The seven biggest openings this week: featuring Bukowski Grill and the Pilot

14 March 2016
The seven biggest openings this week: featuring Bukowski Grill and the Pilot

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

Bukowski Grill

Chef and restaurateur Robin Freeman has opened his third restaurant, the flagship Bukowski Grill, at 10 D'Arblay Street in London's Soho. The all-day restaurant is inspired by an American diner and uses British produce cooked over charcoal in a Josper oven. It serves a range of hamburgers with adventurous toppings, such as Morbier cheese, pickled red cabbage and chilli-pickled Brussels sprouts. Freeman also helped to design the interior, which is a combination of exposed piping and reclaimed school-style chairs, simple hanging lamps, corrugated iron wall panels and a scuffed floor. There is a bright pink neon sign bearing the name ‘Bukowski'. The first Bukowski Grill opened in Boxpark in Shoreditch in 2011, and a second, larger site opened in 2012 in Brixton Market.

Opened 25 February 2016

Covers 70

Chef/owner Robin Freeman

Typical dishes Puck nuggets with kimchi remoulade; buffalo cauliflower fritters with blue cheese sauce; fried mac 'n' cheese; barbecue bean cassoulet with smoked Toulouse sausage and confit duck leg; Swaledale lamb cutlets with smoky chilli jelly; and deep-fried cream crackercoated smoked haddock with clam chowder

General manager Luis Hohmann

Interior design David Paige

Average spend £40-£50 for two with drinks

The Café

Café Royal in London has launched a dessert-only restaurant, the Café at Café Royal, offering tasting menus with wine pairings.

Covers 35

Typical dishes Sarah in Wonderland menu (named after executive pastry chef Sarah Barber): Queen of Hearts (raspberries, Champagne and roses); Mad Hatter (kirsch and cherries); and Eat Me, Drink Me (Snickers and chocolate malt shake)


Menswear boutique Chucs has opened a new venue in London's Westbourne Grove, with a retail space on the upper floor and a restaurant and café on the garden level. The brand has a sister restaurant on Dover Street.

Chef Alessandro Verdenelli

Typical dishes Matcha egg white protein pancakes; acai bowl with banana and granola; Sicilian herb-marinated tuna carpaccio; and calamari and zucchini fritti

Jurys Inn

Hotel brand Jurys Inn has relaunched the former Waterfront hotel in Brighton as the Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront. The hotel, known to many as ‘Thistle Brighton' on King's Road, will receive a £5.6m investment to transform its facilities.

Rooms 210

Facilities Free Wi-Fi, en-suite rooms with Freeview TV and use of the health club and spa

General manager Simon Quarrell

The Pilot

London brewer and pub firm Fuller's has reopened the Pilot in Chiswick following a refurbishment. The venue retains its traditional pub feel within a light and airy space.

Covers 46

Chef Kieran Drinkwater

Typical dishes Salt beef croquettes, beetroot and chilli jam; sea trout, octopus and razor clams; and set vanilla custard and mulled plums

Manager Harriet Teague


London-based restaurant group Polpo has opened its latest restaurant, this time in Leeds on the fourth floor of the Harvey Nichols department store on Briggate.

Owners Russell Norman and Richard Beatty

Covers 68

Typical dishes Fig and prosciutto crostini; cod cheeks with lentils and salsa verde; deep-fried polenta-crusted meatballs; and sliced flank steak with porcini

The Brierley

Chef Adam Anderson

Typical dishes The Dining Room: rabbit, truffle purée and black pudding pastel; maple-cured pigeon with braised spelt; and warm chocolate pudding with textures of orange

Covers 90

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