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The seven biggest openings this week: featuring Slaughters Manor House and Theo's Simple Italian

04 April 2016
The seven biggest openings this week: featuring Slaughters Manor House and Theo's Simple Italian

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

Slaughters Manor House

Brownsword Hotels is reopening the Slaughters Manor House this week following an innovative interior redesign and a new bar in partnership with gin maker Sipsmith.

The three-month remodelling of the ground floor of the house, formerly known as Lower Slaughter Manor, was led by architect and designer Rachel Morris of Bath chartered architects and designers Simon Morray-Jones. Morris worked closely with the group's founders, Andrew and Christina Brownsword, to renovate and restore the character of the building, exposing and emphasising architectural details while introducing a contemporary interpretation of countryside life.

The decor signals a shift from the more traditional stye of the Brownsword sister hotels, Gidleigh Park, the Bath Priory and Amberley Castle. The renovations included a number of new rooms, including the porch and the reception areas, the lounge, the billiards room, the library, the snug and the long room.

Reopened March 2016

Architect Simon Morray-Jones

Executive chef Nik Chappell

Starting room rates £199 B&B

Bedrooms 19

Websitewww.slaughtersmanor.co.uk

Romulo Café

The first London branch of Manila's Romulo Café is an oasis on busy Kensington High Street, serving Filipino heirloom dishes. It is run by Rowena Romulo, granddaughter of Filipino statesman Carlos P Romulo.

Typical dishes Bangus pâté; tuna kilawin; and Lola Virginia's chicken relleno

Covers 70

Head chef Lorenzo Maderas

Manager Sid Singh

Websitewww.romulocafe.co.uk

Savini at Criterion

Savini at Criterion in Piccadilly is the first London outpost for renowned Milanese restaurant Savini, which dates back to 1867 and has played host to Verdi, Puccini, Frank Sinatra and Maria Callas.

Owners The Gatto family

Covers 150

Executive chef Giovanni Bon

Typical dish 18-month matured Parma ham with pan brioche and homemade pear compote

Websitewww.saviniatcriterion.co.uk

Santo Remedio

Santo Remedio has opened in London's Shoreditch at 22 Rivington Street, offering a menu that pays homage to the varied street food of Mexico.

Owners Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes

Average spend £30 with drinks

Typical dishes Tacos including beef barbacoa; ox tongue with pipián rojo; and grilled octopus with yerba santa and jalapeño mojo de ajo

Covers 45

Websitewww.santoremedio.co.uk

Hub by Premier Inn

The third of the next-generation style of hotels from Whitbread has opened on London's Brick Lane, creating 52 jobs.

Bedrooms 189

Features ‘Hub bigger' rooms for guests booking longer stays; ‘smarter' smart TVs that enable guests to stream content from their device; and ProvenDough Deli+Bar, offering 20 breakfast combinations and 30 daily menu options

Chief operating officer Simon Ewins

Websitewww.hubhotels.co.uk

Restaurant James Sommerin

The three-AA-rosette restaurant in Penarth near Cardiff has expanded with the launch of nine bedrooms, each individually designed to provide a boutique B&B experience for diners.

Bedrooms Nine

Starting room rates From £150 to £190 a night for bed and breakfast with dinner

Owner Richard Hayward Properties

Websitewww.jamessommerinrestaurant.co.uk

Theo's Simple Italian

Head chef William Leoni

Typical dish Grilled Bramata polenta with smashed salt cod and red anchovies; Tuscan gnudi with Parmesan, sage and noisette butter

Covers 54

Websitewww.theossimpleitalian.co.uk

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