From London's first Nordic smokehouse to an underground bar in Leeds, behold August's most exciting new restaurants openings

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August is usually a quiet month for news, but not on the ever-busy restaurant scene. 

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 best new openings springing up across the country to pop on your radar this month.

From a new rival to the infamous Chiltern Firehouse to the underground bar taking on Leeds' drink scene, these new names will be kicking up a storm on the foodie scene.

Happy dining!


26 Curtain Rd London EC2A 3NY
Opening date:
 10 August (3–8 August, evenings only, diners will receive a 50% discount)
What's the story? Sure London’s done smokehouses - but this is the city’s first Nordic smokehouse. Rok lands in Shoreditch bringing together British ingredients with Nordic treatments - think brining and pickling - before adding the magic ingredient, smoke. Best of all, it has a late licence with a special bar snacks menu post 10pm - useful for when the tubes go all night.

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Señor Buddha

9 Preston Road, Brighton BN1
Opening date: 7 August 
What's the story? The more eclectic a fusion restaurant, the more we enjoy it (right?) Señor Buddha, in Brighton's Preston Circus, combines Spanish and East Asian food. It's a mix that might follow on from the more ‘traditional’ Latin American and Japanese combinations often born of Peru's Japanese expat community, but is in fact its head chef's two favourite cuisines, mixed. Expect tapas sized plates of Asian-inspired rich dishes, and a superb wine list.

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18 Farm Lane, Fulham Broadway, SW6
Opening date: 27 August 
What's the story? Followers of popular pop-up Burger Breakout will be first in line to try chef Dave Ahern’s first permanent place in Fulham. The menu would be insanely ambitious for a central London spot and is particularly so for a neighbourhood joint. Everything is being made in-house, even the flour for the bread. We’re dying to try the ricotta dumplings with rainbow chard and beer butter.

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7 Greek Street, Leeds, LS1
Opening date: Soft launch lasts until 7 August
What's the story? Leeds' Greek Street is a foodie hub and this new underground bar is right up its, ahem, street. With a killer cocktail list created by a team of expert mixologists and a cool underground vibe opening late at weekends only, it will slot right in amongst the restaurants and bars that already adorn the street.

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168 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU
Opening date: 1 August
What's the story? We've had restaurants based in everything from a shipping container to rooftops, but here's one based in an old petrol station. You enter through a porthole window to find an industrial interior, apparently to remind you of roadtrips past. For those not lucky enough to have tripped down Route 66, there are plenty of fried foods to satisfy your curiosity.

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Nosh + Quaff

130 Colmore Row, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3AP
Opening date: 1 August 
What's the story? Has Birmingham been crying out for a Burger and Lobster-esque restaurant? Well now it's got one. Nosh + Quaff's tagline is ‘let's get messy’ and encourage eating their premium dish, lobster, with your hands. Its combination of smart grill foods and a laid-back atmosphere has been a winner up and down the country, so we find it hard to see how it could lose.

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One Cambridge Circus, London WC2H 8PA
Opening date:
 Soft launch begins 28 August (50% off food for the 28th and 29th)
What's the story? Imagine the bustle and tantalising smells of an Italian piazza or street market transferred to the centre of London. That’s what the chaps behind Bocca di Lupo have planned for this massive restaurant on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road. Cutlery is optional, but the food will definitely be delicious.

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Estiatorio Milos

1 Regent Street St James's, London SW1Y 4NR
Opening date:
 1 August 
What's the story? If eminent restaurant critic Fay Maschler bills this as one of her most anticipated restaurants of 2015, then you know this will be worth having an opinion on. Owner Costas Spiliadis started out in Montreal and his empire now spans from Miami to New York. Expect sparklingly fresh seafood and a lot of Greek chic in this beautiful Grade II listed building on Regent Street.

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Zetter Townhouse

28-30 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JB
Opening date: 14 August
What's the story? The original Zetter Townhouse is one of those London bars that just gets better with age, but is always difficult to get a table at, so the prospect of a second one across town can only be a good thing. This new bar will feature drinks by the super talented Tony Conigliaro, but the reason you’ll keep coming back here are the bar snacks by Bruno Loubet.

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Turtle Bay

1-5 The Wardrick, Derby, DE1
Opening date: 1 August
What's the story? Mini-chain Turtle Bay has been creeping up around the UK, making a name for itself while we weren't looking, and its new Derby opening shows a commitment to local areas as well as the main city hubs. Its spicy Caribbean food offers a wonderful alternative to the ubiquitous Italians everywhere - not that there's anything wrong with that, but those who like it hot will certainly be cheered.

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If you like to be in the know about the restaurant scene, check back every month for our list of upcoming restaurants, and read our previous guides to find out where's still hot:

May's hottest new restaurant openings

June's hottest new restaurant openings

July's hottest new restaurant openings

Compiled by: Victoria Gray; Images courtesy of the restaurants, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Rex Features

Visit Hot Dinners online and on Instagram for all the latest London restaurant news and reviews 

 Please note that all opening dates are subject to change 

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Victoria Gray

Victoria is a contributor for She covers lifestyle and food pieces for the site. When on the internet she can be found tweeting feverishly about Great British Bake Off, and offline she is never happier than when in the company of some wine and cheese.