The Royal Foresters
The 140-year-old Royal Foresters pub in Ascot has been transformed following an investment of more than £10m by independent pub group Oakman Inns.
The three-year renovation was delayed by the adverse extremes in weather this year, and some work is still ongoing to complete the hotel wing. The site, which has been saved from becoming a housing development, is now serving Mediterranean and British-inspired dishes using local ingredients.
The restored bar features two log fires, while the restaurant has an open theatre-style kitchen, a freshly planted beer garden and a landscaped, 80-cover terrace. The pub’s drinks list includes craft beers from the local Windsor & Eton Brewery.
Oakman Inns has opened 23 pubs since it launched its first 10 years ago.
Opened 27 August
General manager Malcolm Coulter
Head chef Lee McMullen
Deputy manager Jessica Bliss
Typical dishes Wood-fired pizzas; portobello mushroom cottage pie; fish and chips; rib-eye steak with fries; and chicken Caesar salad
83 Hanover Street
83 Hanover Street has opened in Edinburgh, serving Scottish ingredients with Chilean and Swedish flavours. It is the first dining project from former Gleneagles restaurant manager and owner of the city’s 99 Hanover Street bar, Juan Jose Castillo Castro, who has opened the site with his partner Vanessa Alfano.
Typical dishes Sopaipillas (Chilean pumpkin bread); quinoa salads; and empanadas
US brunch concept Avenue has opened in London’s St James’s, serving bottomless Aperol spritzes, Prosecco and Bloody Marys on weekends, with live DJ sets every second Sunday.
Head chef Andras Katona
Typical dishes Southern-fried buttermilk chicken burger; lobster roll with Marie Rose sauce and fries; and mac and cheese with bacon and spinach
Bristol The 44 Group has opened its fifth tapas bar, its first outside of Wales, in Bristol’s Clifton Village. The site features art by Spanish artist Andi Rivas and a ham cellar, as well as a drinks list showcasing biodynamic Spanish wines, vermouth, sherry and gin tonicas.
Head chef Tom Maynard
Typical dishes Ibérico lamb fillet with spinach, mint and smoked almond; and courgette ajo blanco with seared mackerel
The botanical-themed, multi-level Maple bar and restaurant is the latest addition to London’s White City development, with a 14-cover chef’s table and an alfresco terrace. Maple serves cocktails and craft beer and is open from breakfast to dinner.
Operator ETM Group
Typical dishes Tuna tartare with avocado, ginger dressing and seaweed crackers; and grilled octopus and squid salad
Travelodge Plus London City
Travelodge has opened its £95m flagship Travelodge Plus hotel in the City of London, the company’s largest new-build hotel. The hotel has a choice of 253 ‘budget chic’ rooms and 142 ‘SuperRooms’, as well as the brand’s new bar café concept, including counter seating with USB ports, booths and dining benches.
Starting room rate £39
Zuaya, a Latin American restaurant and bar from Alberto and Arian Zandi, has opened in London’s High Street Kensington. Designed by Harp Interiors, the venue has a moss wall and hanging plants, creating a rainforest feel.
Covers 66 inside; 12 outside
Head chef Francisco Lafee
General manager Francisco Teixeira
Typical dish Wild turbot ceviche with raspberry, orange, pink grapefruit, physalis and leche de tigre