This week's new openings: Sparrow, Tamarind Kitchen, Beastro and more

25 April 2017 by
This week's new openings: Sparrow, Tamarind Kitchen, Beastro and more

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


Terry Blake and Yohini Nandakumar have opened their first restaurant, Sparrow, in Lewisham, south-east London. The husband and wife team first met while working at St John in Smithfield Market in Clerkenwell in north London, and their first site offers a regularly changing menu of sharing plates.

The restaurant has been named to reflect its food: not specific to a place or country and borrowing flavours from around the world, although there is a focus on seasonal British produce and European cooking techniques.

Sparrow aims to be a relaxed, light and airy space. An open kitchen, clad in emerald V&A tiles and with wooden worktops, takes centre stage, and simple antique tables and chairs and industrial light fittings suggest an informal elegance.

Sparrow, Lewisham, south-east London
Sparrow, Lewisham, south-east London
Opened 28 March

Covers 36

Founders Terry Blake and Yohini Nandakumar

Typical dishes Courgette trifolati and roasted spring onion bruschetta; roast pork belly with harissa; and malt duck with chilli jam

Tamarind Kitchen

Tamarind Collection, the group behind Tamarind Mayfair and Zaika Kensington, has launched Tamarind Kitchen in Soho, London. The restaurant spans two floors and features a subterranean cocktail bar.

Tamarind Kitchen, London Soho
Tamarind Kitchen, London Soho

Covers 100

Design Russell Sage Studio

Typical dishes Hyderabadi Gosht (slow-cooked lamb in an onion and Kashmiri chilli sauce); Alappuzha fish curry with kingfish

Novotel Canary Wharf

AccorHotels has opened its new £90m flagship Novotel in London's Canary Wharf, the tallest Novotel in the world at 127 metres high. On the 37th floor is Bokan, a 65-cover restaurant, bar and roof terrace. The hotel also features a vegetable garden and has beehives on the 39th floor.

Novotel Canary Wharf
Novotel Canary Wharf

Bedrooms 313

General manager Philip Logan

Head chef Aurelie Altemaire


Beastro, the first permanent restaurant for street food traders Bangers and Bacon, has opened in Manchester's Spinningfields. The farmhouse-style bistro offers a grab-and-go breakfast and lunch menu.

Beastro, Spinningfields, Manchester
Beastro, Spinningfields, Manchester

Directors Richard Brown, and James and Heather Taylor

Design Holdens Agency

Typical dishes Bury black pudding-stuffed lamb loin with fondant potato and peas

Mallory Court spa

The Eden Hotel Collection's Mallory Court hotel in Warwickshire has launched a new Elan spa. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools and saunas, a mud room, steam room and gym. Face and body treatments include products from natural spa and skincare brand Espa and organic skincare brand Ila.

Mallory Court spa
Mallory Court spa

Treatment rooms Seven

Spa bedrooms 12

Spa manager Gemma Marsh


Francesco Mazzei has opened Radici in London's Islington. Radici, translating as ‘roots', reflects the Calabrian and southern Italian cuisine of Mazzei's heritage, served in a relaxed environment with a rustic design.

Radici, Islington, London
Radici, Islington, London

Owner/operator D&D London

Head chef Antonio Mazzone

Typical dishes Salt cod with potatoes, tomato sauce, onions, capers and black olives; calf liver stuffed with pancetta, garlic and sage

Tommi's Burger Joint

A third Tommi's Burger Joint has opened in London's Soho on Berwick Street. Tomas ‘Tommi' Tómasson opened the first Tommi's Hamburgers in his homeland of Iceland in 1981, and brought Tommi's to London as a pop-up on Marylebone Street in 2012. As at the Marylebone and Chelsea sites, it will serve steak, chicken and veggie burgers.

Tommi's Burger Joint, Berwick Street, London
Tommi's Burger Joint, Berwick Street, London

Covers 22

Head chef Siggi Gunnlaugsson

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