Openings this week: The Mews at Sopwell House, Felson's, the Bloomsbury Club bar and more

23 June 2016
Openings this week: The Mews at Sopwell House, Felson's, the Bloomsbury Club bar and more

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

The Mews at Sopwell House

Sopwell House hotel in Hertfordshire has converted its old stable blocks into a set of spa-inspired suites. The Mews surround a botanical garden designed by a Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist, with living pergolas, umbrella trees and an infinity-edged hydrotherapy pool, and a two metre-high pleached hornbeam (a type of tree) to provide guest privacy. Sparcstudio, behind the designs of several award-winning hotel spas, applied a similar approach to the Mews. The suites encompass their own courtyards with sunken private spa baths, while the bathrooms have under-floor heating and the four-poster bed suites have double-ended in-room baths. The interiors also reflect their countryside setting, with real timber wood flooring, farmhouse doors, slate and leather furnishings and a muted palette of mustard and tan.

Reopened 1 June 2016

Starting room rate £244 per night

Director Rafi Bejerano

Design Sparcstudio

Suites 16

AC Hotels by Marriott

The first two AC Hotels by Marriott, managed by Valor Hospitality Europe, have opened. The new Manchester and Birmingham hotels are aimed at the creative, well-travelled guest.

Bedrooms Birmingham: 90; Manchester: 142

Features AC Lounge serving local craft beers, speciality wines, signature cocktails and tapas-style small bites; and an AC Library for reading, relaxing and meetings

Owner/operator Marriott


Intertain has launched a new 1950s-style American sports lounge and pool bar in Bournemouth. Serving beers, cocktails and American classics, it caters for afternoon drinks to late-night pool games.

Owner/operator Intertain

General manager Lascelles Richardson

Head chef Andrew Read

Typical dishes Southern-fried chicken; chilli dog; pulled BBQ pork wrap; and Cajun mushrooms

High Field Town House

Peach has opened its first boutique hotel next door to its gastropub, the High Field in Edgbaston. It offers 12 individually styled rooms with a country feel, with walnut and mahogany furniture and hand-printed wallpapers from the Cotswolds.

Bedrooms 12

Owner/operator Peach

Managers Sarah Robinson and Adrian Corry

Starting room rate £135

Peyton and Byrne

Peyton and Byrne has opened its fifth bakery on Great Portland Street in London's Marylebone. The 40-cover site, which retains its original Victorian facade, serves cakes, biscuits, pies, tarts and healthy breakfasts, catering to both local office workers and picnickers.

Covers 40

Owner Oliver Peyton

Master baker George Heron

The Bloomsbury Club bar

Doyle Collection has launched the Bloomsbury club bar. Influenced by the 1920s and 1930s, the bar will serve cocktails inspired and named after members of the Bloomsbury set.

Covers 80 (40 inside and 40 outside); outside standing: 50

Bar manager Brian Calleja

Typical dish Tuna tartar on Guinness bread with avocado, lime and wasabi

Burger Shack

Burger Shack has found a permanent home in Wimbledon. It offers laid-back dining with an Anglo-American menu, craft beers and locally distilled spirits.

Covers 150

General manager Lee Rae

Typical dishes Streaky burger with maple bacon; veggie beetroot, fennel, lentil and mozzarella burger; lobster and crayfish roll with avocado; and cream-stuffed jalapeños

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