Keeping pace with restaurant openings is no mean task with the flux of new concepts and aspiring chefs bursting on to the scene, as well as stalwart names expanding portfolios. Contemporary versus classic, casual versus refinement, complex cuisines versus simplicity – fine dining continues to thrive with some serious new eating venues. Here are 20 of the best new restaurant openings in and outside of London in 2017:
La Dame de Pic
Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ Telephone: 0203 297 3799
A new culinary landmark in London, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square hosts the first UK restaurant by Anne-Sophie Pic, the only current French female chef to hold three Michelin stars. Casually elegant, La Dame de Pic London showcases Anne-Sophie’s unique culinary identity with dishes that are rich in powerful and unexpected flavour combinations, complemented by a carefully curated wine list. Please see the Luxury Restaurant Guide.
74 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QH Telephone: 0207 268 6565
Mere is an elegant and contemporary restaurant, offering a relaxed yet refined dining experience. The dishes celebrate the passion and heritage of husband and wife team (and Masterchef judge), Monica and David Galetti, blending classical French with South Pacific influences. The downstairs restaurant has a warm and inviting atmosphere with well-spaced tables and soft lighting while a buzzing upstairs bar is a destination on its own, or ideal for a pre or post dinner hang out. Please see Luxury Restaurant Club offer available at Mere.
The Hari, 20 Chesham Place, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HQ Telephone: 0203 189 4850
Traditional homemade Italian cooking meets contemporary London dining with il Pampero, a true Italian gem in Belgravia. Located within The Hari hotel on Chesham Place, the exquisite restaurant is a destination in its own right, attracting local Belgravians and a London crowd looking for a refined eating experience and a vibrant atmosphere. Designed by renowned British designer Tara Bernerd, il Pampero has 58 covers and allows for both table and counter dining. Please see Luxury Restaurant Club offer available at il Pampero.
15 Bury St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6AL Telephone: 0207 839 1101
A slick, monochromatic statement setting showcasing sushi, teppanyaki & robata grilled dishes, plus lots of sake from the luxury sushi group – Onodera with locations now in London, Shanghai, Hawaii, Los Angeles and Paris. As you would expect, the quality of the sushi and sashimi is unrivaled. For a truly interactive experience, take a seat at the counter and watch as sensational sashimi is sliced, the freshest seafood is shelled and individual pieces are expertly made to order. Please see Luxury Restaurant Club offer at Ginza Onodera.
Claude Bosi at Bibendum
Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 6RD Telephone: 0207 581 5817
The Conran restaurant Bibendum relaunched with Claude Bosi at the helm following the closure of the chef’s two-Michelin-starred Hibiscus in Mayfair. It firmly places this iconic art deco building, originally commissioned in 1909 by the Michelin Tyre Company, as their first permanent British headquarters on the map.
216 Church Road, Brighton & Hove BN3 2DJ Telephone: 01273 227485
MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 winner Steven Edwards opened his first restaurant, in Hove; serving four, five and eight-course seasonal tasting menus, using local Sussex produce. It encapsulates the casual fine dining culture in its unstuffy and approachable environment with an innovative palette of ingredients and techniques and knowledgeable waiting staff. Please see Luxury Restaurant Club offer at etch.
The Kitchen at Chewton Glen
Chewton Glen, New Milton, Hampshire BH25 6QS Telephone: 01425 282212
A purpose-built space for cookery classes and dining. The design is open plan; bi-folding doors and glass panelling flood the rooms with light. On any day you’ll find guests and visitors gathering for informal lunches or taking a cookery class, gardeners selecting fresh ingredients or chefs developing menus. It provides an informal dining experience with an open plan layout offering you the chance to watch the chefs at work. The à la carte menu features wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burgers, superfood salads and much more. There is no current offer at The Kitchen but member offers are available with The Luxury Restaurant Club in the main house at Chewton Glen.
Game Bird @ The Stafford
The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Place, St. James’s, London SW1A 1NJ Telephone: 0207 518 1234
The Game Bird is a relaxed place to eat for informal dining any time of the day. The focus is on modern British comfort cooking executed with style and panache. Executive Chef, James Durrant has created a menu based on uncomplicated excellence: local, seasonal produce sits alongside time honoured British classics in a setting reminiscent of an exclusive private members club. Please see the Luxury Restaurant Club offer available at Game Bird at The Stafford.
Moor Hall, Prescot Rd, Aughton, Ormskirk L39 6RT Telephone: 01695 572511
Moor Hall is a boutique restaurant with rooms in an idyllic setting to enjoy the delicate, produce driven menus inspired by the exceptional surroundings and talented Chef Patron Mark Birchall. A modern light contemporary dining space. Please see the Luxury Restaurant Guide.
Courtlands Lane, Exmouth, Devon EX8 3NZ Telephone: 01395 200920
Lympstone Manor is a contemporary country house hotel overlooking the Exe Estuary with 21 luxurious guestrooms and suites, a world-class wine cellar, 28 acres of gardens, grounds and parkland. Acclaimed fine dining cuisine is from Chef Patron Michael Caines MBE with his vision of modern British cuisine that is fresh, seasonal, original, utilising the bounty of the Exe Estuary. Perhaps the UK’s finest hotel. Please see Luxury Restaurant Club offer at Lympstone Manor.
Pike & Pine
1D St James’s St, Brighton BN2 1RE Telephone: 01273 686668
The venue is a “modern day interpretation of a coffee house” in the daytime and transforms into the exquisite Pike and Pine in the evening. The botanical surroundings, complemented by brass and marble, create an environment perfectly suited to allow diners to fully immerse themselves in the experience of their multi course, seasonal menus, inspired wine selection and creative cocktails. Please see Luxury Restaurant Club offer at Pike and Pine.
14 – 15 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH Telephone: 0203 794 5314
Encapsulating Covent Garden’s heady energy, The Henrietta is a boutique hotel – 18 bedrooms – with the cooking talent of Michelin starred Ollie Dabbous (who has designed the menus) where the menu is ingredient-led with simple, seasonal dishes and a subtle accent of France throughout.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ Telephone: 0203 297 3799
Mei Ume is an exciting new Asian dining venue, designed to complement and diversify the Hotel’s existing food and beverage offering. Introducing a menu of authentic dishes from China and Japan with a modern approach. Vibrant and fast-paced, the restaurant includes bar, lounge and table seating, as well as a private dining room for up to 14. Please see Luxury Restaurant Club offer at Mei Ume.
Lygon Bar & Grill
The Lygon Arms, High St, Broadway WR12 7DU Telephone: 01386 852255
This 16th century coaching inn launched its new dining experience, Lygon Bar & Grill. Designed by leading interior designer, Anita Rosato, as a ‘home away from home’ relaxed and inviting ambiance, with a design palette comprising tweed, leather, dark woods and antique pieces, which echo the quintessential Cotswolds. The menus are carefully crafted using locally sourced, fresh produce offering seasonal British all day menus. Please see Luxury Restaurant Club offer at The Lygon Arms.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten at The Connaught
The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL Telephone: 0207 499 7070
Created by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, it overlooks fashionable Mount Street, in the heart of Mayfair, and offers informal gourmet dining, all-hours, in a relaxed, contemporary setting. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are all served here, along with a carefully-curated menu of tasty cocktails; and the extensive wine list is drawn from The Connaught’s 6,000-bottle cellar. The menu is eclectic and imaginative inspired both by Jean-Georges’ experiences of the Far East and his signature use of south-east Asian flavours, whilst also featuring his distinctive take on British and Connaught classics. Please see the Luxury Restaurant Guide.
10 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BX Telephone: 0203 903 9096
Coming from the team behind Hackney’s Pidgin, Magpie is a contemporary British dining restaurant with an open kitchen serving sharing-style plates from trolleys and trays, dim-sum style. Larger format dishes can be ordered from the kitchen, as can desserts. Please see the Luxury Restaurant Guide.
Core by Clare Smyth
92 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2PN Telephone: 0203 937 5086
An elegant but relaxed Notting Hill restaurant with cocktail bar. This is the first solo venture from the eponymous Antrim-born chef. Trained under Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse, the restaurant promises a fine-dining experience that places an emphasis on sustainability and celebrates British produce. Please see the Luxury Restaurant Guide.
Beaverbrook, Reigate Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8QX Telephone: 01372 571300
The former Surrey home of media magnate and politician Lord Beaverbrook opened its Japanese restaurant, The House, its fine dining offering. It joins alongside The Garden House which opened earlier in October 2016 as part of a multi-million transformation into a Grade II listed five star hotel, spa and golf club. Please see the Luxury Restaurant Guide.
Serge et le Phoque
Mandrake Hotel, 20 – 21 Newman Street, London W1T 1PG Telephone: 0203 146 7770
The team from the critically acclaimed, Michelin-starred restaurant Serge et le Phoque in Hong Kong opened their first London venture at The Mandrake. The beautifully designed, 80 cover restaurant also features a 16-person private dining room. Please see the Luxury Restaurant Guide.
InterContinental London Park Lane, One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7QY Telephone: 0207 318 8715
Martha Ortiz, Chef Patron of Mexico City’s award-winning Dulce Patria, heralded as one of Latin America’s most exciting restaurants, states ‘we will deliver the beauty, vibrancy, and spirit of Mexico to London in a total experience of the senses.’ Martha’s philosophy has been brought to life by David Collins Studio, the global interior architecture practice led by Creative Director Simon Rawlings. The restaurant features references to Mexican design and culture. Please see the Luxury Restaurant Guide.