Budget design hotel brand Motel One has opened its first hotel in Newcastle. Each Motel One takes its design influences from the city's local history and culture, which in this case was "old industrial charm blended with stylish modernism". To achieve this, care was taken to preserve some of the building's old brick walls, which act as a backdrop to modern chandeliers. The reception is decorated in the black and white stripes of Newcastle United football club, and the One Lounge breakfast area has been inspired by the seven bridges over the Tyne. In the bar, the design is influenced by the ‘Rocket' Robert Stephenson's steam locomotive.
Motel One was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It operates 53 hotels and around 14,300 rooms across Europe. The company plans an additional 25 Motel One sites across Europe over the coming years.
Opened 29 December 2015
Room features Bathrooms with granite and glass Dornbracht washbasins; monsoon showers; Artemide Tolomeo lighting; Egyptian cotton bedlinen; Loewe flatscreen TV; free Wi-Fi; iPads available from the One Lounge
Room rate From £59 per night
Adam Stokes and his wife Natasha have opened Adam's in Birmingham's Waterloo Street. The move comes after the pair ran the pop-up Adam's restaurant in the city for two and a half years. The new £1.5m venue is housed in what was the offices of a bank.
Covers 36; chef's table: 12; private dining: 16
Typical dishes Pigeon, jerusalem artichoke, mushrooms, watercress; duck, turnips, leeks; and dark chocolate, Earl Grey, ginger, orange
Galvin Restaurants has opened Galvin Hop on the site of what was Galvin Café A Vin in Spitalfields in London. Galvin Hop is the flagship pub for the recently created Galvin Pub Co. The company's second pub, the Green Man, will open in Chelmsford in the summer.
Operators Chris and Jeff Galvin
Typical dishes ‘Luxe dog' gourmet hot dogs; Rosanna onion and Rattler cider soup; tarte flambée; and yogurt-marinated spring chicken
Osteria, a new restaurant created by Searcys in collaboration with chef Anthony Demetre, is to open next week at the Barbican Centre in London. It will focus on bold, ingredient-led Italian cooking and homemade charcuterie.
Typical dishes Carpaccio of sea bream, clementine, fennel and chilli; white onion
and bread soup; and ‘Roman-style' tripe
Head chef Patrick Leano
Covers Bar: 52; restaurant: 60; private dining: 16
Japanese restaurant Shackfuyu has launched a new private dining room that can seat up to 16 guests. The restaurant is owned by Bone Daddies founder Ross Shonhan.
Design Dark grey walls; dark-blue 1970s leather upholstered chairs; low-hanging, industrial light fittings; and Japanese film and music posters
Head chef Ben Hughes
Typical dishes Korean fried wings; kare pan (rabbit curry doughnut with daikon mayo)
Young's-owned pub firm Geronimo Inns has relaunched the Clarence in Whitehall after a £1.3m refurbishment. The Tin Belly dining room has been named after the Blues and Royals cavalry, who were nicknamed the ‘tin bellies', due to their metal breastplates.
Typical dishes Toad in the hole, Lancashire bomb mash, cider onion gravy; and smoked haddock and prawn pie with buttered spinach
Retail director Patrick Dardis
The Truscott Arms in London's Maida Vale has launched Born 1983, a dining room within the pub. It takes as its inspiration the journey head chef Aidan McGee made from his family farm in Donegal, Ireland, to cooking around the world and at the Truscott Arms.
Tasting menus McGee has devised two new gastronomic experiences: ‘Journey' (£65) and ‘Memories' (£95)
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