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Napkins at the ready! Here’s your hot new foodie openings

We've got the inside scoop on all the best openings on our patch this year - from Michelin star chefs to new pizza joints and low n' slow barbecue.

Grace & Savour, Hampton in Arden

This immersive dining experience in Hampton Manor’s Victorian Walled Garden has been hailed as ‘the place to eat in 2022′ by Michel Roux Jnr – and if it’s good enough for Michel, it’s good enough for us. It’s opening Feb 25 (Valentines date night klaxon (albeit a little delayed!)) with bookings already being taken and includes a whopping 15 course tasting menu (£135) served from the open kitchen. If you fancy stopping overnight too there’s some pretty fancy ‘garden rooms’ to check out with a stay including tour, dinner, breakfast and a two-hour lesson in the cookery school for £420pp.

The Mount, Henley-in-Arden

Celebrity Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell’s latest venture will open this spring on medieval Henley High Street. He already owns the hugely popular Purnell’s in Birmingham but is now taking over The Butcher’s pub, with bookings being taken from the end of March. It’s named The Mount after the town’s landmark hill (which is worth a walk if you’re in the area). Renovations are currently taking place but we hear it’ll keep the feel of the 16th century pub with a modern twist. The Mount isn’t the first big name opening the town has seen – it’s already home to Cheal’s of Henley by Great British Menu star Matt Cheal.

JP’s Kitchen, The Crow Pie, Rugby

This burger joint has built up a legion of fans since opening as a street food truck in Bedworth eight years ago. Its recently launched sites in Coventry and Nuneaton using meat by award-winning butcher Frank Parker and its latest venture is outside the The Crow Pie pub on Bilton Road in Rugby. We recommend the Katsu Curry Clucker, but there’s some awesome vegan items on the menu too.

Herbivora, Factory, Fargo Village

Vegans and veggies, this one’s for you! Herbivora is Cov’s first vegetarian pizza place which uses a mix of locally sourced and Italian produce to make some show-stopping Neopolitan style pizzas. It’s based at the achingly cool Factory at Fargo Village, which is already home to plant-based soul food vender Dirty Kitch.

The Smoke Bloke, Nuneaton

The former Bull and Spice restaurant has been taken over by Brian Horsley, who started a food business during lockdown making slow-cooked bbq. He’s renovating the 200-year-old building and is opening later this year, but is currently serving the likes of wings, ribs and burgers outside if you just can’t wait. Check here for opening dates and times.

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