Openings this week: the Savannah, A2 at the Park Chennai, Rastella and more

18 May 2016
Openings this week: the Savannah, A2 at the Park Chennai, Rastella and more

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

The Savannah

Two eco-friendly artists are the masterminds behind the interiors. The Trees of Time are silhouettes created by British designer-maker Stephanie Cole, whose work explores nature and its shapes and patterns. The Bird of Prey is created from recycled shopping trolleys and is by ethical artist Ptolemy Erlington. In fact, most of the furniture is made from recycled materials and even the bar uses reclaimed wood.

Opening date 12 May 2016

Designer Chris Arnold, head of Creative Orchestra, and his team

Operator The Wesley hotel

Chief executive John Nyoka

Head chef Alin Lucian Atanasiu

Manager Javier Segura

Covers 54

Typical dishes African spiced pork belly with scallop, carrot and miso purée; and prawn tempura with spicy tomato fondue on a banana leaf

A2 at the Park Chennai

Park Hotels has launched A2, an industrial-chic restaurant at the Park Chennai in India. It offers oriental tapas and ramen and interior design with a rustic finish by Gunjan Gupta.

Head chef Ashutosh Nerlekar

General manager Rajesh Radhakrishnan

Covers 40

Typical dishes Sticky hoisin pork ribs; and water chestnut and spinach dim sum

Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch

The former Old Street Magistrates' Court is now a luxury boutique hotel in east London. A £40m renovation has seen the building that once housed the Kray twins morph into a hotel with a bowling alley, spa and cinema.

Bedrooms 128

General manager Alexander Petkov

Room starting price From £189 a night

Farmer J

New market-dining restaurant Farmer J has launched in Leadenhall in London, offering healthy fast food, including gourmet sandwiches and chargrilled meat and fish.

Executive chef Neil Witney

General manager Elad Levy

Covers 40

Typical dish Ocean trout in salsa verde with spiced and roasted sweet potatoes and kale Caesar salad


Cornish grill Rastella has opened at the Merchants Manor hotel in Falmouth. The menu focuses on local produce - seafood - with what they claim to be the best locally-sourced drinks menu in the country.

Chef-patron Hylton Espey

Head chef Daniel Kerr

General manager Sioned Parry-Rudlin

Typical dish Coastal shellfish, foraged seaweed and horseradish


Sam and Sam Clark have opened their third restaurant, Morito, in Hackney. In keeping with their other restaurants Moro and Morito, it draws on influences from southern Spain, North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.

Head chef Marianna Leivaditaki

General manager Sadie Wright

Covers 72

Typical dishes Asparagus with clams; aubergine manti with yogurt and pistachios

Roxy Ball Room

Jones Bar Group has opened its second Roxy Ball Room, the ping pong and pool concept, in Liverpool ONE. It offers a mix of gaming, cocktails, beer and bar snacks, including fresh dough pizza and homemade hamburgers.

Kitchen development manager Jay Harrison

General manager Mike Crayford

Covers 150

Typical dish Pizza with tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni, red peppers and rocket

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