This week’s openings include Kudu, Bone Daddies Nova, Roganic and more
Kudu, a modern European restaurant with South African influences from couple Amy Corbin (daughter of Wolseley restaurateur Chris Corbin) and Patrick Williams (formerly Paradise Garage sous chef), has opened in London’s Peckham.
The restaurant is named after a type of antelope and the kudu bread the menu starts with. South African-born Williams has drawn inspiration from his roots to produce modern takes on traditional dishes cooked over fire, potjie (cooked in a small cast-iron pot) and braai (barbecued or roasted).
The seasonal menu utilises produce from the team’s allotment and kitchen herb garden.
Key interior design features include reclaimed materials, earthy colours, accents of greenery and reclaimed African mahogany parquet flooring. The Orangerie, with tall tables, raspberry-velvet stools and handmade Turkish floor tiles, is at the back of the restaurant, leading onto the kitchen garden. The kitchen counter, with six seats, is kept for walk-ins.
Opened 12 January
Head chef Patrick Williams
Owners Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams
General manager Amy Corbin
Interior design Alessio Nardi, A-nrd Studio
Typical dishes Braai lamb neck, smoked yogurt, lettuce and Brussels tops; and whole mallard duck with honey and garlic glaze
Bone Daddies Nova
London ramen brand Bone Daddies has opened a sixth site, at London Victoria’s
Nova development. New menu additions include soft shell crab maki rolls and
katsu curries. The new restaurant is split into two levels, and the design highlights the group’s Japanese street-scene tone.
Covers Inside: 90; outside: 28
Design B3 Designers
Founder Ross Shonhan
Alderley Edge hotel
The Alderley Edge hotel in Cheshire has unveiled its new bar and three-AA-rosette restaurant as part of a £2.5m refurbishment. The new look is matched by a new menu and more relaxed service. The full redevelopment is set to be complete by Easter.
Owner JW Lees
General manager John Scott
Design Carroll Design
Happy Bird, a new premium, fast-casual chicken concept, has opened on Whiteladies Road in Bristol, offering eat-in, takeaway and delivery. Free-range chicken can be ordered boneless, naked or buttermilk-fried, with a range of sides and homemade sauces, such as green chilli with apple, or fermented soy bean, chilli and sesame.
Founder Adam Batty
DoubleTree by Hilton Chester
The DoubleTree by Hilton Chester has opened 79 new bedrooms as well as unveiling the entrance, reception, lounge and lobby of the 18th-century former manor house. The bedroom design incorporates elements of the hotel’s past – it was once owned by pioneer balloonist Thomas Baldwin.
Design Rethink Interiors
Operator Valor Hospitality Europe
Chef-restaurateur Simon Rogan has found a permanent home for former pop-up Roganic in London’s Marylebone. The menu uses produce from Rogan’s Our Farm in Cartmel, Cumbria, and incorporates elements from Rogan’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant L’Enclume also in Cartmel, Cumbria.
Chef-patron Simon Rogan
Head chef Oliver Marlow
General manager James Foster
Moxy Hotels, Marriott International’s ‘millennial’ hotel brand, has opened its third property in the UK and its second in London. Like other Moxy hotels, guests are offered a cocktail at check-in, while the bold design includes references to local culture and artistic nods to the 2012 Olympics.
Starting room rate £68
General manager Sheila Azimian