Welcome to the family! – New restaurants on OpenTable

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Give your old favourites a break this month and check out some of these OpenTable newcomers, from hot new openings in London to local favourites in Leeds, Brighton and beyond.

Sea Containers at the Mondrian London Hotel.

Sea Containers at the Mondrian London Hotel.

Sea Containers – Now open at the Mondrian Hotel, this riverside bar and brasserie is overseen by New York chef Seamus Mullen (of Tertulia fame). Try shareable, Mediterranean-style dishes like charred aubergine with mint labneh, roast sea bass with citrus and salsa verde, and smoked corn fed chicken.

Spring – Skye Gyngell (ex-Petersham Nurseries) has opened her first solo venture at Somerset House on the Strand. Expect ‘wholesome, produce driven’ dishes like slow-cooked pork shoulder with girolles, spice rubbed quail, and scallops with salsify, beurre blanc and borage flowers.

Fera at Claridge’s – Try Simon Rogan’s creative take on British cuisine at his Mayfair restaurant. Book before the end of the year and enjoy our exclusive offer of 3 courses and Champagne for just £35.

The Fish & Chip Shop City – Following the success of his Islington restaurant, Des McDonald has opened a City restaurant serving first class fish and chips, oysters, shrimp burgers and more.

Hubbard & Bell – At the new Hoxton Hotel in Holborn, this slick bar-restaurant serves an American-inspired all-day menu, hearty weekend brunch dishes, and proper Sunday roasts.

The Pudding Bar – If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love this dessert bar pop-up in the heart of Soho. With its regularly changing menu of stunning puds, it’s perfect for a quirky first date.

Four to Eight – New to Covent Garden is this contemporary Italian restaurant serving small plates, pasta dishes and rare breed meat. We like the sound of their double duck salad and lobster fregola!

Pachamama – London’s passion for Peruvian food shows no signs of slowing down and this Marylebone newcomer is a great place to try ceviche, robata grilled seafood and pisco cocktails.

Also new in London: The Strand Dining Rooms; Salmontini in Belgravia; Le Paris Grill near St Paul’s; Valentina’s new deli-restaurant in Chiswick; and 64 Degrees, a sister to the Brighton original.

Rotisserie chicken at Bird and Beast, Leeds.

Rotisserie chicken at Bird and Beast, Leeds.

Bird and Beast – At this rotisserie joint in Leeds, you can try their chicken with sides of slaw and sweet potato fries, as a roast dinner on Sundays, or with an Eastern twist at their Monday Curry Club.

Café Portrait – Planning a trip to Edinburgh’s National Portrait Gallery? Treat yourself to afternoon tea in their calm and cosy café. Everything is made from scratch using local, organic ingredients.

Fitzbillies – Open through the day serving lunch and cream teas, this Cambridge institution opens for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Swing by for delicious and affordable British dishes.

The Sausage Emporium – Craving comfort food in Newcastle? Head to The Sausage Emporium for top quality butcher’s bangers, either in a sandwich or with sides like creamy mash and smoky beans.

MEATliquor – We’re thrilled to welcome the Brighton branch of MEATliquor to OpenTable. If you’re local or planning a seaside staycation, swing by for burgers, buffalo shrimp and cocktails.

You can find new-to-OpenTable restaurants near you by searching for your area and clicking the ‘new restaurants’ tab. Try somewhere new this week!

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Where to eat near… the Roman Baths

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This month, we’re exploring the city of Bath - home to the Thermae Bath Spa, some stunning Georgian architecture, and the best preserved Roman baths in the world. If you’re planning a trip to explore the ruins, here are ten of the best places to eat while you’re there.

Green Park Brasserie - British dishes and live music in a former train station booking hall.
The Chequers - Expect a warm welcome and ambitious cooking at this handsome gastropub.
Aio Restaurant – This award-winning Sardinian restaurant is a must for seafood and pasta fans.
GPT Smokehouse – This former pub now serves slow smoked ribs, burgers, spicy wings and more.
The Marlborough Tavern – One of Bath’s finest gastropubs. A great choice for Sunday lunch.
The Bath Priory – A fine dining destination that’s ideal for special occasions and afternoon tea.
Yammo! - The place to go for Neapolitan street food, pizza, cocktails and proper Italian gelato.
– Ponte Vecchio – Locals love the stone-baked pizzas and alfresco terrace at this riverside Italian.
– Blunos – Visit celeb chef Martin Blunos’ restaurant for fantastic fresh fish and seafood.
Restaurant Eleven – A popular spot for brunch, lunch and dinner near the Royal Crescent.

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For more inspiration, try a search on OpenTable. Which UK attraction should we cover next?

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Eat your way around SW9 with Brixton Flavours!

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We’re thrilled to be sponsoring a new food festival launching in Brixton on Sunday 26th October. For one day only, Brixton Flavours lets you eat your way around over 20 Brixton restaurants and pop-ups, trying secret off-menu dishes and enjoying special discounts along the way. Tickets cost £15 which includes loads of free samples and 15 Brixton pounds to spend in any of the participating venues.

The festival runs from 11am to 7.30pm in and around Brixton Village and Market Row. If you’re not familiar with these foodie hangouts, this is a great chance to try local favourites like Market House, Brindisa Food Rooms, Etta’s Seafood Kitchen, and Fish, Wings & Tings. Eat your way around the world with Mexican dishes at Casa Morita, Malaysian street food at Satay Cocktail Bar & Restaurant, dim sum at Courtesan, and authentic Brazilian bites at Carioca.

Book your tickets now and get 10% off with our exclusive code – Brixton123. (Note: 80% of the revenue goes back into the community and participating eateries.)

Live locally or want to explore the area? Check out these great restaurants in Brixton.

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Going sober for October? Try some of London’s best booze-free beverages

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This October, sign up to be a sober hero and the money you raise will help Macmillan support people with cancer. Just imagine how good you’ll feel after 31 days without a hangover! At the end of the month you’ll have more cash, better skin and tons more energy, but don’t languish indoors until then – hit the town and sample one of these must-try mocktails.

Drinks at Carom, Soho.

Drinks at Carom, Soho.

Dishoom – If you need to cool off after their curries, try a Virgin Bombay Colada – a pineapple and coconut cream concoction with a Bombay twist: a hint of coriander, chai syrup and lime juice.

Lanes of London – The menu at Lanes takes its inspiration from all over the world so skip wine and get a Vietnamito – pineapple juice, kaffir and lemongrass syrup, lime juice, ginger ale and Thai basil.

Carom – Perfect for a low-key lunch in Soho, try Carom’s modern Indian dishes with a Ginger Rose – a refreshing blend of apple juice, fresh ginger and rose syrup topped with ginger ale.

Skylon – Bag yourself a window seat at this Southbank favourite and enjoy the views with a Berry Blast – fresh berries shaken with cranberry and pomegranate juice, served long over ice.

Mark’s Bar at Hix Soho – For a night out in Soho that you can actually remember, slip down the stairs at Hix and order a Lost Valentino – lemon sherbet, chilled green tea, mint, orange and nutmeg.

Cocochan – Head to Marylebone for delicious dim sum, pan-Asian small plates and a Miss V Cocochan – raspberries, lychee and cranberry juice, topped with lemonade.

The Riding House Café – This all-day brasserie serves wonderful juices and smoothes until 4pm. After that, try a virtuous Fitzrovia Breeze – kiwi, cucumber, elderflower cordial and apple juice.

Hawksmoor Guildhall – Wash down a meaty breakfast with their legendary cornflake milkshake.

Good luck to everyone going sober this month!

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RestaurantFEED: OpenTable restaurant news

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AA Hospitality Awards – Nathan Outlaw was named Chefs’ Chef of the Year at the prestigious AA Hospitality Awards last week. The Sticky Walnut picked up the Restaurant of the Year award for England, while Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern was chosen as the best in London. New four rosette awards were given to restaurants including The Greenhouse, Texture, Restaurant Story, and Bohemia in Jersey. Check out the new three rosette awards on Caterer.

Busan BBQ's pork belly bun.

Busan BBQ’s pork belly bun.

Street food takeovers in the City – Every Saturday in October, Busan BBQ will be serving their AmeriKorean fusion dishes in the bar at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen. While international DJs hit the decks, the bar team will be mixing Korean-inspired cocktails to complement dishes like the Busan bulgogi beef burger, spicy gochujang ribs, and pork belly buns.

Looking for a new brunch hangout? Le Bun have just announced a month-long weekend residency at New Street Grill and the Old Bengal Bar near Liverpool Street station. You can drop in throughout October for decadent hangover cures like the Eggs Royale bun (poached egg, smoked salmon, spinach and citrus hollandaise), Southern fried chicken and waffles with truffle butter and shaved truffles, and their iconic Bourguignon Bun with bacon salt, truffle mayo and Champagne slaw.

Get pickled at The Well – The Well has teamed up with Buffalo Trace to transform their basement bar into a cosy hideaway specialising in vinegar-based cocktails. The Pickle Jar pop-up is open from October 1st serving picklebacks (bourbon with a pickle juice chaser) and ‘shrubs’ – quirky cocktails made with vinegar-spiked fruit syrups. Try them Martini style or as a spritz with Prosecco and soda.

Shrimper’s Net Catch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Shrimper’s Net Catch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Restaurants opening soon – Autumn is a busy time for restaurant openings and this year is no exception! Here are some of the newcomers we’re looking forward to trying this autumn and winter.

– American seafood chain Bubba Gump Shrimp Co opens at the Trocadero in October.
The Fish & Chip Shop’s City branch opens near Liverpool Street on October 10th.
– Former Gaucho MD Martin Williams will launch M Restaurants near Bank this autumn. The site is split into M Grill (serving steaks), M Raw (sashimi, oysters, ceviche) and M Bar.
Bo Drake, an East Asian BBQ restaurant, opens in Soho in November.
– Dishoom’s third and largest restaurant joins Caravan and Grain Store on Granary Square in November. Perfect for a bacon naan breakfast or cocktails after work.

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Get ready for London Cocktail Week!

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On October 6th, London Cocktail Week returns for seven days of drink-fuelled debauchery with parties, pop-ups and masterclasses all over the city. Check out the full events schedule on the LCW site - they sell out fast, so don’t miss out! Here are some of this year’s highlights:

–  Tanqueray Gin Masterclass – A free gin talk and tasting at Mark’s Bar at Hixter City.
–  Vestal Voyages – A trip down Regent’s Canal on London’s first floating distillery and bar.
–  Eat Meat, Drink Buffalo – A 3-course dinner & Buffalo Trace bourbon tasting at JW Steakhouse.
–  Fever-Tree’s G&T Safari – A walk ‘n’ sip tour of five bars to try five outstanding gin and tonics.
–  Soho Food Walk – A tour of Soho’s finest bites and beverages led by London from Scratch.
–  The Rum Ramble – An unmissable rum-focused tour of five bars with Shake Rattle & Stir.
–  Freixenet terrace at Swingers – Sip cava at the crazy golf and street food pop-up in Shoreditch.

As ever, the LCW wristband entitles you to £4 cocktails at over 200 London bars including Callooh Callay, The Jones Family Project, The Blues Kitchen, and Silk & Grain. It’s a great excuse to revisit old favourites or check out those exclusive hotel bars and speakeasies you’ve always fancied trying. You can use the bar map to plan a cocktail crawl and if you need restaurant recommendations along the way, try a search on OpenTable or ask our experts on twitter.

Wristbands cost a tenner and can be collected from the LCW hub in Seven Dials and new hubs at Bluebird in Chelsea, Mark’s Bar at Hixter City, and The Whisky Exchange in London Bridge.

Follow the London Cocktail Week team on twitter for the latest updates and we’ll see you at the bar!

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