The latest restaurants, bars and hotels to open their doors across the UK in May 2022
From the Highlands to the south coast, new establishments are popping up across the country every week. New hotels, restaurants and bars launch into the world headed up by familiar faces and industry newbies alike.
Jimmy Lee has opened Salt and Chilli Oriental in Hamilton, Scotland this month, serving bread, buns and baked goods. In Heathrow Airport a new Vagabond has opened its doors. Read more about what to expect from these new businesses below.
Here are the latest openings from this month.
Hotel Amano Covent Garden, London
Berlin-based boutique hotelier group Amano has opened its first international hotel in London's Covent Garden, marking the beginning of its expansion plan in the British capital. The 141-room property, featuring art from London-based design studio Woods Bagot, has taken the space of Drury House, a 1980s office building.
Amano Rooftop offers a creative selection of cocktails and bar snacks, while the Amano bar in the hotel's basement hosts DJs on the weekends. The hotel group's culinary director, Ronen Dovrat Bloch, will oversee the menu at Israeli-Spanish fusion restaurant Penelope's, which is to open as Amano's signature dining venue this autumn.
The hotel is designed for solo and business travellers, couples and families wanting to explore London. It features ‘Cosy', ‘Comfy' or ‘Roomy' bedrooms and five ‘Goldy' rooms with freestanding gold bathtubs and views over the surrounding Covent Garden area.
The Amano group was established in 2009 and currently has 10 hotels across Germany, with three more in the planning stages.
Opened 12 May
Room rate From £169 per night
Address Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HA
Salt and Chilli Oriental, Hamilton, Scotland
Chef Jimmy Lee continues his expansion of British-Cantonese street food brand Salt and Chilli Oriental in Scotland, with his latest restaurant launch in Hamilton. The menu is available for collection and delivery Mondays to Sundays, 3pm-9pm.
Opened 3 May
Typical dishes Tangy Peking ribs; chicken satay with spicy dip; tofu salt and chilli with Yukata slaw; Macau beef curry
Address 17 Gateside Street, Hamilton, ML3 7HT
Cicchetti Knightsbridge, London
Family-run San Carlo Group has added Cicchetti Knightsbridge to its portfolio of Cicchetti sharing plate restaurants, located in Piccadilly and Covent Garden in London and in Manchester, showcasing Venetian bácaro culture.
Opened 23 May
Typical dishes Black truffle ravioli; black salt sea bass with herb and olive oil salmoriglio
Address 6 Hans Road, London SW3 1RX
Vagabond has launched its wine bar and kitchen in Heathrow Terminal 5, offering an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, as well as over 100 different varieties of wine. It will be open seven days a week from 5.30am to 10.30pm.
Opened 19 May
Typical dishes Buttermilk pancakes; all day vegan full English breakfast; crispy chicken burger; chocolate brownie
Address Heathrow Terminal 5, Hounslow TW6 2GA
Berenjak Borough, London
Kian Samyani and JKS Restaurants have opened their second Berenjak in London's Borough Market. The open-kitchen venue serves an array of family-style sharing platters inspired by Kian's childhood, as well as diverse selection of Middle-Eastern wine.
Opened 25 May
Typical dishes Chelow cabab chenjeh (tender lamb fillet kabab served with ta-dig); zereshk pollow (charcoal rotisserie saffron chicken with sweet and sour barberries and shirazi salad)
Address 1 Bedale Street, London SE1 9AL
Noble Palace, Westminster, London
Noble Palace is to open, serving dishes from China's eight culinary regions. The Mi Bar will provide a range of ‘emotion-based' cocktails, while the Mi Lounge will offer whiskies.
Opening 30 May
Typical dishes Braised Scottish lobster with udon; Peking duck with Beluga caviar, stuffed abalone or black truffle pancakes; drunken chicken with Chinese rice wine
Address Brewers Green, Westminster, London SW1H 0PY
Open fire restaurant and natural wine bar Firebird is to open in London's Soho, with a Mediterranean-style menu filled with wood-fired, grill-based sharing dishes featuring seasonal produce.
Opening 7 June
Typical dishes Baked focaccia with Nocellara olives; oysters with fermented cucumber and dill; hand-dived scallops with truffle mash
Address 29 Poland Street, London W1F 8QR
Space Station bar, Paradise Skate World, Manchester
Junkyard Golf Club founder Chris Leigh and Sophie-Larissa Houghton, founder of roller-skating venue Paradise Skate World, have teamed up with bartender Joe White to create an intergalactic-themed bar in Manchester.
Launched as part of Paradise Skate World, the bar will serve cocktails with a summery, space-roaming twist, such as Mercury Rising, a vodka-based cocktail, and Paradise Isn't Always Tropical, which is tequila-based.
White has been involved with Gorilla, Hula and the launch of the Henry C neighbourhood cocktail bar in Chorlton and CBRB (Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun) in Manchester city centre.
The interior design of the space station bar will also embrace this galaxy-gliding theme, with a palm-a-lite installation that creates the effect of an imaginary pier.
Opening 2 June
Typical drinks Intergalactic Peach (barsol pisco, peach, lillet blanc, lime, sugar, foamer); Neutron Star (vanilla vodka, passoa, passion fruit, vanilla sugar, supasawa, Prosecco cloud)
Address Unit 5, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester M3 4EL
Laurel's On the Roof, Shoreditch, London
Laurel's On the Roof is a 1970s Hollywood-inspired all day-dining and drinking venue featuring Californian dishes and cocktails. Live DJ sets will also take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Opened 5 May
Typical dishes Sea bream tacos; malibu shrimp cocktail; roasted aubergine; canyon cobblers
Address Mondrian Shoreditch, 45 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3PT
Indus at Park Regis, Birmingham
Traditional Indian restaurant Indus has opened in Birmingham's Park Regis hotel. The restaurant, headed by chef Manish Patel, offers a menu celebrating the flavours and generations of northern Indian cuisine.
Opened 6 May
Typical dishes Nawabi paneer tikka; papri chaat; Indus haddi wala ghost; Goan machhi; gulab jamun; masala fries
Address 160 Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1DT
Sam Buckley's Yellowhammer is to open as a neighbourhood bakery in Stockport's old town, serving sourdough bread made from organic flour produced by small-scale British farms. The venue can also turn into a wine bar and provide space for pottery workshops.
Opening 14 May
Typical dishes Sourdough rye bread; sourdough loaves (whole, half or quarter); sweet and savoury buns
Address 15 Lower Hillgate, Stockport SK1 1JY
Black Bear Burger, Exmouth Market, London
Black Bear Burger is to launch its second sit-down eating venue in Exmouth Market. It will feature an open kitchen, cocktail bar and space for alfresco dining. Co-founder Stew Down is committed to using fresh British produce and grass-fed, dry-aged beef.
Opening 25 May
Typical dishes Brisket burger; patty melt sando; brisket spring rolls
Address 17 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QD
The Ivy Asia, Mayfair
Executive chef Simon Gregory will oversee the menu at the Ivy Asia, which will feature an array of dishes celebrating Asian cuisine with a focus on Japan. The restaurant includes an open kitchen and a sushi counter.
Opening 31 May
Typical dish Snow crab and tiger prawn salad with mango, cucumber and yuzu kosho
Address 8-10 North Audley Street, London, W1K 6WS
Fatto Pizza & Beer
Brighton's Fatto a Mano is to open its Fatto Pizza & Beer dining venue in King's Cross, which will feature a selection of Neapolitan pizzas and British and Italian craft beers. Vegan pizza options will also be available.
Typical dishes Margherita; Diavola; Salsiccia e Friarielli
Address Unit 1, 3 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG
Six by Nico, Aberdeen
Scottish-Italian chef Nico Simeone has launched his the tenth restaurant under his Six by Nico brand, in Aberdeen city centre.The concept restaurant offers a six-course tasting menu themed around a location, memory, or idea, that will completely change every six weeks.
In Aberdeen, the first menu ‘the Chipper' features dishes based on items served in British fish and chip shops reimagined with a new twist. These include chips and cheese, fish supper, steak pie and the Scottish-favourite deep-fried Mars Bar, which is served with Irn Bru sorbet and chocolate soil. The six-course menu is priced at £37 per person with an optional £30 wine pairing.
The 72-cover restaurant features a 50-cover bar area and open kitchen where guests can watch their dishes being prepared.
Simeone founded the Six by Nico concept in Glasgow in 2017 and it has since expanded to Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Manchester, Liverpool and London.
Dishes at the other nine Six by Nico restaurants are currently themed around ‘Hollywood', with dishes inspired by well-known films. New concepts are announced two weeks before they begin.
Opened 29 April
Typical dishes ‘Scampi' made with crispy monkfish cheek, wild garlic emulson, gribiche, peas, beurre blanc; ‘Smoked Sausage' with a trio of pork, apple, black pudding, salt-baked celeriac and choucroute
Design Burns Designs
The budget Moxy lifestyle brand has opened a hotel in Bristol. It features 214 rooms and a check-in desk which doubles as a bar where guests receive a complementary cocktail on arrival before being invited to try games and activities in a communal space.
Opened 4 May
Operator Hotel Co. 51
Room rate From £85 per night
Address 55 Newfoundland St, St Paul's, Bristol BS2 9AP
Chotto Matte, Marylebone, London
Chotto Matte is opening a restaurant in London's Marylebone, serving its take on Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei cuisine. Its design is inspired by urban culture in Toyko and makes use of natural lava stone and features an artistic ceiling structure.
Opening 20 May
Typical dishes Robatayaki salmon; Wagyu gyoza; Argentinian red prawn truffle; California maki
Address 26 Paddington Street, Marylebone
Roti King, Battersea, London
Malaysian restaurant Roti King is known for the queues outside its London Euston site, but its new venue at Battersea Power Station will welcome bookings, walk-ins and offer takeaway and delivery.
Opened 5 May
Typical dishes Roti canai; beef rendang; nasi lemak; laksa; sweet roti with condensed milk
Address Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8AH
Ochre, Covent Garden, London
The team behind London's Muriels' Kitchen have relaunched the cafe at London's National Gallery as new concept Ochre. It features a restaurant, bar, private dining space and a DJ booth for late-night events.
Opened 4 April
Typical dishes Soused Cornish mackerel and sea lettuce tacos; Saddleback suckling pork belly with celeriac purée, pork consomme; British charcuterie collection
Address National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Coast Spa, Nairn
The Golf View Hotel & Spa in Nairn has relaunched its spa following an £850,000 investment. It features outdoor hot tubs, a Himalayan salt therapy room and Scotland's first Kurland-Steinbad Stone Bath, also known as a ‘volcano sauna'.
Opening May 2022
Price Treatments from £50, Thermal Experience £65
Spa Manager Kate Paterson
Address 63 Seabank Rd, Nairn IV12 4HD
Cherry Tiger, Elephant and Castle, London
London taproom and bottle shop franchise Mother Kelly's has launched the Cherry Tiger bar in Elephant and Castle. It offers 11 classic cocktails and plans to run food collaborations with local restaurants.
Opened 27 April
Founder Nigel Owen
Typical drinks Grapefruit daiquiri; Clover Club; the New York Sour; Raspberry Collins cocktail
Address Castle Square, 40 Elephant Road, London, SE17 1EU
Inhabit Queen's Gardens, Lancaster Gate, London
Inhabit Hotels has launched its second London boutique hotel across a crescent of 19th-century townhouses near Lancaster Gate. It features 158 rooms including 10 suites, 13 interconnecting rooms and four accessible rooms.
Inhabit's properties are designed to support ‘a healthy mind and body' as well as environmental initiatives. All bedrooms include a phone lock-box to encourage ‘screen-free time' and televisions feature a meditation channel with guided classes.
The hotel's 70-cover restaurant has been created by Devon health retreat Yeotown and serves a meat-free menu with dishes such as rice paper vegetable wraps, barbecue cauliflower wings and grilled salmon on edamame and mung bean fettucine.
At the bar, the focus is on organic, bio-dynamic and natural wines and small UK spirit producers. Guests can also order the signature protein smoothie after a workout.
An on-site wellness centre hosts daily yoga and pilates sessions and features a Peleton bike. Guests can join live classes streamed directly from Peleton's New York studio or choose from a library of workouts.
Opened 29 April
Room rate From £170 for a double room
Address 1-2 Queen's Gardens, London W2 3BA
Patty Guy, Brighton
MasterChef 2018 winner Kenny Tutt has launched a ‘smashed' burger concept at the Shelter Hall food court in Brighton in the space formerly occupied by his Ox Block restaurant, which has relocated to the Lord Nelson Inn.
Opened 5 May
Typical dishes Bacon chilli cheese fries; buttermilk fried pickles; cherry bakewell milkshake
Address 148 Kings Road Arches, the Lanes, Brighton BN1 1NB
Courtyard by Marriott Exeter Sandy Park, Exeter
Exeter Rugby group is the owner of the first Courtyard by Marriott hotel in the south-west of England. It features 250 rooms, two restaurants, meetings and events spaces, a 24-hour gym and a match-day bar.
Opened 25 April
Room rate From £98
Address Sandy Park Way, Exeter EX2 7NN
NQ64, Soho, London
Arcade bar NQ64 is to open in London's Soho with a choice of over 30 games, including Time Crisis, Guitar Hero, Dancing Stage and Pac-Man. All consoles are free to use to anyone who purchases drinks.
Opening May 2022
Typical drinks Gamer-themed cocktails include the Kirby and Crash Bandicoot-inspired Aku Aku Fruit Punch
Address 53-54 Berwick Street, London W1F 8SP
Goat on the Roof, Newbury
Hospitality entrepreneur Patrick Vaughan-Fowler and chef Sam May are behind this tapas restaurant and wine bar, which serves small plates and sharing dishes designed to showcase British produce.
Opened 3 May
Typical dishes Berkshire bavette steak with red chimichurri; wild mushroom crispbreads; Isle of Wight tomatoes on toast
Address 1 Bridge Street, Newbury RG14 5BE
Bakehouse, Sutton Coldfield
Chef Lee DeSanges, founder of Birmingham's Baked In Brick restaurant, is to launch a three-storey bakery in his home town of Sutton Coldfield. It will offer freshly baked goods and there are plans to run evening tapas nights.
Opening May 2022
Typical dishes Bread, cakes, pâtisserie, coffee
Address 112 Holland Rd, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1RE
Patate, Seven Dials, London
Patate's second permanent restaurant has opened in London's Seven Dials, serving its signature slow-stewed beef burgers. Herb-filled bourguignon patties are covered in a choice of cheeses, a signature sauces and sandwiched in a brioche bun.
Opened 27 April
Typical dishes Beef bourguignon burger; loaded fries; mushroom toastie; cheese toastie
Address 55 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PJ
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