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Latest openings: the Albion Rooms, Smoke & Salt, the Haslem hotel and more

22 September 2020 by
Latest openings: the Albion Rooms, Smoke & Salt, the Haslem hotel and more

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

The Albion Rooms

Rock band the Libertines have opened a boutique hotel in Margate, Kent.

Following a three-year transformation and a multimillion-pound refurbishment of the former Palm Court hotel, the property has relaunched with a restaurant, coffee shop, two bars and a recording studio. The restaurant offers three menus, including a fine dining experience overseen by Joe Hill, a former Soho House head chef.

Subtle references to the band and their lyrics are featured throughout, as well as works by local artists. Rooms have been designed by Rhiannon Sussex and the penthouse was co-ordinated by print design house Anna Hayman, while each room has an Apple Beats sound system.

The Arcady coffee house in the upstairs bar is open to both residents and non-residents, serving its own Libertines house blend coffee as well as brunch, drinks, pastries and cakes to eat in and take away.

The Waste Land basement bar, which opened at the end of last year, hosts poetry, life drawing, music, dancing and comedy events. It serves a bar menu including burgers and snacks.

Opened 25 September

Bedrooms Seven

Head chef Joe Hill

Design Rhiannon Sussex

Starting room rate £114 B&B

Website www.thealbionrooms.live

The Albion Rooms
The Albion Rooms

Smoke & Salt

The winner of the 2018 Newcomer Catey has opened its first bricks and mortar site in London's Tooting. The site offers an à la carte and a six-course sharing menu, with a focus on smoking, curing and preserving.

Covers 30-35

Founders Aaron Webster and Remi Williams

Design Studio Duncalf

Typical dish Smoked Chalkstream trout, roasted pheasant breast with woodland mushrooms

Website www.smokeandsalt.com

Smoke & Salt
Smoke & Salt

Haslem hotel

The Beannchor Group has opened a £4m hotel in Lisburn near Belfast, featuring an 80-seat open plan lobby and bar area, residents' gym and conference room. A 68-cover restaurant, Haslem Kitchen, offers an all-day menu from Patrick Leonard, executive head chef of Haslem's sister venue the Merchant hotel, showcasing locally sourced ingredients.

Bedrooms 45

Operator The Beannchor Group

Website www.haslemhotel.com

Haslem hotel
Haslem hotel


Italian restaurant Barolo in Glasgow has reopened following a refurbishment inspired by Piedmont, with a palette of rich blue, rose and gold, and marble, brass and leather finishes.

Covers 150

Operator Di Maggio's Restaurant Group (DRG)

Typical dishes Tartufo rustichella pasta with black truffle, mascarpone and wild mushrooms; chicken breast with spinach, sunblush tomatoes, funghi, potato, broccoli and chives

Website www.barologrill.co.uk


Hankies Westbourne Terrace

Small plates concept Hankies has opened a third site in London's Westbourne Terrace. The new site offers lighter flavours than its sisters, but still focuses on traditional north Indian street food recipes, including the brand's signature roomali rotis folded into ‘hankies', with fillings such as kale and halloumi.

Typical dishes Skewers of tiger prawns with chives and garlic; chilli lamb chops marinated in Kashmiri chillies and honey

Website www.hankies.london


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