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Openings this week: the Greyhound, Pentahotel Ipswich, Pint Shop and more

18 October 2016
Openings this week: the Greyhound, Pentahotel Ipswich, Pint Shop and more

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

The Greyhound

The Greyhound hotel in Carshalton, Surrey has reopened following an extensive refurbishment of the bar and dining areas. They are now decked out with leather booth seating, tweed armchairs and light fittings made from vintage glass decanters. The namesake 200-year-old greyhound mosaic keeps watch from the pub's main entrance.

Bedrooms are finished in muted tones of grey, yellow and burgundy with brushed gold metalwork, cosy furnishings and quirky decor, including pineapple lamps and upturned trunks as night stands. First built in 1730 as a coaching inn, Lord Epsom drafted the rules for the Epsom Derby in the Swan bar. At the corner of the pub is Anne Boleyn's well, the spring of which is said to have burst from the ground when her horse kicked it.

Bedrooms 21

Covers Dining room: 36; cellar: 26; pub: 70

General managers Colum and Anne Marie McCarthy

Head chef Rafael De Paula

Restaurant managers Sian Millar, Toni Masters and Chloe Masters

Owner Young's Hotels

Design Fusion by Design

Starting room rate £79

Typical dishes Homemade chicken, ham and leek pie with creamy mash and minted peas; and roast garlic chicken Kiev with truffle mash, treacle bacon and summer greens


Pentahotel Ipswich

Pentahotels has launched in Ipswich, Suffolk, after a £2m refurbishment. The interior design focuses around an open-plan ‘pentalounge', a relaxed living room with leather sofas that is open to the public. Guests at the hotel can check in at a combined reception-bar.

Bedrooms 126

General manager Ben Thomas

Starting room rate £75


Ibis Cambridge

AccorHotels has opened its first property in Cambridge, now the largest hotel in the city. Ibis Cambridge compromises 231 ‘sweet rooms' and a Chill#2 café and bar area which also serves as the main check-in area. The café-bar sources local produce and stocks artisan coffee.

Bedrooms 231

General manager Frank Béchemilh

Starting room rate £80


London Steakhouse Co

London Steakhouse Company City, near Liverpool Street Station in the City of London, has officially re-opened to reveal a split-level dining space. On the ground floor, high ceilings complement a neutral colour scheme peppered with dark mahogany wood features and artworks by British political cartoonist Jak.

Covers 200

Co-owner Marco Pierre White

General manager Toni Topi


Pint Shop

Pint Shop, the award-winning Cambridge operator, has opened its second beer house on George Street in Oxford. Formerly a building society, the site dates from the 1930s and has undergone a considerable refurbishment.

Covers 220

Typical drinks 24 beers on keg; 92 gins; and a small selection of rarer bottled beers

Owners Richard Holmes and Benny Peverelli



New restaurant Roma, near Fenchurch Street station, aims to bring the flavours of ancient Rome to London on the same spot a Roman fort once stood. The menu revives the Roman speciality of cooking with hay.

Head chef Steton Steele

General manager Pauline Dubord

Typical dishes Wild mushroom gnocchi; slow-cooked leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary; and vine-wrapped tuna with leeks and olives


Fancy Funkin Chicken

A new chicken restaurant has opened on Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, south London. The cocktail list uses locally-sourced ingredients and the venue has a suspended herb garden.

Covers 50

Owners Nathan Pattie, Rollo Weeks and Lars Larsson

Typical dishes Hot wings; fried or flame-grilled chicken breast or thigh burgers; chilli cheese fries; tater tots; doughnuts; and corn breads


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