Melanie Brown’s all-day neighbourhood bistro and wine shop the Laundry has opened in London’s Brixton.
The establishment is overseen by New Zealander Brown, who worked as a chef at Peter Gordon’s the Providores & Tapa Room in Marylebone before founding wine bar and online retailer the New Zealand Cellar, and Australian chef Dylan Cashman, who joins from Sydney’s Sean’s Panorama and Pilu at Freshwater. The Laundry offers a 50-strong main wine list, including eight served by the glass, and an additional selection of wines from the Laundry’s private cellar collection, the Cleaner’s Diary.
As well as two lower-ground private dining rooms accommodating up to 25 guests, the restaurant has a south-facing terrace next to Brixton Village.
- Opened 1 November
- Head chef Dylan Cashman
- General manager Melanie Brown
- Typical dishes Pink fir potatoes baked in salt pastry with garlic and rosemary with herb cream; cured day-boat sea bass, pickled strawberry, pepper, tarragon and sunflower seeds; Hereford beef tartare, fermented chilli, prawn oil, egg yolk, bonito with triple-cooked beef fat potato chips
Abditory has opened in Liverpool’s Queen Avenue, a ‘neighbourhood gathering place’ in the city’s business district, open for toasties and coffee or cocktails, wines and beers. Claiming to have “the most outrageous toilets in Liverpool”, the site also has an 1980s soundtrack, a collection of classic Penguin books and board games.
- Operator Lucky Penny Consultants
Cahoots Ticket Hall & Control Room
Inception Group has opened a second Cahoots, the Ticket Hall & Control Room, ext door to the original site in London’s Soho, another 1940s-inspired train station-themed cocktail bar. Unlike the subterranean original, the new venue spans two storeys.
- Covers 150
- Operator Inception Group
Irish trio chef Richard Corrigan, Green & Fortune chief executive John Nugent and Tony Gibney, owner of Gibney’s of Malahide, have opened Daffodil Mulligan restaurant in London’s Old Street at the former Nuala site. The restaurant is named after the daughter of legendary Dublin street seller Biddy Mulligan.
- Covers 60
- Typical dishes Crubeen, turnip, apple, English mustard; pork belly, roasted pineapple, lychee, mint
The Gladwin Brothers’ latest London restaurant Sussex has opened in Soho on the former Arbutus site, celebrating the eponymous countryside with ingredients sourced from the family farm or local suppliers. The wine list, written by Richard, features the Gladwin family’s range of wines from their Nutbourne vineyard.
- Typical dishes Pumpkin gnocchi, caramelised quince, sage, Tunworth foam; venison Wellington
Adam and Drew Jones’ contemporary Chinese restaurant brand Tattu has opened its fourth site in Edinburgh’s city centre. As well as the brand’s classic dishes, exclusives have been developed for the Edinburgh menu by executive chef Andrew Lassetter. The twolevel site features a cherry blossom tunnel.
- Typical dishes Szechuan rock shrimp; soft shell crab XO; beef carpaccio; tuna yuzu ceviche; lamb lion’s head tacos
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon has opened a new destination café, Will’s Kitchen. Head chef Mark Hands joins from pub chain Wells & Co, where he was group executive chef for seven years; prior to this he was head chef at the Cross in Kenilworth.
- Covers 60
- Typical dishes Chuck burger on a charcoal bun; salmon, kale and quinoa fishcake; and cauliflower and Cheddar arancini with truffle mayo
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