Ah, Winter. The air is crisp, Oxford Street has turned into a war-zone, and we’re all looking for a few new spots where we can break all the resolutions we’re about to make. Helping you do that, we’re lined up some of the most anticipated new eateries and watering holes opening in the Winter, as well as a couple that you can check out right now.
Name: Big Easy Covent Garden Opening: February 2014 Why You Should Care: Finally opening a sophomore after a mere 22yrs, TBE are taking things up a delicious, juicy notch in Covent Garden -- built for barbecuing, it'll feature a 9-meter-long open kitchen wall where you can watch as a massive wood-burning oven, two charcoal grills and a rotisserie spit for roasting whole damned hogs do their thing. Also, their drinks team are being hired by live audition in the resto (by Gary Bar-low?!).
Name: Duck & Rice Opening: Early 2014 Why You Should Care: This two-floor Chinese-style pub will be replacing the apparently poorly named Endurance on Berwick St. Headed up by Alan Yau (of nearby Yauatcha & Hakkasan), there'll be Chinese-inspired cocktails on the ground floor, w/ an Asian gastropub-style menu, focussing on street food served up above.
Name:Jackson and Rye Open now Why You Should Care: Headed up by billionaire Richard Caring and the not-quite-billionaire duo behind Grillshack, this all-day bar & resto gives itself a distinct East Coast US feel, thanks to a diner-meets-steakhouse style interior, and a menu loaded with colonial treats like creamy grits to start, buttermilk chicken, steaks, and hard shakes. Staying true to the name, they also have a list of a dozen & a half straight rye whiskeys.
Name: Oslo Opening: End of 2013 Why You Should Care: Hoping to create some kind of beautiful hybrid between Nordic & British culture, Oslo’s menu will feature “East End classics” cooked using Scandinavian techniques like “curing, smoking and pickling” (despite the fact that smoking is already pretty popular in the East End). Beers will see a local craft list counting Redemption, The Five Points, and Sambrook’s, all of which will be served ’til 3am on their vinyl-fueled dance floor.
Name: Q Opening: January 2014 Why You Should Care: From both the folks responsible for Islington's new & lauded Fish & Chip Shop, and a former Hix chef, Q aims to be a "Tennessee meets farm-to-grill meets Camden-style" BBQ. With a Bourbon-heavy cocktail menu, open kitchen, and desserts like salted caramel & peanut butter pudding, you'll probably have to join the back of a very long Q.
Name: Villiers Coffee Company and Dining Room Opening: February 2014 Why You Should Care: From the family who gave us the classic grape cave that is Gordon's Wine Bar, Villiers will be set a couple of doors down on the same street, and’ll feature a far more modern looking marble bar top, across which will fly coffee/breakfastings in the mornings, followed by an all-day menu, before finally becoming a straight-up bar in the evening.
Name:Wright Bros Spitalfields Open now Why You Should Care: With this third site, the Wright Brothers have really taken flight, w/ a huge brick-and-wood space playing host to vast seawater tanks containing 10k live shellfish -- lobsters, crabs, and oysters -- take center stage, allowing you to literally choose which one you want to eat. As if you need to know anything else about the place, they also have delicious rarities like salmon pastrami, and Beau Soleil oysters.