Latest openings: Sessions Arts Club, Park Row, Ritu Seasons of India and more

10 August 2021
Latest openings: Sessions Arts Club, Park Row, Ritu Seasons of India and more

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

Sessions Arts Club

Sessions Art Club is a restaurant, wine bar and gallery space housed in the 18th-century Old Sessions House, a former courthouse in London's Clerkenwell.

Leading the project is Jon Spiteri, who co-founded the St John restaurant with Margot and Fergus Henderson; artist Jonny Gent; and Russell Potter, director of architecture and design studio Soda, which has worked with Soho House and the Polpo Group.

Overseeing the kitchen is Florence Knight, who was head chef at Russell Norman and Richard Beatty's Polpetto from 2010-2015. Her dishes will be inspired by British, French and Italian cooking, with all stocks, sauces and condiments, pickles, preserves and soups made in-house to minimise waste.

The building has been redesigned as a 60-cover dining room with arched windows looking out onto the rooftop. The roof terrace seats 20 diners and features a marble bar and infinity pool with views over London.

Artistic events, workshops, exhibitions and dinners will be held each week, with artworks commissioned for the space over time.

Opened 11 August

Founders Florence Knight, Jonny Gent, Jon Spiteri, architect Russell Potter (Soda) and brothers Ted and Oliver Grebelius of Sätila Studios

Typical dishes Grilled friggitelli with sea salt, sea bream, fig leaf; pork belly cooked with fennel and orange

Website www.sessionsartsclub.com

Sessions Art Club
Sessions Art Club

Park Row

The UK's first ‘fully immersive' restaurant inspired by the DC Comics universe has opened in London's Soho. Park Row is split into five restaurants and bars overseen by executive chef Kim Woodward.

Opened 10 August

Founder James Bulmer of Wonderland Restaurants

Typical dishes A ‘poisonous' mushroom made of parfait; scallop, oyster, caviar and white chocolate topped with gold leaf

Website www.parkrowlondon.co.uk

Park Row
Park Row

Ritu Seasons of India

This restaurant in London's St John's Wood has designed its menu around showcasing the produce and flavours of all six Indian seasons. Founder Anubhav Srivastava is aiming to bring lesser-known Indian dishes to the UK.

Opened 7 August

Founder Anubhav Srivastava

Typical dishes Mumbai-style chicken bread rolls; kadhai duck tandoor; gunpowder prawns; nilgiri paneer; jackfruit masala

Website www.ritu.london

Ritu Seasons of India
Ritu Seasons of India

Dusty Knuckle

Bakery, café and social enterprise Dusty Knuckle has opened a second London restaurant, on Green Lanes in Haringey. Like its sister site in Dalston, it will be used to train young ex-offenders into employment.

Opened 31 July

Founders Max Tobias, Daisy Terry, Rebecca Oliver

Typical dishes Vada pav (deep-fried spiced potato balls, chilli sauce, coconut and peanut masala on a bun)

Website www.thedustyknuckle.com

Dusty Knuckle
Dusty Knuckle

Maldron Hotel Glasgow City

Dalata Hotel Group's first property in Scotland has opened in the former STV headquarters in Glasgow. The £40m hotel features 300 bedrooms, a bar and restaurant, a gym and business facilities.

Opened 3 August

Operator Dalata Hotel Group

General manager Hazel Galloway

Room rate From £69

Website www.maldronhotels.com

Maldron Hotel Glasgow City
Maldron Hotel Glasgow City

Eggoland

Eggoland is the first London restaurant from professional boxer Sohail Ahmad, who arrived in the UK as an Afghan refugee aged 12. The menu features eight egg buns with fillings including confit duck and roast potatoes.

Opened 12 August

Founder Sohail Ahmad

Typical dish The Wakey Wakey Eggs'n'Baccy: a bun with a fried egg, maple-soaked beef bacon, Cheddar and mixed leaves

Website www.eggoland.co.uk

Eggoland
Eggoland

The Duck In

The Hotel St George in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, has launched a gin bar and lounge. It offers more than 40 gins, including those from Yorkshire distilleries such as local Slingsby Gin and Otterbeck.

Opened 23 July

Hotel general manager Paul Donkin

Operator Bespoke Hotels

Typical dishes Canapés, baked Camembert, salt and vinegar scraps (nicknamed ‘duck feed')

Website www.bespokehotels.com/st-george-hotel

The Duck In
The Duck In

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