Going out for a meal is one of our favourite pasttimes. As much as we love cooking, there's no denying the pleasure of trying out different cuisines and styles of restaurant - and at the moment the UK has one of the hottest gastronomic scenes in the world, so we're definitely in the right place for it.
And because there are so many restaurant openings, to help you keep track, we've teamed up with restaurant site Hot Dinners, the source of all London restaurant news from the latest openings to chef gossip, to bring you insider information about the upcoming openings for each month. But we're not just limited to London, we'll be looking for the hottest new names around the country, too.
Scroll down to read our first list for which venues will be making their names in April - we've got information about new ventures from the biggest names in food to expansions of current favourites and new local highlights. Please note that all opening dates are subject to change due to the unpredictable nature of opening restaurants.
Foxlow, Stoke Newington, London
71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS
Opening date: April 1
What's the story? Everything the Hawksmoor boys touch turns to gold, so expect the second opening of their Foxlow diffusion brand in Stoke Newington to do very well indeed. Their legendary weekend brunches are bound to do well here.
Bar Soba, Leeds
9a Merrion Street Leeds LS1 6PQ
Opening date: April 2
What's the story? First a successful chain in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Bar Soba is slowly descending south with a new opening planned for Leeds' Merrion Street for April. Their pan-Asian delights from sushi to pad Thai have a relaxed street-food vibe, but paired with killer cocktails, it suddenly becomes a place to spend all night rather than passing through.
Chick 'n' Sours, Hoxton, London
390 Kingsland Road, London E8 2AA
Opening date: April 14
What's the story? Carl Clarke is the man who brought the roller disco/fried chicken combo to King's Cross with Disco Bistro. Now he's settling down with a chicken restaurant in Dalston, serving up sour cocktails and Weetabix soft serve. Expect Blue Bros fans to come for Whole Fry Sundays when they'll be deep-frying whole chickens for two.
Bao, Soho, London
53 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AS
Opening date: April 7
What's the story? Popular street food vendors Bao are opening their first bricks and mortar spot in the heart of Soho. Inspired by the small eats culture in Taipei, Bao's classic steamed milk buns will be made fresh here every day. But there's really only one must-have dish to put on your list - the deep fried bao ice cream sandwich.
Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia, London
1 Pearson Square, Fitzroy Place, London, W1T 3BF
Opening date: April 7
What's the story? This huge new restaurant is part of the Fitzroy Place development in the heart of Fitzrovia. Open all day from working breakfasts through to late night cocktails, it has an impressive chef in the kitchen - Diego Cardoza - who used to head up Angela Hartnett's Michelin-starred restaurant Murano. They're billing the food here as "simple, seasonal British and modern European fare".
Pizarro, Broadgate Circle, London
Broadgate Circle, London EC2
Opening date: April 17
What's the story? The redevelopment of Broadgate is going to bring cheer to City workers, not least with the opening of Jose Pizarro's first restaurant north of the river. Enjoy sobrasada on toast with honey and Mahón cheese for breakfast or Jose's amazing presa for dinner. There's also going to be a large terrace, perfect for working your way through the Spanish wine list.
The Botanist, Birmingham
14-16 Temple Street, Birmingham, B2 5BG
Opening date: April 6
What's the story? Bringing the herb-based cocktails and hanging kebabs that made it so popular in other cities around the UK to Birmingham, The Botanist will be based in the city centre and feature live entertainment every day, making it a real destination spot in the city centre. The unique cocktails all feature a special ingredient from basil to rosemary.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea, London
197 King’s Road, London SW3 5ED
Opening date: March 30
What's the story? Taking over the mock Tudor building that used to be Henry J Beans on the King's Road, this latest opening from Caprice Holdings group is going to be in huge demand come summer because of its amazing garden complete with orangery and fountains. The Chelsea garden salad will be what to order here, and we like the sound of their toasted Marmite crumpets for elevenses.
Filthy Cow, Manchester
10 Tib Lane, Manchester M2 4JB
Opening date: March 14
What's the story? Filthy Cow has been open for two weeks but after a soft launch, April is where it will really hit its stride. Created by the most entrepreneurial 23-year old we've ever heard of, Filthy Cow is an attempt to bring the dirty burger scene that is currently booming in London to Manchester. Jordan Gallimore spent a year researching the London burger scene before bringing her "Soho-inspired" restaurant to the North, and it's certainly not skimping on the cow theme. But vegetarians shouldn't be wary, there are 'filthy' burgers of every style, from Filthy Beast to Filthy Halloumi Sarnie, and shakes and craft beer to cap it all off.
Berber & Q, Haggerston, London
Arch 338, Acton Mews, London E8 4EA
Opening date: April 21
What's the story? Levantine cuisine is one of London's big food trends this year and Berber & Co's Middle Eastern and North African grill house couldn't be more on the money. The vibe here is about sharing food (and eating with your hands). With an ex-Ottolenghi chef in the kitchen expect the vegetarian offering to be every bit as exciting as the grilled meats.
Other tips: Joe's Southern Kitchen is opening a new branch in Kentish Town - with a 50% off soft launch between the 7th and 12th of April
Complied by: Victoria Gray, Images courtesy of the restaurants