The St Pancras Renaissance hotel has relaunched its central public space as the Hansom, a ‘laid-back hangout’ by day and a cocktail bar at night.
The Hansom features a central marble bar with dark brass and leather detailing, surrounded by modern furnishings, Victorian lampposts and a palette of greens and blues, with the large space broken up by screens.
The cocktail menu nods to the hotel’s heritage as the original Hansom cab drop-off for St Pancras Station passengers in the 1800s. Cocktails include the Angel & Bragget Alehouse Flip, dedicated to the Alehouse Act and the Beerhouse Act passed in the early 1800s; and Livingstone’s Boatswain, paying homage to Victorian explorer David Livingstone. The menu also includes a range of low-alcohol cocktails and mocktails.
Seasonal small plates champion British produce, including breakfast items such as the bacon Yorkie – bacon wrapped inside a Yorkshire pudding – and evening bites such as Scotch eggs, pork scratchings, salt and pepper popcorn cockles and sharing meat, fish and cheese platters, as well as a vegan cheese sharer. Afternoon tea is also served daily, with freshly made scones and sweet treats.
Reopened 10 July
Design Space Copenhagen
The Colony Club has relaunched what was formerly an F&B space serving the casino as a standalone private members’ club. The ground-floor space operates as an intimate bar serving a light daytime menu and transforms into a cocktail bar in the evening. The first-floor restaurant offers a contemporary Japanese menu and teppanyaki bar.
Typical dish Scorched salmon and buffalo mozzarella makimono, chilli mayo, bonito flakes
Broad Street Townhouse
Following a six-month renovation, the Grade II-listed, 19th-century Broad Street Townhouse in Bath has reopened, offering a café by day and a speakeasy bar, the Blind Pig, by night. Each bedroom has a kingsize bed, Bramley botanicals, Roberts radios, rainhead showers, mini fridges and smart TVs.
Starting room rate £150
Design Concorde BGW
Craft Dining Rooms
Modern British restaurant Craft Dining Rooms has opened at Birmingham’s International Conference Centre. The launch marks the debut restaurant from entrepreneurs Sam and Emma Morgan. The space comprises a main dining area, central bar and two private dining rooms.
Executive chef Nick Evans
Typical dishes Beef wellington with Wiltshire truffle; roasted sea trout, Isle of Wight tomatoes
Deltic Group has rebranded the first of three Tiger Tiger sites it bought from Novus Leisure last year under its new Eden concept as part of a £1.5m investment. Eden Portsmouth is a new botanical-inspired restaurant and bar with floral-decorated interiors, birdcage booths and blossom trees. The site features a waterfront terrace, overlooking Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower and dockyard.
Operator Deltic Group
Moncks of Dover St
Luxury Mayfair restaurant Park Chinois in London has opened all-day brasserie Moncks of Dover Street at the rear of the restaurant.
General manager Michael Keane
Executive chef Gennaro Vitto
Head chef Valentino Pepe
Typical dishes Monkfish, seafood jus, vegetables, gremolata; roasted leg of lamb, spiced couscous, sautéed shallots, apricots and pomegranates
Six by Nico
Manchester Chef Nico Simeone has opened a third venue under his Six by Nico brand, in Manchester. A new six-course tasting menu themed around a different place, memory or idea is introduced every six weeks. The first concept will see a menu based on dishes found in traditional British fish and chip shops.
Typical dishes Chips and cheese; steak pie; fish supper; and deep-fried Mars bar