A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors
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.
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
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.
General manager Ben Thomas
Starting room rate £75
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.
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.
Co-owner Marco Pierre White
General manager Toni Topi
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.
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.
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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