The ones to watch in 2019: Restaurant openings

02 January 2019 by
The ones to watch in 2019: Restaurant openings

The CrownLocation Chiswick, London

Owners Henry Harris and James McCulloch - of Harcourt Inns

Head chef Daniele Zaffora

Covers 120

Opening January 2019

Henry Harris and James McCulloch's fourth London pub, the Crown - formerly the Harlot - will offer daily changing menus showcasing simple, quality ingredients.

Head chef Daniele Zaffora, who worked with Harris at Racine, will present Mediterranean-inspired dishes with Sicilian inflections - although duck confit and brains will still be on the menu.



Location - Netherwood Estate, on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border

From Peta Darnley and Lee Westcott

Covers - 46

Opening - January 2019

Pensons is a collaboration between former Typing Room chef Lee Westcott and Peta Darnley, whose family owns the Netherwood Estate.

Westcott will draw his inspiration from the estate and surrounding countryside using its produce to create Á la carte and tasting menus.

The chef said: "I'm incredibly excited to immerse myself in this new project, where the team and I will fully utilise the abundance of produce that the Netherwood Estate has to offer, alongside what we are growing in the Pensons' kitchen garden.

"Working with the seasons has always been of huge importance to how I approach my menus and working alongside the team of gardeners, farmers and the gamekeepers on the estate will be very beneficial in continuing this approach. The inspiration for us all is the countryside around the restaurant."


Location St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London

Head chef and co-owner Leonardo Pereira

Opening February 2019

Ex-Noma chef Leonardo Pereira is branching out solo with a restaurant in London's Covent Garden. The restaurant will be inspired by the spice trade using British ingredients highlighting Persian influences and Pereira's past culinary experiences.


KalaLocation King Street, Manchester

Owner Gary Usher

Opening February 2019

The sixth opening in Gary Usher's Elite - Bistros of the World group will be an all-day dining restaurant in Manchester city centre with separate bar.

The 55-cover restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the 15-cover bar will provide space for customers to enjoy a drink, British bar snacks or the Á la carte menu.

The menu will feature bistro-style dishes, such as burrata, beef tartare, braised featherblade steak, a monkfish, spinach and tomato fondue, apple tart and crème caramel.

Gary Usher Masterclass
Gary Usher Masterclass

The Oyster ClubLocation Birmingham

Owner Adam Stokes

Covers 30

Opening February/March

Chef Adam Stokes is to open a second Birmingham restaurant called the Oyster Club, specialising in "good-quality fish and seafood".

The Michelin-starred owner of Adam's restaurant in the same city said his new venture would specialise in oysters served from a dedicated bar. Also on the menu will be small plates, such as crab on toast and moules marinière, larger plates, including teriyaki salmon and fish and chips, as well as meat and vegetarian options.

The restaurant will have a 20-cover bar and 30-cover restaurant, with the full menu served throughout.


Adam Handling Chelsea

Location Belmond Cadogan hotel

Chef patron Adam Handling

Executive head chef Adam Simmonds

Opening Early 2019

Adam Handling Chelsea will open within the new Belmond Cadogan hotel later this year.

Handling will collaborate with executive head chef Adam Simmonds to create dishes from the best of British produce used in a sustainable way. The restaurant, which will have its own entrance on Pont Street, will take inspiration from the building's cultural history incorporating it into Handling's modern British and zero waste approach.

Handling said: "I'm really looking forward to working together with Adam - I've been following his career for a while now and I love his style of food, it's very similar to mine."

SoutineLocation St John's Wood, London

Owner Corbin & King

Head chef Maciej Banas

General manager Daniel Craig

Opening April 2019

Soutine will be the latest addition to esteemed restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin's portfolio. King had said that the restaurant would be "Colbert meets Fischer's", and that it would follow those brands' neighbourhood style, but with its own identity in keeping with the artistic heritage of the area.

He added: "It will be bespoke and not the beginning of a chain."


Sam's RiversideLocation Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London

Owner Sam Harrison

Opening May 2019

Restaurateur Sam Harrison is returning to London after several years away from the capital with the launch of Sam's Riverside.

Harrison previously owned Sam's Brasserie in Chiswick and Harrison's in Balham, which opened in 2005 and 2007 respectively. Both were sold to Hawksmoor's sister brand Foxlow in 2015.

The 90-cover restaurant will house a bar and 40 seats outside for al fresco dining, as well as a 16-seat private dining room.

ParrillanLocation Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London

Owner Hart Group

Opening May 2019

Executive chef Angel Zapata Martin

Parrillan is the final opening from the Harts Group at Coal Drops Yard, joining Barrafina, Casa Pastor, Plaza Pastor and the Drop wine bar, which opened in October 2018.

The partially covered space will seat 100 and serve an amplified para picar (small tapas) list, as well as main dishes of meats, fish and - seafood to be cooked by guests on their own tabletop grills.

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Name to be announcedLocation The Goring hotel, London

From Nathan Outlaw

Opening May 2019

Two-Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw is to partner with the Goring in London to open a seafood restaurant at the hotel.

The outlet will become the second restaurant at the five-red-AA-starred, 69-bedroom hotel.

The announcement of the restaurant follows the news last month that Outlaw's restaurant at the Capital hotel in nearby Knightsbridge will close at the end of March 2019 after six years.

Outlaw's restaurant at the Goring will provide a more casual space to the hotel's Dining Room with a focus on Cornish produce. It will be located in an orangery overlooking the hotel's garden, with interiors designed by Russell Sage.

A new kitchen is currently being built below the new restaurant.

Eric Chavot
Eric Chavot

Bob Bob CitéLocation Leadenhall building - better known - as the Cheesegrater, London

Owner Leonid Shutov

Chef Éric Chavot

Opening 25 March 2019

The sister site to Soho's Bob Bob Ricard will finally open its doors in March this year, - 14 months after originally planned.

Accommodating 190 covers across two dining rooms and three private dining suites, the restaurant will feature the 'Press for Champagne' buttons for which Bob Bob Ricard is famed, as well as chef Éric Chavot's French country-style cooking.

Name to be announcedLocation Albert Dock, Liverpool

From Ellis and Liam Barrie

Opening Spring 2019

Acorn Award winners Ellis and Liam Barrie are to open their second restaurant in their home city of Liverpool.

The brothers have yet to the reveal details of the restaurant, but chef Ellis told The Caterer: "Liverpool's the best city in the UK with the friendliest of people. The hospitality is great and so is the nightlife. You can't knock it, I love it - that's why it's my first choice. I can't wait."

The new site follows their first restaurant, the Marram Grass, which the pair opened in a shed on their parent's Anglesey caravan park in 2011.


Name to be announcedLocation 120 Fenchurch Street, London

Owners D&D London

Opening Spring 2019

D&D London will open a 9,257 sq ft restaurant on the 14th floor of the new 120 Fenchurch Street development in the City.

The restaurant will sit on the floor below a new public sky garden with views over the Thames and Tower Bridge.

20 Stories, Manchester
20 Stories, Manchester

Arros QDLocation Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia, London

Owner Quique Dacosta

Opening Spring 2019

Quique Dacosta, whose eponymous Spanish restaurant in Dénia, Spain, has three Michelin stars, caused a stir when he announced he would be opening Arros QD in London.

The restaurant will have a focus on rice and Mediterranean ingredients.

Darby'sLocation Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, London

Owner Robin Gill

Opening Spring 2019

Robin Gill of the Dairy and Sorella will be opening new restaurant Darby's next to the new US embassy in Nine Elms.

The restaurant will feature an open fire and bakery and offer an Irish-influenced menu using ethically sourced ingredients.

Gill will also operate the Sky Pool restaurant in the same building.

Whats on Stage Awards,Cafe De Paris London
Whats on Stage Awards,Cafe De Paris London

The WoodsmanLocation Hotel Indigo, Stratford-upon-Avon

Executive chef Mike Robinson

Head chef Jon Coates

Opening Spring 2019

The co-owner of the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms in Fulham has said the restaurant, which sits within the 15th-century building, will showcase his passion for British produce and sustainable wild food.

A wood-fired oven and charcoal grill will be a focal point, giving diners the chance to watch the chefs prepare British deer, wild boar, beef and Hebridean lamb.

Signature dishes will include Cotswold fallow deer pavé and 'suet pudding' with - peppercorn sauce; and slow-cooked and glazed shoulder of roe deer, vicars' smoked bacon, turnips and black pudding with smoked bone marrow.


Market Hall Oxford StreetLocation Oxford Street, London

Opening Summer 2019

Market Halls will open its third London venue in spring, taking over the former BHS building on London's Oxford street.

The flagship site will be the largest foodhall in the UK and feature local producers, retailers, restaurants, street food vendors, four bars, event spaces and a demo kitchen.

It follows Market Halls openings in - London's Victoria and Fulham.

FolieLocation 37 Golden Square, Soho, London

Owner Guillaume Depoix and Thierry Costes

Opening Summer 2019

Guillaume Depoix will be opening a restaurant in London's Soho with Parisian restaurateur Thierry Costes.

Situated on the ground floor of the new - 37 Golden Square development, Folie will be "a contemporary, glamorous interpretation of a Parisian brasserie", bringing "the essence of 1970s Saint-Germain to London".

The menu will boast mainly French and Mediterranean food "reworked for the wellness generation". The wines will be mainly French, along with a selection of organic, natural and biodynamic wines.

To look out for

Crocadon FarmLocation Crocadon Farm, St Mellion, Cornwall

Owner/chef Dan Cox

Dan Cox, formerly executive chef at Simon Rogan's Fera at Claridge's, has taken on Crocadon Farm in St Mellion, Cornwall.

The space will be run in partnership with Sean O'Neill of the Modern Salad Grower and Good Earth Growers, and consist of a courtyard of stone buildings with a 120-acre organic farm, where food will be grown and livestock reared for the restaurant.

Name to be announcedLocation Cambridge

Owner Mark Poynton

Mark Poynton, former chef-patron of Alimentum in Cambridge, is set to open a new restaurant in the city.

Poynton told The Caterer: "I want to move away from the stuff I've done for years and bring some fun back. The restaurant will serve simple, delicious food with no tasting menus.

Name to be announcedLocation Edinburgh

From Mark Greenaway

Mark Greenaway closed his eponymous Edinburgh restaurant in September, promising details of a new venture would be revealed soon.

Announcing his decision in August the chef said: "The new venture will feel completely different. Our intention is to boldly challenge the concept of fine dining in the heart of Edinburgh."

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