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Openings this week: Ceru, Martello Hall, DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport and more

13 January 2017 by
Openings this week: Ceru, Martello Hall, DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport and more

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

Ceru

Ceru, a contemporary Levantine restaurant, opened at 7-9 Bute Street in London late last year, and aims to bring the colourful cuisine of the eastern Mediterranean to South Kensington. The restaurant serves a varied all-day menu, inspired by the owners' travels in Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, using more than 100 ingredients and 20 spices.

Ceru's permanent home in London is born out of three London pop-ups and appearances at numerous summer festivals. It serves a specially-created list of cocktails alongside home-made lemonades and Ceru Pale Ale, a three-grain ale brewed exclusively for Ceru by Hop Kettle Brewery.

Ceru
Ceru
Opened 8 December 2016

Owners Barry and Patricia Hilton

Covers 43 covers inside and 10 outside on heated benches

Design Barry Hilton with Stephen Gee and Sonja Klaus

Typical dishes Lamb shoulder, chermoula aubergine, Ceru village salad and pita bread (£9 as part of the express lunch); lamb shoulder, slow-roasted for five hours in a blend of 12 shawarma spices (£10); Karides (whole grilled garlic prawns with a dried lime and coriander labneh) (£9); and vegetarian options including courgette and feta fritters (£6.25)

Websitewww.cerurestaurants.com

Six Storeys

Events and hospitality group Camm & Hooper opened its fifth venue in London in January. Billed as a private members' club without the fees, the venue functions as a bar and restaurant, open from early until late, offering distinct zones across each floor.

Six Storeys
Six Storeys

Opened 3 January

Typical dishes Carved flat-iron chicken; confit lamb; twice-baked soufflés with sloe gin jelly; and peanut butter and chocolate pudding

Websitewww.sixstoreys.com

Martello Hall

Martello Hall, on Mare Street in London E8, is the first bar from the Albion and East Group. The cocktail and banquet hall offers coffee and hot-desking by day and cocktails and pizza by night. There is an on-site gin distillery and wines selected by wine consultant Zeren Wilson and served on tap.

Martello Hall
Martello Hall

Founder Sarah Weir

Operations manager Darren Rumbelow

Covers 310 over two floors

Websitewww.martellohall.com

DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport

Following a £2.5m investment and renovation, the DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport has reopened. The property boasts 150 refurbished guestrooms, as well as the Space restaurant, offering traditional Scottish food.

DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport

Rooms 150

Meeting rooms 22

General manager Chris Lynch

Websitewww.hilton.com/Edinburgh-Airport

Kricket

Kricket is set to open in London's Soho this month, on Denman Street. It will offer modern Indian dishes, with an open kitchen and counter dining. The restaurant started life in a 20-seat shipping container in Brixton.

Kricket
Kricket

Covers 70 (plus semi-private seating for 14)

Chef Will Bowlby

Front of house Rick Campbell

Typical dishes House-made Goan sausage fry, coriander chutney, peanuts and pickled fennel

Websitewww.kricket.co.uk/soho

Alpha Beta Bar

The Modern Pantry in London's Finsbury Square is to launch the Alpha Beta bar on 16 January. Mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana of Mr Lyan Group has created a cocktail menu inspired by head chef Anna Hansen's use of globally-inspired ingredients.

Alpha Beta bar, the Modern Pantry
Alpha Beta bar, the Modern Pantry

Typical cocktails Firecracker Fizz (Compass Box Artist's Blend whisky, lemon, apricot and chilli sherbet fluffed with soda)

Seats 18

Websitewww.themodernpantry.co.uk

Chicken Society

Chicken Society, a new concept restaurant trialled by Mitchells & Butlers, opened in London's Finchley in December 2016. Diners can choose from a spit-roasted chicken or duck, cut to three different sizes, with sides such as fried courgetti, mac ‘n' cheese or Parmesan crinkle-cut fries.

Chicken Society
Chicken Society

Divisional director Susan Chappell

Covers 90

Manager Henry Geen

Websitewww.chickensociety.co.uk

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