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This week's new openings: The Mere Scribbler, Le Roi Fou, London Cocktail Club and more

05 May 2017 by
This week's new openings: The Mere Scribbler, Le Roi Fou, London Cocktail Club and more

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

The Mere Scribbler

The Mere Scribbler, the latest venue from independent south London pub group Livelyhood, has opened opposite Streatham Common. The pub takes its title from the nickname of 18th century satirical novelist, diarist and playwright Frances Burney, who progressed her literary career in the area between 1779 and 1783. Further tribute has been paid through a statement piece of modern graffiti portraiture by local artists id-iom on a wall in the beer garden.

Local producers head up the drinks list, including Graveney gin from Tooting Broadway, and Little Bird gin from Peckham. There are also local craft beers Hepcat, Beatnik and Southpaw from the Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, and Cynthia's Remedy and Samuel's Tipple from microbrewery Streatham Brewing Co.

The Mere Scribbler
The Mere Scribbler
Opened 19 April

Covers Bar/dining areas: 80; garden: 40

Owner Sarah Wall

Operator Livelyhood

General manager Imogen Sharma

Head chef Nick Carter

Design LAP Architects

Typical dishes Risotto nero with pan-fried garlic baby squid; beer-battered fish and triple-cooked chips; and pan-fried skrei cod with winter vegetable colcannon

Websitewww.themerescribbler.co.uk

Dandy

Daniel Wilson and Andrew Leitch, the duo behind the Dandy Café pop-up, have opened a permanent site in London's Newington Green. The restaurant focuses on seasonal produce, speciality coffee and natural wines.

Dandy, Newington Green
Dandy, Newington Green

Covers Inside: 50; outside terrace: 30

Typical dishes Shawarma-spiced lamb belly, baba ganoush and cauliflower; burnt onion broth, spring leaves and hay-smoked labne; and radicchio with blood orange and miso

Websitewww.dandycafe.co.uk

Le Roi Fou

Spring garden vegetable salad at Le Roi Fou
Spring garden vegetable salad at Le Roi Fou

Chef-proprietor Jérôme Henry

Creative director Isolde Nash

Covers 30-35

Websitewww.leroifou.com

London Cocktail Club Monument

London Cocktail Club has launched its seventh venue, at London Monument. The latest venture is inspired by Savile Row tailors and the vibe is described as 'eccentric punk meets gentleman's club'.

London Cocktail Club Monument
London Cocktail Club Monument

Covers 120

General manager Matthew Robbins

Head bartender Dmitri Markovskij

Founder JJ Goodman

Websitewww.londoncocktailclub.co.uk

The Carriage House at the Stafford

The Stafford London has unveiled its Carriage House Suites. The redesign is an eclectic, luxurious take on the British country look, featuring oversized headboards and even original hay hoists. The suites are set within a 380-year-old, Grade II-listed building.

The Carriage House at the Stafford
The Carriage House at the Stafford

Bedrooms 11

Starting room rate £750

Design Champalimaud Design

Websitewww.thestaffordlondon.com

Machiya

Machiya, named after the townhouses that once typified the cityscape of Kyoto in Japan, has opened in London's Soho. The menus are centred around traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes, and the downstairs bar offers cocktails, whiskies and sakés.

Machiya
Machiya

Covers Restaurant: 23; bar: 20

Typical dishes Truffled omu rice; gyudon (beef strips cooked in soy sauce, mirin, sugar and saké); and gyukatsu (panko-crusted wagyu steak)

Websitemachi-ya.co.uk

The Tea Room at the Midland

The Midland hotel in Manchester has opened a Tea Room with a chef's counter, where guests can watch the hotel's pastry team preparing sandwiches. The new menu focuses on loose-leaf teas and local suppliers.

The Tea Room at the Midland
The Tea Room at the Midland

Hotel general manager Christopher Wayne-Wills

Executive chef Brian Sparks

Typical dishes English cucumber sandwich with Hendrick's gin and apple compote

Websitewww.tearoomatthemidland.co.uk

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