Baraset Barn hotel
Alongside the already established restaurant and bar of the same name, the Baraset Barn hotel has opened in Alveston, near Stratford-upon-Avon, to provide affordable luxury for a local crowd and tourists looking to soak up the area’s culture.
The hotel is set in a large barn conversion and is themed around the building’s original wood and stone features. It incorporates modern English-style interiors and fabrics orchestrated by owner Sue Salisbury and design partner Jess Earl.
Each room features floor-to-ceiling windows and king-sized beds, while in-room technology includes Smart TVs. All rooms surround a central courtyard garden with a fire pit and comfortable outdoor furniture.
The hotel accompanies the Baraset Barn restaurant, housed in a 200-year-old historic barn, which focuses on fresh produce from local orchards, fields and farms. The site features a raised terrace and courtyard garden for alfresco dining, a conservatory bar and two private dining rooms.
Room rates From £100 per night
Typical dishes Moroccan-spiced lamb rump, cauliflower couscous, smoked aubergine hummus and pomegranate; and braised pork belly, black pudding bon bons, spinach, roast apple and calvados purée, and cider sauce
Owner Sue Salisbury
This plant-based pizza concept is located on Chelsea’s King’s Road. The design is by Child Studio, providing a contemporary take on the classic Italian cafés that became a key part of London’s West End during the 1950s.
Founder Navid Mirtorabi
Typical dishes Zero-carb cauliflower-based pizza topped with ‘creamy saffron’ and asparagus; focaccia with San Marzano, oregano, olive oil
The Chequers Inn
The 18th-century Chequers Inn pub in Ettington, Stratford-upon-Avon, has relaunched with a kitchen extension and fresh interior. Proprietors Paul and Aman Bhandal have developed a new menu, serving pub classics with an Asian twist.
Typical dishes: Pork and chorizo scotch eggs; seabass, wild rice, black olives, cherry tomato compote; and masala chickpea chaat, toasted pitta
Craig McAlpine, a former winner of Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me and consultant chef to Hotel Indigo, has opened his first restaurant, Ember in London’s Brick Lane, serving a menu of seasonal Mediterranean small plates, cooked over embers.
Typical dishes Ember-baked celeriac hummus, olive oil, hazelnuts, kale; and grilled slow-cooked pork belly, smoked aubergine, beetroot purée
Borough Market restaurant Roast in London has unveiled a new bar area offering cocktails and snacks, with views over the market.
Bar manager Aly Roshdy
Typical cocktail ‘Borough Market Sour’: AquaRiva tequila, Koko Kanu coconut rum, Wray & Nephew rum, Kummel liqueur, lemon, egg white, coconut
Typical snacks Lindisfarne rock oysters, Scrubby Oak apple vinegar, shallots; and venison chipolatas, honey, mustard
Grazing by Mark Greenaway
Mark Greenaway has returned to Edinburgh’s dining scene with the opening of Grazing by Mark Greenaway at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh. The grazing concept offers sharing plates with locally sourced ingredients.
Typical dishes Barbecue shiitake mushrooms on toast; cured meat and choux pastry picnic box; 11-hour slow-roast pork belly; sticky toffee soufflé
Website www.markgreenaway.com/ grazing-restaurant
Independent caterer Social Pantry has launched Crane’s Kitchen in South London Gallery, Camberwell. The neighbourhood venue serves an all-day menu of both light and comforting seasonal dishes. Other Social Pantry sites are located in Battersea, Ealing and Kensal Green.
Typical dishes Braised chicken, fennel, fregola, broad bean; smoked mackerel panzanella; labneh, poached eggs, spring greens, spiced hazelnut butter