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Latest openings: the Dakota Manchester, the Buxton, Wahlburgers and more

31 May 2019 by
Latest openings: the Dakota Manchester, the Buxton, Wahlburgers and more

Dakota Manchester

Ken McCulloch has opened a fifth Dakota hotel in Manchester. The £30m property features a 30-cover Champagne room and a Cigar garden and overlooks the city's Rochdale and Ashton canals.

The hotel has garden king rooms on the first floor with private garden terraces, while two junior suites have an eighth-floor balcony. The penthouse suite, known as the grand deluxe suite, is the largest in the city. It features a lounge, dining area, walk-in wardrobe, fireplace, bathrooms with steam showers and a sunken bath, and a private terrace.

The hotel's neighbourhood brasserie, the Dakota Grill, serves a classically inspired menu and has private dining space for parties of up to 24 people. The cocktail bar offers classic cocktails, in-house creations and wines. The waterside terrace offers al fresco drinking and dining, and is also available for exclusive use for 80 guests.

Opened 18 May

Bedrooms 137

Owner Evans Property Group and Unique Hotels

Operator Unique Hotels

Founder Ken McCulloch

General manager Matt Townley

Design Amanda Rosa

Dakota 2
Dakota 2


Haxells, an art deco restaurant and bar, has opened at the Strand Palace hotel in London. The 240-cover restaurant serves a menu of British dishes in a space inspired by the hotel's 1920s interior. The launch coincides with the hotel's renovation of all 785 bedrooms.

Executive chef Alfonso Salvaggio

Typical dishes Grilled, marinated tuna; asparagus risotto; beer-battered fish and chips; shepherd's pie


Kimpton Blythswood Square

The Principal Blythswood Square in Glasgow has been rebranded under InterContinental Hotels Group's Kimpton banner. The hotel's restaurant has been relaunched as Bo & Birdy, overseen by Gillian Matthews, Scoland's first female executive head chef at a five-star venue.

Bedrooms 113

General manager Murray Thomson

Starting room rate £155

The Buxton

The Buxton pub with rooms in London's Shoreditch has reopened following a restoration. The pub comes from the team behind the Culpeper in nearby Whitechapel, and it takes its name from former Truman brewery owner Sir Thomas Buxton.

Bedrooms 15

Typical dishes Cottage pie and salad; Scotch eggs with brown sauce; British asparagus

Starting room rate £100


The Duck at Yeoford

James and Sarah Parkinson have reopened a 19th-century pub in Devon as the Duck at Yeoford after a renovation. James previously worked as an executive chef for Von Essen Hotels and as F&B operations manager for Luxury Family Hotels, and Sarah formerly worked for the AA as a restaurant inspector.

Owners James and Sarah Parkinson

Typical dishes Creedy Carver confit duck leg cassoulet; aubergine Parmigiana

Duck at Yeoford
Duck at Yeoford

The Glasshouse at the Grove

The Glasshouse restaurant at the Grove hotel in Chandler's Cross, Hertfordshire, has reopened following a renovation. Stephen Wheeler will oversee the menu, with live cooking stations including a tandoor oven, a ‘crustacean station' and a pasta station.

Executive head chef Stephen Wheeler

Design Martin Hulbert

Typical dish Pulled beef brisket with dill

The Glasshouse at Grove
The Glasshouse at Grove


The first Wahlburgers has opened in the UK in London's Covent Garden. The chain, founded by chef Paul and actor brothers Donnie and Mark Wahlburg, offers 10 varieties of burger, four hot sandwiches and six salads, as well as the UK-only addition of fish and chips.

Covers 200

General manager Andreas Musall

Typical dishes Sloppy Joe; tater tots; barbecue bacon burgers; Thanksgiving turkey burgers


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