New Restaurants Launching in 2023

January 2023

What’s the best thing about January? The dry Jan NoLo alcohol diet? A winter sun or ski holiday?

For our Managing Director, Steve Humpherson, it is the time of the year where he casts his eyes on all the hot new restaurant launches over the next 12 months and creates a personal restaurant bucket list for the year ahead.

"As the hospitality industry continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic and the ongoing cost of living crisis, it is heartwarming to see such continued investment into new openings. So trust me when we say 2023 is going to be a great year."



As Claude Bosi tinkers on the edge of a third star at Bibendum, his latest venture is set to launch in the heart of Mayfair in January 2023. Teaming up with Jamavar restaurateur Samyukta Nair, Socca will have a French Mediterranean inspired menu with a particular nod towards the flavours of Nice, Cannes and Marseille. Inspired by Claude Bosi’s childhood vacations in the South of France, it promises to be a real showstopper. Socca will occupy the old Richoux site on South Audley Street.

Unnamed - Mauro Colagreco at Raffles 

Mauro Colagreco, holder of three Michelin stars at Mirazur on the French Riviera is teaming up with Raffles London at The Old War Office. Recently voted best restaurant in the world, there is no wonder the team at Raffles want to bring a slice of Mirazur to Whitehall. Colagreco will create three new restaurants including a “brasserie with a twist’, a ‘fine dining” room and a “private chef’s table” experience. Perhaps we will see the number one spot in World’s 50 Best Restaurants come to London in the not too distant future.

Paper Moon

Also set to open at The OWO, this high-end Italian originally from Milan will be another welcome addition to the Raffles site. With various sites including Doha, Algarve and Hong Kong, Paper Moon London has been designed around the look of an Italian house. Expect olive trees, pantones of terracotta and travertine marble.


John and Desiree Chantarasak are finally preparing to launch their own restaurant after several successful pop up venues around London and their extremely popular DIY meal kits. Supported by his 2020 appearance on Great British Menu, John has built a solid reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting Thai cuisine chefs with stints at Som Saa and Nahm by David Thompson. Opening in Spring 2023, AngloThai will launch in partnership with MJMK Restaurants who also recently partnered on Lisboeta.

Unnamed - Tomos Parry, Soho

Following in the footsteps of Michelin-starred Shoreditch restaurant Brat, Tomos Parry along with parent restaurant group Super 8 look set to launch in Soho in 2023. While currently unnamed, it will occupy the former two-storey Byron site on Beak Street. Although confirmed it is not taking the Brat name, it has been hinted that it will be a similar set up and some of the Brat signatures will feature including the exquisite grilled turbot.

Unnamed - Yannick Alléno at Four Seasons Park Lane

French chef Yannick Alléno is set to make his London debut with a new venue at Four Seasons Park Lane. Alléno runs an impressive 14 restaurants between France, Monaco, Seoul and Dubai and is no stranger to restaurant accolades, with a total of 15 Michelin stars shared between them. That includes three stars at Alléno Paris, two at L'Abysse and one at Pavyllon, all of which are within the Pavillon Ledoyen building in Paris. The menu at the Four Seasons Hotel in London will offer Alléno’s interpretation of modern French cuisine, blending French techniques with British produce.

Long Chim

Welcome back David Thompson. Ten years after the closure of Nahm, the Australian chef is making a return to London with a new branch of Long Chim, a casual Thai restaurant concept he first opened in Perth in 2015. His latest venture will open at Horse & Dolphin Yard in Chinatown later this year.


Opening in May 2023, Dovetale will be the latest venture by Tom Sellers from two Michelin-starred Restaurant Story. Located at the 1 Hotel Mayfair, Dovetale will offer an à la carte menu with dishes cooked over a grill, alongside a raw bar, and an "expansive" wine list. For classic dessert lovers, a knickerbocker glory trolley will offer table-side ice cream concoctions.

Alberts Schloss London

While not yet confirmed, there are suggestions that 2023 could be the year where we see Alberts Schloss launch in London. With an iconic first site in Manchester followed by sites in Birmingham and Liverpool, it is only a matter of time before Mission Mars launches their Bavarian inspired cook haus and bier palace concept in the capital. If the rumours are to be believed, they have acquired a site on Shaftesbury Avenue which will open in 2023. Mission Mars also owns Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza with nationwide sides.


Big Mamma are back again. Having already created institutions with Circolo Popolare, Gloria and Ave Mario, Jacuzzi is a new four-storey outpost in Kensington launching in January 2023. Promising to be their most luxurious venue to date, this 4000 sq ft restaurant will include a Sicilian mezzanine with retractable roof and toilets adored with glitter balls.

Unnamed - Larry Jayasekara, Mayfair

Former Petrus head chef Larry Jayasekara is set to open his first solo restaurant in Mayfair. Occupying four floors of a mews house in Bruton Place, little information has been released other than it will feature an open kitchen and a private dining room. While currently unnamed, the venture is in partnership with businessman and art gallery owner Tim Jefferies. They will also open a deli and takeaway opposite the restaurant at 38 Bruton Place.

Mr Nice

Taking over the Kallos Gallery site on Davies Street, Mr Nice is the latest venture from French Entrepreneur Jean Philippe Kley, founder and owner of Nikita Mayfair and Beat Members’ club on Margaret Street. Executive Chef Javier Duarte (Seabird and Barrafina) will oversee the kitchen of elevated French bistro cuisine.


London is welcoming another high-profile European chef. This time it is in the form of Portuguese Henrique Sá Pessoa. Known for two Michelin-starred Alma in Lisbon, Pessoa will launch Joia at the new art’otel in Battersea Power Station. With a bar on the 14th floor and restaurant on the 15th floor and a rooftop bar with infinity pool, the site will champion both Spanish and Portuguese cuisine.

Lio London

Taking over the legendary Café de Paris which closed its doors for the final time during the pandemic after almost ten years, Lio has refurbished the iconic Grade-II-listed building with care and attention. The Pacha Group will launch Lio in February 2023 and will consist of a show and dining experience combining dinner, entertainment and club all under one roof. Adam Rawson (The Standard New York and London) will oversee the kitchen while Romaine Aurdrerie (Chiltern Firehouse) takes the role of Head Sommelier.

Arcade Battersea

JKS Restaurants will launch a second Arcade Food Hall at Battersea Power Station in 2023. At 24,000 sq ft and double the size of Centre Point, Arcade Battersea will feature a number of new brands from JKS as well as three standalone restaurants including Bao and an unnamed Thai restaurant by Luke Farrell.

Unnamed - Luke Farrell at Arcade Battersea

As mentioned above, Luke Farrell is set to open one of three new ventures for 2023 at Arcade Battersea. Off the back of a busy 2022, having opened Plaza Khao Gaeng at Arcade Centre Point and Speedboat Bar in Soho, his Battersea venue will celebrate the flavours of northern Thailand.


TGP International is continuing the food hall trend in London. This time with an African theme. After a successful residency in Dubai, Alkebulan aims to rectify the largely under-represented African-inspired venues in London. Alexander Smalls (The Cecil, New York and Minton’s, Harlem) is the driving force behind the food and concept.


Situated in the Bateman’s Buildings in Soho, Manzi’s is the latest venture from Wolseley Hospitality Group. Originally conceptualised under Corbyn and King pre-takeover, Manzi’s will be a casual seafood restaurant with a fun and affordable vibe similar to Brasserie Zédel. The site will boast a huge 241 cover dining room and expansive terrace with floods of natural daylight from both sides.

Los Mochis Broadgate

For anyone who knows Los Mochis in Notting Hill, there is good news. A second instalment of the Mexican Japanese restaurant is opening in Broadgate in Spring 2023. Occupying a huge 14,000 sq ft site, Los Mochis Broadgate will have a large terrace with views of the city and one of the largest selections of rare and fine tequilas and mezcals in Europe.


Hailing from Monaco and Dubai, Gaia is set to make its London debut as part of the development at One Berkeley. Self proclaimed as a “refined taverna concept” serving Greek Mediterranean cuisine, Gaia will feature a signature fish market, outdoor seating, an elevated lounge and cocktail bar, members club and curated wine room.

Rest of the UK

Stock Market Grill

Brother Joe and Daniel Schofiled and James Brandwood - the team behind Manchesters Schofields, Atomeca and Sterling bars have announced they will launch their first restaurants at the Stock Exchange Hotel at the end of February 2023. Replacing Tom Kerridge’s Bull and Bear, Stock Market Grill will offer traditional British dishes using local, high quality produce. The Stock Market Hotel was relaunched by Gary Neville’s GG Hospitality in 2019.

Root Somerset

Bristol based chef Josh Eggleton is set to launch his second Root site in 2023. This time, he has chosen Wells in Somerset as the location for his vegetable-focussed small plate concept. Root Somerset will be led by head chef Rob Howell and his wife Meg Howell. Root champions local produce and will source from local farms, market gardens and dairies.

Coal Shed Brighton

Coal Shed has been part of the Brighton dining scene since launching in 2011. Having outgrown its current site, owner Rob Helalat has secured a new 5000 sq ft location in the heart of Brighton. The new site will have a 50 seater bar, and a much larger dining room with an open kitchen.


The team behind Ynyshire - Wales’ only two Michelin-starred and five AA-Rosette restaurant are set to launch Gwen, named after chef-patron Gareth Ward’s mother. Taking over the former Twenty One restaurant in Machynlleth, Gwen will be led by current head chef Corrin Harrison and will feature a more casual space towards the front which will run as a coffee shop by day and wine bar evening. Towards the back of the site, there will be a 10-seater intimate dining room with a tasting menu by Harrison.

Written by Steve Humpherson
Founder & Managing Director
CENSE - The Hospitality Agency

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