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Openings this week: Ivy Clifton Brasserie, Rum Kitchen, Opera Grill and more

17 August 2016
Openings this week: Ivy Clifton Brasserie, Rum Kitchen, Opera Grill and more

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

Ivy Clifton Brasserie

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie has opened with a modern British menu inspired by the original Ivy in Covent Garden, London. The restaurant is set in the Clifton and Hotwells conservation area of Bristol, overlooking the Mall Gardens.

The spacious Georgian building has a portico entrance, domed wall-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings and brass chandeliers. The design features diamond-patterned black, tan and cream floor tiling, dark wood period furniture, navy and tan leather chairs and brass fixtures and fittings. Eight tan leather and black iron high-backed stools skirt the bar, and antique mirrors line the walls, along with an eclectic collection of prints reflecting period drawings of Bristolian architecture and its railway heritage, the rivers Severn and Avon, and port scenes.

General manager Adam Wilson

Executive chef Sean Burbidge

Head chef Dominik Malecki

Design Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

Covers 130

Typical dishes Slow-roasted lamb shoulder; roast salmon fillet; chicken Milanese; steak, egg and chips; shepherd's pie; line-caught swordfish; and aromatic duck curry


Rum Kitchen

Rum Kitchen has opened its third site, in Brixton, south London, offering a modern approach to classic Caribbean cooking, an extensive cocktail list and a rare rum selection. The restaurant has two charcoal and wood-fired ovens in its open kitchen.

Covers Inside: 110; outside: 20

Typical dishes Jerk-fried chicken burger with spicy lime salt and Scotch Bonnet mayo; and slow-cooked pork belly ribs with jerk BBQ sauce


Opera Grill

Individual Restaurants has opened the Opera Grill in what used to be a Methodist church in Chester. It is believed to be one of the largest restaurants in the north-west of England. It intends to bring theatre on a grand scale to the food and drink scene of the area.

Owner Individual Restaurant Group

General manager Kristie Palmer

Executive chef Kevin Wigglesworth

Design Bernard Carroll


Patty & Bun

Patty & Bun has opened its fifth restaurant, on Redchurch Street in east London. The venue offers bar seating and an open kitchen upstairs, and a speakeasy-style drinking den with banquette seating downstairs.

Covers 40

Owner Joe Grossman

Typical dishes ‘Smokey Robinson' burger with caramelised onions, bacon and smokey mayo; and potato chips with shrimp and chilli salt


The Jetty and Long Bar

The latest Jetty restaurant has opened in Surrey's Guildford Harbour hotel alongside the Long Bar, featuring a 120ft, sweeping marble-top bar. The menu offers expert mixologist-designed cocktails and microbrewery beers.

Covers 78

Head chef Steve Hubbert

Typical dishes Lamb with summer risotto; and cod fillet topped with Devon crab

Bedrooms 183


Harry Ramsden's

The new Harry Ramsden's restaurant at Blackpool Tower has opened, revealing the brand's new look. The flagship restaurant features a 19ft LED screen and a selfie pod. As well as fish and chips, the updated menu includes rotisserie and grilled seafood and meat, salads, burgers and a vegetarian range.

Covers 330

Manager Alan Wright

Head chef Alan Openshaw



Pod has opened the doors of its first new shop in four years, at Kingsway, London. The new site, offering coffee, breakfast and lunch, has leather seats, marble-top tables and granite surfaces, all in various shades of green. The restaurant also offers a full delivery service for local companies and individuals.

Manager Kate McGowan

Kitchen manager Monika Maican


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