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This week's openings: Abd el Wahab, George's Bar, Hayward Gallery Café and more

20 March 2018 by
This week's openings: Abd el Wahab, George's Bar, Hayward Gallery Café and more

All the restaurant and hotel openings from this week's issue

Lake Cabin at Lime Wood
The latest addition to the five-red-AA-star Lime Wood hotel, located in the heart of the New Forest in Hampshire, is a quirky, wood-clad suite that appears to float over the property's miniature lake.

The double-height cabin has been designed by Robin Hutson, chairman and chief executive of the Lime Wood Group, and his wife Judy, and is made from reclaimed wood, with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides and views across the grounds and neighbouring fields. It is aimed at couples who would prefer to stay in a secluded spot away from the main hotel.

The bedroom features a cocktail bar, art deco-style tiling on the floor and a terrace overlooking the lake, with a log burner and silver roll-top bath. A second bath, alongside a shower for two, is found inside.

Opened 1 March
Owner Lime Wood Group
Design Robin and Judy Hutson
Price From £1,150 for two, room only


The New London
The New London restaurant in Chelmsford, Essex, has reopened following a redesign. The restaurant has had a modern makeover and the menu features seasonally inspired dishes.

Owner Justin Cracknell
General manager Ryan Deasley
Head chef Adam Townsend
Design Fiona Duke Interiors
Typical dish Chicken and wild garlic ballotine, pea, wheat berries and sour honey


Abd el Wahab
Lebanese restaurant brand Abd el Wahab has opened its first UK restaurant in London's Belgravia. It serves traditional dishes and wines from Lebanon and the Middle East. The menu has been overseen by group executive chef Kamil Bouloot, and the venue has been designed by Antoine Tabet & Associates.

Owner Ghia Holdings
Typical dishes Chich taouk (marinated chicken with garlic sauce); and quinoa tabbouleh


George's Bar
Following the redesign of the bar at the Gilbert Scott restaurant within the St Pancras Renaissance hotel in London, Marcus Wareing has launched George's Bar, a further tribute to the building's original architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott. The bar will see Wareing's culinary experience applied to cocktails, in 19th-century surroundings.

Bar manager Dav Eames
Design David Collins Studio


Hayward Gallery Café
Contract caterer Company of Cooks has launched the café at the reopened Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre in London, following a two-year refurbishment. It has created a small menu of international dishes, inspired by the gallery's global influences.

Covers 56
General manager Rae Harrison
Typical dishes Asian hot broth; and butternut squash frittata with crispy kale


Japanese ramen restaurant Kanada-Ya has opened its third UK site, on Upper Street in Islington, London. It will be the first site to introduce gyoza to the menu later this year. The restaurant features an open kitchen and is open for lunch and dinner. Noodles are made on-site using a brand of flour enriched with protein and alkaline salts to produce firm noodles suitable for the hot broth.

Covers 55


Sapling, a new wine-focused restaurant and larder, has opened on Kingsland Road in London's Dalston. Founder Bob Ritchie and general manager and sommelier Dan Whine have created a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant and change the wine list weekly.

Design Ben Masterton-Smith of Transit Studio
Head chef Jon Beeharry
Typical dish Middle White pork terrine, white grape and watercress


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