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Openings this week: Tom's Kitchen, HMS Belfast; Pullman Liverpool and more

14 April 2016
Openings this week: Tom's Kitchen, HMS Belfast; Pullman Liverpool and more

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

Tom's Kitchen, HMS Belfast

Compass Group has opened a new Tom's Kitchen site at London landmark HMS Belfast. The most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship is moored on the river Thames, and the new quayside restaurant, which is named after chef Tom Aikens, has been designed with a fresh and contemporary feel, aimed at tourists, local office workers and residents alike. The deli will open daily from 8am until 6pm offering a range of Tom's Kitchen dishes, as well as cakes and pastries. The rooftop bar will open from noon until late and offers nautical-themed cocktails as well as beers, wines and ciders and a selection of nibbles and sharing boards. The ship itself is run as an attraction by the Imperial War Museum, but no entrance tickets will be required for the restaurant. There are four Tom's Kitchen restaurants and three delis across London, as well as one international site in Istanbul.

Opened 11 March

Covers Rooftop bar: 58; deli: 46

Typical dishes Chicken and chorizo sandwich with beef tomato and spiced mayo on pumpkin bread; and roast squash salad with rocket, pecorino, sage and honey

Operator Levy Restaurants


Tapas 37

Olivia and James Byrne, the owners of the Eccleston Square Hotel in London, have joined forces with chef Matt Laville to create a French-inspired tapas restaurant. Laville has previously worked at Arzak in San Sebastián.

Covers 25

Typical dishes Crispy stuffed courgette flower with truffle honey; and tinned sardines, spicy tomato, croutons and black olives

Chef Matt Laville


Crowne Plaza Reading

The restaurant and bar at Crowne Plaza Reading has reopened after a £300,000 refurbishment with a brand new menu and kitchen equipment. The casual-dining restaurant is called Riverside and opens onto a terrace overlooking the Thames.

Covers Restaurant: 90; bar: 42

Operator Redefine BDL Hotels

Head chef Ramneek Chugh

General manager (hotel) David Willmott



Foxhills Club & Resort in Surrey has opened two new deluxe suites. The two new doublestory suites represent the culmination of a two-year, £1.7m resort revitalisation. The resort sits in 400 acres of countryside.

Floor area 200 sq m (each)

Interior designer Parker Liddell

General manager Jason Adams

Starting rate From £290 per room per night, including breakfast


Pullman Liverpool

The upscale hotel brand of AccorHotels has opened Pullman Liverpool, the brand's first UK new-build. It is situated at King's Dock on Liverpool's waterfront.

Bedrooms 216, including 26 interconnecting rooms for families

Room features Mini bar, 40" flatscreen TV with free movies on demand, complimentary Wi-Fi and Co Bigelow toiletries


Six Portland Road

Oli Barker, the former business partner to chef Ed Wilson at the Terroirs Group, has set up a small independent restaurant just off Holland Park Avenue in London.

Covers 40

Head chef Pascal Wiedemann

Typical dishes Hansen & Lydersen smoked salmon and celeriac remoulade; anchovy egg mayonnaise and mâche salad; and girolles, broad beans, spätzle and fried duck egg


The Assembly House

The Grade I-listed historic house in Norwich, which already has a restaurant and café as well as event facilities, has developed a new bed and breakfast wing with 11 luxury bedrooms and suites, following a £545,000 funding package from Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Bedrooms 11

Owner The Assembly House Trust

Starting rate From £160 per room per night


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