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Latest openings: the Falcon in Buntingford, Brasserie of Light, Patri and more

13 December 2018 by
Latest openings: the Falcon in Buntingford, Brasserie of Light, Patri and more

The Falcon

The Falcon restaurant in Buntingford in Hertfordshire has opened its doors.

Chef Kieren Steinborn-Busse and his wife Natasha (who oversees front of house) run the restaurant in the Grade II-listed building, which serves British food based around seasonal, local produce from the likes of Solitaire Farm, Priors Hall Farm and local cheesemonger the Cheese Plate.

A Sunday roast will be a staple in the winter months, while smoked and grilled meat and fish will feature in the lighter summer dishes.

As well as the dining room, there are two private dining rooms upstairs, seating eight to 10 people each, the Oak Room and the Drawing Room, which offer a range of sharing menus.

Opened 30 November
Covers 28
Chef-proprietor Kieren Steinborn-Busse
Design Jo Eastham
Typical dishes Cornish ‘bouillabaisse', Twineham Grange and Nocellara olive tapenade; Isle of Mersea skate wing, confit fennel and onions and caper brown butter; and roast and confit Gressingham duck, dill-glazed turnips and carrots
Website www.falconrestaurant.co.uk

Brasserie of Light

Brasserie of Light is now open in Selfridges in London. The centrepiece to the restaurant is Pegasus, a 24ft crystal-encrusted statue by artist Damien Hirst.

Covers 146
Operator Caprice Holdings
Head chef Emanuel Machado
General manager Karthikeyan Chandran
Typical dishes Hand-dived scallops with red peppers, roasted fennel and capers
Website www.brasserie-of-light.co.uk

Laura Ashley the Tea Room

Following tea rooms opening at hotels in Solihull and Burnham, the latest Laura Ashley the Tea Room has opened at the Chace hotel in Coventry, featuring selected products from Laura Ashley's home furnishing and accessories ranges. The restaurant serves afternoon tea favourites, including finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and fruit preserves, and cakes and pastries.

Pastry chef Chris Murrow
Website www.lauraashleythetearoom.com

RP Culley

RP Culley & Co restaurant, named after the Welsh entrepreneur and philanthropist, has opened at Signature Living's Exchange hotel in Cardiff. The restaurant has its own private dining experience called ‘Carruthers @ Culleys', which can cater for up to 40 guests.

Head chef Keith Clash
Typical dishes Abergavenny lamb rack, pommes Anna, baby vegetables, lamb and port jus; baked cod fillet, shellfish broth and baby vegetables
Website www.exchangehotelcardiff.co.uk

Sir John Balcombe

Following a substantial refurbishment, the Sir John Balcombe pub in London's Marylebone has reopened with a new downstairs bar. The pub's drinks list includes Doom Bar and Truman's Swift, craft lagers and ales, while the decor features a rustic brick interior decorated with vintage artwork and a wood-panelled bar on the ground floor.

Typical dishes Half beer-brined chicken, sweet potato fries, pickled slaw; and 6oz beef burger
Website www.sirjohnbalcombemarylebone.co.uk

Patri

Patri, meaning train track, has opened in London's Ealing, offering the foods found at India's iconic railway stations, from the chaat handed to travellers through the windows of passing trains to the curries served on board.

Founder Puneet Wadhwhani
Typical dishes Rara ghost lal mirch (slow-cooked lamb with notes of aniseed); safed machi mas (monkfish curry cooked in almond cashew paste, fresh cream, yogurt, khoya and dried fruits)
Website www.patri.co.uk

Pasta Remoli

The third Pasta Remoli has opened in London's Ealing at the new Dickens Yard development. The menu includes a range of Roman sauces, inspired by Remoli's home city, as well as antipastis and desserts.

Founders Simone Remoli, Stefano Anfussi and Francesca Tarquini
Typical dishes Simone's signature seafood spaghetti; oxtail agnolotti; tagliatelle with red prawns; and lobster linguine
Website www.pastaremoli.co.uk

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