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Openings this week: No 197 Chiswick Fire Station, the Cricketers, Talli Joe and more

Openings this week: No 197 Chiswick Fire Station, the Cricketers, Talli Joe and more

A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

The end of April saw the opening of No 197 Chiswick Fire Station in west London. The old fire station has been re-imagined with a new design that opens up a forgotten courtyard. This is the fourth location belonging to bar group Darwin & Wallace, and it offers a relaxed, all-day experience with an open, utilitarian feel. The furnishings include traditionally made and upholstered sofas, terracotta tiles, handmade chunky oak chairs and cake tables, similar to those seen in sister locations No 32 The Old Town and No 1 Duke Street. Original artwork has been chosen in partnership with the Hang-Up Gallery in Stoke Newington. The cocktail menu has a selection of spirit infusions, house-made syrups and sherbets, including lavender Rob Roy, Tanqueray 10 gimlet and a range of local craft and international beers and lagers.

Designer Lou Davies at Box 9 and Lionel Real De Azua

Operator Darwin & Wallace

Founder/managing director Mel Marriott

Head chef Tomasz Wezyk

Manager Damian Ritter

Covers 150

Typical dishes Fillet of sea bass with baby artichoke, new potato, asparagus and crème fraîche tartar (£17.50); and baked orange cheesecake with fresh grapefruit (£6.50)


The Cricketers

Brasserie Bar Co has opened a new pub in Cobham, Surrey. The pub, which has been restored to reveal its original 17th-century features, overlooks Downside Common and features a semi-private snug for 20 guests.

Covers Brasserie: 70; bar: 40; terrace: 40

Executive chef Clive Fretwell

General manager Chris Catfield

Typical dish Pimontaise chicken salad and lamb cutlets with Moroccan vegetables


Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland has opened next to the Stadium of Light, the home of Premier League football club Sunderland FC. It is one of 45 Hilton Garden Inns across Europe and is the first hotel in the immediate vicinity of the stadium.

Operator HMI Hospitality Management International

Bedrooms 141

General manager Kim Kelso


Talli Joe

Talli Joe is an all-day venue headed by a former Benares chef on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue. The restaurant aims to take Londoners on a journey through modern India.

Executive chef Sameer Taneja

Typical dishes Lawrence Road kulcha (naan stuffed with cottage cheese and brushed with truffle ghee); and Raghogarhi fish bake (baked sea bass and rice, wrapped in a banana leaf)

Covers 73


The George Townhouse

Pub operator and brewer Brakspear has reopened one of its eight managed pubs, the newly renovated, grade II-listed George Townhouse in Shipston-on-Stour.

Bedrooms 15

Head chef James Neve

Executive chef Antony Ely

Features The Carriage Room for private dining, the 40-cover Pantry restaurant and the Garden Room overlooking a decked patio area



A bar/restaurant offering the Italian exports of truffles and Prosecco has opened in London’s Camden. It focuses on cuisine with an “authentic edge”, inspired by Florence.

Founders Irina and Lana Bondar

Typical dishes Gorgonzola Dolce, artichoke and truffle cream crostino platter with Ubriaco Prosecco; and mortadella with pistachio and truffle salami platter

Covers 24


Walter and Monty

Former pop-up grill restaurant Walter and Monty has opened its first permanent site in the City of London. It offers barbecue cooking.

Owner Alex Kaye

Head chef Nick Ross

Covers 30

Typical dishes Beef picanha/top sirloin, as well as butterflied leg of lamb marinated in mint, garlic and lemon, served either wrapped in a flatbread warmed on the grill or with rice and salad


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