All the restaurant and hotel openings from this week’s issue.
Forest Hut at the Pig
The 31-bedroom Pig hotel in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, has opened an additional Bert’s Box – an eco-friendly guest cabin – within its grounds in the New Forest.
Bert & May Spaces has created the bespoke ‘box’ using an environmentally friendly building design. Judy Hutson, wife of Robin Hutson, the chief executive of the Pig’s parent company, Home Grown Hotels, and designer of the hotel group’s interiors, has created the Forest Hut’s “timeless” interiors with “rustic charm”.
The Forest Hut is a short walk from the hotel’s garden cottages, located among the trees in a woodland clearing.
The hut’s master bedroom looks onto the Pig’s garden and its own decked area. The bedroom features a floor made of reclaimed timber plus double-glazed aluminium doors and floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-panelled walls, checked-pattern bed throw and retro lighting. The en suite bathroom has its a freestanding bath.
Guests can enjoy the spa facilities in the hotel’s potting shed and shepherd’s hut.
Opened 5 February
Owner Home Grown Hotels
Design Bert & May Spaces and Judy Hutson
Starting rate £255
Bea’s of Bloomsbury founder Bea Vo has opened her second Butterscotch bakery and tea room in London’s Marylebone. Part of the Feed Your Soul family, which includes restaurants Stax, Boondocks and Famous Flames, Butterscotch showcases Vo’s love of American food, particularly sweet treats.
Typical dishes Sea salt caramel cheesecake brownies; key lime pie with toasted coconut cupcakes; snickerdoodle cookies; and mini brioche sandwiches with roast chicken and Brie
Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen
The Andaz London Liverpool Street hotel has expanded its F&B offering with the launch of Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen, a contemporary public house with global touches serving classic and modern food and beer from local breweries. The Grade II-listed venue sports bold reds and blues, traditional pub decor and Victorian features.
Typical dishes Beef feather blade bourguignon; king prawn and coconut curry; and harissa-glazed aubergines with freekeh and lentils
Prime Steak & Grill
Prime Steak & Grill steakhouse has expanded into Buckinghamshire with the opening of its third outlet in Beaconsfield. The brand also has locations in Chandler’s Cross and St Albans and is part of a privately owned restaurant group which also runs Italian chain Zaza.
Typical dishes Slow-roasted Suffolk pork belly with Irish black pudding; organic roast chicken with triple-cooked chips; and seared tuna with sesame crust, edamame and wasabi noodles
Saint Aymes café
Luxury chocolate brand Saint Aymes has opened its first boutique café at Connaught Village in London. The brand offers chocolates handmade in England and hand-painted with 23ct gold. The café, which will serve coffee, cakes and 23ct gold hot chocolates, will host masterclasses and workshops including chocolate making and decoration. The interior features floral print, and most furniture in the café is for sale.
Founders Michela and Lois Wilson
The Alchemist Nottingham
The Alchemist has opened its 13th venue following a £1.65m investment. Operating on King Street in Nottingham, the new outlet extends over 6,600 sq ft across two floors. The design follows the brand’s “copper-cased wonderland” hallmark: dark and gothic artwork. The Alchemist is backed by Palatine Private Equity, which supported a buyout from Living Ventures in 2015.
Design Macaulay Sinclair
Contemporary fish and chip shop United Chip, from the team behind All Star Lanes, is now open on London’s Clerkenwell Road. The menu offers Atlantic cod, haddock and pollock, traditional and Belgian fries, soft-shell crab burgers, and calamari and scampi cones. All food is available to take away.
General manager Bonnie Stephens McCann
Head chef Steve Collins
Interior design Sundae Design Studio
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