New restaurants, hotels and bars opening in March 2023

21 March 2023 by

The latest restaurants, bars and hotels to open their doors across the UK in March 2022

Things are heating up in the hospitality world with a slew of new venues across the UK. From the much-anticipated Joia in London to Birmingham's Plates by Purnell's, there's a lot to look forward to.

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Esti, Hackney, London

Greek-inspired casual dining restaurant Esti has launched its residency at TT Liquor in London's Shoreditch with a view to opening a permanent site in the autumn.

Esti, named after the Greek word for restaurant (estiatorio) and for ‘to do' (esti), offers a range of traditional sharing dishes.Founder Kostas Vais, who is passionate about his Greek heritage, was inspired by his mother and grandmother's cooking.

Head chef Sal Galasso has brought an Australian twist to the menu after having worked in restaurants across Australia, including Totti's and Rockpool Bar & Grill, for 11 years.

Ingredients will feature British seasonal produce and a small selection of Australian herbs and spices, such as lemon myrtle, finger lime and forest anise.

Opened 12 March

Typical dishes Pork souvlaki; Cretan pie; slow-roasted cabbage with chorizo and tzatziki

Address 17B Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA


Sam's Kitchen, Hammersmith, London

Sam Harrison is to open Sam's Kitchen café in London's Hammersmith. The menu is inspired by his travels in Australia and features hot drinks, freshly squeezed juices and breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Opening April

Typical dishes Chilli poached eggs; breakfast bun with bacon chops, crispy eggs and onion marmalade

Address 17 Crisp Road, London W6 9DN


The Gurkhas, Islington, London

Nepal-born Shrabaneswor Rai, co-founder of Hot Stone in London's Islington, has partnered with head chef Joe Allen to open modern Nepalese restaurant the Gurkhas.

Opening 28 March

Typical dishes Gurhka pickles; Kukura ko Jhol Momo (steamed chicken dumplings in a tomato and soybean soup)

Address 110 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 6PQ


TwentySix, Cardiff

Helen Gorman, founder of pop-up café Toast in South Wales, has launched outdoor food hall TwentySix in Cardiff. The 90-cover venue features weatherproof booths, festoon lighting and heaters, and a regular rotation of traders.

Opened 8 March

Typical dishes American pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup; House Bloody Mary

Address The Bone Yard, 35A Romilly Crescent, Cardiff CF11 9NP

Instagram @twentysixcardiff

Rove London Paddington

AGO Hotels has opened its first central London venue, the Rove London Paddington, located a three-minute walk from Paddington station. It features 74 refurbished rooms for tourists and business travellers alike.

Opened 14 March

Room rate £125

Facilities Mini fridge; flat-screen TV; free WiFi; walk-in showers

Address 36-42 Norfolk Square, London W2 1RT


Riviera, Mayfair, London

Emerald Hospitality Group, which owns El Norte, Zuaya and Como Garden, is to launch Southern French restaurant Rivieria in London's Mayfair after a 16-month refurbishment. A ground floor bar will open in May, and a 54-cover terrace will launch in June.

Opening 21 April

Typical dishes Lobster with yuzu butter; sea bass papillote; pistache millefeuille

Address 23 St James's Street, London SW1A 1HA


Doner Shack, Marylebone, London

Berlin street-food brand Döner Shack is to debut in London with an offer of 200 free kebaps on opening day. The 35-cover restaurant is set across two floors and includes a kitchen staffed with robotic kebab cutters.

Opening 27 March

Typical dishes Cluck Shack (chicken shawarma, halloumi, mixed salad, garlic mayo); harissa skin-on fries

Address 102 Baker Street, London W1U 6TL


Fat Walrus Pub x Whole Beast, New Cross, London

Sam and Alicja Bryant of pop-up nose-to-tail concept Whole Beast have found a home in David Mitchell's the Fat Walrus pub in London's New Cross.

The pair from Whole Beast, dubbed "veterans of Meatopia" festival, are known for using different charcoal and maximising all elements of their ingredients, whether it be meat or vegetables.

The trio have now joined forces to create a menu showcasing British produce and live fire cooking, which has the added benefit of the pub's outside barbecue, charcoal grill and beer garden.

The new Sunday roast selection features a range of meat options, including smoked chicken or mutton shoulder, as well as coal roast vegetable plate with ironbark pumpkin, burnt leek and celeriac.

Opened 2 March

Typical dishes Hash browns, whipped cod's roe, smoked chicken wings, coronation; tiramisu, coffee syrup, milk ice-cream, Madagascan chocolate

Address 44 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NP


Rambutan, Borough Market, London

Cynthia Shanmugalingam has opened her debut restaurant, Rambutan, in London's Borough Market. Her menu has been inspired by Sri Lankan cooking, bringing together traditional and contemporary flavours that feature local market ingredients.

Opened 17 March

Typical dishes Turbot heads; slow-braised black pork; fried mutton roll

Address 10 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AD

Instagram @rambutan_ldn

Send Noods, Manchester

The tongue-in-cheek independent ramen shop has opened in Manchester under founders Vinny Yu and Ross Mackenzie. Send Noods first launched on OnlyFans and offers a menu of four ramen dishes and five small plates.

Opened 7 March

Typical dishes Shredded hoisin duck ramen; pumpkin korokke

Address The Picturedrome, Chestergate, Macclesfield SK11 6DU


Coppernose Café, near Hampton Court Palace

The Signet Collection has launched Coppernose Café inside the Mitre hotel near Hampton Court Palace. The café offers sourdough from local bakery Cavan and hot drinks from Pact Coffee and Twist Tea.

Opened 3 March

Typical dishes Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs; Greek-style pancakes

Address The Mitre, Hampton Court Road, East Molesey KT8 9BN


Knoops, Knightsbridge, London

Chocolate drinks specialist Knoops has opened in London's Knightsbridge, offering 22 types of hot chocolate, six iced chocolates and six milkshakes. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

Opened 3 March

Typical drinks 100% single origin dark hot chocolate; 28% white chocolate milkshake; 70% iced chocolate

Address 130 Brompton Road, London SW3 1JD


All Inn, Bristol

Oxford-based Dodo Pub Co is to open its seventh pub in Bristol as it takes over the Cross Hands in Fishponds. This will be renamed the All Inn and open after refurbishment with a trademark ‘all out' launch party.

Opening May 2023

Typical dishes Seoul bird burger; truffle funghi pizza

Address 1 Staple Hill Road, Bristol BS16 5AA


The Manor at Greasby, Wirral

Family-run Nelson Hotels & Inns has opened its fifth venue, restaurant and wedding barn the Manor at Greasby on the Wirral. The Manor offers an all-day menu featuring a mix of British classics and Asian fusion cuisine, as well as afternoon tea on weekdays.

Opened 17 March

Typical dishes Crispy chicken tacos; 30-day-aged steak; seared king scallops

Address 91 Greasby Rd, Greasby, Wirral CH49 3NF


Claridge's ArtSpace Café, Mayfair, London

Claridge's in London's Mayfair has launched its ArtSpace Café, which marks the first opening under the hotel's new culinary director, Dmitri Magi.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch, the café offers a variety of crêpes, tortillas, toasties, croque monsieurs, madeleines and cakes under the leadership of executive pastry chef Thibault Hauchard.

All dishes and drinks – including Champagne – are suitable for takeaway.Coffee is supplied from the independent Cornwall-based Origin Coffee, while the

Café's signature hot chocolate is made from Claridge's-crested blocks of chocolate dunked in hot milk.

The space, which has its own dedicated entrance on Brook's Mews, has been designed by John Pawson and features a pâtisserie counter, a marble communal table and a rotating downstairs gallery.

Opened 16 February

Typical dishes Roasted Brie and wild mushroom on toast; caramel Saint Honoré; pistachio Paris-Brest; the Mega Mayfair Madeleine

Address Brook Street, London W1K 4HR


Nord, Liverpool

GSG Hospitality has partnered with chef Daniel Heffy to open an all-day restaurant in Liverpool. Dishes have been inspired by Heffy's time in Scandinavia and will feature produce from Northern suppliers.

Opening 23 March

Typical dishes Cornish white crab, sour cream, pickled silver onion and fennel on butter-fried toast

Address The Plaza, 100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9QJ


Kibako, Fitzrovia, London

Contemporary Japanese restaurant Kibako is to open in London's Fitzrovia. Guests will be offered the signature kibako, omakase-style boxes containing between six and 12 hand-crafted sushi and sashimi dishes.

Opening Mid-March

Typical dishes Seared butterfish with red jalapeño sauce; 48-hour marinated grilled black cod, saikyo miso (sweet rice miso); seafood donburi

Address 3 Windmill Street, London W1T 2HY


Kirkstyle Inn and Sportsman's Rest, Cumbria

This 40-cover restaurant has re-opened in Cumbria following a complete refurbishment. It is run by Nick Parkinson and head chef Connor Wilson.

Opened 6 February

Typical dishes Aged pork loin with hispi cabbage and apple purée; sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch and clotted cream ice-cream

Address Slaggyford, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7PB


Papi, Hackney, London

Matthew Scott of lockdown delivery service Hot 4 U and Charlie Carr of Wingnut Wines have opened their first permanent restaurant in London's Hackney. Papi is split across two floors, featuring a ground floor dining room and a separate cocktail bar seating 14.

Opened 1 March

Typical dishes Iced rhubarb oyster; red eye mushrooms; buttermilk ranch salad

Address 1F, 373 Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3DQ


Freak Scene, Parsons Green, London

Former Nobu chef Scott Hallsworth is to open the Freak Scene in London's Parsons Green with Australian comedian Adam Hills.

Opening 22 March

Typical dishes Singapore chili crab wonton bombs; magical cabbage with dried miso truffle and ponzu; black cod tacos with scorched red chilli salsa

Address 28 Parsons Green Lane, London, SW6 4HS

Instagram  @freakscenesw6

Florattica, London

Rooftop bar Florattica in East London has launched, offering views of Canary Wharf, St Paul's cathedral and the Thames. The cocktail menu has been designed by Serena Carrino.

Opened December

Typical dishes Native oysters with Champagne, raspberry and white balsamic vinaigrette; salmon tartare with chilli mayonnaise

AddressLevel 11, Canopy by Hilton London City, 11-15 Minories, London EC3N 1AX


Joia, Battersea Power Station, London

Image: Matt Russell
Image: Matt Russell

Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa has opened Iberian restaurant Joia in the Art'otel hotel in London's Battersea Power Station.

Sá Pessoa, who also runs the two-Michelin-starred Alma in Lisbon, has drawn inspiration from his culinary heritage to offer a selection of dishes celebrating Catalonian techniques, British and Iberian produce, and Mediterranean flavours.

Bar manager Alessandro Mannello oversees Joia bar, which resides on the 14th floor. Twelve signature cocktails have been named after gems from the region, including the Safira Rosa, a mezcal-based cocktail with elderflower, grapefruit soda and rose petal water, and the Pèrola, a mix of peach liqueur, rhubarb bitters and Champagne.

The 85-cover restaurant is on the 15th floor and features interior design by Russell Stage Studio, influenced by the Power Station's art deco style.

Opened 21 February

Typical dishes Salted cod esqueixada with pickled red onion, orange and black olives; arroz de cogumelos (wild mushroom rice with Azores island cheese)

Address 1 Electric Boulevard, London SW11 8BJ


Nessa, Soho, London

Image: David Robson
Image: David Robson

Guy Ivesha of lifestyle brand Maslow's has paired up with Tom Cenci to open British bistro Nessa in London's Soho. With Cenci as executive head chef, the 98-cover restaurant will offer snacks, sharing plates and mains.

Opening March

Typical dishes Celeriac carbonara, confit egg, Parmesan breadcrumbs; steak tartare with beef fat pangratatto

Address 86 Brewer Street, London W1F 9UB


Taro, Walthamstow, London

Japanese restaurant group Taro has opened its sixth London site, in Walthamstow. The 76 sq ft restaurant has 90 covers and takes over from Manze Pie & Mash shop. Bentos, donburi, sushi and ramen bowls are available.

Opened 20 February

Typical dishes Vegetable curry udon; beef ramen; spicy chicken teri don

Address 76 High Street, Walthamstow, London E17 7LD


Cavo, Tottenham Court Road, London

Mediterranean restaurant Cavo has opened in London's Tottenham Court Road. Mains are divided into the Cavo Seafood & Raw Bar and Cavo josper grilled meats menu. A four-course brunch is also on offer for £65 per head.

Opened 21 February

Typical dishes Scallops in Champagne, garlic, chilli and parsley butter; chiperones (baby fried squid) with beetroot mayonnaise

Address The Outernet, London WC2H 8LH


Yard Sale Pizza, Tottenham, London

Johnnie Tate and Nick Buckland's Yard Sale Pizza is to open its tenth site in London's Tottenham. The restaurant will seat 20 and offer a delivery service. The brand has sold nearly two million pizzas since opening.

Opening 6 March

Typical dishes Holy Pepperoni; garlic bread with Marmite and cheese

Address 8 Vicarage Parade, West Green Road, London N15 3BL


Osteria del Macellaio, Southwark, London

Roberto Costa's Macellaio RC in London's Southwark has relaunched as nose-to-tail Italian restaurant Osteria del Macellaio. Executive head chef Lello Favuzzi offers a sustainable menu that uses all parts of the cow.

Opened 22 February

Typical dishes Arancino cacio and pepe; lard on toast; spezzatino with potatoes

Address Arch 24, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR


Plates by Purnell's, Birmingham

Glynn Purnell, the first chef to hold a Michelin star in Birmingham at Purnell's, has launched Spanish tapas bar Plates by Purnell's. The 28-cover site offers a range of small sharing plates that have been inspired by the chef's time in northern Spain.

Opened 17 February

Typical dishes Anchovies on toast; chorizo in red wine; cheese croquettes

Address 121 Edmund Street, Birmingham, B3 2HJ


More new openings

>> New restaurants, hotels and bars opening in February 2022

>> New restaurants, hotels and bars opening in January 2023

>> New restaurants, hotels and bars opening in December 2022

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