Latest openings: Junsei, the Bailiwick Freehouse and more

22 June 2021 by
Latest openings: Junsei, the Bailiwick Freehouse and more

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


Junsei, a specialist yakitori restaurant in London's Marylebone, is opening next month. It is the first venture from chef Aman Lakhiani and his business partner, former Cinnamon Club and Kanishka general manager Rizwan Khan.

Junsei (meaning ‘pure' in Japanese), is opening at the former Romna site and will serve skewers grilled over Binchōtan – a white charcoal using Japanese oak – with more than 20 variations available, such as chicken meatball, thigh or heart. Eack yakitori skewer is coated in a house tare, an aged combination of soy sauce, sake, mirin and sugar or salt.

While the skewers are the main event, the menu also includes sharing plates, including wagyu seared at the table using the Binchōtan charcoal and clay pot rice dishes. An omakase or chef's menu will feature eight skewers paired with wines and sake or a soft tea. The drinks list will include sake and shochu and Japanese-inspired cocktails.

Opening 1 July

Covers 38

Executive chef Aman Lakhiani

Typical dishes Shiso chicken breast skewer with ume, heart, crispy skin, tsukune or neck; cuttlefish somen; smoked birch crème brûlée


Junsei – credit Laurie Fletcher
Junsei – credit Laurie Fletcher

The Bailiwick Freehouse

The Bailiwick Freehouse in Egham, Surrey, has reopened under the leadership of Steven Ellis, previously chef-patron of the Oxford Blue in Old Windsor, with his wife, Ami, as head pastry chef. The new menu offers game and more unusual joints of meat, while the drinks menu includes Windsor Great Park sparkling wine. The Bailiwick will be working with a local brewery to create a Bailiwick ale, made using hops that have been foraged in the surrounding countryside.

Chef-patron Steven Ellis

Typical dishes Fallow deer pastrami salad; Windsor Great Park roe deer; rum-roasted pineapple tatin


The Bailiwick Freehouse
The Bailiwick Freehouse

The Saxon

The East London Pub Co has relaunched the former Kazbar in Clapham as the Saxon following an extensive refurbishment. The venue serves charcuterie and cheese boards, and sharing dishes such as burrata, zucchini cakes, popcorn chicken and chicken wings. It plans to offer brunch, roasts and pub classics.

Covers 220

Owner Patrick Frawley

Operator The East London Pub Co


The Saxon Clapham
The Saxon Clapham

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