Coal Drops Yard
The first wave of restaurants has opened at new London shopping and restaurant district Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross, including Anthony Demetre’s Vermuteria, Pip Lacey’s Hicce and five restaurants from the Hart Brothers: Casa Pastor, Plaza Pastor, the Drop, Barrafina and Parrillan.
The historic buildings and arches adjacent to Granary Square and Regent’s Canal have undergone a £100m transformation after falling into disuse in the 1990s.
Casa Pastor, a ‘big sister’ to Borough’s El Pastor, is focused on tacos, while outdoor dining terrace Plaza Pastor is more drinks-led. The Drop wine bar aims to be relaxed and unpretentious, while Parrillan will open in spring 2019 with tabletop charcoal grills.
Chef Demetre and designer Michael Sodeau’s Vermuteria is a café-bar serving drinks using vermouth, amaro and fernet, and British and European cuisine, with dishes including pork cheek croquettes, wild mushrooms and snails on toast.
Former Murano head chef Lacey has opened Hicce within clothing store Wolf & Badger, an 80-cover restaurant that is a partnership between Lacey and her long-time friend and business partner Gordy McIntyre.
Tom Dixon’s Coal Office restaurant also opened ahead of the official launch.
Opened 26 October
Design Heatherwick Studio
The Great Northern Hotel at London’s King’s Cross has opened the Anthracite lounge. The lounge, which serves martinis and cocktails, has views of the St Pancras clock tower and is inspired by its railway heritage – anthracite was used to power steam trains.
Owner-operator Jeremy Robson
Head bartender Balazs Nagy
Design Archer Humphryes
Clutch restaurant in London’s Hackney has reopened following a two-month refurbishment with new menus, including a weekend brunch and a Sunday roast menu. Clutch uses sustainably farmed, British free-range chicken, which is brined or salt-rubbed and cooked in groundnut oil.
Typical dishes Jerk chicken croquettes and banana ketchup; jalapeño cornbread, whipped chicken butter and crispy skin; fried chicken burger
Heads + Tails
Heads + Tails late-night cocktail bar from Will Partridge and Chris Dennis has opened in London’s West Hampstead. Heads is a bright, airy bar serving light cocktails, gins, wines and aperitivo, while Tails is a dark basement bar specialising in whiskies and rums. Bar snacks are available in both, as well as an extensive wine list.
Founders Will Partridge and Chris Dennis
Japanese burger and udon restaurant Ichibuns has marked its first anniversary in London’s Soho with the launch of Ichibar, a late-night drinking and dining destination in the basement space beneath the restaurant. The concept has been created by consultancy Dare Hospitality and the bar serves Japanese whisky, gin, craft ale, saké and cocktails.
Owner Lord Simon Restaurants UK
Design Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Studio Glitt
Macellaio RC Fitzrovia
Roberto Costa’s Macellaio RC restaurant group has opened its fifth London site on Fitzrovia’s Store Street. The site combines both restaurant and butcher and also offers a menu of traditional Italian pizzas.
Founder Roberto Costa
Covers 45, with a further 40 on the terrace
Typical dishes Steak tartare; pan-fried beef heart served with garlic, chilli and Mediterranean herbs; hanger steak with herbs and chilli rub
Scotts bar and restaurant has opened in South Queensferry, West Lothian, the eleventh venue for Buzzworks Holdings. Scotts at Port Edgar Marina is set against the backdrop of the Three Bridges and the Firth of Forth. Chefs will select produce from a seafood display in the main bar to prepare dishes in front of guests.
Operator Buzzworks Holdings