New restaurants, hotels and bars opening in May 2023

23 May 2023 by

The latest restaurants, bars and hotels to open their doors across the UK in May 2023

It's gonna be May.... with plenty of new openings! It's time to share the newest and shiniest openings for this month across the UK, from Aberdeen to Aberystwyth.

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Lilienblum, Shoreditch, London

Chef Eyal Shani, founder of Israeli casual dining chain Miznon, has opened Lilienblum in London's Shoreditch.

Lilienblum, named after the street where Shani opened one of his first restaurants, offers family-style sharing plates in an interactive open kitchen surrounded by counter dining seats.

Head chef Oren King of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Roka has worked with Shani to create a range of menu items, including the signature hummus and golden fresh focaccia served with sour cream, spicy green chillies and tomato ovaries.

The wine and cocktail menu has been curated by general manager Kitty Sparks of Aquavit and offers a variety of lesser-known Israeli wines alongside those of European producers.

The interiors have been designed by Eric Parry Architects and Yakov Turjeman and feature a central ceramic column and colourfully painted ceilings.

Opened 19 May

Typical dishes Charred beetroot carpaccio and Mesabaha; lamb chops with salat aravi; Malabi with strawberry perfume

Address 80 City Road, London EC1Y 2BJ

Social @lilienblum

Meat the Fish, Chelsea, London

The group behind Japanese omakase restaurant Mayha will be opening the Beirut-based Lebanese restaurant Meat the Fish in London's Chelsea. Head chef Rachel Bado will offer a range of Mediter-Asian dishes.

Opening End of May

Typical dishes Zaatar on toast; miso egg salad sandwich; beef carnitas tacos

Address 39 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London SW3 2TB


Silures, Cardiff

Andrei Maxim and Daf Andrews of A&M Hospitality Group have launched Silures restaurant and bar in Cardiff. Executive head chef Byron Moussouris joins the venture from the Bloomsbury hotel in London's West End.

Opening 19 May

Typical dishes Wye Valley grilled asparagus with hollandaise sauce; herb-salted lamb shoulder with smoked wild garlic potato purée

Address 55 Wellfield Rd, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3PA


Casa do Frango, Victoria, London

Algarvian chicken restaurant Casa do Frango will be opening its fourth site in London's Victoria. The 260-cover venue will be set across two floors and offer an exclusively Portuguese wine list.

Opening 26 June

Typical dishes Iberico pork croquettes; bacalhau fritters; grilled chorizo and piri-piri garlic prawns

Address 2 Sir Simon Milton Square, London SW1E 5DJ


Little Kudu, Peckham, London

Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams will be opening their third restaurant, Little Kudu, in London's Peckham. The South African-inspired tapas restaurant will be led by South African-born head chef Chace Wagenhauser.

Opening 21 June

Typical dishes Smoked peri-peri mussels; chicken liver parfait tartlet with spiced pineapple and calendula

Address 133 Queen's Road, London SE15 2ND


Kima, Marylebone, London

Nikos Roussos and Andreas Labridis are to open fin-to-grill restaurant Kima in London's Marylebone. Kima, meaning wave in ancient Greek, will offer a coastal theme throughout.

Opening June

Typical dishes Lightly fried tails, aioli; charred fish collars, extra virgin olive oil, lemon; nori baklava

Address 57 Paddington Street, London W1U 4JA


Restaurant RenMor, Newquay, Cornwall

Restaurant RenMor has opened in the Headland hotel in Cornwall. It replaces the hotel's previous restaurant after a £3m refurbishment. Head chef Fred Goodrich offers a range of Cornish produce.

Opened 12 May

Typical dishes Barbecued north coast lobster; garden pea ravioli

Address Fistral Beach, Headland Road, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1EW


Harvest, Kensal Rise, London

Chef and restauranteur Jesse Dunford Wood has opened all-day modern British eatery Harvest in Kensal Rise, London. Located on bustling Chamberlayne Road, in the heart of Kensal Village, Harvest serves coffee and breakfast from early morning before moving on to brunch, lunch and dinner menus.

The kitchen serves seasonal dishes, with the offering changing throughout the week. There is an emphasis on British coastal fish and carefully sourced meat, with standout dishes including a whole seabass to share.

A curated wine list is accompanied by cocktails, non-alcoholic offerings and a Harvest pilsner, created in collaboration with neighbouring Portobello Brewery.

Opened 4 May

Typical dishes The Green Man breakfast crumpet, with roasted broccoli, courgettes, spinach and green eggs; short horn sirloin to share

Address 68 Chamberlayne Road, London NW10 3JJ


Bunsik Manchester

Korean grab-and-go restaurant Bunsik is launching a site in Manchester, the brand's first outside London. The site will offer a menu featuring Korean corn dogs, bubble teas and Bingsu desserts.

Opening Late summer

Typical dishes The Original Corn Dog, with premium chicken sausage

Address Unit 1A Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester M1 1RG


Kachori, south London

Modern Indian dining restaurant Kachori is launching in south London. The all-day eatery will serve a menu featuring small plates as well as a burger or pao menu, and tandoori.

Opening Early June

Typical dishes Bhutta corn ribs; Sarson sea bream with turmeric, carom, mustard and quinoa Jhalmuri

Address 12 Ash Avenue, Elephant Park, London SE17 1GQ


Olea Social, Covent Garden, London

Olea Social, a modern Mediterranean restaurant, has opened in the Yards in Covent Garden. The day-to-night restaurant describes its offering as a fresh perspective on authentic Mediterranean cuisine.

Opened 3 May

Typical dishes Grilled confit artichoke with crispy polenta; octopus poached in red wine

Address 10 Upper St Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9FB


Lucky Cat, Manchester

Gordon Ramsay is set to open Lucky Cat in Manchester, his debut in the city. Asian-inspired small plates will feature on the menu, along with a selection of cocktails and wines.

Opening 1 June

Typical dishes Sirloin weeping tiger, ‘Lucky Cat' duck bao

Address 100 King Street, Manchester M2 4WU


Crudo, Covent Garden, London

Cevicheria restaurant Crudo is launching a new site in London's Covent Garden. The menu will feature favourites from Crudo's existing restaurants as well as a number of new additions.

Opening 26 May

Typical dishes Clásico seabass with leche de tigre, quinoa, avocado, sweet potato, cancha corn and plantain chips; pisco sours

Address 36 Monmouth Street London WC2H 9NU


Lina Stores, Clapham, London

Lina Stores is opening in Clapham, marking the Italian restaurant's debut in south London. The new restaurant overlooking Clapham Common will be open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday and serve breakfast on the weekends.

Opening June

Typical dishes Spaghetti alla chitarra; caramel gelato bignè with salted caramel and chocolate

Address 22 The Pavement, London SW4 OHY


Joia Rooftop, Battersea, London

Credit: Lucy Richards
Credit: Lucy Richards

Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa has opened Joia Rooftop above his Iberian restaurant Joia in London's Battersea.

The 74-cover open-air bar and terrace sits on the 16th floor of Grade II-listed Battersea Power Station.

It serves a variety of seasonal cocktails, including sharing cocktails for groups.

Options include the Sangria (Quinta do Infantado white port, clarified red wine and fruit) or the Iberian Spritz (black tea cordial, Amontillado sherry and Quinta das Bágeiras Bruto Natural).

Peach daiquiri slushies and a selection of Spanish and Portuguese wines are available.

The food menu features a mix of snacks, pesticos and tapas. Some dishes, such as the Prego steak sandwich, are exclusive to the rooftop, and signature plates from Joia restaurant are also on offer.

Opened2 May

Typical dishes Tuna tartare with avocado and sea lettuce; berries with raspberry ganache, red pepper and olive oil

Address 16th Floor, 1 Electric Boulevard, Nine Elms, London SW11 8BJ


Hampton by Hilton London City

The 278-bedroom Hampton by Hilton London City has opened in East London. It features a restaurant serving the brand's signature breakfast waffles as well as a fitness centre with Peloton bikes and treadmills.

Opened 3 May

Room rate £150

Address 12-20 Osborn Street, London E1 6TE


Clementine's on the Lawn, Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire has opened a fine dining restaurant in a 16 x 25m glass structure. Lunch and themed afternoon teas can be provided for 180 guests.

Opened 28 April

Typical dishes Chicken liver parfait; pan-fried cod; Blenheim honey vanilla cheesecake

Address Blenheim Park, Woodstock OX20 1PP


Gorse, Newquay

Nat Galliano-Hale and Anna Gerrans, owners of independent sourdough bakery Gorse, have opened a café in Newquay. Milk is sourced from St Ives-based Trink Dairy and coffee from Foundation Coffee Roasters.

Opened April 28

Typical dishes Baked vanilla cheesecake with salted caramel and cocoa crumb; apple pie danish

Address Lanteague, Units 7 & 8, Scotland Road, Zelah, Truro TR4 9JG

Social @gorse_cornwall

Maison de Boeuf, Cardiff

Husband-and-wife team Stephen and Charlotte Barker have opened a Parisian-inspired restaurant in Cardiff. The all-day bistro offers a prix fixe menu centred around a single main course: certified PGI Welsh beef steak, frites and a ‘secret' sauce.

Opened 12 May

Typical dishes House specialty steak; twice-baked smoked cheese soufflé; giant profiterole

Address 21 Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU


Patron Saint, Edinburgh

Lucky Number Seven Holdings, the team behind cocktail bars Cocktail Mafia and Raging Bull, is to open a 78-cover bar and restaurant, Patron Saint, in Edinburgh. Chef Francesco Castro will offer casual dishes sourced from local suppliers.

Opening May

Typical drinks Royal Mile Whiskies; Inverarity Morton; Bloody Mary

Address 1-3 Barclay Place, Edinburgh EH10 4HW


Wild at the Cross, King's Cross, London

Wild is to open on the first floor of London nightclub the Cross in King's Cross. The 55-cover restaurant will serve a sharing Mediterranean menu under head chef Luis Diego Loria Ortega.

Guests will also be able to access the ground floor bar for cocktails.

Opening 18 May

Typical dishes Croquetas bravas; grilled king prawns; roast hispi cabbage

Address 2-4 Wharfdale Road, London N1 9RY


Tempus, Northumberland

Northumberland-based hospitality group the Doxford Group is to reopen hotel, bar and restaurant the Tempus at Charlton Hall Estate in Alnwick.

The Alice in Wonderland-inspired site has undergone two years of construction and features 15 new bedrooms and suites, a ground floor bar, restaurant and orangery. This brings accommodation capacity at the Grade II-listed 150-acre estate to 86 guests.

The all-day restaurant will offer classic dishes such as Tempus fish and chips, shepherd's pie and seasonal risotto, as well as truffle gnocchi and lobster thermidor.

The drinks menu offers a selection of wines, beers, ciders and spirits, including from local brands such as Rigg & Furrow Ale, Marlish Tonic, Hepple Gin and Alnwick Rum.

Jeffreys Interiors has been responsible for the loud colour palette and glamorous soft furnishings at the venue.

Opening 6 May

Starting room rate £89

Address Charlton Hall, Chathill, Northumberland, NE67 5DZ


Assaggini, Edinburgh

Italian restaurant Assaggini has opened in Edinburgh, offering pizza and pasta dishes using Scottish and Italian ingredients.

The 160-cover restaurant is set across two floors and also includes a private dining and events space.

Opened 26 April

Typical dishes Paccheri piccante; fettuccine funghi e tartufo; spicy nduja fries

Address 66 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2NN


Story Cellar, Covent Garden, London

Chef Tom Sellers has opened Story Cellar in London's Covent Garden. The 1,700 sq ft Parisian rotisserie-style restaurant offers 50 covers under head chef Stephen Naylor. Seats are located beside the walk-in wine cellars or on the counter.

Opened 26 April

Typical dishes Carlingford oysters; snail bolognese on toast with parsley butter; crab linguine

Address 17 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP


PizzaLuxe, Covent Garden, London

Pizza and cocktail restaurant PizzaLuxe has opened in London's Covent Garden. The alfresco restaurant, which first launched as a market stall on Brick Lane, offers aperitivos and 96-hour slow-proven sourdough pizza.

It is open every day from 12pm to 9.30pm.

Opened 20 April

Typical dishes Cinque formaggi; pollo; salmone bianca

Address 3 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8LU


Shake Shack, Camden, London

New York City-based burger brand Shake Shack has opened its 13th UK restaurant, in London's Camden. The three-storey venue has been designed by Poland-born illustrator Aga Giecko.

Opened 27 April

Typical dishes ShackBurger; crinkle-cut fries, Camden Crunch (brownie cookie with vanilla custard, fudge sauce and bee honeycomb)

Address 287 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BX


Grind, St Pancras, London

London coffee brand Grind has opened its 15th UK site, in London's St Pancras International. It will offer both drinks and Grind's at-home range, which includes the Grind One machine. It is offering free coffee and a gift bag at its launch party on 16 May

Opening 16 May

Typical drinks Iced vanilla Oatly milk latte; beetroot latte

Address Euston Road, London N1C 4QP


Barnaby's, Padstow

The team behind Prawn on the Lawn has opened summer pop-up Barnaby's in Padstow, housed in a vineyard and orchard. Head chef Eddie Thompson and executive chef owner Rick Toogood are at the helm.

Opened 4 May

Typical dishes Crab toast, muhammara, walnuts, watercress; Padstow lobster, garlic butter

Address Trevibban Mill Vineyard and Orchard, Dark Lane, Nr Padstow PL27 7SE


More new openings

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

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

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

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