This week's new openings: The Game Bird, the Whitby hotel, Hampton by Hilton Dundee and more

31 March 2017 by
This week's new openings: The Game Bird, the Whitby hotel, Hampton by Hilton Dundee and more

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

The Game Bird

The Game Bird restaurant has officially launched at the Stafford hotel in London under the helm of James Durrant, offering informal, modern British comfort cooking. A trolley brings in-house smoked and cured fish to guests' tables, served with soda bread and garnishes of egg, cucumber and dill pickle, mustard dressing and horseradish crème fraîche. The menu also offers a selection of pies, puddings and stews, including salt marsh lamb lobscouse and steak and ale steamed suet pudding.

The restaurant's redesign celebrates the original 17th-century features of the building, while also incorporating marble, glass, leather and traditional wood panelling combined with touches of floral upholstery. In addition, cabinets showcase the game and steaks to be served that evening, as well as the lobster and range of oysters on the menu.

The Game Bird, Stafford hotel London
The Game Bird, Stafford hotel London
Opened 17 March

Covers Up to 77

Design Rosendale Design

Executive chef James Durrant

Bar manager Benoit Provost

Master sommelier Gino Nardella

Typical dishes Roast pigeon with parsnips, cabbage and braised leg; smoked Norfolk Black chicken with Clarence Court egg, bacon jam and pickled mushrooms; and Orkney sea scallops with roasted cauliflower, smoked roe and gremolata

The Whitby hotel

Tim and Kit Kemp, founders of Firmdale Hotels, have opened the Whitby, their second New York hotel, in upper Midtown Manhattan. It houses the Whitby bar and restaurant, an orangery, drawing room, terrace, three private event rooms, a 130-seat theatre and a gym.

The Whitby hotel, Manhattan
The Whitby hotel, Manhattan

Design Kit Kemp

Hotel manager Kathrin Apitz

Bedrooms 86

Head chef Anthony Paris

Roker hotel

The Roker hotel in Wearside has completed the £1m redesign of its bedrooms. Stacked luggage chests and a navy and neutral colour scheme reflect the hotel's beachfront position, with feature walls decorated in the style of 1950s tourism posters for Roker and neighbouring Seaburn.

Roker hotel
Roker hotel

Bedrooms 43

Owner Tavistock Hospitality

Managing director Mark Hird

The Half Moon

Fuller's has reopened the refurbished Half Moon pub in Herne Hill, south London. It has newly-restored windows, woodwork and mirrors, a new dining area, and has returned to its former role as a hotel with the addition of 12 bedrooms, each named after one of the men who have walked on the moon.

The Half Moon Herne Hill
The Half Moon Herne Hill

Bedrooms 12

Design Concorde BGW

General manager Matt Dutson

Point A Hotel Glasgow

Point A Hotels has opened its debut budget hotel in Glasgow this week. It has a locally-recruited team and a design with a strong Glasgow flavour, including a £30,000 bespoke installation by Timorous Beasties that depicts Glasgow and fills an entire wall of the hotel's reception area.

Point A Hotel Glasgow
Point A Hotel Glasgow

General manager Ross Saunders

Owner Queensway Group

Starting room rate £39

Franco Manca

Neapolitan sourdough pizzeria Franco Manca has opened its latest site in London's Bloomsbury. It offers no-logo beer, pale ale and cider, as well as organic wines.

Franco Manca
Franco Manca

Covers 52

General manager Vanessa Nico

Typical dishes Toppings include tomato, mozzarella and basil; and smoked buffalo mozzarella, baked potatoes, cherry tomatoes and onions

Hampton by Hilton Dundee

Hilton's global mid-priced hotel brand has opened the Hampton by Hilton Dundee City Centre, its third Scottish property. Located within two miles of Dundee Airport and near Dundee rail station, the hotel is easily accessible for guests travelling to the Scottish coastal city from across the UK.

Hampton by Hilton Dundee
Hampton by Hilton Dundee

Bedrooms 105

General manager Paul Wood

Starting room rate £69

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