The foodie events and culinary celebrations we’re most excited about for the month ahead
1 March: Bryn Williams at Somerset House, Strand
Why we’re excited: Celebrate St David’s Day by showing your support for Welsh chef Bryn Williams at his second London site (following Odette’s in Primrose Hill). Fruit and veg takes centre stage in the likes of rainbow carrots with scallops and Sauternes, or roasted broccoli with olive tapenade, sage beignet and scorched Cornish mackerel. For drinks, there is a dedicated draught beer bar.
11 March: Mother’s Day, various locations
1 March: Scully, St James’s
Why we’re excited: This debut from former Nopi head chef Ramael Scully is the latest addition to St James’s Market. Expect dishes such as grilled octopus with salt-baked avocado and black garlic, and puffed beef tendons with oyster mayo, cooked in an open kitchen and served at a large sharing table and counter seating. To drink, a bar serves natural wines and cocktails made from low-waste ingredients.
Why we’re excited: What better way is there to celebrate the woman who gave you life (or the one who agreed to give you children) than treating her to a slap-up lunch? Of course, you could show your by appreciation by going to the trouble of cooking something yourself, but far easier to book a table at a restaurant on our list of the best Sunday roasts in London, or choose from our pick of Mother’s Day menus in the capital.
12 March: Cinnamon Kitchen, Battersea
Why we’re excited: Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Collection has been steadfastly expanding over the years, and its latest incarnation is opening at the recently rejuvenated Battersea Power Station. There’ll be a ground-floor bar, open kitchen, a semi-private chef’s table and a mezzanine private dining room plus, of course, a modern-Indian menu that covers brunch, lunch and dinner, with 50% off food until 19 March.
17 March: St Patrick’s Day, various locations
17 March: Brat, Shoreditch
Why we’re excited: This restaurant-in-a-restaurant is the brainchild of ex-Kitty Fisher’s head chef Tomos Parry and can be found above Smoking Goat in Shoreditch. Two open wood-fired grills will send out Basque country-style cooking such as sea trout cooked over cedar wood with Jersey cream and herbs, and offal hotpot with laverbread and potatoes.
Why we’re excited: Singing, dancing, sinking a pint of Guinness – who doesn’t want to pretend that they’re Irish on St Patrick’s Day – especially as 17 March is a Saturday this year? Richard Corrigan is hosting a St Patrick’s Week of Irish specials, oyster masterclasses, St Patrick’s feats and rugby screenings at Corrigan’s Mayfair and Bentley’s, or try the bar at Irish chef Niall Davidson’s new Nuala restaurant in the City, with its cracking collection of Irish whiskies.
19 March: Leroy, Shoreditch
Why we’re excited: RIP Ellory, but long live Leroy, the team’s new Shoreditch restaurant on the old Edwin’s site. Details are still scarce, but it’s believed that the sommelier owners are keen to open a more wine-orientated, bistro-style venture in the mould of a Parisian ‘cave’, while the cooking will be simpler than at Michelin-starred Ellory. We can’t wait.
24 March: Oxford and Cambridge boat race, Putney to Mortlake riverside
Why we’re excited: Even if you don’t know your Oxford from your Cambridge blue, you can at least find a watering hole in which to feign an interest in rowing just so you have an excuse to be by the river. Whether your tipple of choice for afternoon imbibing is a pint of bitter, a pitcher of Pimm’s or a bucket of Sauvignon Blanc, we’ve picked the best riverside pubs to watch every stage of the race.
30 March-2 April Easter, various locations
27 March: Rotunda steak dinner, King’s Cross
Why we’re excited: Canalside Rotunda is one of our favourite steak restaurants in London. If you’ve yet to visit, its annual steak tasting dinner is the perfect opportunity. In-house butcher Claus will talk guests through servings of five different steak cuts, which are sourced from Rotunda’s own farm in Northumberland before being hung onsite and served with plenty of proper chips on the side.
Why we’re excited: Four days off work, an end to anything you may have given up for Lent, an avalanche of chocolate: what’s not to like about Easter? We’ll have in-depth coverage nearer the time, but for now, these goodies from The Delaunay Counter (from £17) should be enough to get you excited about the Easter treats to come.
For the inside track on what’s opening in March 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.