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Latest openings: Minster Mill, Casa Fofó, Hanami at the Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch and more

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Latest openings: Minster Mill, Casa Fofó, Hanami at the Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch and more

Minster Mill

Andrew Brownsword’s Minster Mill has relaunched as a standalone property following a £4.5m refurbishment, having previously operated as the Old Swan and Minster Mill.

The property in Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, is now a separate operation to neighbouring sister property the Old Swan. The group acquired the properties from the De Savary family in 2016.

The new property is set within a 20th-century mill and stands on the foundations of a mill that was documented in the 1086 Domesday Book. It has been designed by owners Andrew and Christina Brownsword, working alongside architect Simon Morray-Jones, with individually designed Scandi-style bedrooms.

A new restaurant is open to residents and non-residents, serving seasonal British food, headed up by 2017 MasterChef: The Professionals semi-finalist Tom Moody (previously at sister hotel the Slaughters Manor House in Lower Slaughter).

Minster Mill has six individual spaces for private dining and can cater for gatherings or meetings for up to 200 people.

Relaunched 11 March
Bedrooms 38
Owner/operator Andrew Brownsword Hotels
Starting room rate £150

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Casa Fofó

Ex-Pidgin head chef Adolfo De Cecco has opened his own restaurant in London’s Clapton, serving British seasonal ingredients and natural and low-intervention wines. The restaurant features communal tables in the basement.

Covers 28
Head chef Adolfo De Cecco
Typical dishes Middle White pork neck, peanut, vivid choi, nori, rice, horseradish; and pine, sour cherry, popcorn

casa fofo


Hanami has opened at the Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch, a spring terrace in partnership with Japanese spirit brand the House of Suntory. Celebrating the Japanese cherry blossom season, the terrace offers a menu of cocktails, Japanese cuisine and a cherry blossom-inspired afternoon tea.

Typical dishes Chicken, bacon, pink pepper teriyaki; harumaki snow crab shiso salsa; and toro avocado, tofu bun, Matsuhisa dressing

Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch - Hanami 2


Alice Staple and Dickie Bielenberg have opened Maremma, their debut neighbourhood restaurant in London’s Brixton, inspired by the coastal region in southern Tuscany famed for its salumi, seafood, olive groves and vineyards.

Founders Alice Staple and Dickie Bielenberg
Head chef Dominique Goltinger
Typical dishes La bistecca alla Fiorentina; wild boar prosciutto; and spinach and ricotta tortelli


Santo Mare

Santo Mare has opened in London’s Marylebone, specialising in Italian seafood. Italian and French wines are from famed winemakers such as Antinori, Frescobaldi and Gaia. Santo Mare is the fifth restaurant from Andrea Reitano, who is also behind Caffè Rei in Mayfair and Osteria Romana in Knightsbridge.

Covers 100
Typical dishes Salt-crusted sea bass; homemade gnocchi with red shrimp and Pecorino

Santo Mare

Serata Hall

Serata Hall, sister to venues Canova Hall and Martello Hall, has opened near London’s Old Street, featuring an in-house distillery, bakery and hot-desking space. Gin is distilled on-site, with gin blending masterclasses and bespoke cocktails from a trolley on offer.

Operator Albion & East
Design Red Deer
Typical dishes Truffle tagliatelle; slow beef rigatoni; pizza; fried vegan ‘chicken’; and beetroot gnocchi

serata hall

The Abbeville

London pub operator Three Cheers Pub Co has refurbished and relaunched the Abbeville in London’s Clapham, which takes its name from the town in France. The pub has a new aged-oak frontage and a 20-cover terrace with zinc and oak furniture.

Covers 80
General manager Armanda Melaj
Head chef Adil Cherradi
Design Tom Peake, Hannah Lindsay, Concorde BGW

Downstairs dining area at The Abbeville in Clapham.

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