Modern Iranian restaurant Nutshell has opened on London’s St Martin’s Lane, showcasing home-cooked Iranian recipes with a modern twist.
The owners have worked with Jonas Stern (formerly of Pollen Street Social) to create a drinks list inspired by sweet sherbet, a drink offered to visitors in Iran. This can be seen in cocktails flavoured with syrups, spices and herbs, such as the Silk Road gimlet, made of Tanqueray Rangpur gin, green cardamom and Persian lime cordial.
The design of the restaurant, which takes its name from the pistachio orchards farmed by co-owner Mohammad Paknejad’s family, has been influenced by Persian patterns and a palette of greens and pinks.
Opened 31 July
Owners Marwa Alkhalaf and Mohammad Paknejad
Head chef Jeremy Borrow
Typical dishes Josh pareh (beef dumplings); khoresh bademjan (pearl onions, split chickpeas and aubergine stew); mast-o-khiar (roasted pistachio, rose petals, strained yogurt, cucumber and sumac)
Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2
The Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 is the first hotel at the airport with direct access to the Queen’s Terminal via a walkway. The property features 23 family rooms and 10 suites, the Apron restaurant, the Runway rooftop bar and a 24-hour business centre with five meeting rooms.
Owner Arora Hotels
Chef Freddy Bird has opened Littlefrench restaurant in Bristol, a relaxed French restaurant with a daily changing, regional French lunch and dinner menu, as well as brunch on weekends and bar snacks.
Head chef Freddy Bird
Design Nessa Bird
Typical dishes Plaice, brown shrimp butter, jersey royals, spinach; and wood-grilled leg of Pyrenean lamb, new season garlic, anchoïade
Moxy York Stonebow
Marriott has opened its latest Moxy hotel in York, the first outside of London in the UK. The playful interiors are themed around the York City Knights rugby team and the Shambles (an old street in the city). The hotel also offers its self-service 24/7 B&F (beverage and food) concept.
Starting room rate £69
Formerly owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, the Roxburghe hotel in the Scottish Borders countryside has been relaunched after being sold last year. Following refurbishment by Kitzig Interior Design, the hotel has joined 12.18 Investment Management’s Schloss brand. The group has plans to add 57 further rooms and a spa with swimming pool.
Owner 12.18. Investment Management
Kings Arms hotel
The Grade II-listed, 18th-century Kings Arms hotel on the Hampton Court Palace Estate in London’s Richmond and its Six restaurant have reopened following refurbishment, with a new menu from chef Mark Kempson.
Head chef Jack Scoines
Owner TY Danjuma Family Office
Typical dishes Palace garden salad; whole native lobster, tarragon butter, salad; burgers
The latest Harcourt Inns pub relaunch is the KPH (formerly the Kensington Park hotel) in London’s Notting Hill, the sixth in the group’s portfolio. The KPH will serve an Anglo-French menu designed by group chef-director Henry Harris. Head chef Ruairidh Summers previously worked as sous chef at the St John group.
Head chef Ruairidh Summers
Typical dishes Baked turbot, peas, elderflower, lardo; and roast Aylesbury duck, fennel, peach