Heard on the grapevine! From a revamped gastropubs to the coolest new art gallery openings, here’s this month's lastest goss.
Soho Fine Art has just opened its gallery doors in Guildford’s Tunsgate Quarter in the space that was previously occupied by Lululemon in the central atrium area. It’s the first bricks-and-mortar gallery for Buckingham Fine Art, a leading publisher and promoter for some of the country’s most talented artists and will give Surrey shoppers the chance to browse original and limited edition artwork fro a range of collectable, contemporary painters. The gallery will include a house a curated gallery space as well as a private viewing room.
Windsor’s new foodie hotspot
What’s that coming over the hill? It’s only Masterchef The Professionals finalist and London restaurateur Chef Adam Handling. He’ll be opening his first ever venue outside of London – and you’ll find it in Old Windsor, just a smidge over the border in Berks.
Adam will open The Loch & Tyne (formerly known as The Oxford Blue) on 17 May – and it’ll be one of the most sustainable pubs in the UK. Adam’s teamed up with Estrella Damm to create an eco-beer garden which will incorporate solar-panelled phone charging points, blankets made from recycled materials, hot water bottle covers knitted by Adam’s mum, and table décor using homegrown herbs. The pub also has its own vegetable garden, orchard and flowerbeds. It’s all about eco luxury, so put your jute knickers away, and enjoy the relaxed fine dining with a culinary conscience be it in the pub, restaurant or star-fishing in one of the two boutique rooms.
Husband-and-wife team, Rajoo Sachdeva and Manjushree Sachdeva – the team behind Bombay Buzz, the Indian street food take-away – have just opened Oishii in the heart of Guildford. The restaurant serves up fluffy melt-in-the-mouth Japanese pancakes.
Meet the chefs at Fairmont Windsor Park
One of the biggest hotel openings in the UK – and it happens to be on our doorstep. Fairmont Windsor Park (country cousin of The Savoy) is opening soon, and they’ve just announced their chef line up. The luxury hotel and spa will have a tea lounge, specialty dining restaurant, champagne bar, gin bar, an all-day dining restaurant and wellness café.
So who will be creating the culinary magic? Mark Brega is the main man, joining as Executive Head Chef. He’s previously worked with the Lansdowne Members Club, Relais & Chateaux Hotels as well as On Air Dining for private jets. Chef Matyas Rigo, will head up the all-day dining restaurant MOREISH. Matyas developed his culinary skills travelling the world on five-star mega yachts. For the last five years, Matyas has worked as the Senior Sous Chef at InterContinental – The O2.
Chef Luke Fouracre will be top dog of fine dining restaurant 1215, having worked in Berkshire’s Michelin star gastropub The Royal Oak and a variety of other notable establishments. Luke’s love of seasonal British ingredients will be the driving force at 1215. Finally, the hotel’s high priest of patisserie, Swapnil Sawant joins as Pastry Sous Chef at Fairmont Windsor Park. He’ll predominantly lead the afternoon tea selection at Orchid Tea Room.
Burgers or burritos?
American burger chain Wendy’s is returning to the UK – and word has it they’re planning to open in Croydon (as well as Reading and Oxford) . It’s been almost 20 years since they were here, but the old-fashioned burger joint is back. The plan is two open in Norfolk House, near East Croydon Station and Boxpark.
And speaking of Boxpark, Mexican-inspired restaurant group Chilango has just opened up a restaurant in the food hub. The menu includes burritos, hotboxes and salads – and at the moment is available for click and collect and takeaway.
The Hampton Court Palace Festival has been postponed – but it’s only by a couple of months this time. Instead of taking place in June, as originally planned, the music festival has been moved to August. The festival will open on Friday 13 August with legendary artist, Van Morrison. Other confirmed headline acts are indie idols Bastille ReOrchestrated, British rockers Keane Welsh crooner Tom Jones, and Swedish band Björn Again.