This week's new openings: 1919 Restaurant, Florentine, The Townhouse and more

24 March 2017 by
This week's new openings: 1919 Restaurant, Florentine, The Townhouse and more

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

1919 Restaurant

The first phase of the £2.5m refurbishment of the Cottage in the Wood in the Malvern Hills is complete. The ground floor reception of the main house and the two-AA-rosette 1919 bar and restaurant have been redesigned to bring their interiors back to their Georgian glory, as well as honouring the location's links with authors CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, and composer Sir Edward Elgar.

The restaurant is decorated with woodland-themed wallpaper by Timorous Beasties, with antique mirrors and chandeliers. The banquettes and fluted-back chairs have been upholstered in tan, deep green, pecan and pink, and the walls painted a light grey.

The refurbishment of the bedrooms will begin next year, and an orangery and spa will also be added to the property.

1919 Restaurant at the Cottage in the Wood
1919 Restaurant at the Cottage in the Wood
Bedrooms 30

Owners Nick and Julia Davies

Head chef Mark Redwood

F&B manager Gianluca Rizzo

Design Nelson Design

Starting room rate £105

Typical dishes Duck breast with pak choi, red cabbage and celeriac; loin of pork with bacon, cabbage and pig's cheek fritter; and Amaretto-glazed butternut squash, shallots and almonds


Restaurant and bar Florentine has opened on London's South Bank, serving international cuisine on small plates and larger sharing dishes, including an ostrich egg for six people to share, and freshly made flatbreads.

Florentine, London South Bank
Florentine, London South Bank

Covers Restaurant: 65; bar: 40

Restaurant manager Ilaria di Francesco

Head chef Ryan Matheson

Typical dishes Veal Milanese; braised lamb shank with mashed potato

Four Quarters

The Four Quarters has launched a second venue in London's Hackney Wick. As well as featuring rare and classic arcade games, such as Space Invaders, PAC-MAN, Tron and Sega Rally, the new site offers food, film screenings, gaming booths and cocktails.

Four Quarters, Hackney Wick, London
Four Quarters, Hackney Wick, London

General manager Francois Kitching

Head barman Badar Echakhch

Typical dishes Bratwurst with dry-cured bacon; smoked pork hot dog with beef chilli

The Townhouse

Pub operator and brewer Brakspear has reopened the Townhouse in Stratford-upon-Avon. The Grade II-listed building has been renewed and the rooms fitted with superking-size beds, rain showers and Nespresso machines. The restaurant also has a new menu with a focus on seasonal, rustic dishes.

The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon
The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon

Covers 74

Bedrooms 12

Operator Brakspear

The Other Naughty Piglet

Following the opening of Naughty Piglets, a second site has opened on the first floor of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Other Palace theatre in London's Victoria. It offers a menu of small plates with international flavours and a wine list focusing on natural and biodynamic wines.

The Other Naughty Piglet at the Other Palace theatre, London Victoria
The Other Naughty Piglet at the Other Palace theatre, London Victoria

Covers 65

Owners Margaux and Joe Sharratt

Typical dishes Beef rump, madeira and roast bone marrow; rhubarb and custard


Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant Suri has opened on Manchester's King Street. Featuring sharing plates split into categories such as Graze, Field, Farm, Waves and Enjoy, Suri has been designed to create a sociable, relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere.

Suri, King Street, Manchester
Suri, King Street, Manchester

Founders Terence Langley, James Coubrough and Andrea George

Typical dishes Spiced pork belly with crackling mustard; sea trout, scorched onions and ajvar


Lievito has opened its debut pizza and craft beer dining concept in the UK in London's Chelsea. The pizzeria offers a grab-and-go service alongside a menu offering pizza and traditional Calabrian dishes. The interior retains many original features of the Victorian building, with low lighting around the exposed brickwork alcoves of the original cellars.

Lievito, Chelsea, London
Lievito, Chelsea, London

Covers 45

Design Fabrica Architecture

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