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Latest openings: Gymkhana, The Proofing Room, The Belgian Arms

03 March 2020 by


Gymkhana, the Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in London's Mayfair, has reopened its doors following repairs after a massive fire in June last year. Its reinvented decor has been inspired by the elite clubs of India, with a design featuring jade greens, polished dark timber, intimate booth seating covered in brass buttoned leather, and Edwardian-inspired banquettes with joinery.

Jitin Joshi returns as executive chef, his menu offering favourite dishes such as kid goat methi keema, a spicy curry made with mutton mince, and Bombay Gymkhana club vegetable cutlet.

The bars feature modern Indian interpretations of classic cocktails, international wines and a broad selection of Indian whiskeys and Asian IPAs. The basement has also been remodelled with a lounge feel and Indian carpeting.

Indo Chinese Chilli Halibut
Indo Chinese Chilli Halibut

  • Reopened 18 February
  • Executive chef Jitin Joshi
  • Design Samuel Hosker at JKS Restaurants
  • Typical dishes Chettinad duck dosa; wild muntjac biryani; Keralan toddy shaapu wild tiger prawns; game bird baida roti
  • Websitewww.gymkhanalondon.com

The Proofing Room

The Proofing Room is a new London neighbourhood cocktail bar from the team behind Soho's the Vault, set in the basement of Milroys of Spitalfields. Inspired by the speakeasy ethos, it offers a cocktail menu inspired by the classic Highball and ready-to-drink and pre-batched cocktails.

The Proofing Room
The Proofing Room

  • Operator Chris Tanner
  • Typical drink ‘Nikka Highball': Nikka whisky, kümmel, absinthe, peach, olive, soda
  • Websitewww.theproofingroom.co.uk

Peacock Steakhouse

The Peacock Steakhouse is located on the grounds of the 500-acre Orchardleigh Estate in Somerset. The restaurant has a terrace that overlooks the estate and golf course and specialises in prime dry-aged steaks from its own herd of Aberdeen Angus.

Peacock Steakhouse
Peacock Steakhouse

  • Owner Chris Vincent
  • Typical dishes Prime fillet, tomatoes, mushrooms, fries; goats' cheese Wellington; mozzarella salad with basil oil; tiramisù
  • Websitewww.peacocksteakhouse.co.uk

The Belgian Arms

The Belgian Arms is situated in the village of Holyport in Berkshire and is owned by Nick Parkinson, who also owns the Royal Oak in Paley Street.

The Belgian Arms
The Belgian Arms

  • Owner David Thompson
  • General manager Chris Peverell
  • Head chef Dan Roth
  • Typical dishes Pork Scotch egg, onion ketchup, pickled shallots; lamb rack, lamb sausage, smoked aubergine purée, crumbed new potatoes, jus
  • Websitewww.thebelgianarms.com


Tavernaki is a Greek restaurant on London's Portobello Road. The interiors feature Greekstyle white walls, a wall boasting a mural of the Cyclades islands' skyline and sky blue chairs and a tree in the middle of the restaurant. Downstairs is the Mykonos Bar, offering ouzo and a selection of Greek wines.


  • Head chef Harris Mavropoulos
  • Typical dishes Moussaka; marinated octopus in vinegar; pork souvlaki; keftedes; dolmades
  • Wesbitewww.tavernaki.co.uk

Sky Bar

The refurbished Sky Bar, which overlooks a private airport runway, has just opened in the Aviator hotel in Farnborough, Hampshire. Leaning into the aeronautical theme, it is designed to encapsulate the style of a classic departure lounge, and offers cocktails and afternoon tea.

Sky Bar, Aviator hotel
Sky Bar, Aviator hotel

  • Typical drink ‘Silver Jet': tequila and ginger beer; apple and amaretto sour
  • Design Interiors of Chiswick
  • Websitewww.aviatorhampshire.com

The New Inn at Yealand

The 16th-century village inn, on the Lancashire-Cumbria border on the edge of the Lake District, has added six bedrooms. The owners, the Robinson family, also own Plato's in Kirkby Lonsdale and the Longlands hotel in Carnforth.

Bedroom at The New Inn Yealand
Bedroom at The New Inn Yealand

  • Head chef Sam Carter
  • Bedrooms Six
  • Starting room rate £109
  • Typical dish Venison loin, venison pasty, crushed parsnip, red cabbage purée, parsnip crisp, purple kale
  • Websitewww.thenewinnyealand.co.uk

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