News feed: Find out this year's best winter terraces
by Deborah James
Every week, we round up the newest openings, menus and exciting news from the food world. This week, it's mainly about a bottomless brunch and the coolest winter terrace pop-ups.
New opening: Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack
On 12 December, Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack will open in Soho. The 23-cover restaurant will be opening on Bateman Street and maintain the same principles of its successful big sister, with a new focus on small plates made for sharing. Expect lovely delicacies such as squid toast with ink aioli and wild hayle mussels cooked over embers with parsley hollandaise and charcoal grilled monkfish cheek.
New menu: Weekend brunch at Kensington Place
Created by head chef Ian Waghorn, the menu will feature light and revitalising dishes, with an emphasis on fresh seafood from their on-site fishmongers. You can make it a naughtier affair by adding bottomless Prosecco and Bloody Marys. Or you can go for the healthy option and join in the Vinyasa flow ‘Reshape Morning’ yoga classes before brunch.
New pop-ups: Our top 3 winter terraces
The Winter Garden at Le Pont de la Tour
The restaurant's magical Winter Garden with amazing views of the Thames has launched for Crimbo. Decorated with luxurious furry blankets the terrace menu features winter warmer cocktails including the Le Pont Martinez and White Tower. Until the end of February head chef Frederick Forster will be serving up an array of fondues, from truffle cheese to indulgent Belgian chocolate, all paired with exquisite wines picked by the sommelier team.
Orrery's rooftop terrace in Marylebone
Orrery have teamed up with Hennessy to create a cosy Courchevel-inspired winter terrace. Sample their new line of hot and cold cocktails, including Orrery XO, mulled wine and Hennessy Chocolate Delight. Mince pies, a cheese board and Cognac cake dessert will also be available at this Marylebone bolthole
Bankside's Wonky Wonderland winter terrace
Dedicated to finding a home for unloved and unwanted Christmas trees, the po-pup is part of the Bankside Urban Forest initiative, a long-term project dedicated to bringing new life and uses to outdoor spaces in Bankside, London SE1. Dressed in festive solar-powered fairy lights, moss and silver birch, the trees surround the hotel's winter terrace, furnished with cosy blankets and serving spiced winter cocktails, roasted chestnuts and The Distillery's 'Ultimate Christmas Sandwich'. Lovely!