Your Weekly Guide: New to Bookatable – 23 July 2014

This week, we bring you a whole load of exciting new eateries to sink your teeth into. As well as Michelin-starred fine dining in London, we introduce fantastic restaurants across the country, from the latest celebrity chef openings in Stratford to hip and urban smokehouse joints in Brighton. So cancel your grocery shop – we guarantee these are the only places you’ll want to eat at this week. Dining at home suddenly seems so unappealing…

1. Murano by Angela Hartnett  Book Murano by Angela Hartnett


Murano by Angela Hartnett

An elegant eatery from Michelin-starred celebrity chef Angela Hartnett, Murano by Angela Hartnett in London’s Mayfair offers a fine dining experience with a rustic Italian menu. Having cut her culinary teeth under Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing, Hartnett is renowned as one of the most high-profile women in the restaurant industry. Murano brings diners her eye for detail and flavoursome palate, serving up immaculately-presented delights. Diners are given free rein to indulge their culinary palate, as any dish on the menu can be created as a starter or a main. 


2. Coal Shed  Book Coal Shed


Coal Shed

The Coal Shed in Brighton is a hip and slick charcoal joint specialising in grilled meats and seafood. The quirky interior gives off a rustic warehouse vibe, with stripped floorboards, exposed brickwork and innovative low-level lighting. Using the finest ingredients to create the seasonal a la carte menu, succulent slabs of Scottish cattle and freshly-caught seafood are charcoal-grilled to produce an intense flavour. With steaks this good, it’s not at all surprising that the restaurant has been awarded a number of accolades, including a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence.


3. Marco’s New York Italian Stratford  Book Marco’s New York Italian Stratford


Marco’s New York Italian Stratford

Marco’s New York Italian in Stratford, the latest fleet offering from celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, seamlessly fuses his Italian heritage with his love for American food. Bringing a slice of the buzzy NY dining scene to a classically-British market town, with sophisticated décor and chic booth seating, the triple Michelin-starred chef brings his menu to life with much-loved comfort food. Hearty dishes include Penne New York meatballs and chargrilled chicken with crispy prosciutto and Monterey jack cheese.


4. Restaurant James Sommerin  Book Restaurant James Sommerin


Restaurant James Sommerin

Perched on the esplanade over the waters of the Severn Estuary, Restaurant James Sommerin is idyllic both in terms of location and cuisine. The restaurant – the first namesake venue from Michelin-starred chef James Sommerin – focuses its menu on locally-sourced, seasonal produce. Offering 3, 5, 7 and a whopping 14-course menu with expert wine pairings, inventive dishes include duck with lavender and beetroot and braised pigs head with apple and star annis. An elegant dining space and panoramic river views make for a very fine dining experience indeed.


5. The Elephant Pub & Bakehouse  Book The Elephant Pub & Bakehouse


The Elephant Pub & Bakehouse

 Relaxed and informal, The Elephant Pub & Bakehouse, set to open on August 1st, fuses all the best aspects of a pub and a café to create an altogether new dining experience. Indulgent homemade cakes are served up alongside freshly-roasted coffee from Chartley Coffee, who has created a unique blend especially for the pub. On to the main menu, and classic, much-loved pub food is given a bistro-esque makeover, serving up rustic, artisan pizzas and specialty burgers; all made using the finest, locally-sourced ingredients. The Elephant Pub & Bakehouse in Liverpool is a one-stop destination for all manner of palate cravings: brilliant.

About Grace Elisabeth Cook

Grace is a freelance writer currently based in Newcastle. Her main loves in life are food, fashion and the Queen. She is a keen baker and mean cupcake maker. As a child with a long list of food allergies, until the age of 14 Grace lived on a diet of sausage and chips and chocolate biscuits. Since then, she has branched out and discovered her love of authentic Italian and Indian cuisine. She is also something of an afternoon tea connoisseur, and as a result is a self-confessed jam snob. Her favourite London eateries are The Tea Rooms and The Hummingbird Bakery.

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