A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors
Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux
The five-red-AA-star, 188-bedroom Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh has replaced its Hadrian’s brasserie and Balmoral bar with Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux.
In collaboration with Alain Roux, chef-patron of the three-Michelin-starred Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, and his father, the chef-restaurateur Michel Roux, Brasserie Prince pairs Scottish produce with classic French cooking. The seasonally changing menu is rooted in French bistro dishes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, as well as light bites and sharing plates at the bar, and seafood from a raw bar.
Now with a separate entrance on Princes Street, the space has undergone a complete redesign. A colour palette of soft blues, green hues and blush pink tones complement the high-gloss lacquer and timber-panelled walls. The design also incorporates quintessentially Scottish timber, soft leather and wool, as well as antique mirrors and brass detailing.
Opened 11 June
Signature chef Alain Roux
Design Martin Brudnizki and Olga Polizzi
Typical dishes Dover sole meunière; Aberdeen Angus côte de boeuf; and boudin noir aux deux pommes (black pudding with caramelised apple and potato purée)
Grand Central hotel Belfast
Northern Ireland-based Hastings Hotels has opened its seventh hotel, Grand Central, in Belfast. The venue’s outlets include the Grand Café for coffee and bistro bites, the Seahorse Bar & Bistro, and the Observatory cocktail lounge (which opens in September, on the 23rd floor). There are also two meeting rooms, two boardrooms and the Panorama Suite.
Bedrooms 300; 10 suites
General manager Stephen Meldrum
Oliver Plaza hotel
The Oliver Plaza hotel in London near Earl’s Court station has reopened after a renovation. Designer IND Creations has introduced a vibrant colour scheme, with shades of blue and yellow in the bedrooms and public areas. The new Zara Lounge on the lower ground floor is designed for breakfast and relaxation.
Starting room rate £109
General manager Stella Fernandez
Smiths of Smithfield
Smiths of Smithfield in London’s Farringdon has reopened following refurbishment. The venue features a dining room and terrace, a grill, an art deco-style cocktail lounge, and an all-day dining room and bar.
Head chef Liam Walsh
Typical dishes Slow-roast duck leg with spiced lentils, spring greens and black cherry sauce; stout and treacle-cured pork collar
The Little Chartroom
Former Castle Terrace alumni Roberta Hall-McCarron and Shaun McCarron have opened a neighbourhood-style bistro in Edinburgh. The venue features artworks made from old shipping charts by Roberta’s artist mother.
Design Studio Niro
Typical dishes Ricotta and Parmesan gnudi; chicken with anchovy and crème fraîche potatoes; hake with aubergine and lentils
The Milestone Hotel
Red Carnation’s Milestone Hotel & Residences in London’s Kensington has unveiled two renovated suites as part of a three-year refurbishment programme. The 106 grand master suite has original period furniture and a collection of framed vintage Hermès scarves, while the Meghan suite is a tribute to the Duchess of Sussex.
General manager Andrew Pike
Design Beatrice and Toni Tollman
Bar and restaurant operator Novus has reopened the Sterling at the base of the Gherkin in the City following refurbishment. Both bars at the Sterling have been opened up and an open kitchen has been introduced.
Covers 160 inside; 200 outside
Typical dishes Grilled chicken Caesar salad; wild mushroom ravioli; 28-day-aged rib-eye steak with chips and peppercorn sauce