Maria G's, Kensington

London's Best New Pubs, Bars & Restaurants: August 2022

Here's the best of London's newest pubs, restaurants and bars to try this August...

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1 The Tamil Prince, Islington

This joint's a classic British pubs with a Tamil Nadu kitchen helmed by chef Prince Durairaj (ex-Roti King). Housed in a back street 19th century pub with outdoor seating, you've got well-known cocktails with a south Indian twist to go with a vibrant array of small and large plates. There's also a strong selection of crisp Indian and British beers to wash down your grilled king prawns, okra fries and dhal makhani

Address: 115 Hemingford Road, N1 1BZ

Website: thetamilprince.com

2 The Baring, Islington

Islington welcomes a new neighbourhood pub, near Regent's Canal, that comes with a high-calibre kitchen. Chef and co-owner Rob Tecwyn (ex-Dabbous, The Henrietta Hotel, Morito, & Kerridge’s Bar and Grill) plates up sophisticated yet simple dishes of the likes of smoked eel and pig cheek terrine; and roasted gurnard, tropea onion and taramasalata, to enjoy along side a selection of low intervention wines and craft beers.

Address: 55 Baring Street, Islington, N1 3DS

Website: thebaring.co.uk

3 Bottle & Rye, Brixton Village

The latest venture by Robin Gill (The Riding Club, Bermondsey Larder, Maria G's), Bottle & Rye is a Parisian-style wine bar that pays homage to France's all-day bistros with modern French classic dishes and revolving low intervention European wines. A good one to keep under your belt for a date night option, the venue is as effortlessly chic as its menu. It's also open for brunch, when you can get the best sandwich in the universe - a croque madame. 

Address: 404-406 Market Row, Brixton Village, SW9 8LD

Website: bottleandrye.com

4 Bubala, Soho

Spitalfields favourite, Bubala has brought it's Middle-Eastern fare to Soho where Italian restaurant Vasco & Piero used to stand. Executive Chef Helen Graham will serve up much-loved classics from Bubala Spitalfields as well as some new dishes too. This includes Bubala favourite halloumi with black seed honey and confit potato latkes, and a whole stack of dishes made on the restaurants’ yakitori grill such as Yemeni malawach with stracciatella, kalamata olives and smoked aubergine honey. Delicious. 

Address: 15 Poland Street, Soho W1F 8PR

Website: bubala.co.uk

5 Lina Stores' Basement Bar, Marylebone

The delightful Lina Stores' most recent venue in Marylebone has opened up its Milanese-style basement bar. Styled in 1940s Italian glamour, the art deco bar is an intimate space ideal for cocktails, aperitivi and amari. For a special occasion, you can also have an intimate dinner at the bar and feast on that moreish, freshly made pasta.

Address: 13–15 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone Village W1U 2NE

Website: linastores.co.uk

6 Maria G's, Kensington

Another new place for Robin Gill this month, and this one is a Italian gaff for Kensington which has all the casual style and unfussy and sophisticated dishes his places are known for. Using quality British and Italian ingredients, the menu at this neighbourhood restaurant spans Italy's regions and seasons - think fresh pastas and ingredient-led dishes.

Address: Coe House, 2-4 Warwick Lane W14 8FN

Website: mariags.co.uk

7 Berenjak, Borough Market

Iranian restaurant Berenjak has opened its second site in Borough Market, transforming a two-story Victorian era venue into a Persian townhouse. Taking its ques from Terhan's hole-in-the-wall kabab houses, the new restaurant will offer  classic charcoal-grilled kababs as well as mazeh small plates including  black chickpea hummus; Persian feta with radish, fresh herbs, and nuts; and taftoon clay-baked sourdough seeded flatbread. The restaurant will salon offer take away lunch boxes Tuesday to Thursday. 

Address: 1 Bedale Street SE1 9AL

Website: berenjaklondon.com

8 Sessions, Angel

Dubbed a 'restaurant meets food-hall', Sessions (from the former Deliveroo MD) brings together a collection of top notch kitchens and chefs under the one roof. Featured chefs are on rotation, and the venue accommodates up to four menus at a time and diners can order from all of them via an app. First up, there's YouTube chef Hasan Semay from Big Has, meat-free cooking school Sutra Kitchen founder Jay Morjaria and his Korean small plates Tiger and Rabbit, Zoe Adjonyoh for Zoe's Ghana Kitchen and Richie Hayes and Elliot Kaye from Norman’s. Opens August 11.

Address: 77 Upper Street, Islington N1 0NU

Website: sessionsmarket.co.uk

9 Miro, Mayfair

A dark and brooding underground den of a place for dining well into the night. A bar, a restaurant, a lounge and a club, Miro calls itself a ‘clubstaurant’, and it sounds extra and a place to try just after pay day. Executive Chef Toby Burrowes (ex Zuma London and Michelin-starred Elystan Street) has created a menu with global influences. Mains start in the mid-range bracket, but those who really want to go to town can try the Sunken Treasure Chest for £3,000, a kind of blini and brioche laden platter which comes with a kilogram of caviar. You can wash this down with a £50,000 cocktail or a bottle of rare Dom Perignon for £5,000.

Address: 15 Old Burlington Street, W1S 2JR

Website: miromayfair.com

10 Uncle Zorro, Covent Garden

Dubbed a designer dive bar, Uncle Zorro really isn't a dive bar at all - not the kind with sticky floors, a busted up juke box and riff raff at the bar anyway. Rather, it is a compact and stylish cafe and basement bar that evokes the casual glamour of the 70s from the team behind Australian/South American venture Abuelo. The cafe serves up those Antipodean vibes while the basement bar is a snug drinking hole with carefully considered music and interiors. 

Address: 38 Bedford Street WC2E 9EN

Website: unclezorro.co.uk

11 Angelo Musa at Harrods, Knightsbridge

The revered pastry chef Angelo Musa has opened up a patisserie in Harrods, bringing his exquisite creations to London - his first venture outside of France. The patisserie has both savoury treats, like the lobster brioche and the croque fort, as well a wide selection of exceptional contemporary pastries such as as Think exceptional French pastries such as his 2007 World Pasty Cup winning papilio - white chocolate mousse topped with white chocolate velvet spray, hazelnut-white chocolate and grated vanilla beans. 

Address: 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge SW1X 0LZ

Website: harrods.com

12 The Little Scarlet Door, Greek Street

This is the place where house parties happen every night of the week. The newest venture from The Little Door & Co (find them already in Notting Hill, Fulham and Clapham), The Little Scarlet Door is a house party in a bar and a bar in a house, with kitchen discos and late-night cocktails, and a flat full of other people's stuff - crockery, vinyl and bits and bobs to rifle through, just as you would at a real house party. 

Address: 12-13 Greek Street W1D4DL

Website: thelittlescarletdoor.co.uk

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