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Openings this week: Brook Green hotel, Clipstone, Stoke Park and more

10 August 2016
Openings this week: Brook Green hotel, Clipstone, Stoke Park and more

A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors

Brook Green hotel

Brook Green hotel in Hammersmith, north London, has refurbished its pub and dining room, adding a contemporary edge to the historic 19th-century building following on from the makeover of the bedrooms. The new look takes inspiration from Parisian brasseries, with high ceilings, wall mirrors and art deco-style pendant lights. The speakeasy-style bar has been given a new lick of paint and will serve an array of spirits, including the locally distilled Sipsmith. An extensive cocktail list will showcase new creations alongside classic martinis and the menu has also been modernised to serve ‘updated British' cuisine.

Reopened 13 July

Bedrooms 17

Starting room rate £99

General manager Jessica Davis

Head chef Andrejs Mincenoks

Owner Young's

Design Fusion by Design

Typical dishes Billingsgate fish pie; ‘green burger' of carrot, chickpea, kidney bean and beetroot; Cumberland sausage bubble and squeak; and quinoa, roasted fennel, honey parsnip, watercress, beetroot and pickled shallot salad

Brooks Country House

Brooks Country House at Pengethley Manor in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, has opened, making it the first rural property for the hotel brand. It has a vineyard, outdoor swimming pool, bar and restaurant, and brings affordable luxury to the country house hotel scene.

Bedrooms 22

Starting room rate £89

Operator Brook Hotels

Owners Carla and Andrew Brooks


The team behind the Michelin-starred Portland restaurant has opened Clipstone in London's Fitzrovia. It will offer a more accessible approach with the same great produce, quality wines and service.

Covers 52

Owners Will Lander and Daniel Morgenthau

Executive chef Merlin Labron-Johnson

Typical dishes Mussels with sake, coriander and olive oil; and wood pigeon with claw

The Franklin

The Franklin hotel in London's Knightsbridge has reopened after a complete renovation. The Victorian building has been redesigned with influences from Italy and Istanbul, with a fine-dining Italian restaurant and Champagne and martini bar overlooking Egerton Gardens.

Bedrooms 35

Starting room rate £360

Design Anouska Hempel

Owner/operator Starhotels

King's Head

The King's Head hotel in Richmond, London, has reopened following a £1m refurbishment. The hotel, which was acquired earlier this year by the Coaching Inn Group, has seen a renovation of its restaurant, bar and accommodation as well as the introduction of its new eatery and coffee house concept.

Hotel manager Fred Oxlade

Bedrooms 24

Owner The Coaching Inn Group

Stoke Park

Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, has opened its new spa gardens overlooking the hotel grounds. The gardens features a new hot tub, Scandinavian sauna, day beds, double loungers and a Manu nest. The spa atrium has also undergone a full refurbishment.

Spa manager Anna Thomas

Bedrooms 49

General manager Giammario Ragnoli

Stone Place

The Stone Place Restaurant Company has opened a pub restaurant in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire. The restaurant showcases the SteakStones concept, using hot volcanic rocks to cook meat at the table without oil.

Covers 56

General manager David Bird

Owners Melvyn Angell and Sylvia Sheridan

Typical dishes Sirloin or fillet steak; Chateaubriand; lamb; prawns; tuna; and scallops

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