Latest openings: the Pem, Ottolenghi Marylebone, the Garden Room and more

13 July 2021
Latest openings: the Pem, Ottolenghi Marylebone, the Garden Room and more

The Pem

Sally Abé's highly anticipated restaurant the Pem opens at the Conrad London St James hotel in Westminster this month. Abé was previously head chef at London's only Michelin-starred pub the Harwood Arms, where she retained the award for four years, and joined the hotel as consultant chef last autumn.

The restaurant's name is inspired by suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, whose family nickname was ‘Pem', and Abé has assembled a team of top female talent.

Emma Underwood, formerly of Robin and Sarah Gill's Darby's, is general manager, while Laetizia Keating, who also cooked at the Harwood Arms, is head chef.

The restaurant's art deco-inspired dining room seats 70 covers, while an additional private dining room has space for 24. On the menu, Abé will be putting her own spin on familiar flavour combinations, such as pollock, cockles and peas; and chocolate and cherry.

The Conrad London St James plans to open four food and drinks concepts overseen by Abé. The Blue Boar Pub opened in May, and its first cocktail bar, the Hedgerow, will launch alongside Pem this month.

Opening 20 July

Typical dishes Poached native lobster, shellfish cream, heritage tomatoes and sweet olive; roasted John Dory with brassicas, lemon, sauce Choron; Black Forest gâteau, chocolate curls, English cherry ripple ice-cream


Ottolenghi Marylebone

Ottolenghi Marylebone
Ottolenghi Marylebone

Chef Yotam Ottolenghi's first new deli in six years has opened in central London. Guests can enjoy salads, pastries and main courses sat around a communal Amazonian table.

Opened 1 July

Founder Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Designer Alex Meitlis

Typical dishes Spiced chicken pie with tahini sauce; roasted aubergine with lemon and lime yogurt, Amba, harissa oil and Masala peanuts


Garden Room

Garden Room
Garden Room

Essex country house hotel Down Hall's 60-cover modern British restaurant opens this month. New executive chef Graham Noonan-Chatham will create daily changing menus using produce from the kitchen garden.

Opening 14 July

Typical dishes Norfolk lobster with Bedlam Farm squash, salty fingers and trout roe; Manjari dark chocolate ganache with pistachio and candied ginger ice-cream


Hampton by Hilton Canterbury

Hampton by Hilton Canterbury
Hampton by Hilton Canterbury

The UK's latest Hampton by Hilton hotel has opened, five minutes' walk from Canterbury Cathedral. The 129-bedroom property features a bar, restaurant, 24-hour fitness centre and meeting room for 12 people.

Opened 23 June

Room rate From £76 a night

General manager Scott Jakins


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