Watchful Mary is a new continental-style bar on the sea wall at Watergate Bay in north Cornwall. The bar’s name is inspired by Watergate Bay hotel co-founder Mary Ashworth’s sighting of the rare ‘green flash’ – a ray of green light that some people claim to have seen at the last second of sunset.
The bar serves small plates, craft beers and classic cocktails, and is open throughout the day, with events and live music on weekends.
Suppliers and partners include Bodmin-based Harbour Brewing Company, Tinkture Cornish gin, bread and pastries from Truro’s Da Bara Bakery, beverages from Origin Coffee, and cheeses, cured meats and olives from Harvey & Brockless. The furniture was designed and made by Tom Cowell at Apt.
Watchful Mary’s bar and decking is on the top floor of the building, which has been designed by Truro architectural firm Stride Treglown. There is a new base for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and a home for the Watergate Bay Surf Lifesaving Club on the ground floor.
Opened 17 May
Owners Will Ashworth
Design Matt Hulme at Dynargh Design
Typical dishes Dorset beef served with a baguette and Borettane balsamic onions; pork loin with cornichons; pork neck fillet with grilled artichokes
Hard Rock Hotel London
The UK’s first Hard Rock hotel has opened near London’s Marble Arch. The hotel, which has a 370-seat Hard Rock Cafe, pays tribute to Jimi Hendrix and other former residents with a collection of music memorabilia and a Rock Shop selling brand merchandise.
Owner/operator GLH Hotels
General manager Ian Fletcher
Design Scott Brownrigg
Indian-inspired street food operator Baba G’s has opened its first restaurant, in London’s Camden Market, following its success on BBC Two’s My Million Pound Menu this year. The space features an open butchery where Bhangra burgers are made from scratch.
Co-founders Alec Owen and Liz Selway
Typical dishes Pachos (poppadom nachos); chicken tikka nuggets; celeriac bhajis
Indian street food and craft beer brand Bundobust has opened a third site in Liverpool, following openings in Leeds and Manchester. The 4,000 sq ft site serves craft beers across 12 keg and two cask lines, with local breweries Neptune and Black Lodge creating limited-edition beers for the venue.
Founders Marko Husak and Mayur Patel
Typical dishes Paneer and mushroom tikka; tarka dhal and rice; bundo chaat; vada pav
Feldon Valley in Banbury, Oxfordshire, has revealed its new woodland lodge and restaurant. The lodge consists of 25 rooms spread across five buildings, including a 13-bedroom Main Lodge and four individual lodges, each with three bedrooms and a sofabed and a kitchenette for seven guests.
Owner Thariq Ahmad
General manager David King
Executive head chef Darren Brown
Monsieur Le Duck
Pop-up restaurant Monsieur Le Duck, which offers a duck-focused menu inspired by the gastronomy of Gascony, has moved to London’s Clerkenwell. The space features a ground floor restaurant, al fresco dining and a bar serving French-inspired cocktails.
Typical dishes Duck rillettes with bread, cornichons and jam; confit duck croquettes; confit duck wings on celeriac rémoulade
Pavilion Bar and Grill
Following a two-year redevelopment, CH&Co has relaunched the Pavilion Bar and Grill at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The restaurant overlooks the gardens, with a leafy terrace offering al fresco dining.
General manager Simon Finnigan
Typical dishes Spatchcock chicken; bream with garlic, chilli and Kew rosemary; roasted halloumi and vegetable stack with Romesco sauce