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Latest openings: Ugly Butterfly; Lucky & Joy; Takaa Tak

03 December 2019
Latest openings: Ugly Butterfly; Lucky & Joy; Takaa Tak

Ugly Butterfly

Adam Handling has opened Ugly Butterfly, a sustainable casual restaurant and Champagne bar on King’s Road in London’s Chelsea. Aiming to demonstrate that zero-waste can be luxurious, Ugly Butterfly is a collaboration between chef-restaurateur Handling, landlord Cadogan, the Quintessentially Foundation and the Felix Project, which distributes surplus food to local charities and primary schools to help feed vulnerable people.

Ugly Butterfly serves snacks and small plates alongside a Champagne list (by the glass) and is open for walk-in diners from lunch until late evening, from Wednesday to Sunday.

All dishes are made from ingredients that are usually discarded as waste, most of which will come from Adam Handling Chelsea, with an emphasis on the four most-wasted foods: bread, milk, eggs and bananas.

The interiors have been created using upcycled and reused materials throughout.

Ugly Butterfly also hosts free conversations from business and community sustainability initiatives twice a week. The restaurant will donate 2.5% of its takings to the Felix Project.

  • Executive chef Adam Handling
  • Typical dishes Deboned fried chicken feet, caviar; cheese doughnuts made with leftovers from the cheeseboard; lobster shell soup; broccoli stalk Caesar salad; and crispy potato peelings
  • Websitewww.uglybutterfly.co.uk

Lucky & Joy

Lucky & Joy has opened its first bricks-andmortar site in London’s Clapton, serving Chongqing hotpot, Uyghur stews, hand-pulled noodles, dim sum and barbecue. The concept comes from ex-Moro and Morito chef Ellen Parr and drinks expert Pete Kelly.

  • Covers 44
  • Typical dishes Xinjiang lamb chops with pomegranate; sesame noodles; shiitake turnip cake; and crispy fried kidney beans
  • Websitewww.luckyandjoy.co.uk

Lucky & Joy Lucy Sparks
Lucky & Joy Lucy Sparks

The Butterfly & the Grasshopper

Old Rope Walks has opened its fifth pub following a £750,000 investment by Star Pubs & Bars into the former Roscoe Arms on Liverpool’s Renshaw Street. The pub has been extended over three floors to include a traditional ground-floor bar, a new first-floor kitchen and a roof garden-style restaurant and cocktail bar on the top floor.

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Takaa Tak

Staycity’s 270-apartment London Heathrow property now has its own Indian restaurant. Restaurateur and chef Bhupinder Singh has taken a 10-year lease on the 192 sq ft restaurant space for the third property in his Takaa Tak chain.

  • Covers 80
  • Typical dishes Goan fish coconut curry; pan-seared king prawns, khada masala, bell peppers; and kaali makhni daal
  • Websitewww.takaatak.co.uk

Takaa Tak
Takaa Tak

Urbanista

Urbanista hotel in Liverpool has opened with eight king rooms, two double rooms, two mini suites, a premier suite and four quad suites, as well as a Wild Corner suite and a Secret Garden suite, both of which have private courtyards. The property has been finished in a grey and white colour palette.

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VJT251019Urbanista-9

Voco Oxford Spires

The former Oxford Spires hotel has been rebranded under the InterContinental Hotels Group brand Voco following its sale to Covivio last year. The property features Deacons restaurant and the Deacon lounge; a spa with a steam room, jacuzzi, pool, gym and treatment rooms, and 11 meeting rooms.

  • Bedrooms 181
  • Starting room rate £130
  • General manager Wendy Procter
  • Websitewww.vocohotels.com

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Seven Park Place

The Michelin-starred Seven Park Place restaurant at London’s St James’s Hotel & Club in Mayfair has relaunched following a complete renovation, with a new wine tasting room.

  • Owner Iqraa Mansha
  • Executive head chef William Drabble
  • Design Russell Sage Studio
  • Typical dishes Poached native lobster tail, cauliflower purée and lobster butter; and turbot poached in Bramley apple juice with clams
  • Websitewww.stjameshotelandclub.com

Seven Park PLace
Seven Park PLace

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