New Restaurant Openings

Gunmakers – Marylebone

Renowned sommelier and restaurateur, Xavier Rousset (Cabotte, Trade, Blandford Comptoir, Café Comptoir) and chef, Mark Jarvis (Anglo), have joined forces to reopen beloved local Marylebone pub, Gunmakers. A boutique 18th century pub which was infamous for being a favourite haunt of Winston Churchill, the transformation includes a 40-cover restaurant celebrating fine British produce.

The menu will offer inventive twists on pub classics showcasing highest-available quality British meats and produce, including Iberico ‘Pata Negra’ pork chop served with artichoke and coffee purée and English Wagyu Bavette, served with potato rostï and watercress. There is also lighter and vegetarian fare on offer, including a Fillet of seabass served with creamed leeks, and a Celeriac and pea soup served with stilton cheese and caramelised walnuts.

 

Chez Antoinette – Victoria

Tucked away behind Victoria Street, just minutes from St James’s Park and Victoria station, Chez Antoinette Victoria is one of the area’s best-kept secrets, bringing authentic French flavours of long-held family recipes to locals and the surrounding business community in what is fast becoming one of London’s most vibrant restaurant quartier.
Drawing inspiration from the infamous Parisian bistro, the restaurant offers modern interpretations of classic dishes using highest-quality, seasonal ingredients derived from French and local suppliers. Open Monday to Friday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Saturdays and Sundays for brunch, diners can look forward to class French favourites such as Croque Monsieur, Blanquette de Veau, many tartines made with toasted organic bread, daily homemade soups, and a delectable selection of freshly-baked desserts and pastries.  
To accompany the food, Chez Antoinette has an extensive wine list made up of different boutique and small production vineyards, representing the many regions of France.
“Everything I know about food and dinner parties was taught to me by my beautiful grandmother, known to all as Antoinette” says co-owner Aurelia. “Our menus showcase her love for authentic French cuisine – every dish is prepared with the same love and joy that my Grand-Mère imbibed into our family’s dinners.”  
The two-level, brasserie-style surroundings are complete with high ceilings, mirrored walls and original French antiques from Antoinette’s personal collection. Customers are often greeted by Aurelia and Jean-Baptiste, who position themselves at the very heart of the growing Chez Antoinette family. 

Wild Tavern – Chelsea

Getting ready to open rather under the radar in Chelsea is Wild Tavern. Taking over the spot previously occupied by Japanese restaurant Kiru on Elystan Street, this new neighbourhood restaurant is of particular interest because of who’s behind it. It’s the group who brought us Goodmans, Beast and Burger & Lobster.

Billed as an informal neighbourhood restaurant with a focus on seafood dishes, particularly inspired by the Mediterranean, the restaurant plans to serve “feasting plates of wild seafood, grilled meats and classic wines”.

As for that fish, when they say “we will be supplied by our local Chelsea fishmonger” – that’s Rex Goldsmith who’s been working with them since the late, lamented Rex & Mariano and is literally just around the corner from Wild Tavern. They’ll also be bringing in King Crab, Native Lobster,  Spanish tuna and meat from Nebraska and here at home in the UK.

In the kitchen are two chefs. The head chef is Marco Peri who comes here via Corbin & King’s Colbert while Sardinian chef Achille Panna is around for the first six months to get things going.

 

Farm Girl at Hershesons Salon, Harvey Nichols – Knightsbridge

The cafe’s latest outpost – in the new Hershesons salon, on the Fourth Floor of the infamous Harvey Nichols. You’ll find many of the café’s greatest hits, including jackfruit tacos, house granola, coconut BLTs and vegan donuts.