It’s the new kids on the block! Even with a chef shortage there’s still no let up on the ever expanding London (and beyond) restaurant scene. Here are some newbies that are on the cards for the coming months…
They are site-less as of yet but owners Andrew Clarke (Brunswick House) and William Leigh (The Candy Mechanics) have been popping up all over the place serving all things duck but this will be their first proper restaurant.
Those city boys are lucky beggars aren’t they? Well they are, because Blacklock is opening its second chop restaurant and it’s in the City, on 13 Philpott Lane in fact. They’ll take reservations and offer bigger cuts too.
Opening 25 March 2017
BOB BOB EXCHANGE
Bob Bob Ricard’s Soho haunt has been a regular hotspot for those ‘press for Champagne’ button pushers. Expect the same high level of service and beautiful surroundings – the latest rumour is it’s going to be in The Cheesegrater but this isn’t for definite.
CLARE SMYTH RESTAURANT
This is the lady who ran the kitchen at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (3 Michelin stars) and is now opening up her very own restaurant at 92 Kensington Park Road in Notting Hill. There’s no name yet but know one thing: Clare can cook.
DUCK AND WAFFLE LOCAL
I’ve always said eating exec chef Dan Doherty’s food at ground level would be just as good as from the 40th floor of the Heron Tower – and now we’re going to see for ourselves. Duck and Waffle are opening on the ground floor of St James’s Market. Can’t wait.
Opening May 2017
THE FROG WC2
This will be the second restaurant from Scottish chef Adam Handling (ex MasterChef the Professionals) and based in Covent Garden, it will become his flagship. Along with 90 covers there’ll be stools at the pass to keep diners entertained.
Opening Summer 2017
THE IVY BRASSERIE TOWER BRIDGE
Sitting pretty underneath the fancy new flats at Tower Bridge, the views here should be pretty unbeatable. It’ll be next to a new 900 seat theatre too which looks pretty impressive.
The nice chaps behind Pidgin in Hackney and cocktail bar Enfant Terrible (worth a visit FYI) are opening this restaurant in Soho where all the food and bevvies are served on trolleys. Intriguing…
If you’ve been to Maltby Street Market you’ve surely tried a reuben sandwich from Monty’s – so good news then that they’re opening their first proper restaurant. It’ll be a 65 seat spot on Hoxton Street. Can’t wait.
Opening April 2017
This is a whopping hotel in the City from the Soho House chaps – and they’ve yet to make a clanger so expect something fab. There will be an even more whopping nine restaurants inside.
Opening April 2017
So, this Surrey-based garden centre restaurant is coming to Covent Garden. There’s not a lot known about this one yet but it will be in a new development called Kings Court. We’re sure it’ll blossom.
The dudes behind Casse-Croûte on Bermondsey Street are opening a rotisserie restaurant just opposite which should be lots of fun.
Opening March 2017
Victor Garvey, who owns Encant in Covent Garden, will open another tapas restaurant, this time just opposite The Groucho club in Soho. Expect Catalan cuisine washed down with a gin and tonic or three.
Opening Autumn 2017
The views might not be quite as magical from the Opera Terrace in Covent Garden (compared to the Heron Tower) but SUSHISAMBA have started work on their new site replacing Brasserie Blanc. Expect the same buzzy vibe and Japanese/Brazilian/Peruvian fusion food.
TOM KERRIDGE, JUMEIRAH CARLTON TOWER
This giant of the restaurant industry (he owns the two Michelin starred pub Hand & Flowers in Marlow) is taking over the restaurant at this 5* hotel in Knightsbridge. Expect proper food; no foams or smears.
The second restaurant from the guys at Primeur in Stoke Newington. Food wise? ‘A none exclusive focus on sea and river produce’ and it’ll be in Holloway. That’s all you’re getting for now!
Opening Spring 2017