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