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The biggest restaurant openings across the UK in March

Tiny Brighton Beach House

Soho House is finally opening a location on Brighton seafront later this month. Nearly eight years of work, Little Beach House Brighton will include a swimming pool with terrace overlooking the sea; a club area with bar; a Club Cecconi branded restaurant serving a menu of Northern Italian dishes. The glass-fronted Grade II listed building on Madeira Drive will take inspiration from the surrounding seaside vibe and local Art Deco architecture. It will be connected to a courtyard that will house a coworking space, Soho Works, which will launch later this year.
The Terraces, Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1AY
www.sohohouse.com​

at Walter’s

After a short delay, The Oystermen duo Rob Hampton and Matt Lovell will be opening the doors to their second restaurant. Located in West Dulwich, Walter’s, it is named after Walter Hathaway, a local master milliner, costume designer and original owner of the building in which the restaurant is located. The 50-seat dining room will be divided into two distinct spaces: a dining room in the front and a lounge area in the back, with the kitchen being led by chef Khalid Hassan. Expect dishes such as glazed lamb belly with apricots and harissa; orzo risotto with Jerusalem artichoke; roasted venison loin and parsnips; and roasted hake with romesco sauce as well as a whole bass served at the table.
84 Park Hall Rd, London, SE21 8SW
waltersdulwich.co.uk​

Noci

Former Bancone head chef Louis Korovilas is opening his neighborhood pasta restaurant in London’s Islington this month. Noci, which translates to nuts in Italian, is inspired by Korovilas’ travels through Italy and will serve a small, seasonal menu of pastas and Italian street snacks. Dishes will include plates of seasonal pastas like veal, pork and onion stew with tubes of paccheri; gnocchetti with candied tomato and smoked ricotta; and cacio e pepe brown butter bucatini. There will also be daily specials handwritten on a central wall of white tiles.
4 – 6 Islington Green, London, N1 2XA
www.nocirestaurant.co.uk​

Halles Canary Wharf Cargo

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Food brands such as Gopal’s Corner, DF Tacos, Baoziinn Le Bab, Pasta Evangelists and Inamo Sukoshi are part of the lineup for the new market halls, which will open later this month at Canary Wharf Cargo. The new opening brings the number of market halls in the capital down to three after its original site in Fulham closed, with its venue in Victoria operational again and that of Oxford Circus set to reopen later this week after a long renovation following its closure to Covid.
25 North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, E14 5HS
markethalls.co.uk​​

Lisbon

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Meaning “a person from Lisbon”, Lisboeta is Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes’ latest London restaurant. Opening on March 21, the Charlotte Street restaurant will be spread over three floors in a townhouse with a cafe culture-inspired downstairs with a long sit-down bar and an upstairs dining room with banquettes and walls whitewashed. There will also be a cellar space called The Adega which will house a glass-encased kitchen and wine cellar when it opens later this year. Lisboeta will serve a menu of small plates “petiscos” and large sharing dishes for the table inspired by the popular “tasca” restaurants in Lisbon.
30 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2NG
lisboeta.co.uk​

The Connaught Grill

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After a 20-year closure and then a two-year hiatus in quick succession, The Connaught Grill has finally reopened. Overseen by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the menu includes a pie of the day with options such as venison, chicken, sea bass and shepherd’s pie as well as a traditional Sunday roast presented and carved on the cart in silver restored from the original Connaught Grill. . Executive pastry chef Nicolas Rouzaud’s desserts, meanwhile, include sticky caramel pudding served with caramel sauce and coffee ice cream; chocolate soufflé with ice cream; and bread and butter pudding served with spiced pear and cinnamon milk sorbet. The new 46-seat restaurant features a heavy American black walnut wood dining room that contrasts with the building’s ornate ceiling.
The Connaught, Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL
www.the-connaught.co.uk​

samson

MasterChef 2016: The Professionals semi-finalist Josh Whitehead runs the kitchen at the new Samsons restaurant in Harrogate. Located in Cheltenham Crescent, the 182-seat venue will have a main restaurant and bar as well as a private wine tasting room and will serve an all-day menu of British cuisine.
Town Center House, Cheltenham Crescent, Harrogate, HG1 1DQ

Bridge 15

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Tyler King, former senior sous-chef at the starred restaurant Prism in Berlin, has returned to his native country to open a modern Scottish restaurant within the Bridge Inn in Edinburgh. Called Bridge 15, it will feature Scottish produce with dishes on the launch menu to include Arbroath Smoked Donut, Spring Onion Emulsion; mushroom ravioli mashed egg yolks in a mushroom broth, black garlic, puffed rice; XO monkfish mussel with burnt leek, pine nuts, vermouth sauce; and Crowdie Rhubarb Cheesecake Mousse and Toasted Oats.
27 Baird Road, Ratho, Newbridge, EH28 8RA
www.bridgeinn.com​

Caravel

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This 40-seat floating restaurant is housed in a converted barge moored on the banks of the Regent’s Canal. Launched by brothers Fin and Lorcan Spiteri, the boat, which takes its name from a small Spanish ship or sailboat popular in the 15th and 17th centuries, will become a dining room serving British, Italian and French dishes. Main courses will include white crab tagliatelle, fennel and garlic; crispy pork belly, green beans and anchovy; and roasted hake, candied potatoes and curry sauce, while the desserts will be blood orange jelly with honeycomb; and almond cake with salted caramel ice cream.

Facing the sky

As one door closes, another opens for chef Julian Denis, who is launching Szechuan vegan restaurant Facing Heaven in Hackney after closing his neighboring restaurant Mao Chow. Mao Chow fans will be pleased to know that Facing Heaven will be a bigger (but not much) and more mature evolution of the restaurant serving more complex vegan dishes from China’s regional cuisines, such as Cantonese, Yunnan and Shaanxi. The 28-seat dining room will focus on sharing plates and feast-style family meals with dishes including Denis’ Macau-style baked pork chop rice, using crispy oyster mushrooms, curry sauce , coconut rice and vegan cheese; and twice-spiced, numbing fried Jerusalem artichokes with green chili dip.
1A Bayford St, London, E8 3SE
www.face-au-ciel.com​

three uncles

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Specializing in Cantonese roast meat, Three Uncles’ first permanent restaurant is coming to Brixton Village. The 25-seat restaurant will serve Cantonese meats house roasted and chopped to order like roast duck; crispy pork belly; and pork char siu; as well as rice with lotus leaves with Chinese sausage, steamed chicken, shiitake mushrooms and chestnuts; and steamed ground pork and canned vegetables. Owners Cheong Yew, Pui Sing Tsang and Mo Kwok have also created a fun roast duck noodle soup with char siu lai, a Hong Kong favorite, for the new venue.
Unit 19 and 20, Brixton Village, London, SW9 8PR
www.threeuncles.co.uk​

No. 34 Garden & Grill

Opened earlier this month, No. 34 Garden & Grill is described as a ‘botanical foodie destination’ which serves a half plant-based and vegetarian menu, the other half celebrating British agriculture and sustainable fishing. Grill menu items include grilled mackerel with roasted beets and horseradish; and grilled bacon chop with pineapple and chilli; while garden menu items include pea and mint fritters with saffron aioli; eggplant cutlet; and grilled halloumi with harissa-spiced couscous. Owners Jonathan Carter-Morris and Marc Hornby also run the Caviar & Chips catering business and Stockton House, a Shropshire-based bridal boutique.
34 Stratford Road, Warwick, CV34 6AS
www.no34gardenandgrill.co.uk

The Princess Royal

Cubitt House’s business in London’s pub space continues with the opening of The Princess Royal in Notting Hill this month. Chef-Director Ben Tish will oversee the menu which focuses on combining British and Mediterranean cooking styles with dishes including red prawn crudo, rosemary and orange; English burrata, blood orange, radicchio, coriander seeds and fennel; and Old Spot Pork Chop, Salt Roasted Beets, Seasonal Carrots, Walnut Picada. There will also be a dedicated raw menu, featuring oysters; wild sea bream crudo and aged beef tartare. Cubitt House has been busy in recent months with the recent reopening of The Coach Makers Arms in Marylebone and there is more to come with the opening of The Barley Mow in Mayfair this summer
47 Hereford Rd, London, W2 5AH
www.cubitthouse.co.uk/the-princess-royal

mano
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Last year’s Omicron variant and more recent challenges with furniture supplies hampered the opening of Romain Fargette and Alexis Colletta’s Mayfair restaurant, but it will finally open this month on Heddon Street. The Brazilian-Japanese restaurant is led by MasterChef: Pro Semi-Finalist Luciana Berry in the kitchen and will serve a menu of dishes to share such as smoked picanha with yakiniku sauce; moqueca (Brazilian seafood stew with coconut milk and grilled sea bass); and Pudim (Brazilian crème caramel made with tapioca, salted miso caramel and Brazil nuts). The duo are set to open a second restaurant in the capital, called Yuca, later this summer.
4 Heddon St, London, W1B 4BS
www.manomayfair.com​

Upstairs at the George

Following the successful opening of their latest London pub, The George in Fitzrovia, in November, publican Dominic Jacobs, chef James Knappett and JKS restaurants are now set to launch the second leg of the business called Upstairs at The George – a dining room and English sparkling wine bar. The menu, overseen by Knappett, will feature pub classics with a twist like steak tartare with hay-smoked egg yolk, maple and black pepper sourdough; Scottish langoustine with fried langoustines, tartar sauce and crushed peas; and sausage and mash with both a wild venison sausage and a lightly seasoned pork shoulder sausage that are cured and stuffed on site. The dining room will seat 28, with a separate PDR seating up to 20. Over 80 English sparkling wines, some from estates not served elsewhere in the UK, will stock a dedicated bar, along with seasonal cocktails and a larger wine list of 300 wines.
55 Great Portland Street, W1W 7LQ
https://thegeorge.london/upstairs/​​