The site of Edinburgh’s former restaurant Oloroso has been transformed into the latest outpost for Chaophraya and its Palm Sugar bar With its superb food and uninterrupted views of Edinburgh Castle, Tony Singh’s Oloroso was one of the stars of the Scottish capital’s restaurant scene for over 10 years. When it fell victim to the …

With its luxurious interior and sophisticated LED lighting, a new super-club has come to Basingstoke in Hampshire. Stuart Harris, licensee of a town centre pub, The New Inn, is investing hundreds of thousands of pounds into developing the new three-storey venue that combines a nightclub and private members’ bar. Taking over the site of Italian …

Mark Ludmon visits Hilton’s new-look bar 23 floors up above Manchester city centre With its luxurious interior and fantastic views, Cloud 23 has been well established as one of Manchester’s leading destination bars. Located on the 23rd floor of Hilton Manchester Deansgate in the Beetham Tower, it has been refurbished to give it a more …

If you Google “towie” and “bar”, the top results are for a wine bar that has just opened in the market town of Rayleigh in south Essex. The reason for this is that Bar Blanco is the creation of Ricky Rayment, one of the stars of TV series The Only Way Is Essex, and his …

Thornbridge Brewery and chef Richard Smith have created a “funky country kitchen” bar and restaurant in Sheffield Replace the first two sentences with: Eight years after producing its first beers at a 10-barrel brewery in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall in Derbyshire, Thornbridge Brewery has expanded into a second brewing site and opened its own …

Mark Ludmon meets the team behind London’s new distillery and gin bar The number of microdistilleries in the US has soared over the past 10 years, and this movement is also taking off in the UK, pioneered by the likes of Sipsmith and Sacred in London and Chase in Herefordshire. The latest addition is the …

The punks of Britain’s brewing scene, BrewDog, have been kicking up a storm with their beers and, over the past two years, their bars across the UK. Last month, the brewer launched its second bar in London, taking over the old Green & Red and Mason & Taylor site in Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, including …

A former rundown wine bar in the Essex town of Billericay has been transformed into a sophisticated new venue serving up cocktails and late-night DJs. Launched last month, it is the first bar project for entrepreneurs Laurence and Julie Holder who brought in leading design company Astounding Interiors to create a stylish interior to match …

With their bright, quirky interiors, seasonal cuisine and tasty cocktails, The Jam Tree pubs have proven to have a winning formula. After the success of the first two in Kensington and Chelsea, owners Yann Roberts and Ashley Letchford have taken the concept to south London. They have transformed the site of bar-restaurant Grafton House in …

Buddha-Bar is back in town, and it has a new look. Dating back to the first Buddha-Bar in Paris in 1996, the restaurant and late-night lounge concept can be found in cities around the world from Beirut and Budapest to Mexico City and Washington DC. The brand arrived in London in 2008, opening in the …