A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors
Ghai, former executive head chef of the Michelin-starred Jamavar, has opened his first solo venture in London with his business partner, Abhishake Sangwan, who is overseeing the restaurant's front of house.
The pair have taken a 10-year lease on the Chelsea townhouse that formerly housed the Michelin-starred Restaurant Vineet Bhatia. Kutir, meaning ‘hut' in Sanskrit, is inspired by royal hunting expeditions in the Indian countryside.
The food reflects the feasting-style, celebratory dining that occurs on these retreats, with an emphasis on slow cooking. The restaurant offers a tasting menu of six courses for £60, as well as à la carte.
The venue also has an extensive cocktail list compiled by Sangwan, including the ‘sariska', with sweet basil, ginger, Bathtub gin, activated charcoal and lavender bitters; and the ‘lodgic', with jalapeño, watermelon, Alphonso mango, gold leaf, sugar cane juice and Skyy vodka.
Opened 22 November
Chef-patron Rohit Ghai
Typical dishes Jackfruit kofta with tomato sauce; 24-hour lamb rogan josh; and pan-seared seabass with coconut and mussels
The Parrot cocktail bar and live music venue in collaboration with actor Idris Elba has opened at the Waldorf Hilton in London's Covent Garden. The space is inspired by the building and its historic Palm Court, and features hand-painted palm wallpaper and lush foliage.
Founders Idris Elba and Lee and Nicky Caulfield
Head bartender Daniele Panzanaro
The Three Eagles
The Three Eagles restaurant and bar has opened in the former Wynnstay Arms hotel site in Llangollen, Denbighshire. Husband-and-wife team Matt and Vicky Jones manage the site under their new bar and restaurant operations company One Hundred Knights.
Owners Matt and Vicky Jones
Executive chef Adam Gaunt-Evans
Typical dishes Seared native scallop with curried pumpkin, Parmesan and vanilla butter
Locke Hotels has opened its latest aparthotel, Whitworth Locke, in Manchester. Previously a cotton mill, the venue now houses a CrossFit gym, third-wave coffee house, pop-up cocktail bar and co-working spaces. The opening follows Eden Locke in Edinburgh in 2017 and east London's Leman Locke in October 2016.
Wild Rice and Mamasan
Two Thai food concepts, Wild Rice and Mamasan, have opened in the same site in London's Soho. On the ground floor is Wild Rice, focusing on traditional Thai small plates, while in the basement is street food concept Mamasan.
Yen Burger has opened in London's Borough Market, serving Asian-influenced burgers made from Aberdeen Black Angus or wagyu beef, cod or vegetable alternatives. The Yen burger features fresh pickles and smoked turkey bacon, and the Finest Chick combines coconut-panko chicken breast and slaw.
Owner Yen Nguyen Design Studio ID-esign
Henry Harris and James McCulloch's Coach pub in London's Clerkenwell has opened four bedrooms, following the relaunch of its bar and dining room in January. The venue features mid-century modern furniture mixed with the traditional elements of an 18th-century inn.
Starting room rate £180
Owner Harcourt Inns Design Liana Braune of Zaffera