This week’s openings include The White Horse in Dorking, Surrey, Enoteca Rosso, Rudie’s Boxpark and more.
The White Horse
The White Horse in Dorking, Surrey, reopens this month after a £4m refurbishment.
It closed in July 2017 after Bespoke Hotels acquired the property from American private equity company Lone Star. Improvements have been made across all bedrooms and public spaces, as well as to the restaurant and bar.
The interior design has been overseen by Squid Inc, with furnishings that pay tribute to the building’s history.
The White Horse features extensive dining facilities alongside a delicatessen and refurbished bar serving local ales and regional wines. The Dozen restaurant serves a menu of traditional British and modern European cuisine, as well as a range of steaks from a Kopa charcoal oven. The Dozen Deli is set to open in February and will be stocked with Surrey produce.
The venue also has a ‘1812’ meeting space, suitable for up to 30 delegates or 20 in boardroom style.
Owner/operator Bespoke Hotels
General manager Beccy Gunn
Starting room rate £109
Head chef Gavin Chilcott
Design Squid Inc
Typical dishes Vegetable Wellington with red pepper purée; grilled whole lemon sole with parsley butter; and roast lamb rump
Ekachai has launched its fifth London restaurant within the King’s Cross Granary Square development, specialising in south-east Asian hawker food. The casual-dining concept was established in 1999 by school friends Thomas Tjong and Sidney Tsang from Hong Kong.
Head chef CY Lim
Typical dishes Beef brisket noodle soup; char kway teow; and tempe, tofu and spinach soup
Allerton Manor golf resort in Liverpool has relaunched following a refurbishment. The Clubhouse has a ground floor restaurant, the Old Stables, and the Hay Loft private function space. Fletcher’s Sports Bar will occupy the ground floor of the Manor House. The house will be a boutique hotel and wedding venue.
Managing director Marc Smith
General manager Craig Coley
Executive head chef Phil Daley
The Victory House, London Leicester Square – Mgallery by Sofitel hotel has partnered with restaurateurs Ed Baines and Jamie Poulton, behind Soho’s Randall & Aubin, to open Petit Bistro, based on a French bistro concept. The restaurant is located on the ground floor.
Design Michealis Boyd
Typical dishes Poulet rôtis; onglet steak and French fries with sauces; and foie gras burger
Hippy Fish poké restaurant, serving Hawaii’s raw fish dish, has opened in Marylebone, London. The casual-dining brand has a focus on sustainability, and all the packaging is biodegradable. The site evokes beach shacks with wicker chairs, leafy plants and driftwood.
Founder Ed Britz
Typical dishes Tuna sashimi with spring onions, edamame and cucumber; and black caviar and lobster poké bowl
Enoteca Rosso, an Italian restaurant and wine bar, has opened in London’s Kensington, serving fresh, seasonal pasta and gnocchi. The 12-cover private dining room, the Vault, pays homage to the site’s past life as a bank.
Founder Joao Silva
Head chef Flavio Militello
Typical dishes Saffron tagliatelle with lamb ragoût; ravioli filled with broccoli and ricotta
Following the launch of Rudie’s in London’s Dalston in 2015, the brand has opened a grab-and-go site in east London’s Boxpark serving tapas-style Jamaican dishes. The drinks menu has been extended with the introduction of bottled Jamaican punches. Lunch options include the ‘Jerk-It-Up’ box (jerk chicken with sweet potato and rice‘n’peas).
Typical dishes Jerk chicken; curry goat; jerk swordfish steak; and callaloo and mushroom wrap