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A popular Birmingham burger restaurant has expanded with a stand-alone bar, Kilder. Mark Ludmon reports After setting up burger restaurant Original Patty Men in Birmingham two-and-a-half years ago, Tom Maher and Scott O’Byrne have had such a hit that they have now added a bar. Located in an arch under Moor Street station in Digbeth, …

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A cocktail bar has opened at the top of Glasgow’s new Radisson Red hotel, reports Mark Ludmon. Pictures by McAteer Photography Glasgow’s cocktail scene has a new star – and it’s nine storeys high in the sky with views over the city and the River Clyde. Red Sky Bar, part of the new 174-room Radisson …

Smiths of Smithfield

Mark Ludmon returns to Smiths of Smithfield in London after its latest refurbishment It is 18 years since TV chef John Torode opened Smiths of Smithfield in a largely unfashionable area of London. Since then, Smithfield and Farringdon have evolved into a destination for drinking and dining, including world-leading cocktail bar Oriole, and, throughout it …

Mark Ludmon checks out hotel bar Fitz’s, the glamorous new destination at The Principal London A sumptuous, decadent new bar has been created as part of the luxurious transformation of the faded grand Hotel Russell into The Principal London. With a striking, theatrical interior, Fitz’s is set to be a new destination for cocktails, with …

Atik Tamworth

The Deltic Group has opened a club in Staffordshire under its Atik brand, reports Mark Ludmon From Edinburgh and Hull to Gloucester and Windsor, there are now nine nightclubs known as Atik. Leading late-night operator The Deltic Group has been steadily expanding the brand, most recently bringing it to Tamworth in Staffordshire after investing £500,000 …

Florist Liverpool

The New World Trading Company has rolled out its latest concept, The Florist, in Bristol and Liverpool. Mark Ludmon reports In February, a new concept burst into bloom from leading operator The New World Trading Company (NWTC). It unveiled The Florist in Park Street in Bristol in the former site of bar and restaurant Goldbrick …

Lost and Found Club Leeds

Revere has opened The Lost & Found Club in Leeds city centre. Mark Ludmon reports The Lost & Found gave a kick to the cocktail scene in Birmingham when it debuted in 2012. The brand is now seeing a burst of investment from Revere, the premium arm of pub company and brewer Marston’s, with a …

Swingers West End

Mark Ludmon steps into the crazy world of Swingers in London’s West End. Pictures by Luke Dyson No longer do people just go out for a drink: they are seeking “experiences”, according to the trend watchers. For the ultimate in this, visit Swingers where you can enjoy a well-crafted cocktail and some street food while …

Stories Manchester

Nearly 100 metres up, 20 Stories is a new Manchester spot for cocktails and food. Mark Ludmon reports Up on the 19th floor of Manchester’s new No 1 Spinningfields development is a stunning new restaurant and bar for enjoying cocktails while gazing out over the city. 20 Stories is the latest venture from leading operator …

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The Alchemist has expanded to its 13th location with a new bar in Nottingham. Report by Mark Ludmon. Pictures by Laurence Hudghton Bar owners and designers are accustomed to hitting problems during a build. Maybe they encounter structural weaknesses, or a supplier lets them down. But at the latest site for The Alchemist in Nottingham, …