The restaurant openings and food festivals we’re most excited about for the month ahead.
Words: Ben McCormack
1 August: Core, Notting Hill
Why we’re excited: Clare Smyth is the latest chef to fly solo after making her name in the Gordon Ramsay empire and she has the most impressive credentials of the lot: Smyth is the former long-serving head chef of the flagship Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Core’s major plus points are a tasting menu which features 10 to 12 constantly evolving dishes and an extensive wine list of 400-plus bottles.
3-6 August: Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire
Why we’re excited: Wilderness has always been the most civilised of festivals and this year it’s nicer than ever thanks to a Champagne bar courtesy of Veuve Clicquot, so festival-goers can take a break from Grace Jones for a glass of Yellow Label or Veuve Clicquot’s RICH, drunk over ice. There’ll also be a Long Table banquet with Yellow Label matched to food by Nuno Mendes of Chiltern Firehouse fame. Café Murano, Petersham Nurseries, Berber & Q, Frenchie, Bubbledogs and Kricket will all also be on-site.
4 August: P.F. Chang’s Asian Table, Soho
Revive those memories of American holidays with the US mega brand’s first restaurant in Europe. The food in London will be a step-up in sophistication from what’s on offer Stateside, with an emphasis on street food and dumplings, plus cocktails from our very own Worship Street Whistling Shop. There’ll also be luxed-up brunches involving lobster benedict.
12 August: The Glorious Twelfth, various locations
Why we’re excited: The British game season kicks off on 12 August when the first shots are fired on the grouse moors of northern England. Trad Brit restaurants such as Boisdale, The Jugged Hare (pictured) and Rules are always a good bet for a classic roast grouse with all the trimmings, while Vivek Singh’s The Cinnamon Club does a good job of preserving India’s long history of game cooking.
21 August: Coal Rooms, Peckham
Why we’re excited: This 24-seater café by day, bar by night is housed in the Grade II-listed 1930s former ticket office of Peckham Rye Station. A British Rail buffet it ain’t: expect meat dishes from an on-site butchery cooked on a robata grill and in coal ovens, and an all-day offering that stretches from coffee-cured bacon sarnies for breakfast to meats and fish for supper served with an array of house sauces.
For the inside track on what’s opening in July and beyond, check out our list of restaurants coming soon
And for more dates for your diary, cast your eye over our What’s On page, full of upcoming foodie experiences
This article was published 28 July 2017