New London Restaurants Opening in 2021
It’s been a turbulent year for the restaurant world, to say the least. Yet despite everything, we’re seeing brave chefs and restaurateurs standing up to the challenges and launching new ventures. Things are tough right now, but London’s food scene is set to return this summer – with a whole host of fresh talent, by the looks of things. Get excited with our guide to the best new restaurant openings of 2021.
Neighbourhood pub with Michelin-starred food? We’re sold. The Farrier, launching on 15 April, will be Camden Market’s first ever pub, headed by up three Michelin star trained chef Ash Finch, who hails from The Langham and Wild Honey. Sharing roasts will be the focus, with meat from British butcher HG Walter, alongside biodynamic and organic wines from small producers. Cosy up in the hidden courtyard, which features a firepit and al fresco seating. thefarriercamden.com
Zero waste dining sits at the heart of AT Feast, a new all-day dining brasserie and cookery school launching in St John’s Wood this May. The restaurant will create its menu using food that would normally be thrown away, using local suppliers that put the planet at the forefront of their business. Think feel-good, vibrant dishes: kale and ricotta fritters, meatless shepherd’s pie and zero waste burgers. atfeast.com
The Grade I listed One Marylebone will welcome a new restaurant and multi-experiential space this April, focused on Tel Aviv-inspired food. Guests will have the chance to dine in private greenhouses – which fit between eight and 30 people – with food from critically-acclaimed Israeli chef, Elior Balbul. Begin with yellowtail sashimi and aubergine carpaccio before getting stuck into the mains: Spanish octopus is on the cards, alongside shrimp dumplings and cabbage stuffed with baby leeks and black garlic. The greenhouses will change with the seasons, kicking off with a floral spring garden theme before transforming into tropical beach clubs for summer. chameleon.london
Native at Browns
This spring, Mayfair is set to up its eco-friendly credits with the arrival of a new outpost of wild food restaurant Native. The pioneering eatery will be opening its doors within the new flagship boutique of British retailer Browns, offering a menu of seasonal produce-led dishes, natural wines and foraged cocktails. A typical meal could include Cacklebean dug egg and foraged sea herbs, followed by poached brill with Sutton Farm chard and ribeye, with a ‘Mermillionaire Shortbread’ to finish: a seaweed-infused take on the classic pudding. Opening spring 2021. native.co.uk
The team behind Hackney restaurant NEST is launching a new restaurant on Wandsworth Bridge Road in Fulham. Inspired by the area’s proximity to the Thames, the new venture takes its name from the old English word for ‘low-lying wetland’ – a nod to the restaurant’s commitment to locally sourced, seasonal dishes. The initial menu will feature dishes like truffle dumplings, Scottish scallops and nutmeg custard tart, alongside sustainably produced wines and seasonal cocktails. The restaurant will initially invite diners to its terrace before opening the indoor section in May, which features a single 30-seater wooden table as well as a cosy private dining room. Opening 14 April. fennrestaurant.co.uk
The Red Duck
A new addition to the buzzing Balham food scene, The Red Duck is poised to open its doors once the rules allow it. In the meantime you can try its goods via takeaway. The menu offers a modern take on Chinese cooking, with a focus on well sourced ingredients – it took the team more than five months, for instance, to find its duck supplier as they needed someone who bred with the perfect flesh to fat to skin ratio. Think paneer spiced with a black bean sauce, fried chicken wings, a melt-in-the-mouth Char Siu Pork dish and crispy duck pancakes, to be enjoyed alongside craft beers and house-blended Asian teas. theredduck.co.uk
28°-50° Wine Workshop & Kitchen Chelsea
A new branch of wine bar and kitchen 28°-50° is coming to Chelsea, set to serve up a European, brasserie-style menu alongside a curated wine selection. Executive Chef Julien Baris will be overseeing the kitchen, which will offer seasonal light bites, seafood platters, and cheese and charcuterie. The wine selection, meanwhile, will include both old and new world varieties, plus a small range from the bar’s own specialised vineyard in the French Alps. It’s being housed in a late Victorian bank on the King’s Road, spread over two floors with a private terrace opening onto a courtyard, with stylish interiors by Richard Green. Opening in spring 2021. 2850.co.uk
Imad’s Syrian Kitchen
Syrian chef Imad Alarnab has an interesting and inspirational story. He started off his food career working as a restaurateur in Damascus, where he ran two restaurants alongside a number of juice bars and cafes. During the Battle of Damascus, however, he lost his entire business, forcing him to flee the city in 2015. He travelled through Europe, cooking for refugees along the way, before reaching the UK where he raised thousands of pounds for charity Choose Love. And now, Imad is opening his own bricks and mortar restaurant in London’s Kingly Court. He spent last year crowdfunding for the project, and the restaurant was set to open in late December – but the launch was pushed back for obvious reasons. imadssyriankitchen.co.uk
La Serre London
Dubai-based restaurant La Serre is going international this year, with new outposts in both London and New York on the cards. Spread across two levels on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in downtown Dubai, La Serre is made up of a bistro, a boulangerie and a high-end restaurant offering a sophisticated French menu. We’re expecting big things from its London branch, which is rumoured to be opening in Knightsbridge. laserre.com
The spirit of Mexico meets Japanese elegance at Los Mochis, a new Pan-Pacific restaurant opening in Notting Hill in early 2021. Sure to be a foodie highlight, the 22-strong Gangster Taco Menu sees the classic Mexican dish elevated to gourmet level with luxurious ingredients, such as miso black cod. These sit alongside an array of ceviches, tostadas, tiraditos and maki rolls – fusion dining at its best. But the menu’s not the only exciting part: the restaurant’s façade will host a new mural from Mexican artist Jorge Tellaeche, renowned for his dreamlike landscapes.
Cheese + Fizz
After a successful ten years, Champagne + Fromage in Brixton Village is rebranding as Cheese + Fizz. Don’t worry, they’ll still be serving up two of France’s greatest exports – cheese and champagne – but a selection of tapas dishes and wines are being added to the menu, alongside some fun new cocktails. cheeseandfizz.co.uk
Another exciting one for Notting Hill residents: pizzeria Farina is reopening having closed before the pandemic hit. A traditional Italian spot created by two Londoners, Farina pizzas are made by slow fermenting live yeast and Caputo farina (flour) – hence the name – for up to 48 hours, making for a fresh base with a puffy crust. Toppings-wise, Farina champions Italian ingredients: think San Marzano tomatoes and and Mozzarella di Bufala Campana. You’ll find the new site on Notting Hill Gate, but two dark kitchens in Vauxhall and Camden mean pizza lovers from all corners of the city will be able to try its delights. farinapizza.co.uk
Italian food market and dining concept Eataly is opening its first UK site in early 2021 at London’s Broadgate. In line with the brand’s ‘Eat, Shop, Learn’ mantra, the huge food emporium will host a market, three restaurants, a winery and a zero-waste store, as well as Eataly’s renowned cookery school, where chefs and experts will host in-house and online classes. eataly.co.uk
With a portfolio that includes The Wolseley, Colbert and The Delauney, it’s safe to say Chris Corbin and Jeremy King know a thing or two about launching a good restaurant. Their next venture is Manzi’s, inspired by the legendary seafood restaurant in Leicester Square which closed in 2006. We’re told it’ll be similar to the ‘fun and affordable’ vibe seen at Brasserie Zedel – another Corbin and King number – with nautical-inspired interiors and fish-focused menu. The launch is currently on pause, with King writing in his newsletter: “Manzi’s is still on hold – it requires a considerable amount of investment to finish so we are awaiting to see what happens in the next few months before we commit.”
Bar des Prés
Top French chef Cyril Lignac hopes to bring his brand of Parisian cool to UK shores this spring, with an outpost of his restaurant Le Bar des Prés due to open on Mayfair’s Albermarle Street. While the Parisian site only served cold food, the London iteration will offer a mix of hot and cold dishes, including scallops with caramelised miso, crab galette and satay fillet steak, alongside an exclusively French wine list.
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