Latest openings: Wilderness Bar + Kitchen, De Brus Bar and Grill, Opera Tavern and more

15 August 2019 by
Latest openings: Wilderness Bar + Kitchen, De Brus Bar and Grill, Opera Tavern and more

Wilderness Bar + Kitchen

The operators of Manchester's Wilderness Record Store have taken over the former site of café-bar Folk & Soul on Thomas Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter to open the three-storey Wilderness Bar + Kitchen.

The ground floor will be an all-day space serving beers and house-made highball cocktails on tap; while the first-floor cocktail bar will offer a seasonal small plates menu of modern European dishes.

The basement Innovation Room is a space for both the chefs and bartenders to explore new flavours, with a table that can be booked for private dining.

Mof Gimmers, resident record buyer at the site's sister record store in Withington, curates the music offering and DJ sets; and Lyndon Higginson from Liars Group, Junkyard and Bunny Jacksons has designed and curated the artwork throughout the space.

Opened 15 August

Operators Dan Morris, Mat Lake, Bart Murphy and Lyndon Higginson

Head chef James Lord

Head bartender Adam Day

Typical dishes Short rib, bone barrow, IPA onions, nasturtium; cured seabass, heritage tomato, elderflower-pickled green strawberry


Wilderness Bar + Kitchen food
Wilderness Bar + Kitchen food

De Brus Bar and Grill

Gisborough Hall in North Yorkshire has launched a new bar and grill in its former bar area. The space is named after Robert de Brus, the founder of Gisborough Priory. De Brus Bar and Grill offers casual dining and drinks throughout the day, including grilled meat and fish and sharing plates.

Head chef David Sotheran

Typical dishes Salt and pepper squid; fish and chips; chorizo Scotch egg


De Brus Bar and Grill
De Brus Bar and Grill

Hampton by Hilton Hamilton Park

A hotel has opened at Hamilton Park Racecourse in South Lanarkshire following a £10m investment. The 24-hour bar and restaurant offers open views of the racecourse. The hotel offers 57 ‘flex rooms', suitable for either three adults or two adults with children.

Bedrooms 118

Owner Hamilton Park Racecourse

Operator Interstate Hotels & Resorts


Opera Tavern

Opera Tavern has reopened following a redesign with a new menu and head chef. Urban Pubs & Bars Group acquired the site from Salt Yard Group last year.

Covers 45 upstairs; 24 downstairs

Owners Nick Pring and Malc Heap

Head chef Lukasz Kiełbasinski

General manager Gabriela Vinczeova

Typical dishes Chicken saltimbocca, aubergine, capers, Marsala; jamón and manchego croquetas


opera tavern food
opera tavern food

The Northern

Paul Heathcote's event and stadia catering company Heathcote & Co has opened the Northern at Bolton's Albert Halls, serving a menu of ‘Northern classics'. The restaurant is situated in the heart of the entertainment venue.

Covers 90

Head chef Demjan Sodoruk

Typical dishes Bread and butter pudding; salt-baked celeriac; traditional English trifle; Goosnargh chicken; fish pie; egg and potato salad


The Northern - Paul Heathcote, Mayor of Bolton and Leader of the
The Northern - Paul Heathcote, Mayor of Bolton and Leader of the


Z He and Alex Peffly, the husband-and-wife team behind Cantonese restaurant Bun House and trading stall Pleasant Lady in London's Soho, have opened Wun's on Greek Street. Inspired by 1960s Hong Kong, the cocktail list features Chinese spirits, while the beer list focuses on Hong Kong's craft beer scene.

Typical dishes Spiced peanut and fried whitebait, XO bone marrow, fried mantau; sour plum braised duck


Wun's Close Up Shot
Wun's Close Up Shot

Yotel Edinburgh

Yotel has opened its budget, technology-led hotel brand in Edinburgh. Its first European city centre property features a Komyuniti bar with a programme of events, including comedy, and a Kohi café serving coffee, pastries, salads and sandwiches. Additional amenities at the hotel include self-service kiosks, a 24/7 gym and two meeting spaces.

Bedrooms 276

General manager Stuart Douglas


YOTEL Edinburgh - Premium Queen Cabin
YOTEL Edinburgh - Premium Queen Cabin

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