InterContinental Hotels Group has opened the first of its extended-stay brand Staybridge Suites in Scotland in the city of Dundee.
The hotel is located in a formerly abandoned linen mill, with many of the suites retaining original features, including exposed brick ceilings and iron beams.
Designed for extended-stay guests, Staybridge Suites Dundee offers 85 one-bedroom and studio suites with living areas, fully equipped kitchens and flexible work spaces.
The lobby is designed as a work and social space where guests can make use of free WiFi. There is also a fully stocked on-site shop called the Pantry, where guests can purchase food essentials 24 hours a day, as well as free laundry facilities and a 24/7 fitness room. Breakfast is included and, three times a week, guests are invited to midweek evening socials hosted by the hotel with complimentary food and drink.
Opened 20 February
Starting room rate £75
Operator InterContinental Hotels Group
Hotel manager Dianna Bruce
Cold Town House
Scottish hospitality group Signature Pubs has opened Cold Town House in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, following a £4m investment. The former Robertson Memorial Church has been transformed into a brewery, bar, restaurant and rooftop terrace. It has booth seating and rotating windows opening into the brewery. The site also serves stone-baked Neapolitan pizzas fermented using Cold Town beer.
Operator Signature Pub Group
Taj Hotels has opened its Jiva spa brand, in collaboration with Temple Spa, at its St James’ Court property in London. A relaxation area includes a vitality pool, steam room and sauna and the spa menu features treatments including a Champagne and truffle 90-minute facial and Jiva’s signature Aksha scrub and wrap.
Treatment rooms Two single and one couple’s suite
New York-inspired Liberté on the third floor of Liverpool’s Bentley Building on the Strand has opened a pan-Asian restaurant alongside its cocktail bar. The bar opened last summer with the opening of the restaurant delayed in order to refine the concept.
Head chef Martin Zetek
General manager John Ryder
Typical dishes Soy caramel beef; ‘Liberté lamb’; and Asian-inspired gnocchi
Shanghai Teahouse Cantonese restaurant has opened its doors in Bothwell, South Lanarkshire, this week. The new 1,500 sq ft restaurant is located on the outskirts of Glasgow with a menu designed by Jimmy Lee, chef-owner of Lychee Oriental in Glasgow.
Typical dishes Twice-cooked pork belly with black bean sauce; and steamed halibut fillets with ginger, soy and spring onion
Vegan concept the Meet has launched a permanent restaurant in London’s Clapham. The restaurant, occupying an old railway arch, offers a selection of small sharing plates, burgers, late-night bites, weekend bottomless brunches and Sunday roasts.
Founders Ashley Letchford and Dominic Taylor
Typical dishes Lentil and pumpkin daal; kale and pumpkin seed pesto pappardelle; and five-spiced quinoa, black eye bean burger, kimchi slaw
Chef Carlo Scotto has opened his first solo restaurant, Xier, in London’s Fitzrovia. The site is split into two: the 62-cover, ground-floor casual-dining XR, and Xier, a 38-cover first-floor dining room offering a tasting menu.
Head chef Carlo Scotto
Typical dishes Yellowfin tuna tartar and aubergine caviar; and hanger steak with pickled walnuts, shallots, parsley and baby aubergine