Heinz Beck returns to London, Petersham Nurseries opens its restaurants in Covent Garden, Ollie Dabbous opens in Piccadilly and a great pub re-opens in Maida Vale.
Read our guide to the restaurant openings and news in London this April.
Cornerstone will open in Hackney on 24th April as 46-cover restaurant from chef Tom Brown who has previously worked with Nathan Outlaw.
Designed for sharing, dishes will include raw mackerel with lime pickle, coconut yogurt and crispy garlic; marinated squid with black pudding, blood orange and a brown butter dressing and roast cod served with Café de Paris hollandaise.
Cornerstone is named after the chef’s favourite Arctic Monkeys track.
On 23rd April, Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden will open its two restaurants, bar and courtyard.
The addition of The Petersham, La Goccia, La Goccia Bar and Floral Court will complement the existing homewares shop, delicatessen, wine cellar and florist.
Beck at Brown’s
Michelin starred chef Heinz Beck is returning to London to launch Beck at Brown’s on Monday 16th April.
Opening in Brown’s hotel, the restaurant will offer a casual dining menu of classic Italian dishes with seasonal British ingredients.
Dishes will include spaghetti cacio e pepe with lime-marinated langoustine; red mullet ‘sandwich’ with black olive & tarragon and aged Rhug estate striploin with truffle mash & rosemary sauce.
Hide is chef Ollie Dabbous’ new restaurant, set to launch this April in a huge space at 85 Piccadilly.
The restaurant claims to have the most comprehensive wine list in the UK – the venture is in partnership with Hedonism Wines.
There will be a basement bar, an all-day ground floor casual restaurant and a first floor restaurant.
‘Merry Men’ from Chef Tom Sellers
Open until 22 April 2018, celebrated chef Tom Sellers is running a one-off, immersive drinking and dining experience ‘pop-up’ called ‘Merry Men’.
‘Merry Men’, a reference to Tom’s Nottingham roots, offers a banquet-style menu of seasonal, refined and artfully conceived dishes.
While tickets for dinner must be booked in advance, the bar, which serves a woodland-themed cocktail menu created by mixologist Matt Whiley and supported by Bombay Sapphire, alongside a smaller snack menu called ‘Pig Tales’, is open to all without reservation from 5pm onwards.
‘Merry Men’ is located in 32 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TU.
The Hero of Maida
The Hero of Maida (formerly the Truscott Arms) will open in Maida Vale under chef Henry Harris’ direction.
The Hero of Maida is the third opening from Harcourt Inns, a collection of pubs which also includes the Three Cranes in the City and The Coach in Clerkenwell (I’m a big fan).
The ground floor will run as a proper pub with the main dining room upstairs. The pub’s signature Sunday roast menu will also be reinstated.
Freak Scene will occupy the ex Barrafina site on Frith Street when it opens this month.
The menu take inspiration ‘from bustling Singaporean hawker centres’ with ‘a South East Asian-inspired menu’.
Dishes will include Miso-grilled black cod tacos with sushi rice and scorched red chilli; Chicken-fried chicken with peanut soy and cucumber pickles; and a Honey-hoisin grilled pork belly, mussels and chilli jam ssam wrap.
Interestingly, clips of the Japanese gameshow Takeshi’s Castle will be projected onto the wall…
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