The Black Bull
The Black Bull in Sedbergh, Cumbria, has opened, owned by James Ratcliffe and Nina Matsunaga, who also own the nearby Three Hares café and bakery. The 17th-century coaching inn has been renovated using local materials and crafts to create a hotel, restaurant and bar.
Each room is named after a local fell and overlooks the Fells and the Yorkshire Dales, with rain showers and Japanese tubs, as well as Howgill Fells wool blankets, bespoke toiletries by the Sedbergh Soap Company and carpets by Wools of Cumbria.
Matsunaga – at the helm in the kitchen – started her career in bakeries in Germany before working with partner Ratcliffe on street food pop-ups in Manchester and the Three Hares. She draws on her Japanese heritage and local produce for the menu.
The restaurant features wooden panels created from the inn’s reclaimed floors, with Japanese influences such as suspended plants.
Opened 1 September
Owners James Ratcliffe and Nina Matsunaga
Starting room rate £125
Design Up North Architects
Typical dishes Swaledale goat, Jerusalem artichoke, chanterelle, hazelnuts and nasturtium; and smoked duck, miso and broad beans
Chiringuito ‘beach bar’ has opened in a former toilet block in London’s Bethnal Green with a rooftop overlooking Museum Gardens. The sharing plates are Latin American-inspired, while the bar specialises in gin and tonics, cocktails, Spanish wines and local craft beers.
Owner Alex Dehayen
Head chef Marco Padilla
Typical dishes Swordfish tacos with elderberry jam; roast pork belly in pisco and beer sauce
Former supper club Little Kolkata is opening its first permanent site in London’s Covent Garden. Sharing plates and speciality dishes will range from £5 to £13, maintaining the communal nature of the supper clubs.
Founders Prabir Chattopadhyay and Biswajit Deb Das
Design Meddhi Larouci
Typical dishes Cod fish cutlet with Kasundi; spiced fish egg from the Hilsa
Cheshire-based Mobberley Brewhouse has opened its first taproom in Stockport’s Market Place, showcasing the brewery’s beers and a rotating range of guest ales. The bar also offers British gins and a selection of pizzas. The Roberts family plan to open a second Project 53 taproom in Knutsford soon.
Owners Phil and James Roberts
General manager Charlotte Knowles
Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre West
The new Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre West has opened following a £11.25m conversion. The 40,000 sq ft former office block has been transformed by UK-based private equity and property manager Maven Capital Partners. The decor nods to Glasgow’s musical greats.
General manager Rory MacAleece
Starting room rate £65
After 25 years of operation, Harry’s Restaurant in Exeter is reopening on 8 September, following a refurbishment. The design will include historical images of the city, a new bar area and banquette seating.
Chef-proprietor Samantha Pounds
Design B3 Designers and Dirty Martini
Typical dishes Salmon and watercress fishcake with spring greens; slow-cooked barbecue pork ribs; and Devon crab linguine