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Latest openings: Laura Ashley Hotel the Iliffe, Hard Rock Café, Heritage and more

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A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors

Laura Ashley Hotel the Iliffe

The Chace hotel in Coventry is rebranding as Laura Ashley Hotel the Iliffe, having been home to a Laura Ashley tea room since October 2018. The property is now undergoing refurbishment to bring it in line with Laura Ashley brand standards, with new interiors that will showcase the Laura Ashley Home range.

The property has been renamed after Dr Charles Webb Iliffe, for whom the property was built in the late 1890s. Its 17 superior and deluxe bedrooms now have Laura Ashley Glenmore chairs in marine velvet and Laura Ashley Constellation and Constance mirrors.

Laura Ashley Hotel the Iliffe will be the second Laura Ashley-branded hotel, joining the Belsfield hotel in Windermere, Cumbria, and the Burnham Beeches hotel near Slough in Buckinghamshire, due to relaunch later this year.

Relaunching 29 July
Bedrooms 17
Hotel manager Chris Bowron
Owner Corus Hotels

Laura Ashley The Tea Room Coventry

Hard Rock Café

Hard Rock Café’s new flagship has opened in London’s Piccadilly. The design draws on the city, with Victorian glazed tiling, fabrics and colours of the London Underground, and tube station-inspired dining booths.

Covers 320
Design Fuse Studios
Typical dishes Tomahawk steak and herb garlic butter; cedar plank salmon, mango and pineapple salsa, and grilled corn on the cob

Hard Rock Cafe Cafe Interior Hero Shot


Modern Swiss-inspired restaurant Heritage has opened in London’s Soho. It offers a signature fondue – a blend of Gruyère and raclette cheese – while the 200-strong wine list showcases wines from the Alpine region.

Head chef Aarik Persaud
Typical dishes Comté rösti with fried onions and green apple; Trenchmore wagyu burger; and fondue for two with beef fillet, sausage, Cobble Lane charcuterie and pickles

Heritage Comte Rösti and Maple Glazed Dingley Dell Larsons Rösti


Paul and Emma Ainsworth have opened their fourth Padstow venture, Mahé Cookery School and Chef’s Table. Adjoining the pair’s Michelin-starred restaurant, No 6, Mahé offers guests one-to-one cookery lessons during the day and a bespoke culinary experience in the evening.

Covers 10
Executive chef John Walton
Design Emma Ainsworth and Eve Cullen-Cornes

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Meldrum House Country hotel in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, has relaunched its two-AA-rosette dining room as Pineapple, a new restaurant overlooking the hotel’s 240-acre estate. The restaurant will focus on seasonal produce from local suppliers.

Executive chef Paul Grant
Typical dishes Wild halibut, smoked chicken wing and salted fennel; free-range chicken breast and leg, granola, barley and morcilla

Meldrum House Pineapple SCALLOPS - MELDRUM HOUSE

Radio Alice

The third Radio Alice pizzeria in London has opened at Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Place, the 14th across the UK and Italy. The group’s signature 24-hour sourdough pizza is made from organic stoneground flour and topped with ingredients including meat from London-based the Ginger Pig butchery and Buchanan’s Cheesemonger. The restaurant will serve beer from Beer52 or wine from Libera Terra.

Founders Matteo and Salvatore Aloe

Radio Alice speck

Lough Bar and Vespers

The 100-bedroom Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast has spent £750,000 in relaunching its Mitre restaurant as the Lough bar and Crozier Lounge and a new fine dining restaurant, Vespers. The Lough bar offers light dishes, while Vespers focuses on modern Irish cuisine.

Head chef Paul McKnight
Typical dishes Green vegetable and braised fennel Wellington; and coffee and molasses-braised shortrib of beef

Vespers and the Lough Vespers Restaurant

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