The Best New UK Restaurants That Should be on Your Radar

From London’s latest pasta joint to a pan-African spot inspired by Ghana’s chop houses, these are the UK restaurant openings to look forward to.

A pizzeria-come-pottery shop in Stockport, a refreshed heritage British boozer and a dining destination with a difference in a Solihull walled garden are among the UK's distinctive new restaurant openings this spring. Whether you're hungry for new menus from Michelin-starred chefs or looking to be wowed by the hotshot newcomers set to change the game, these are the UK spots worth adding to your restaurant radar for 2022.

The new UK restaurants to book now

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Noci

Islington, London

Padella's peppered, creamy pici cacio e pepe, Manteca's glossy duck ragu, Officina 00's pleasingly perfect rounds of occhi: London doesn't want for decent pasta joints but, in our book, there's always room for more carbs. Step forward, Noci. Launching this spring, the Islington newcomer is headed up by chef Louis Korovilas, a protégé of pasta master Giorgio Locatelli. The Med-leaning menu will offer plates of confit tomato and smoked ricotta gnocchetti, unctuous lamb shoulder open ravioli and a delectable fritti selection that includes our favourite Venetian bites - moreish sage and anchovy beignets. The cocktail list is seasonal, with summer sippers at the ready for incoming warm weather. Our order? Make it the spiced kumquat and sage spritz.

Words by Lucy Kehoe

Address

4-6 Islington Green, London N1 2XA

The interiors of The Lalee, the restaurant at The Cadogan Hotel, in London

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The LaLee

Chelsea, London

Sleek decor, charming staff and impeccable cooking by chef Chris Hill: The LaLee is one fine restaurant. Located in the beautiful Cadogan hotel in the heart of Chelsea, this elegantly outfitted eatery takes its inspiration from one of the hotel's most legendary past residents, actress and socialite Lillie Langtry. The dandiness of the dining room is reflected in the artfully curated all-day menu featuring standout European classics such as steak frites, dover sole and wiener schnitzel. Tip: Arrive early for a preprandial drink at the stylish bar - the Rome-groni is a must-try.

Words by Alex Seitz

Address

75 Sloane St, Chelsea, London SW1X 9SG

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Caravel

Hoxton, London

London's waterways are having a moment, and it's goodbye, forlorn shopping trolleys and piles of pond weed; hello, fine dining with sparkling views. The Regent's towpath is now our dining destination of choice - shout out to the canalboat community for whipping it into shape. And, while last year's canalside dining options were limited to a few lunchtime plates at Towpath or a diet of dairy from The Cheese Barge, this season's new kid is taking the lock up a notch. The latest floating sensation? Caravel, moored up in Hoxton's waters. With Lorcan Spiteri (previously of Quo Vadis and Rochelle Canteen) planted in the diminutive kitchen, diners can expect modern British at it's best on this smartly restored Dutch barge. We're talking roast hake with confit potatoes, white crab, fennel and garlic tagliatelle, and sesame prawn toasts with spiced tartare, plus cocktails from the chef's brother, Fin. All aboard!

Words by Lucy Kehoe

Address

172 Shepherdess Walk, London N1 7JL

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Apricity

Mayfair, London

Zero waste? A hyperlocal menu? We've heard the buzzwords before, but it's the name attached to this soon-to-open sustainable Mayfair restaurant that's piqued our interest. Chantelle Nicholson, former chef-owner of Tredwells and driving force at Marcus Wareing Restaurants, is balancing a rigorous eco-friendly outlook with top-notch kitchen expertise at Apricity. Having previously bagged a Michelin green star for her environment-first ethos, Nicholson looks sure to make sustainability and social responsibility key at this new Mayfair hangout. She's promising two menus (one of them vegetarian) at the elegant Duke Street address, with dishes rumoured to include kuri squash with fermented fire flame chillies, venison with elderberry and walnut butter, and crispy Brussels sprouts drizzled in a "spent beer" vinegar.

Words by Lucy Kehoe

Address

68 Duke St, Mayfair, W1K 6JU

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Lisboeta

Fitzrovia, London

Nuno Mendes, the man behind some of London's most acclaimed restaurants (looking at you, Chiltern Firehouse), is back in the capital with a new offering this spring. We've heard on the grapevine that the Portuguese chef's latest opening is an ode to his native Lisbon, with three floors and three menus drawing inspiration from the sun-drenched city (and using the best Portuguese produce outside of the Iberian peninsula). Inside the Fitzrovia site, a ground-floor petiscos bar serving pork sandwiches and pastéis de nata will be dressed up in repurposed tram wood; upstairs, you'll find a space dedicated to larger sharing plates - think native scarlet prawns and goose barnacles - primed to pay homage to the typically long and leisurely ritual that is the Portuguese lunch. Also on the cards is a subterranean chef's table offering an as-yet-undisclosed menu - here's hoping it follows in the footsteps of Mendes' acclaimed Lisbon rooftop restaurant BAHR. No word on an opening date yet, but you'll find us first in line when it does.

Words by Lucy Kehoe

Address

30 Charlotte St, London, W1T 2NG

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Grace & Savour

Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull

You heard it here first: the West Midlands is shaping up to be one of the UK's hottest food-focused destinations this year. Don't believe us? Get in line to book a weekend away at Hampton-in-Arden's answer to The Newt. Tucked alongside the prim planting of a Victorian walled garden on the Hampton Manor estate, just outside Solihull, the glass-walled Grace & Savour will serve a 15-course tasting menu from chef David Taylor paired with kombucha brews, tea and small-batch wines. A visit includes a preprandial garden tour, plus a stay in one of five elegantly appointed rooms. Still hungry? The next day, you can join a two-hour cookery class to craft your own dish from the spoils of the garden. Experiential never tasted better.

Words by Lucy Kehoe

Address

Hampton Manor, Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden B92 0EN

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The Plough Shiplake

Shiplake, Solihull

We're heralding Ryan and Liam Simpson-Trotman as heroes in chef's whites after the couple stepped in to save this historic Henley-on-Thames pub from demolition. In what looks set to be a respectful modernisation of the 1774-built classic British boozer, a seasonal British menu will make excellent use of produce grown on the pair's nearby shared smallholding. No word on actual dishes yet, but if we're talking about plates similar to the grub served at their restaurant Orwells, the train out of Marylebone is set to be jam-packed. Remember what we said about the West Midlands? You're welcome.

Words by Lucy Kehoe

Address

Reading Rd, Shiplake, RG6 4BX

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Tatale

Southwark, London

Our favourite London supper club is putting down roots in Southwark's The African Centre later this year. Tatale will see Ghanaian-British chef Akwasi Brenya-Mensa evoke the chop bars of Ghana with a pan-African menu that weaves West African flavours into food stories from around the world. "Tatale" is a quintessential Ghanaian plantain pancake dish, but Akwasi chose the name to symbolise the global Black experience he felt was suggested by the humble plantain. The menu matches the moniker: expect omo tuo nkatekwan sesame (groundnut soup served with glutinous rice), chicken burgers topped with shito chilli and playful takes on international classics, such as "cassavas bravas". For dessert? We'll take a slice of the plantain cheesecake, please.

Words by Lucy Kehoe

Address

66 Great Suffolk St, London, SE1 0BL

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Barletta

Margate, Kent

Margate regulars will already know the name of the Turner Contemporary's new restaurant - after a successful run at its Dreamland pop-up, Barletta has upped sticks to launch an all-day café beneath the gallery's white peaked roof. Arrive at 11am, and you'll be snacking on olive oil and pistachio cake with a refreshing cucumber juice; come lunchtime, the sweet bakes make way for dishes such as tender monkfish with spinach, salt-baked celeriac, and red-legged partridge with crab apple jelly and dripping toast. Heading down to the shoreline for a Turner-worthy sunset? The evening menu offers the likes of ricotta and shallot toast, a rich steak tartare with marrow and parsley butter toast, and truffled mushroom and Coolea gougères with anchovies. It's fresh, breezy and low-key - just how we like our seaside jaunts.

Words by Lucy Kehoe

Address

Turner Contemporary, Margate CT9 1HG

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Itaku

Fitzrovia, London

Fans of Dalston's Angelina, take note: another Japanese-Italian restaurant is landing in the capital - this time, with Naples-born Ivan Simeoli at the helm. Having cut his teeth under the legendary Massimo Bottura, the chef's new precision-plated menu sees him leaping skillfully between the cuisines of Tuscany and Tokyo. Start with the wild seabass sashimi, then order a main of Cornish monkfish with Tuscan black cabbage, or Dover sole Milanese, which comes doused in a buttery sauce packed with capers and kombu. Cocktails interweave east and west, too - think a Japanese twist on a classic Bloody Mary that adds yuzu and Yawatawa Isogoro seasoning.

Words by Lucy Kehoe

Address

110 Great Portland St, London W1W 6PQ

Yellowhammer in Stockport

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Yellowhammer

Stockport, Manchester

Take it from us, the suburbs of our favourite UK cities are making moves in 2022, and all eyes are on under-the-radar Stockport. Situated 11km south-east of central Manchester, this is where local boy Sam Buckley - fresh from earning acclaim at his achingly cool debut restaurant Where the Light Gets In - is joining forces with sourdough queen Rosie Wilkes and potter Joe Hartely to open a multi-hyphenate neighbourhood joint. A bakery, pizzeria, deli and ceramics shop in one, Yellowhammer will serve freshly baked loaves and sticky cinnamon buns alongside morning coffees, then switch to doling out slices of sourdough pizza and a heady list of natural wines come evening.

Words by Lucy Kehoe

Address

15 Lower Hillgate, Stockport, SK1 1JQ

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This article was updated on the 22 April 2022.