Santa Maria, a Neapolitan pizza company that started eight years ago in Ealing in west London, has opened its third location on New Cavendish Street in central London. It will join its second site in Chelsea, which opened in 2016.
The interior is art deco-themed with a colour scheme of pinks, greens, yellows and blues chosen to reflect the buzzy retro feel of the Italian coffee bars of central London in the 1960s. The business remains independent and has avoided private equity and other offers of investment, allowing owners Pasquale Chionchio and Angelo Ambrosio to retain full control.
The restaurant does not take bookings, and while much of the menu will offer the same pizzas as the other sites, there will be more vegan options as well as collaborations with other chefs.
The pizzas are made with San Marzano DOP tomatoes, Fior di Latte mozzarella, Italian cured meats and sausages made from free-range, rare-breed pigs from North Yorkshire, while vegetables are as locally sourced and as seasonal as possible.
Opened 14 February
Owners Pasquale Chionchio and Angelo Ambrosio
Typical dishes Santa Paola with ‘nduja sausage, mushrooms and rare-breed Yorkshire sausage; and Calzone San Salvatore with cotto ham, salami Napoli and Parmesan
De Vere Beaumont Estate
De Vere Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor, Berkshire, has unveiled its £12m refurbishment. The 1705 restaurant serves British and Italian classics, and the 44-acre grounds feature sculptures by local artist Emma Stothard. In March, four new luxury suites and three lounges will be unveiled in the White House.
Starting room rate £118 per night
Owner/operator Principal Hotel Company
The Dover Marina hotel
The Waterfront Spa & Health Club has opened at the 85-bedroom Best Western Plus Dover Marina hotel, alongside four new suites including a bridal suite. More than £1m has been invested to create seven treatment rooms, a new sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, changing rooms and showers. The hotel has also created four new suites after acquiring an adjoining part of the terraced building.
A Latin American restaurant and wine bar has opened in London’s Southwark. Paladar, meaning ‘palate’ in Spanish and Portuguese, offers Brazilian-inspired music and cocktails, Argentinian and Chilean wines and Cuban and Nicaraguan rum and cigars. Founder Charles Tyler was behind Malay-Asian restaurant Champor-Champor in Bermondsey.
General manager Jose Rubio-Guevara
Typical dishes Cassava fritters, mora compote, tamarind sauce; and tuna tartare and taro crisp
Madison House hotel in Belfast has relaunched as House Belfast following a £2m refurbishment by NolaClan. The hotel is the third in the House brand following venues in Dublin and Limerick, and features a Whiskey Room bar and an all-day restaurant. A basement bar and club will be added later in the year.
Starting room rate £107
General manager Pamela Stagg
The Mulberry Bar
The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport has launched its new cocktail bar, the Mulberry bar. In addition to an extensive drinks menu, the bar is offering a series of masterclasses, including cocktail-making and whisky sampling. There will be a live pianist every Saturday evening and private areas can be reserved for up to 16 people.
Bar manager Jacek Milczarek
London’s first dedicated Prosecco bar has opened at One Tower Bridge. The bar works directly with family-owned vineyards in Veneto and exclusively stocks five vineyards not available anywhere else in London. On the menu are more than 20 different Proseccos and small cicchetti, or snacks.
Owner Kristina Issa
Covers 30 seated, 65 standing, 30 on the terrace
Design Justyna Czarnoba