Openings this week: Dakota Deluxe Glasgow, John the Unicorn, Stove and more

09 May 2016
Openings this week: Dakota Deluxe Glasgow, John the Unicorn, Stove and more

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

Dakota Deluxe Glasgow

Ken McCulloch, 1993 Hotelier of the Year, has opened his latest boutique hotel, Dakota Deluxe Glasgow. McCulloch is pitching Dakota as a lifestyle brand, synonymous with "timeless style and exceptional service" and is aiming to expand across the UK.

Dakota Deluxe is "a higher-level product" than the two Dakota hotels that McCulloch Unique Hotels already operates, in what he calls the secondary sites of South Queensferry, Edinburgh, and the Eurocentral industrial estate on the outskirts of Glasgow.

A 90-bedroom Dakota Deluxe is set to open in Leeds following the Glasgow launch. The hotels are being developed in conjunction with Evans Property Group, which also has a stake in the two Dakota properties. The Glasgow Dakota Deluxe features a Jack's bar (named after the New York venue on Madison Avenue) and a Downstairs at Jack's restaurant, serving "interesting, fresh, sophisticated, comfort food".

Opened April

Bedrooms 11 suites and 72 bedrooms

Features A residents' and members' only library lounge, Champagne bar, cocktail bar, grill and cigar terrace

Interior design Amanda Rosa

General manager Andrew Ovenstone

Starting room rate £135 per night for one adult

155 Bar & Kitchen

155 Bar & Kitchen on London's Farringdon Road is now ready to run at full capacity following a quiet re-opening late last year. The restaurant presents a modern British menu in surroundings that pair neutral tones with details inspired by London.

Chef consultant Damian Wawrzyniak

Covers 55

Typical dish Cornish sea bass carpaccio with avocado, yuzu and coriander

John the Unicorn

In Peckham in London, Antic London's new pub and restaurant offers cocktails, regional real ales, fine wines and spirits and handpicked beers from some of south-east London's best microbreweries.

Covers 80

Head chef Ben Mulock

General manager Angela Boyle

Typical dish Sticky chicken heart skewers, white bean purée and toasted seeds (£4.25)

The Karbon Grill

The Karbon Grill Kitchen and Bar has opened in the Hilton Garden Inn in Sunderland, serving pan-American cuisine with a hint of Latin influence. Food will be cooked on a charcoal-fuelled Josper Grill.

Head chef Luca Tomassetti

Covers 100

Typical dishes Karbon Burger; Cajun blackened stone bass; baked North Sea lobster; and a 30oz Tomahawk rib-eye steak for sharing

Sea Spice

Sea Spice promises the diverse flavours of exotic Indian cuisine in the seaside town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk at the White Lion hotel. The new restaurant combines Suffolk produce with local craft beer and Indian dishes.

Head chef Pratap Singh Rawat

Covers 74

Typical dishes Goan fish curry in a sauce of coconut, ginger and spices; lobster masala; and sautéed river Deben mussels


Brimstone and the Langdale Estate in the Lake District have opened Stove, a new "ultra-modern" restaurant. It features tables handmade using local wood, and serves dishes with ingredients smoked in-house.

Kitchen team Scott Barge, Charles Gachomo and Michael Marran

Covers 200

Typical dish Whole smokehouse lobster; slow-roasted lamb shoulder for two


Notch in central London opened on 5 May. The rooftop space that was #Roofnic during summer 2015 has been transformed into a place for Japanese street food.

Design Denldn

Food Supplied by Fudo Shack, serving dishes such as sashimi pizza from 10am until 10pm

Drinks Rum, tequila and gin-based cocktails, craft beers, bags of wine and tuna cans filled with readymade Negronis and Old Fashioneds

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