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The 7 best openings of the week: featuring Duende and Theo Randall

17 March 2016
The 7 best openings of the week: featuring Duende and Theo Randall

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


Victor Garvey has opened modern Spanish restaurant Duende on London's Maiden Lane. The restaurant and its open kitchen has been designed by Matteo Bianchi. It derives its name from the Spanish for ‘imp' or ‘sprite', although it can also mean ‘mischief' or ‘charm'. The restaurant initially opened for dinner only from Monday to Saturday, but a lunch and a Sunday lunch service are being added in the middle of this month.

Garvey said: "We will serve the kind of food I love to eat in the kind of restaurant I like to eat in. The dishes I'll be cooking are rooted in my Spanish parentage and childhood, but influenced by my travels and experience of working in restaurants around the world.

"I'm not looking to create anything brand new; we're not about serving the finest this or most authentic that. I just want it to be somewhere where everyone feels welcome, has a good time at their own speed, and leaves feeling they've had good value for the quality. Somewhere with, well, duende!"

Opened 4 March 2016

Typical dishes Cured salmon rulada, crispy sweet potato, red onion escabeche and wasabi alioli; pancetta-wrapped quail with Pedro Ximénez jus; and oyster fritura, toasted almonds and Riofrio caviar

General manager Scott McCaig

Covers 26


The Blacksmiths

The Blacksmiths, a gastropub in Clayworth near Retford, has added new guest accommodation. There are two double en-suite rooms, a larger master room with a fire and open-plan bathroom, and a planned fourth room of apartment-style accommodation with a living area, kitchenette and its own courtyard.

Owners Will and Leah Frankland

Starting rate From £100 a night B&B


Cocktail Trading Company

The Cocktail Trading Company in Brick Lane in London opened last month with a 400-strong back bar and in-house distillery, which will allow the staff to create bespoke spirits.

Founders Andy Mil, Olly Brading and Elliot Ball

Price All cocktails are priced at £9

Typical drinks Bartender's Cocktail (mezcal vermouth, chocolate and ‘mixologist tears')



Lawrence Hartley and Tim Healy, the owners of Joe Allen restaurant, have opened Mustard in Brook Green in west London. Mustard is a British brasserie focused on healthy produce, which the pair hope to open in other locations.

Covers 80

Head chef Jason Wild

Managers Sam Mascord and Stephanie Redlick

Typical dishes New season lamb hotpot served with baby turnips and broad beans



Quod restaurant and bar in Oxford has reopened after a six-week refurbishment. Quod's kitchen has been completely replaced after 18 years and there is a new-look menu featuring European classics.

Typical dishes Avocado vinaigrette with crab; chestnut and mushroom ravioli; and duck confit, red cabbage and celeriac purée

Covers 200

Founder Jeremy Mogford


Theo Randall at the InterContinental

Chef Theo Randall's Michelin-starred restaurant at the InterContinental London Park Lane has been renovated and relaunched with an enhanced menu.

New dishes Fontina soufflé with spinach, cream and black truffle; and ravioli of turnip greens, ricotta and pecorino di Pienza

Head sommelier Vittorio Gentile


Yumi Izakaya

Yumi Izakaya, a new Japanese restaurant from Caspar von Hofmannsthal and the ETM Group, has opened in the Piccadilly West End hotel. It is inspired by Japanese izakayas (an informal pub with food). Von Hofmannsthal originally opened the concept in Phnom Penh in 2009.

Covers 38

Typical dishes Chilli-fried cauliflower; chicken heart skewers with spring onion and ginger; bacon-wrapped asparagus; and venison donburi


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