What are the biggest restaurant openings in the UK in December


Delivery-only pizza brand Gallio will open its first bricks and mortar site this month, launching within The Atrium Kitchen in Cabot Place in Canary Wharf. The brand, developed in partnership with chef Ben Tish, launched in south London in summer 2020 offering pizza made with a selection of ancient grains. ​​​Toppings include marinated artichoke hearts with sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and mozzarella; spiced lamb with labneh, rose harissa, guindilla peppers and fresh mint; and aubergine with house pickles, signature red sauce with fire-roasted piquillo peppers, za’atar and wild rocket. The restaurant menu will also feature a range of small plates, Mediterranean bowls, flatbreads salads and desserts.
Upper Level, 2 Cabot Square, London, E14 4QT


Opening on 7 December, kaiseki restaurant Roketsu will see chef owner Daisuke Hayashi bring his modern, progressive Japanese cooking to London. Hayashi trained at the renowned Kikunoi ryotei restaurant in Kyoto from the age of 18 as a protégé of chef-patron Yoshihiro Murata and was also responsible for the Japanese VIP menus served during the 2008 G8 Summit. Now he’ll be cooking a 10-course, £190 menu in a restaurant in the Sukiya architectural style with an interior that has been made in Kyoto and shipped to London before being assembled by the craftsmen. 
12 New Quebec Street, London, W1H 7RW


Australian chef Roy Ner makes his UK debut with his Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant Jeru. Opening on Mayfair’s Berkeley Street, Jeru translates as ‘old city’ and will draw on a number of influences from the Middle East while also championing high quality UK produce, with dishes such as Yemenite butter bread, whipped curd, heritage tomato pulp; and short rib burnt ends and Persian feta börek. The 56-cover restaurant will have a 12-cover wine room that doubles as a PDR and a 15-cover bakery area to the front that will be open all-day from the new year January, as well as downstairs cocktail bar called Layla.
11 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London

Pizza Pilgrims Selfridges

Pizza Pilgrims is looking towards to 2030 with its new pizzeria that opens this month in London department stores Selfridges. The basis for the new sustainable restaurant is ‘what would Pizza Pilgrims look like in 2030’, with an approach that will help the company reduce its carbon footprint going forwards. The majority of ingredients will be sourced from the UK, including fior di latte, cured meats and the flour (parmesan and tomatoes will continue to come from Italy) with wheat also grown on Selfridges’ rooftop. 
4th​ Floor, Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, London, W1A 1AB


Boiler & Co

Former Ormer Mayfair executive chef Kerth Gumbs heads up the kitchen at new restaurant and cocktail bar Boiler & Co. The new restaurant, from Adam Carr and Cesar Breton, will serve a menu of and small plates using contemporary cooking methods with dishes inspired by Gumbs’ Caribbean island home Anguilla. Meat and fish will be cooked over charcoal or on a robata grill with dishes to include grilled ox tongue with crispy potatoes and green peppercorns; roasted scallops with carrot and coconut curry sauce; and the crab Johnny cakes served with scotch bonnet mayo and roe that saw Gumbs through to the Great British Menu ​​finals.
5 Canvey Street, London, SE1 9AN



Nico Simeone is on a bit of a roll lately. Fresh from the launch of a Six by Nico in Dublin last month as well as the opening of Beat 6 in Glasgow he’s opening yet another restaurant in Scotland’s second town. Called Chateau-X his latest venture takes the unusual approach of serving only chateaubriand steaks at a cut price – 500g will cost just £30. Sides will change seasonally but the launch menu includes beef dripping rooster chips; barbecue hispi cabbage with black garlic; and aged ewes cheese, mac & cheese croquettes with chipotle emulsion. Meals will start with sourdough bread served with gordal olives and whipped butter and finish with soft-serve ice cream.
10 Claremont St, Finnieston, Glasgow, G3 7HA

Mano Mayfair

Latin America meets 1950s St Tropez is how restaurateurs Romain Fargette and Alexis Colletta describe their new project, which opens this month on Mayfair’s Heddon Street. Located in the site that was most recently home to Rumours, Mano Mayfair will offer a Brazilian-Japanese menu overseen by MasterChef: The Professionals semi-finalist Luciana Berry. Berry’s menu has been designed for sharing and will feature carne seca bun (dried beef in a Brazilian bun); smoked picanha with yakiniku sauce; moqueca (Brazilian seafood stew with coconut milk and grilled sea bass); and Pudim (Brazilian crème caramel made with tapioca, salted miso caramel and brazil nuts).
4 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BS



Where’s Fred

This quirkily named all-day café and wine bar is the brainchild of café brand District founder Chelsea Finch. Opening on Frederick’s Place in the City of London it will serve a more traditional brunch and lunch menu format before switching to a grazing menu of sharing plates in the evening complemented by low-intervention wines chosen by Finch in collaboration with The Pem’s Emma Underwood. Lunch options will include sandwiches, spaghetti vongole, and steak and vintage cheddar pie, all available to either eat in or takeaway, while at night dishes such as oysters topped with bacon, butter and Worcestershire sauce; burrata with roasted squash and pesto; and cannellini beans with cavolo nero and parmesan will feature.
7 Frederick’s Place, London, EC2R 8AB




Central London isn’t short of pasta restaurants but it’s getting another one anyway, this time in the form of Italian B Corp pasta chain Miscusi. The 12-strong restaurant group has chosen Covent Garden for its first venture outside of Italy, serving up a range of pasta dishes, the majority of which are meat free. Options include wholewheat trofie with basil pesto, freshly chopped tomatoes, and ricotta; egg tagliatelle with slow cooked Italian beef ragù; and chickpea and durum wheat rigatoni with pistachio cream, Mediterranean tuna, and chopped pistachios but diners can also create their own personalised dishes.
23 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden, London

Albert’s Schloss

The Manchester-based Bavarian style restaurant and bar will open a second venue in Birmingham’s Paradise development this autumn. The new 10,000sq ft ‘cook haus and bier palace’ will overlook Centenary Way and Centenary Square and will be open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks seven days a week. Albert’s Schloss takes inspiration from Bavaria, Bohemia and Alpine European retreats, with roaring fires, raucous musical performances, tankards of European beers and robust Bavarian food.
One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3AX


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