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This week’s new openings: Artist Residence Oxfordshire, the Hind’s Head, Ye Olde Bell Spa and more

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This week’s new openings: Artist Residence Oxfordshire, the Hind’s Head, Ye Olde Bell Spa and more

Artist Residence Oxfordshire

Artist Residence Oxfordshire, a 16th century pub and restaurant with five bedrooms, is now open, joining the group’s sister properties in Penzance, Brighton and London.

Justin and Charlotte Salisbury designed the latest site, restoring an abundance of original features including flagstone flooring, dark oak panelling, rustic beams and exposed stone and brick. They also hand-picked pieces from auction houses and reclamation yards to complement the existing features.

Like other Artist Residence properties, artwork is a big focus. Artists the Connor Brothers have created a collection of work for the bar focused around Mr Hanbury – a fictional character based on the pub’s former owner and who the restaurant is named after.

The kitchen is run by Leon Smith, who previously worked as a senior sous chef at Josh Eggleton’s Pony and Trap, and he will focus on foraged mushrooms and herbs and locally-sourced ingredients.

Artist Residence Oxfordshire
Artist Residence Oxfordshire

Opened 23 May

Bedrooms Five

Starting room rate £130 B&B

Head chef Leon Smith

Typical dishes Lamb rump with miso glaze and homemade ricotta; and wild nettle gnocchi with purple sprouting broccoli

Website www.artistresidenceoxford.co.uk


The Hind’s Head

Heston Blumenthal’s Hind’s Head pub in Bray, Berkshire, has reopened after a redesign, which celebrates the building’s history as a hunting lodge and coaching inn. The private dining room now centres around a five-metre long oak banqueting table, with studded leather seats and royal portraiture.

The Hind's Head
The Hind’s Head


Design
Steven Saunders of Fabled Studios

Chef-patron Heston Blumenthal

Head chef Janos Veres

Website www.hindsheadbray.com


Little Bird Battersea

Little Bird in London’s Battersea is a bar and restaurant offering colourful cocktails and Asian-inspired cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. The interior features striking prints, hanging foliage and hand-painted wallpaper depicting birds of paradise, along with a terrace and open-air courtyard.

Little Bird Battersea
Little Bird Battersea


Founder
Lorraine Angliss

Head chef Ricardo Villar

Guest bartender Benji Purslow

Website www.littlebirdrestaurants.com


The Botanist

The New World Trading Company has opened its 17th site, the Botanist in Reading. The bar is on the ground floor of a former bank on King Street, where the previous owner’s brass nameplate, ‘J and C Simonds’, is on the wall. The site will serve the brand’s botanical cocktails, along with barbecued meats, pies and kebabs, with live music every night.

The Botanist
The Botanist


Operator
The New World Trading Company

General manager Matt Tomkins

Website thebotanist.uk.com


Prince of Peckham

The Prince of Peckham in London is open, serving Caribbean food and beer and rum cocktails in an old-fashioned pub setting. The pub will host regular events and workshops celebrating the roots and culture of the area along with a programme of weekly music.

Prince of Peckham
Prince of Peckham


Founder
Clement Ogbonnaya

Operator The Arbuthnot Group

Typical dishes Curried mutton shepherd’s pie; and jerk sausages and mash with onion gravy

Website www.princeofpeckham.co.uk


The Rise

The Rise, a new restaurant and live music destination, has opened at the Grand Hotel & Spa in York. The decor pays homage to the building’s history and its occupier in 1906, the North Eastern Railway company.

The Rise at the Grand hotel & spa, York
The Rise at the Grand hotel & spa, York

Operator Splendid Hospitality Group

Head chef Craig Atchinson

Design Twenty2 Degrees

Typical dish Marinated artichoke, sun-blushed tomatoes and Yorkshire Fettle salad

Website theriseyork.co.uk


Ye Olde Bell Spa

The spa at the four-AA-star, 59-bedroom Ye Olde Bell hotel in Retford, Nottinghamshire, has opened, featuring an indoor and outdoor pool, the Herb Garden Brasserie and a hair and beauty salon. It also boasts saunas, a salt room and a ‘snowstorm experience’.

Ye Olde Bell Spa
Ye Olde Bell Spa

Treatment rooms Six

Spa directors Sadie Ardron-Levack and Lizzie Bath

Design Hilary Levack and Tonia Wynne of Homestead Interiors

Website www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

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