Openings this week: Sheep on Sheep Street, Little Bird, Masson House and more

08 July 2016
Openings this week: Sheep on Sheep Street, Little Bird, Masson House and more

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

Sheep on Sheep Street

Pub operator Brakspear has reopened the Grapevine in Gloucestershire as the Sheep on Sheep Street after a major refurbishment. The 17th-century building retains its historic charm with a contemporary feel. The redesigned bar and restaurant is dominated by a central, full-length bar and the site also offers a remodelled garden and rear patio area. The pub offers 10 British gins, including the locally distilled Cotswolds Gin, as well as 10 craft beers and a selection of Brakspear cask ales. The menu is based around the wood-fired oven, with a range of gourmet southern Italian-style pizzas. Bedrooms have been given a fresh townhouse feel.

Opened 1 July

Bedrooms 22

Covers 100

Executive chef Antony Ely

Head chef Matthew Houghton

General manager Ben Fox

Operator Brakspear

Typical dishes Sicilian pizza with arrabbiata sauce, courgette, prawns, rocket and artichokes; and the Sheep Street pizza with spiced lamb, Berkswell cheese, pomegranate, mint and red onion jam

Balans Soho Society café

Balans Soho Society has opened a new café in Seven Dials near Covent Garden, catering for breakfast through to late-night dining. The seasonal menu will focus on local produce, particularly from butcher the Ginger Pig and smoked salmon supplier H Forman & Son.

Executive chef Crispin Chetwynd

Design Simon Costin

Typical dishes Moroccan lamb and apricot meatballs; and coconut shrimp with mango salsa

Little Bird

Restauranteur Lorraine Angliss has opened her latest cocktail bar in Chiswick, west London. The menu offers small plates and shared grazing options to pair with herbal cocktails, while the interiors were inspired by the conservatories at Kew Gardens.

Head chef Michelle Lepherd

Mixologist Adam Bozsoki

Typical dishes Salmon sashimi; wasabi with soy; and warm rare beef with horseradish cream

Masson House

Edinburgh First at the University of Edinburgh has invested £1.6m in the refurbishment of its three-star hotel property, Masson House on the Pollock Halls estate. The menu will focus on local ingredients.

Head chef Craig Rowley

Starting room rate £131

Typical dishes Stornoway black pudding and cured bacon salad; grilled Scottish salmon; and wild mushroom and tarragon risotto


The Sheraton London Park Lane hotel in Mayfair has launched its new Italian restaurant, Mercante. Inspired by the markets of Rome, Venice and Naples, the menu consists of produce and dishes influenced by Italian regional specialities.

Operator Sheraton London Park Lane hotel

Head chef Davide D'ignazio

Typical dishes Rabbit alla cacciatora; and grilled mackerel, wild fennel and citrus salad

Myki Sand Bar

The Archer Street cocktail bar has launched a pop-up beach club bar in Soho, London, in partnership with Cîroc vodka. Located on the lower ground floor of Archer Street, it features ceiling sails, sandy floors and panoramic shots of the world's most glamorous beaches.

Covers 220

General manager Michael Belle

Operator Archer Street

Bromley Court hotel

The Bromley Court hotel in Kent has unveiled a contemporary new look that still complements its Regency style. The Garden bar and restaurant, public areas and the majority of bedrooms have been modernised.

Covers 180

Bedrooms 117

Starting room rate £80

Managing director Max Ball

Head chef Stephen Clark

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