All the restaurant and hotel openings from this week's issue
The Hero of Maida
The Hero of Maida has opened on the site of the former Truscott Arms in London's Maida Vale. It is the second pub with rooms from Harcourt Inns, a collection of pubs from former Racine chef-patron Henry Harris and Holborn Leisure founder James McCulloch, following the Coach in Clerkenwell.
The pub's signature Sunday roast menu has been reinstated, with classics including seven-hour, slow-roasted shoulder of lamb and rosemary. Seasonal vegetables are championed in daily changing menus inspired by provincial French cooking. The bar serves salads, tarts and specials throughout the day.
The pub is named after General John Stuart, who led British troops to victory in the Battle of Maida in Italy during the Napoleonic Wars, and after which Maida Vale is named.
The pub's original details, such as ceiling roses and oak floors, have been kept. The ground floor of the Victorian corner site is built around a zinc-topped bar. The artwork is a mix of contemporary and vintage equestrian paintings acknowledging the Napoleonic heritage of Maida Vale.
Opened 12 May
Chef-patron Henry Harris
Head chef Steve Collins
General manager Thomas Blythe
Typical dishes Cuttlefish ratatouille; moules marinières; Cheltenham beetroot and shallot tart; calves' liver with black bacon and sage
40 Dean Street Family-run restaurant 40 Dean Street has relaunched in London's Soho, serving classic Italian dishes as well as regional specialities at affordable prices. With a cosy, bistro-style interior, the restaurant also serves Italian wines and beers and classic Italian cocktails, including Aperol Spritz, Negroni and Bellini. Typical dishes Linguine with mixed seafood, cherry tomatoes and brandy; gnocchi with wild mushroom, smoked mozzarella and truffle oil Website www.fortydeanstreet.com
Arch 13 at Connolly's Birmingham's oldest wine merchant, Connolly's, has opened a new bar, Arch 13. With more than 500 wines and 120 gins, Arch 13 launches with a 23-strong wine selection, cocktails, and a menu devoted to Madeira wines showcasing vintage bottles dating from 1968. The food menu includes cheese and meat boards, which can be created bespoke. Owners The Connolly family Design Newman Gauge Website www.arch13bar.co.uk
Inko Nito Zuma founders have opened their first Inko Nito Japanese robatayaki restaurant in London's Soho, with food cooked over charcoal. The new 3,100 sq ft casual-dining concept serves sharing dishes and cocktails. Covers 90 Group executive chef Hamish Brown Design Studio Mai Typical dishes Beef cheek, spicy Korean miso and pickled daikon; sea bass, yuzu and wasabi Website www.inkonitorestaurant.com
Kookoo A deli from the team behind the Hook fish restaurant has opened in London's Camden. Kookoo serves a range of salad options to eat in or take away, such as rump steak chimichurri or salmon with wasabi and lime. Covers 15 Head chef Simon Whiteside Typical dishes Curry-roasted cauliflower, heritage tomato and pickled fennel salad; aubergine, pickled red cabbage and feta Website www.kookoouk.com
Plate Plate restaurant from Arnaud Stevens has opened at London's M By Montcalm in Shoreditch. The menu offers English-French fusion fine dining, while the Plate Bake and Bar is an artisanal bakery by day and a cocktail bar by night. Chef-director Arnaud Stevens Typical dishes Salted Atlantic hake with baby leek, courgette and vanilla mash; Herdwick lamb rump with Isle of Wight tomato, caper and pistou Website www.platecatering.co.uk
Sargeant's Mess Mark Sargeant's new restaurant, created in partnership with CH&Co and Historic Royal Palaces, has opened at the Tower of London. The restaurant also has a 10-cover café-deli and a 40-cover outdoor terrace with a bar. Covers 85 Head chef Simon Oakley Typical dishes Atlantic cod with dripping chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce; steamed suet pudding of the day Website www.sargeantsmess.com Get The Caterer every week on your smartphone, tablet, or even in good old-fashioned hard copy (or all three!).