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Latest openings: Rondo at the Hoxton, Kreidel, 111 by Modou and more

01 September 2020

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

Rondo at the Hoxton

Created in collaboration with London's Quality Chop House co-owner William Lander, Rondo at the Hoxton hotel in Holborn is a restaurant and wine bar offering a seasonal British menu and a 40-strong wine list.

The opening is part of a substantial redesign of the ground floor at the Hoxton Holborn, led by Ennismore Design Studio. The lobby has been extended on both sides, with the addition of a new coffee bar, lighting, furniture and artwork.

The Rondo kitchen will be headed up by Chris Gillard, who spent 15 years at St John.

Lander's wine list is split into three sections: summer juice, continental wine bar, and food-friendly. A wine wall at the end of the restaurant will form the centrepiece of the room, with bottles stacked high on wooden shelves, and chrome taps will dispense Rondo's house wines.

Opened 1 September

Operator Ennismore

Typical dishes Bone marrow toastie; Rondo summer salad of heritage tomatoes, carrots and radish; roast Sutton Hoo chicken with charred carrots, caramelised onions and chorizo; Tamworth pork chop with bobby beans and chutney; apricot and almond tart

Head chef Chris Gillard

Website www.thehoxton.com

Rondo at the Hoxton. Photography: Steven Joyce
Rondo at the Hoxton. Photography: Steven Joyce

The King's Arms

The King's Arms in Dorchester – which featured in Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Casterbridge – has undergone a £5m renovation to its ground-floor bar, reception and restaurant. Its 34 bedrooms, designed by Ali Guttridge of Origin Interiors, will feature hand-painted wallpapers and layered textiles.

Reopening 17 September

Operator Stay Original Company

Executive chef Tom Blake

Website www.thekingsarmsdorchester.com

The King's Arms
The King's Arms

Kreidel

Former MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Yann Florio has teamed up with Graham Brittain to launch a bar with kitchen, events space and media studio in Hoxton, east London. Canapé-style dishes will be served alongside drinks, while chef's table events will offer a tasting menu of signature dishes and experimental creations.

Typical dishes Cured wild sea bass, pea bavarois, gooseberries and elderflower; quail, fermented cherries, confit courgette and shallots

Website www.kreidel.co.uk

Kriedel
Kriedel

Hai Di Lao Hot Pot

China's biggest hot pot restaurant brand, Hai Di Lao Hot Pot, has launched its second European site at the O2 arena in London's Greenwich. The restaurant will serve vegetables, meat and noodles in a wide selection of broth soup bases.

Covers 212

Typical dishes Deep-fried crispy pork; spicy marinated beef; smashed cod and shrimp paste; pork tripe and chicken soup base

Website www.haidilao.com/en/index/index.html

HaiDiLao
HaiDiLao

Loveable Rogue

Joe Lazzerini and Amalia Colaluca have opened a new restaurant on Glasgow's Great Western Road, on the former site of Nico Simeone's Hebridean. The menu offers comfort food alongside a selection of wines and locally brewed ales, beers and spirits.

Covers 60

Typical dishes Lobster mac and cheese; chicken Kiev with curried cauliflower; ox cheek pie; hand-cut strozzapreti with smoked ricotta

Website www.theloveablerogue.co.uk

Loveable Rogue
Loveable Rogue

Club Mexicana

Vegan Mexican/Californian-inspired Club Mexicana has opened its first bricks-and mortar-site in Soho's Kingly Court, five years after the brand's launch. Alongside tacos, burritos and other street food classics, the site will serve cocktails with a focus on margaritas.

Typical dishes Vegan fried chick'n taco with corn salsa, pink onions and hot sauce; ‘chorizo' taco with salsa roja and pickled jalapeños; street corn salad, black beans, lime-jalapeño dressing

Website www.clubmexicana.com

Club Mexicana
Club Mexicana

111 by Modou

Modou Diagne's debut restaurant in Glasgow offers a five-course tasting menu that will see guests select courses from one key ingredient of each dish. Diagne has taken over the space from Nico Simeone, who gifted him the site six years after he joined his team as kitchen porter.

Covers 46 (28 with Covid-19 restrictions)

Typical dishes Black truffle royale, black garlic and filo pastry canneloni

Website www.111bymodou.co.uk

111 by Modou
111 by Modou

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