommelier and assistant manager, while Anne currently works as export manager for Advini UK and co-owner of Papilles at the Brew.

Size? 55 seats with plenty of standing room.

What’s on the Menu? Various types of #FRAPAS including Deluxe and regular options of cheeses sourced from local producer French-Comté in Borough Market, charcuterie ham from Nottingham forest, and crudité served with wine jelly, cornichons, and baguette accompaniments. In addition, hot bites such as Foie Gras served with toasted bread and plum & apple chutney, and baked Mont d’Or will be on offer throughout the month.

Wine selections will include Champagne SANGER, an exquisite boutique champagne produced by the students and teachers of the winemaking school in Avize, Château de Chambert, a full bodied matured wine from the Cahors, the birthplace of Malbec, and The Four Graces, a Pinot Blanc from Willamette Valley, California, produced by Laurent Montalieu of Médoc, France among others.

Wines are available in tasting flights of three or five wines 50ml each.  Papilles’ house wines start at £15 a bottle or £12 a 500ml carafe. Wines by the glass start at £3 per 125ml glass and £4 per 175ml glass.

Bookings? No

Pop Up? Open for November/December for 1 month only. 6pm – 11pm Monday to Friday.

Contact: Papilles at The Brew – 163 City Road. London EC1V 1NR. Ph. 07540 223 019. FacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Café open from 8:00 a.m.).

Papilles at The Brew


The Gibson When? November 20, 2015 What is it? Cocktail Bar Who’s behind it? Marian Beke – ex bar manager of Nightjar, Rusty Cerven – ex senior mixologist of The Connaught Bar Size? 35 seats, 5 bar seats, Designed by Helen Calle-Lin What’s on the Menu? Focus on Gibson martinis, pickles and tartares Bookings? Yes Contact: The Gibson - 44 Old Street, EC1V 9AQ, London. Ph. +44 20 7608 2774. Trading Hours: Mon – Thurs: 5pm – 1am; Fri – Sat: 5pm – 2am; Sun: Closed. The Gibson 

When? November 20, 2015

What is it? Cocktail Bar

Who’s behind it? Marian Beke – ex bar manager of Nightjar, Rusty Cerven – ex senior mixologist of The Connaught Bar

Size? 35 seats, 5 bar seats, Designed by Helen Calle-Lin

What’s on the Menu? Focus on Gibson martinis, pickles and tartares

Bookings? Yes

Contact: The Gibson – 44 Old Street, EC1V 9AQ, London. Ph. +44 20 7608 2774.

Trading Hours:   Mon – Thurs: 5pm – 1am; Fri – Sat: 5pm – 2am; Sun: Closed.

THE GIBSON


 

10492151_552802064823242_5270403951893284435_n Butlers Wharf Chop House

When? November 16, 2015

What is it? This is the return of The Butlers Wharf Chop House Bar. Those exploring the River Thames south bank will welcome back the Bar and its new no-frills menu where simple, delicious British fare takes centre stage.

Who’s behind it? D&D

Size? Boasting a spacious, heated terrace with unparalleled views of Tower Bridge and the City, The Butlers Wharf Chop House Bar & Grill is an ideal spot for after-work drinks or an informal date. Riding the capital’s gin trend, the bar’s mission is to keep it local and celebrate small-scale producers, including Jensen of Bermondsey.

What’s on the Menu? Simplicity is king and the menu presents all-time favourites such as Spiced parsnip soup, sippets and chives; Potted chicken livers, orange & port jelly, half pint tankard of shell on prawns; a heart-warming Cottage Pie or seasonal dishes including Cornish mackerel, roast pumpkin, caper & shallot dressing. For those who prefer a swifter bite, the Bar will also serve a Lunch Sandwich with free range chicken, watercress on granary and triple cooked chips or a Dry aged 200 gr. Scotch rump steak. There will also be a regularly changing set menu available priced exceptionally well at £12.50 for 2 courses and £15.50 for 3 courses

Contact: 36e Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE. Ph. 020 7403 3403. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram

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Below & Hidden ClubroomBelow & Hidden Clubroom

When? November 6, 2015

What is it? Tucked away beneath Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings in Clerkenwell is the Below & Hidden clubroom a brand new drinking and dancing den. A dark and secretive spot, this tapestry clad lair is open to partygoers late into the night. Guests will not have to leave their cosy table or interrupt their conversations to order a drink instead they will be invited to try bespoke bottled cocktails from the drinks cabinet. The hidden bar can be transformed from dark underground den into the ultimate dancefloor where LED lights pulse from floor to ceiling illuminating the beat of in house DJ sets.

Who’s behind it? Cocktail expert, Jim Wrigley is the brains and imagination behind this new subterranean bar. Bespoke bottled cocktails have been created by the expert mixologists at Bourne and Hollingsworth’s sister Fitzrovia venues Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar and Reverend J.W. Simpson.

Size? 50 people capacity

What’s on the Menu? A selection of seasonal bottled Cocktails.

Bookings? Tables, which seat 4-6 people must be booked in advance and come with a £200 minimum spend.

Contact: Below & Hidden Clubroom – 42 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HU. Ph. 0203 174 1156. WebsiteFacebookInstagram.

Trading Hours: Every Friday & Saturday 8pm-2am.

Below & Hidden Clubroom


Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Lobstershack - Canary Wharf, LondonBig Easy Bar.B.Q & Lobstershack

When? November 4, 2015

What is it? Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Lobstershack new 400-cover restaurant with additional outside terraces, bars, take-out / retail and nightly live entertainment open 18 hours a day.

Who’s behind it? Owner – Paul Corrett, Pitmaster –  Jared Male.

Size? Seats – 400cover, bar – 18 metre wraparound bar split,.

What’s on the Menu? Breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, live music, cocktails. You’ll find an oyster and raw bar as well as private dining rooms for those city folk who fancy a BBQ party. There will be an open kitchen, charcoal and wood parrilla style grilling and what they’re saying will be the biggest pit room in the UK – housing three two tonne US built smokers.

 

Bookings? Yes

Address: Big Easy Canary Wharf, Upper Level 1, Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR. Ph. 0203 841 8844. WebsiteFacebookTwitter.

Trading Hours: 7am – midnight 7 days a week.

Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Lobstershack - Canary Wharf, London


 

Machine No. 3

When? November 6, 2015

What is it? A brand new cocktail focused neighborhood bar.

Who’s behind it? Lauren and Antony Johns and Briac Le Camus, owners of The Three Compasses in Hornsey.

Size? 80 approx

What’s on the Menu? Cocktails such as the ‘Smoky Tommy’, the classic ‘Mr Collins’ or the mysterious ‘Black Feather’. You’ll also find locally sourced Cheese Boards and Charcuterie.

Bookings? Yes

Contact: Machine No. 3 – 271, Well Street, Homerton E9 6RG. FacebookInstagram.

Trading Hours: Sun – Wed: 5-11.30pm; Thursday: 5-12pm; Fri – Sat: 5 – 12:30 pm.

Newly Open: Machine No. 3 - Homerton, London


 

Grain + GreenGrain + Green

When? Early November 2015

What is it? Breakast, brunch, lunch. Eat in or takeaway. 

Grain + Green serve fresh, bold and delicious dishes that are free from wheat, dairy and refined sugar but still mouth wateringly tasty.  Their focus is on celebrating good quality, seasonal, whole ingredients to create the comfort of a kitchen away from home. The new healthy eating hub will also house a fitness studio. They want to create a unique concept where you can dine, work out, socialise and leave feeling amazing.

Who’s behind it?  Lily Simpson, founder of The Detox Kitchen.

Size? 35 seats.

They have created delicious sharing dishes, perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch. 

Grab & Go. 

The perfect lunch if you’re in a hurry, choose from a wide selection of salads and juices in our grab + go fridge. 

Salad and juice bar. 

Choose from our seasonal, vibrant bowls of tasty salads and mains, as well as a selection of muffins, cakes and fresh pressed juices.  

Studio by Grain + Green 

Grain + Green’s fitness studio will curate some of London’s most in demand fitness instructors. The intimate studio will also be home to pop-ups of some of the biggest names in the industry including Move Your Frame, Julie Montagu, That Girl and Xtend Barre. Classes will include yoga, meditation, HIIT, barre and dance.

What’s on the Menu? 

They have created delicious sharing dishes, perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch. 

Grab & Go. 

The perfect lunch if you’re in a hurry, choose from a wide selection of salads and juices in our grab + go fridge. 

Salad and juice bar. 

Choose from our seasonal, vibrant bowls of tasty salads and mains, as well as a selection of muffins, cakes and fresh pressed juices.  

Studio by Grain + Green 

Grain + Green’s fitness studio will curate some of London’s most in demand fitness instructors. The intimate studio will also be home to pop-ups of some of the biggest names in the industry including Move Your Frame, Julie Montagu, That Girl and Xtend Barre. Classes will include yoga, meditation, HIIT, barre and dance.

Bookings? Yes 

Soft Opening? November 11th 2015

Contact

Grain + Green: 10 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 3JJ. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Mon – Friday 7am – 8pm; Saturday 9am -6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Studio by Grain + Green 

Fitness classes Monday – Friday 

AM 6.30am > 7.15am 

AM 7.30am > 8.15am 

PM 6.30pm > 7.30pm

Grain + Green


Opened in October

PrintWringer & Mangle

When? October 27, 2015

What is it? A 250-cover bar and restaurant. Guests will be able to enjoy the great outdoors all year round, with the attractive courtyard kept warm by a fire pit and seven foot smoker.

Who’s behind it? Owner – Gerry Calabrese who also owns Hoxton Gin & The Hoxton Pony. Top chef, Oisin Coyle (Terroirs, D&D’s Skylon)

Size? A 250-cover bar and restaurant

What’s on the Menu? Sunday ‘build you own roast’. Afternoon tea.

Bookings? Yes

Soft Opening? 27th October – 31st October

ContactWringer & Mangle – The Laundry Building, 2-18 Warburton Road, London E8 3FN. WebsiteInstagram.

Wringer & Mangle


Flight ClubFlight Club

When? October 26, 2015

What is it? On the corner of the City and Shoreditch lies Flight Club, the home of Social Darts. Where classic pub meets fairground flair, real-time scoring invented by a rocket scientist, great food and drinks, Flight Club is the perfect professional playground.

Who’s behind it? Flight Club is the brainchild of Steve Moore and Paul Barham, two adventurers turned entrepreneurs who joined forces with industry heavy-weight Adam Breeden, co-founder of Bounce and All Star Lanes, to create a new social entertainment concept. The trio also enlisted alittle scientific magic from aerospace engineer Jason Dale, and some digital gaming expertise from specialists Remo, to launch social darts into the stratosphere.

Size? The venue has a capacity of 380 over two floors and has been designed by the award-winning creatives at Russell Sage Studios, best known for Dishoom, The Savoy and Zetter Townhouse.

What’s on the Menu? An eclectic mix of innovative sharing plates, combining twists on classic dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients. A play on your culinary senses.

Bookings? Yes. Booking is advised but one oche will be available for walk-ins apart from when there’s a private party.

ContactFlight Club, 2a Worship Street, London EC2A 2AH. Ph. 0203 019 3093. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading HoursSunday – Wednesday 11am – 12pm; Thursday 11am – 12:30pm; Friday & Saturday 11am – 1am.

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Barrio Soho

When? October 19, 2015

What is it? Barrio Central has recently re-launched as Barrio Soho following an exciting refurbishment project, offering a delicious new Mexican-centric food menu and a mouth watering cocktail list, all whilst retaining the live music and party vibes for which the bar has become so popular.

Who’s behind it? Ferdie Ahmed is the successful entrepreneur behind the much-loved Barrio Bars. The newly appointed Group Head Chef, Ernesto Pavia is originally from Peru. Pavia embarked upon his career in Argentina and he has honed his expertise internationally working in a three Michelin star restaurant in France, Argentinian steakhouses Garufa and Garufin, and more recently as Head Chef of London’s celebrated Bubbledogs. His menu at Barrio Soho sees Pavia return to the authentic Latin American food of his roots and his enthusiasm for this cuisine is reflected in the exuberant honest flavours of the menu.

Size? 60 upstairs, 100 downstairs with House of Hackney wallpaper

What’s on the Menu? Featuring everything from yellow mole to yucca and tiger’s milk, Pavia’s newly devised menu offers the intense flavours and authentic ingredients of Mexican cooking. Designed with the relaxed atmosphere of Barrio Soho in mind, the menu comprises an assortment of snacks, small plates, tacos and sharing platters; ideal for enjoying with friends and perfect for the indecisive diner.

Bookings? Yes

Contact: Bario Soho – 6 Poland Street, Soho. Ph. 020 3230 1002. WebsiteFacebookTwitter.

Trading Hours: Tuesday4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m; Wednesday4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m; Thursday4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m, Friday4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m; Saturday3:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m; Sunday3:00 – 11:00 p.m; Monday4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

barrio soho


Sutton and SonsSutton and SonsSutton and Sons 

When? October 14, 2015.

What is it? Stoke Newington’s finest fish and chip offering has expanded with a third site opening on the emerging Essex Road in Islington. Their freshly caught, handpicked fish direct from Sutton & Sons Fishmongers in N16 is coated with their own special batter and served with hand-cut chunky chips.

Who’s behind it? Husband and wife duo, Danny and Hana Sutton have been serving East Londoners traditional top-notch deep-fried fish delivered fresh from their own fishmongers for the past few years to much great acclaim.

Size? Restaurant and take away size

What’s on the Menu? As well as traditional staples of fish & chips, scampi, fish cakes or sausages for lunch or dinner – the restaurant will also serve up a grilled catch of the day, tuna burger, lobster sub, grilled oysters and moules marinière. Plus, look out for Mrs Sutton’s home-made pickles and desserts – her sticky toffee pudding is a must-have.

Bookings? No, just turn up!

Contact: Sutton and Sons: 356 Essex Road, London N1 3PD. Ph. 020 7359 1210. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Monday to Thursday – 12pm to 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday – 12pm to 10:30pm, Sunday – 12:30pm to 9:30pm.

Sutton and Sons


 

Wazen LondonWazen

When? October 12, 2015

What is it? An authentic Japanese neighbourhood restaurant, serving beautifully presented, traditionally cooked, high quality cuisine at a price that will ensure regular visits from Japanese food lovers alike.

Who’s behind it? Head chef Toshimasa Tanahashi who has 30 years experience working in Japanese restaurants Matsuri in St James, Kyubi at the Arts Club in Mayfair and Kouzu in Belgravia. Front of house is headed by Kenichiro Urata who most recently led the team at cult central ramen restaurant, Kanada – Ya.

Size? Seats 40

What’s on the Menu? Extensive choice of Japanese starters, shasimi, tempura, sushi rolls and mains. Most notable dishes include Spicy tune tartare, Chicken kakinotane, stone bass with tomato ume and yuzu shio ponzu.

Bookings? Yes.

Contact: Wazen – 2 Acton Street, London, WC1X9NA. Ph. 020 7436 1408. WebsiteTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Lunch: Monday – Friday. 12:00 – 15:30; Dinner: Monday – Saturday. 18:00 – 23:00.

Wazen London


The Cocktail Trading Company - Smithfield, LondonThe Cocktail Trading Company - Smithfield, LondonCocktail Trading Company Smithfield

When? October 12, 2015

What is it? Situated in the heart of Farringdon, CTC Smithfield will offer the brand’s quirky trademark cocktails and down-to-earth vibe in an original, fun and lively new basement bar.

Who’s behind it? The Cocktail Trading Company Smithfield is the second bar from award winning bartenders Andy Mil, Olly Brading and Elliot Ball; the young and highly innovative team who launched their first venture in January 2015 in Oxford Circus.

Size? 50 capacity, and Inspired by the colourful history of the ancient Grade II listed marketplace, the interiors will combine an eclectic mix of beautiful fine fabrics with old rustic features, creating a heady den of treasures and trinkets to tickle the senses.

 

What’s on the Menu? CTC Smithfield will serve up a menu of entertaining, exciting and expertly created cocktails, all of which combine the distinctive playful qualities that the brand has become so well known for. Examples include:

  • Hop Buttered Bun – £9

Bols Genever, infused with raisin and nutmeg, summer-spiced butter syrup, wheat beer, lime juice

  • Sesame Peat – £9

Sesame 86 Co. Tequila, apricot brandy, paprika and cacao syrup, topped off with grapefruit pineapple soda

  • Snapper’s Delight – £9

Jim Beam Bourbon, chilli, pepper and peach jam, ginger, fresh lemon juice.

The Cocktail Trading Company - Smithfield, London

Bookings? Yes

Contact: The Cocktail Trading Company Smithfield: 50-52 Long Acre Lane. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: 4-11.30pm Monday – Thursday. 4-12am Friday – Sunday.


 

Newly Open: Rudie's - Stoke NewingtonRudie’s

When? Early October 2015

What is it? An exciting and unique casual dining restaurant in Dalston that will provide customers with a truly authentic taste of the very best of Jamaican food and drinks.

Who’s behind it? The team behind Rudie’s are a group of friends who all share the love of Jamaican food, music and drinks.

Size? 60 Covers

What’s on the Menu? Rudie’s signature “real jerk”(including chicken and lamb varieties, amongst others) will be marinated for 24 hours in a secret blend of herbs and spices, smoked using pimento and sweet wood before being cooked over coals in traditional jerk drums. The Jamaican patties at Rudie’s are another signature dish which include a very special Lobster variety. The menu also includes a host of sharing style dishes and small plates such as Curry Goat Dumpling with Pepper Jelly, Bammy Bruschetta and a zingy shrimp salad with jalapeno.

Those with a sweet tooth will also enjoy Sticky Rum Cake with Rum Butter Sauce and Ice Cream or freshly made Banana Caramel Doughnuts. Rudie’s is also home to a central rum bar which hosts the UK’s largest selection of Jamaican rums as well as local craft beers and a focused wine selection.

Bookings? Yes

Soft Opening? TBC

Contact: Audie’s – 50 Stoke Newington Road N16 7XB. Ph. 0207 249 2288. WebsiteTwitter.

Newly Open: Rudie's - Stoke Newington

 


Opened in September


Canto Corvino

Canto Corvino

When? September 28, 2015

What is it? Stunning 140 cover modern Italian restaurant and bar.

Who’s behind it? Andrew and Ninai Zarach. Head Chef Tom Salt, Manicomio Group, Chelsea and Gutter Lane.

Size? 140, Bar 12, B3 Designers.

What’s on the Menu? Lamb ribs with smoked aubergine and sesame, organic chicken brodo, veal spiedino and salted chocolate delizia.

Bookings? Yes

Contact: Canto Corvino: 21 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields. Ph. 020 7655 0390. WebsiteTwitter.

Trading Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week – closed Sundays.

Canto Corvino


 

Homeslice, Wells StreetHomeslice, Wells Street

When? September 1, 2015

What is it? 20” wood-fired pizza, available whole or by the slice, to eat in or takeaway.

Who’s behind it? Ry Jessup (Co-Owner & Head Chef), Mark Wogan and Alan Wogan (Co-Owners)

Size? 120 covers including indoor and outdoor seating, bar-style seating looking into the open kitchen and a cocktail bar. Designed by Alexander Waterworth.

What’s on the Menu? A seasonal menu of 20” wood-fired pizza, available whole or by the slice. The menu balances classics such as Margherita and Salami, Rocket & Parmesan with more innovative flavor combinations including Goat Shoulder, Savoy Cabbage & Sumac Yoghurt and Calabrian Peppers, Lincolnshire Poacher & Chervil.

Bookings? No

Soft Opening? Sat 29th August 12 -11pm, Sun 30th August 12 – 6pm. They’ll be offering 50% off pizza to eat in on a first come, first served basis.

Check out our recent review of Homeslice Covent Garden.

Contact: Homeslice, Wells St: 52 Wells Street, London, W1T 3PR. Ph. 02031519273. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Mon – Sat 12pm – 11pm and Sun 12pm – 10pm.

Homeslice, Wells Street


1477439_456675204438908_899435297_n Dirty Bones Carnaby

When? September 2015

What is it? American comfort food restaurant in Kingly Court, sister to the ever popular Dirty Bones in Kensington.

Size? Seating for 65, with a lively bar area. The interior will be retro in style.

What’s on the Menu? Dirty Bones Carnaby will serve a menu of American comfort food classics with a twist such as: The Mac Daddy Burger (6oz house burger topped with pulled beef short rib, mac ‘n’ cheese, Dirty Bones barbecue sauce and Dirty Bones pickles); BBQ Fried Chicken (free range crispy fried chicken thighs and drumsticks in Dirty Bones bourbon and marshmallow barbecue sauce); and the Dirty Dog (Dirty Bones barbecue pulled pork, crispy bacon, jalapeno cheese sauce, crispy shallots).

Bookings? Yes

Contact: Dirty Bones Carnaby – Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London, W1B 5PW. Ph. 02079206434. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm to 12am, Fri – Sat 12pm to 12.30am, and Sun 11am to 11pm. Food will be served until 11pm.

Newly Open: Dirty Bones Carnaby - Carnaby Street, London


 

10686678_770562099697857_3028622581171135458_n Four Hundred Rabbits

When? September 1, 2015

What is it? A brand new restaurant experience offering the highest quality sourdough pizza, craft beer, barrel aged negroni and Gelupo gelato

Who’s behind it? The team behind The Lido Café in Brockwell Park

Size? Approx. 30 covers

What’s on the Menu? Four Hundred Rabbits use sourdough to make their pizzas, giving the dough a deeper and more interesting flavour whilst keeping a lighter texture and crust. The toppings will be taken from the UK’s most amazing artisanal producers and will follow the food seasons closely, with fresh vegetables such as artichokes, corn and asparagus all set to feature. Fior di Latte Mozzarella and San Marzano Tomatoes are essential for a good pizza and create the perfect base for ingredients like British charcuterie and slow smoked rare breed brisket.

Bookings? No

Contact: Four Hundred Rabbits: 30-32 Westow Street, Gypsy Hill, London, SE19 3AH. Ph. 02087716249 WebsiteTwitterInstagram.

Newly Open: Four Hundred Rabbits - Gypsy Hill, London


 

The Hour Glass - South KensingtonThe Hour Glass

When? Late September 2015

What is it? The Hour Glass is an intimate, neighborhood pub serving great pints and fantastic food with superb produce, secret garden café and friendly service.

Who’s behind it? In conjunction with landlords South Kensington Estates, Luke Mackay and David Turcan – the wildly successful duo behind Brompton Food Market – are behind The Hour Glass. Luke has been in the food and wine business for 17 years, latterly as Borough Market’s demo chef and in-house writer. He was responsible for taking over and turning around the failing Royal Oak in Wiltshire which is now rated as one of the best pubs in the country. David’s expertise lie in marketing, communications and business development allied with amazing, albeit amateur skills in the kitchen. Head Chef Tim Parsons has experience working with Michelin-starred chefs such as Bruno Loubet and in restaurants such as the Ebury. Tim has also worked in some of London’s best food pubs.

Size? 28 Covers. Designer Patrick Thomas reclaimed this tired old boozer and returned it to its former glories. Attention to detail is key to Patrick’s work and quirky hand-picked light fittings, walls covered in wood paneling from local churches and even a stunning, giant hour glass sculpture attest to countless hours spent poking around in flea markets.

What’s on the Menu? The menu will be born of the seasons: Sea Bream with Cauliflower, Burnt Leeks and Brown Shrimp, Flat Iron Steak with Dripping Chips and Bone Marrow Gravy and Chocolate Porter Cake with Milk Ice Cream and Honeycomb.

The Hour Glass will serve immaculately kept beer of which 50% of the draft options will be from London brewers, as well as cloudy, scrumpy IPAs and at least 3 guest ales. There will also be some stunning modern brews on offer sourced from friends in the neighborhood.

Bookings? Yes

Soft Opening? TBC

Contact: The Hour Glass – 279-283 Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW3 2DY. Website.

Trading Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-11pm, Fri-Sat 12-Midnight, Sunday 12-10.30pm. Food: Mon-Thurs 12pm-3pm, 5pm-9pm; Sat-Sun 12pm-9pm.


 

Newly Open: Pasta Sereni - Air Street, LondonPasta Sereni

When? Late September 2015

What is it? Handmade, restaurant-quality pasta on the go.

Who’s behind it? Sandro Ferretti, Luciano Sereni and Fabio Beradiall: all of whom are united by their passion for authentic Italian food. Sandro spent a lot of his youth in a kitchen as his father was a top chef, Luciano has worked on a number of successful real estate projects and has had a lifelong passion for bringing joy to people through food and Fabio has a mission to show Londoners what “real” pasta is all about.

Size? 300sq. ft

What’s on the Menu? Flavour-packed pasta dishes using the highest quality ingredients. Dishes such as Fusilli Sereni are signature to Pasta Sereni, combining succulent tuna marinated in extra virgin olive oil, green olives, anchovies and tomatoes from Campania. Other signatures include: Rigatoni al Ragu and Trottole with pesto and cherry tomatoes. Pasta Sereni also serves traditional Italian soups, fresh salads and desserts, as well as some of the finest coffee in London and a selection of soft drinks.

Bookings? No

Soft Opening? TBC

Contact: Pasta Sereni – 5 Air Street London W1J 0AB. Twitter.

Trading Hours: 7am-11pm

Newly Open: Pasta Sereni - Air Street, London


 

Halva logoHalva Bakery

When? September 7, 2015

What is it? Halva, an independent bakery and cafe, which offers a wide range of breads, pastries and cakes.

Who’s behind it? Halva is owned by Lila Sarhang Zadeh, who classically trained as a pastry chef in France, before deciding to realize her dream and launch her first venture in the capital.

Size? Capacity of 24

What’s on the Menu? A wide selection of tasty treats including French traditional baguettes made using French flour known as “tradition flour”, as well as other loaves using locally sourced rye and spelt flours. You will also find morning goods such as croissants, pain au chocolat, pistachio and chocolate swirls which come in various delicious flavours such as; custard and rum soaked raisins and lemon zest custard and blueberries.

Fresh scones are also on offer as well as apple turn overs, with half an apple from London’s famous Covent Garden Market at its heart, all hand made on the premises using French butter. For those with a sweet tooth, pastry items will include a French fusion pastry expertly made from scratch using high quality ingredients, seasonal fruits and also offer unusual combinations of flavours. Macarons, banana crème brulée Paris Brest, and the ever-popular lemon crunchy meringue tart are just a few of the pastries available.

Bookings? Halva provides a wide range of bespoke, stunning cakes, baked to order for all special occasions.

Contact: Halva Bakery: 771 Fulham Road London SW6 5HA. Ph. 02078342045. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 7:30am – 7pm; Saturday: 8am – 6pm; Sunday: 8am – 2pm.

Halva Chelsea


Opened in August


 

Reviewed: Oldroyd - Angel, London

Read our review of Oldroyd.


 

Reviewed: Jackdaw - Hackney, London

Read our review of Jackdaw London.


Opened in July


Newly Open: Smoke & Salt Residency at Pussey Liquor - East Dulwich, LondonSmoke & Salt Residency at Platform 1

When? July to October 2015.

What is it? Smoke & Salt has been operating as a popup since May 2014 and is now taking on their first residency at the newest addition to East Dulwich’s dining scene, Pussey Liquor.

Who’s behind it? Aaron Webster (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Penny Hill Park) first came up with the idea in 2013 before starting work at the Shed Restaurant in Notting Hill. Remi Williams (Deuxave Restaurant, Craigie on Main; both Boston, USA) joined the team after meeting Aaron at the Shed restaurant.

Size? 40 seats in the restaurant and a further 20 in Platform 1’s outdoor garden space and 5 bar seats available to dine at.

What’s on the Menu? Modern, seasonal British food with influences from around the world. They have a menu that will change every few weeks based on what’s available at the market. From their take on a fish taco to the best-cooked Creedy Carver duck dish, the lads have an option to hit most brave appetites, and oh yeah, crispy pigs tails for the brave ones! Chloe Gounder-Forbes has created a seasonal cocktail and wine list with unique bottles and varietals.

Bookings? Yes, absolutely!

Contact: Smoke & Salt Residency at Platform 1 – 71 Lordship Lane, London, SE22 8EP. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 6pm – 10.30pm, with Platform 1 offering “Johnny’s Brunch” on Saturday and Sundays.

Newly Open: Smoke & Salt Residency at Pussey Liquor - East Dulwich, London


Newly Open: Brewer’s Bar - Dalston, LondonBrewer’s Bar

When? July 25, 2015

What is it? A converted former butcher’s shop, Brewer’s Bar is a stylish venue offering an impressive selection of wine and London brewed craft beers, as well as a concise choice of small plates that make good use of locally sourced produce.

Who’s behind it? Cal Smith (owner).

Size? Seated capacity of 30, interior designed by the Furniture Butcher.

What’s on the Menu? Small plates – E5 sourdough bread and olive oil, almonds, olives, cheese plate supplied by La Fromagerie, Partizan craft beer, excellent fine wine selection.

Bookings? Yes

Contact: Brewers Bar: 77 Shacklewell Lane E8 2EB. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: 6:00-11:00 Sun-Thurs; 6:00-12:00 Fri and Sat.

Newly Open: Brewer’s Bar - Dalston, London


 

Potbelly - Westfield StratfordPotbelly

When?  July 29, 2015

What is it? Potbelly is the Stateside sandwich institution that has just opened it’s first European site and brings something different and exciting to the UK sandwich industry.

Who’s behind it? Owner is Akbar Sheikh.

Size? 90 covers.

What’s on the Menu?  Potbelly’s signature selections of deep-filled sandwiches are made to order at the counter, served with hand-dipped milkshakes, ice-cold soft drinks, freshly-baked cookies and a side of live music.

A Wreck – the star of the pack – crammed full of hand-sliced meats including salami, Angus roast beef, turkey and Swiss cheese. Meatball – rich tomato and herb sauce topped with melted Provolone cheese. The Mediterranean, a vegetarian option that’s a real crowd-pleaser, is a mix of harissa hummus, crumbled feta, artichoke and red peppers.

Bookings? No

Contact: Potbelly – The Street, Westfield Stratford City, London, E20 1EJ. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Monday-Friday: 7.30am-9pm; Saturday: 8am-9pm; Sunday: 10am-6pm.

Potbelly - Westfield Stratford


champagne

Read our review of Champagne + Fromage, Greenwich


 

Opened in May


Donostia Social ClubDonostia Social Club

When? May 29, 2015

What is it? The first permanent pintxos bar by London’s only Basque-inspired streetfood trader.

Whos behind it?  Founder Paul Belcher has over 20 years experience in the catering trade, including many years working in Spain. This knowledge, combined with a love of the Basque country and a desire to serve extraordinary Basque food in unique settings, inspired Paul to launch Donostia Social Club in 2012.

The decision to open a permanent dining space is a natural progression for the dedicated team, who have been a prominent feature on London’s streetfood scene for many years, and won widespread acclaim for their successful three month kitchen residency at The King & Co pub in Clapham when it opened last September.

Size? The outdoor terrace also seats 16 people; ideal for relaxing in true Basque County al fresco fashion with refreshing drinks and a sharing selection of tapas.

Whats on the Menu?  Donostia Social Club’s unique new tapas bar showcases many of the signature Basque-inspired small plates made famous at their iconic blue streetfood van, such as Lamb Rump with Fennel & Salsa Verde; Braised Iberico Pork Cheek with Butter Bean Purée & Herb Oil, and the stunning Seared Scallop with Pisto, Green Chilli Sauce & Almonds.

The menu also features an array of enticing new dishes including Smoked Wild Pigeon Breast Salad with Pickled Green Figs & Artichokes; Pan-fried Hake and Brined Cockles with Samphire & Lemon Aioli; as well as their own brined and marinated seafood (an exclusive twist on traditional Conservas) and classic Spanish desserts like Leche Frita with Forest Honey.

Bookings? Reservations for large party groups only, available for private hire on Sunday evenings – please contact Donostia Social Club for full details.

Contact: Donostia Social Club – Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PQ. Ph.07961 844464. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

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