St Luke's Kitchen
London members' club Library has opened St Luke's Kitchen, an unusual restaurant in what used to be a private function room. Library was set up by entrepreneur Ronald Ndoro to provide a haven for London's aspiring literary and design communities. The restaurant is names after St Luke, the patron saint of artists, bookbinders, brewers, butchers and glassmakers. A guest chef will change the restaurant menu every six to eight weeks, to coincide with the release of their latest cookbook. In charge is head chef Gavin Lambert (formerly of ME Hotel and Elk in the Woods), who will work with the guest chefs to make their menu a reality. On 29 April, St Luke's will play host to Chetna Makan of The Great British Bake Off as she launches her book The Cardamom Trail.
Opened 14 March 2016
Chef Gavin Lambert
Typical dishes Sponge cake with cardamom, pistachio and white chocolate; coriander chicken parcels; and swirly bread rolled with citrusy coriander (for Chetna Makan's residency)
Availability Non-members may reserve a table at the restaurant, but members are given preference and 10% off all meals
Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa
Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa has revamped its two-AA-rosette Squires restaurant, including the addition of a wine and champagne bar.
Chef James Fairchild
Typical dishes Fish cakes, saffron aïoli, lemon, rocket and fennel salad; and scallops and bacon jam, shredded pork and apple compote
Gourmet Goat has opened a new fixed indoor unit on Rochester Walk at Borough Market in London, after two years of trading outside. The venue serves east Mediterranean dishes, showcasing kid goat sourced from British dairy farms.
Typical dishes Kid goat stifado (traditional Greek stew); and Sheftalia sausage wrapped in crepinette with east Mediterranean piccalilli
Co-founders Nadia and Nick Stokes
Raj of Kensington
Indian restaurant Raj of Kensington in London opened in Abingdon Road on 15 March. The menu features a range of clay oven delicacies, chef specialities and classic Indian accompaniments.
Owner Salim Sheikh
Typical dishes Keralan kekda (crispy soft-shell crab in spicy batter, sautéed with mustard and curry leaves)
Sea Salt restaurant opened in Tenby in Pembrokeshire last month. The restaurant sits below the esplanade in the town and boasts a terrace overlooking the South Beach. Chefs Duncan Barham and Matthew Flowers have worked in various kitchens, including the Grove Narberth, the Manor House in Wiltshire and the Bath Priory.
Chefs Duncan Barham and Matthew Flowers
Typical dishes Carmarthen Bay mackerel; home-smoked salmon with fennel and roasted beetroot; and local seafood hotpot
Directors Helen Hillary, Jade Brookes, Duncan Barham and Matthew Flowers
Covers Restaurant: 30; bar: 15; and terrace: 20