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The 5 biggest openings of the week: featuring Pharmacy 2 from Damien Hirst and Mark Hix

03 March 2016
The 5 biggest openings of the week: featuring Pharmacy 2 from Damien Hirst and Mark Hix

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

Pharmacy 2

Artist Damien Hirst has opened a new restaurant at Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London, in collaboration with chef Mark Hix. The venue will serve classic British and European foods.

Entry to the gallery, which is currently showing work by British abstract painter John Hoyland, is free. The restaurant also exhibits site-specific work from a number of Hirst's most iconic series, including his medicine cabinets.

Hirst said: "Pharmacy 2 combines two of my greatest passions; art and food. I've always loved Mark as a chef and his approach to food, so it's great we're working together on this." Hix added: "Damien and I have been friends for many years. Damien designed a formaldehyde Cock and Bull for my restaurant, Tramshed, so it makes sense for me to exchange my skills by creating the menus at Pharmacy 2."

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Head chef Fabrizio Pusceddu

Manager Davina Sasha

Typical dishes Brick a l'oeuf de carnard with harissa; shaved winter squash with treviso and Graceburn cheese; soft white polenta with a Burford Brown egg yolk and shaved Wiltshire truffles; pineapple upside-down cake; and poached Yorkshire rhubarb with saffron ice-cream

Prices From £7.95 for sandwiches, from £5.95 for starters and mains from £13.50


The Anchor Tap

Sussex-based brewer Dark Star has opened a new pub, the Anchor Tap, in Horsham. The pub dates back to 1898. The Anchor Tap is Dark Star's third pub, joining the Evening Star in Brighton and the Partridge in Partridge Green.

Drinks Six cask beers, 10 keg beers, and a range of wines and spirits

Typical dishes Galician sardines on toast; potted shrimp; cheese board; and meat platters


Khana Bombay Café

Khana Bombay Café, a new Indian-style restaurant from northern-based restaurateur Adam Karim, has opened in Headingley in Leeds. Located in the city's North Lane, the venue has aimed for a ‘cosmopolitan vibe'.

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Owner Adam Karim

Typical dishes Ruby Karim; Indian tapas-style items; whole and half grilled chickens;
Indian-spiced, charcoal-grilled lamb chops


Swan, Shakespeare's Globe

Swan, Shakespeare's Globe has reopened at the theatre on London's Bankside following an extensive refurbishment in time for the 400th anniversary of the bard's death.

Operator Diccon Wright

Typical dishes Cider-battered oysters; and salt-baked heritage beetroot, smoked ricotta, pickled walnuts and London honey


Sail Loft

Pub firm Fuller's has opened the Sail Loft on Greenwich Reach in south east London. The venue, on the banks of the Thames, has windows looking out on three sides of the site. Customers can drink or dine at the water's edge on the outdoor terrace, or enjoy the panoramic cityscape from the first-floor dining area.

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Chef Jacek Zywa

General manager Greg Meikle

Typical dishes Devilled eggs and bacon jam; buffalo mozzarella, roasted squash and spelt salad; salt cod fritters and romesco sauce


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