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Openings this week: The Painswick, the Astor Grill, Padella and more

15 April 2016
Openings this week: The Painswick, the Astor Grill, Padella and more

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

The Painswick

The Calcot Collection has opened the Painswick in the hilltop town of the same name in Gloucestershire. The hotel firm, which also runs Calcot Manor, Barnsley House and Northumberland's Lord Crewe Arms at Blanchland, launched the Painswick in what used to be the Cotswolds88 hotel last month, having acquired it in April 2015. It is a "country cool restaurant with rooms". "Something of a realignment is happening in the country hotel arena," says the Calcot Collection's executive chairman, Richard Ball. "After years of pushing the boundaries of luxury to extremes, a return to the essence of its core offering is under way."

The Painswick features a first floor restaurant with bar, lounge and private dining/meeting room; two beauty treatment rooms (featuring the Elemis range) and 16 bedrooms (nine in the main house and seven in the adjoining garden wing). The Painswick can be used for exclusive-use hire, and is expected
to continue to be a popular wedding venue.

Opened 21 March 2016

Bedrooms 16

Restaurant covers 34

General manager Luke Millikin

Head chef Michael Bedford

Interior design Nicky Farquhar and Cathy Birtles

Starting room rate £99 per night (excluding breakfast) for the first 100 days the hotel is opened, £119 thereafter


The Astor Grill

A new, relaxed restaurant has opened at Cliveden House near Taplow in Berkshire. The Astor Grill is located in the Duke of Westminster's former stable block.

Covers 38 inside, with additional seasonal terrace seating for up to 40

Executive chef André Garrett

Typical dishes Crispy Cornish squid with devilled tomato mayo; English pea soup with mint and crème fraîche; and the Astor fish pie


Barrio Brixton

Latin American restaurant group Barrio has launched a new outpost in London's Brixton. It serves tequilas and mezcals alongside a menu inspired by South American street food.

Owner Ferdie Ahmed

Group head chef Ernesto Paiva

Head chef Heath McDonald

Covers 70

Typical dish



Rotisserie chicken restaurant Cocotte has opened in London's Notting Hill, serving roast chicken to eat in or takeaway with side dishes and salads. Cocotte's chickens are marinated for 24 hours in a recipe of herbs and spices before being slow-cooked for three hours at 93°C and then finished on a spit to crisp up the skin.

Chef/owner Romain Bourrillon

Covers 28


The Culpeper

East London's the Culpeper has opened five en-suite bedrooms. It is named after Nicholas Culpeper, a 17th-century maverick herbalist from Spitalfields. The building is set over four floors and includes a pub, restaurant, rooms and rooftop greenhouse and garden.

Bedrooms Five

Room features Digital radios from Ruark Audio and Nespresso machines with pods

Room rate £120 per night including breakfast


Obica St Paul's

March saw the opening of Italian restaurant group Obica's new flagship venue in London's St Paul's. Italian marble sits alongside copper and stainless steel details in an open space designed by Andy Martin.

Covers 120

Executive chef Erind Halilaj

Typical dish Tartare di tonno - knife-cut ahi tuna prepared with olives, capers, tomatoes, lime, chives and avocado purée



The duo behind Trullo in London's N1 have opened Padella in Borough Market. The menu is made up of eight handmade pasta dishes taken from Trullo's most popular menu items.

Owners Tim Siadatan and Jordan Frieda

Typical prices £7-£10.50 a dish

Typical dishes Trullo's signature pappardelle with eight-hour beef shin ragÁ¹; tagliarini with brown shrimps, green and yellow courgette; and squid ink tagliarini with mussels, chilli and oregano


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