TASTE October 2019
As the cosy autumn nights draw in, Britain’s culinary scene welcomes a diverse range of brand new restaurants and exciting cafes. From classics with a luxurious twist to jaw-dropping venues, Britain shows no sign of losing its crown as one of the most exciting foodie destinations for travellers.
Former Duck & Waffle Executive Chef, Tom Cenci has teamed up with restaurateur, Adam White to create a stylish yet welcoming new eatery in Bermondsey. Along with an impressive bar and cocktail list, Loyalty Tavern brings tempting small plates to the site that was previously Village East. A great addition to the area’s expanding foodie scene, this new neighbourhood establishment offers a menu with sustainability and value at its heart, with diners enjoying dishes including rich buttermilk-poached cod, venison tartare, kid goat and pork belly meatballs from just £6.50.
British chef and restaurateur, Jason Atherton has welcomed the first diners to The Betterment at the Biltmore Hotel, Mayfair. The once mentee of Gordon Ramsay is no stranger to running a high-end eatery, with his previous venture, Pollen Street Social, having gained a Michelin Star within a year of opening. Under the trusted hands of Chef Paul Walsh, the menu will focus on signature salads, plant-based and meat-centred dishes cooked over embers, and an indulgent afternoon tea menu. Mains from the à la carte menu range from £24 to £34, while sharing dishes of meat and fish cooked over embers cost up to £85.
The heart of bustling east London has just welcomed a brand new Tel Aviv-inspired eatery, Bubala. The name endearingly means ‘darling’ in Yiddish, and the restaurant certainly looks set to become a darling of the culinary scene, with its menu of Sephardic Jewish dishes, including laffa flatbread, pumpkin tirshy, flourish fattoush, and tahini, date and tangerine ice cream. Prices range from £5.50 to £9.50.
Lewis Hamilton’s Neat Burger, hailed as the first international plant-based burger chain in the world, opened in Mayfair this September, and the F1 star is already gearing up to change the face of fast food, with a further 14 restaurants planned in the next two years. Having worked closely with the group behind ‘Beyond Meat’, known to create one of the best meat-replicas on the market, Hamilton’s menu features a sumptuous selection of animal-friendly fast food, with prices ranging from £7.50 to £8.50 for burgers, and £3.50 for classic fries. What’s more, Neat Burger‘s partnership with Eden Reforestation Programme means that for every burger sold, one tree will be planted, guaranteeing diners a truly guilt-free feast.
Kiss the Hippo
Having recently opened their second location in September, Kiss the Hippo roasters have now brought their high quality, sustainable coffee to Fitzrovia. Sourcing their product from around the world, the chain aims to champion the origin of each brew, whilst making the journey from farm to cup as eco-friendly as possible. Coffee-lovers can swing by Kiss the Hippo to taste their latest seasonal bean of choice, with each batch roasted in-house in a low-emission roaster, allowing for unique flavours to remain.
The Ivy Glasgow
The Ivy Collection expanded their city-dwelling brasserie chain to the heart of Glasgow this summer. The colourful and boldly designed restaurant offers all-day British classics, served with an air of sophistication, in a modern, stylish environment. Their menu includes elegant starters such as steak tartare (£9.50) and seared Atlantic scallops (£12.50), main courses including fish and chips (£15.50) and blackened cod fillet (£17.95), and a delectable afternoon tea (from £7.95)
August saw the opening of ultra-sustainable Bar Brett in Glasgow, the sister restaurant of Cail Bruich. Serving a selection of small plates, the restaurant’s menu changes daily and revolves around high quality, meat, fish and shellfish from their specially selected suppliers, all complemented by a wine list from small European vineyards.
The Purple Robot
August 2019 saw the opening of Hull’s first vegan taproom, a brand new addition to the former city of culture’s growing foodie scene. The project of former Beautiful South guitarist, David Rotheray, The Purple Robot offers a completely vegan menu, with its animal-friendly ethos even extending to the beer. The menu takes inspiration from around the world and promises delicious vegan alternatives to fish and chips, American-style burgers, bratwurst sausage and crispy pan-fried duck And with dinner dishes starting at £10.95, diners can be sure of a great value, cruelty-free evening in a fun, sci-fi inspired atmosphere.
Due to open on 31 October 2019, new restaurant Lu Ban will transform the former Cain’s Brewery Building, a historic icon in the heart of the Baltic Triangle. Bringing a taste of the north-eastern port city of Tianjin to Liverpool, the venue will showcase the region’s world-famous techniques and specialities via dishes such as jasmine and black tea cured wild salmon, twenty-four hour pork belly with fennel seed and pickled ginger, and lobster, scallop and turbot dumplings. To celebrate the restaurant’s opening, visitors can enjoy a complimentary bottle of prosecco for all booked evening meals in November.
This autumn will see innovative, family-run chain Tattu opening one of their cherry-blossom filled eateries in the Scottish capital. Transforming the newly refurbished Mint Building on West Register Street into an opulent dining spot, the restaurant will offer guests a cocktail of traditional Chinese cuisine surrounded by breath-taking interior design. Expect a menu featuring dishes such as caramel soy beef fillet (£31), pan fried Szechuan sea bass (£20), dim sum, small plates and several exciting set menus to share, for an innovative taste of the east in the heart of Edinburgh
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