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Openings this week: Cotswold House, Bluebird, The Mash Inn and more

05 October 2016
Openings this week: Cotswold House, Bluebird, The Mash Inn and more

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

Cotswold House

Cotswold House hotel in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, has relaunched after a £1m restoration, which included a full renovation of its restaurant, bistro, suites and bedrooms, as well as wedding and event spaces. It has also opened a new tea room.

The hotel suites have undergone soft enhancements, with paintwork, headboards, curtains and furniture all reupholstered, replaced or updated. The restaurant, bistro, public and event spaces have seen a more dramatic renovation, including new carpets, furniture and lighting.

Bespoke Hotels, which represents over 170 properties worldwide, took over a long-term lease and management of the hotel and nearby sister property the Noel Arms, in 2012.

Reopened 6 October

Bedrooms 28

Operator Bespoke Hotels

General manager Craig Webb

Head chef Pasquale Russo

Starting room rate £105

Design David Bentheim



Chelsea's Bluebird restaurant has undergone a £2m refurbishment. The Art Deco landmark was built in 1923 as a garage for 300 cars, and this is woven through the redesign. The steel frame has been painted red, while Celia Birtwell textiles bring a pop of colour.

Covers 248

Executive chef Liam Smith-Laing

Senior general manager Laura Dove

Design Sagrada



Steak and lobster restaurant Bourgee has opened a second flagship site in Chelmsford following its first restaurant in Southend-On-Sea. The chefs cook the meat on a specialist Josper grill, and diners are given graphite knives imported from Germany.

Covers 120

Directors James Welling and Mark Baumann

Typical dishes Tomato, aubergine and Malbec risotto; and sriracha hot pepper beef skewers


Bombay Palace

Bombay Palace near London's Marble Arch has reopened following a remodelling. The restaurant now has a lounge, bar area, a patio and a private dining area for 45 diners. Harjeet Singh, who trained at the Bukhara, remains the head chef.

Head chef Harjeet Singh

Typical dishes Nalli gosht (slow-cooked lamb shanks in saffron curry); methi murgh (chicken cooked with fresh fenugreek); and aloo gobi



Smoking Goat founder Ben Chapman has opened Kiln in Soho, London. This casual restaurant has a short grill menu plus a speciality daily noodle dish. The cooking is inspired by simple rural Thai dishes, combining Burmese and Yunanese flavours.

Founder Ben Chapman

Design Dan Preston

Typical dishes Yunnan-cured sausage; roast suckling pig; curried cockles; and roast goose



Macellaio RC has opened its third London restaurant at the Union Street Arches in Southwark, London. Macellaio, Italian for ‘butcher', has an in-house butchery and Ligurian bakery. Inspired by the theatres in the area, a stage extends into the restaurant to showcase the best cuts of the day.

Founder Roberto Costa

Typical dishes Fassona rump steak; and tagliatelle with mushroom tomato salsa


The Mash Inn

The Mash Inn, an 18th-century inn in the Buckinghamshire village of Radnage, has opened after being given a new lease of life by restaurateur Nick Mash. Chef Jon Parry will be making much of the food from scratch, including the hand-churned butter, and will be using produce from the kitchen garden.

Covers 32

Bedrooms Five

Starting room rate £100


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