There’s some many fantastic new openings, Spring menus and Easter specials in London this week, and with all the free time from double Bank Holidays, there’s really no better time to try something new. Here’s some delicious new things you need to eat this week in London:

1. Discover a New Italian Lunch Menu: Novikov



What: Novikov’s Italian Restaurant has long been a favourite lunchtime haunt for locals and visitors alike with its elegant interiors,  regional cuisine and incredible location. Head Chef Marco Torri’s has created a new lunch menu – think: deep fried baby calamari, sweet paprika & tartar sauce, fresh penne with venison ragout and beef fillet tagliata with rocket, parmesan & Worcester dressing.

Where: Novikov Restaurant & Bar, 50 Berkeley Street, London, W1

Why: Just £21 per head, it’s a great chance to try one of London’s most famed restaurants. Choose from starters such as affettati misti, venison ham & wild boar with pickled gherkins and mains of the calibre of roast fillet of cod with puntarelle, datterino tomatoes and anchovies, or perhaps one of Novikov’s famous wood-fired margherita pizzas.

2. Try a New Restaurant: Smokehouse Chiswick

Smokehouse - Canonbury

What: Smokehouse Chiswick will be opening on 6th April – making it an ideal stop off for an Easter Monday lunch! Executive Chef, Neil Rankin will oversee the menu – with seasonality and outstanding produce at it’s heart. Neil’s cooking will celebrate small farms, and rare-bread meat that will be butchered on site and finished in a dedicated smoking shed or on the Robata grill.

EatRock oysters with beef dripping; Burnt leeks with slow cooked egg and Shortrib bourguignon and, come Sunday, Smokehouse will continue the tradition of their famed Sunday roast. On the drinks side of things there will be a selection of craft beer, a 50-bin exclusively European wine list, and a dedicated Whisky room – serving more than 100 varieties.
Why: The new restaurant will be housed in a beautiful old pub, decorated in shades of white and great, with a roaring fireplace, reclaimed chandeliers and scrubbed pine tables. The dining room that will open up on to a paved terrace and lawn, planted with beds of rosemary and a pergola covered with roses.

3. Share a Sunday Roast: Village East



What: Well-loved Bermondsey Street restaurant and bar, Village East, has designed a fun packed Easter Sunday for all the family to enjoy. The Village East Treasure Hunt will run from 10am-3pm and will involve generous handfuls of chocolate Easter eggs and sweets scattered around the restaurant for guests hunt down and enjoy.

Why: In addition Village East are serving a special Easter Sunday Sharing Roast of ‘Slow Roasted Shoulder of Lamb’ (for 4 people at £70) and ‘Loin of Pork’ (for 2 people at £32). These will come with all of the usual roast trimmings from Yorkshire puddings to seasonal vegetables.

Where: Village East is located at 171-173 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UW

4. Liquorice, lamb and Dulce de Leche: Snaps + Rye


What: Danish restaurant Snaps + Rye is celebrating Easter in a suitably Scandi-fashion with a bespoke lunch menu on Sunday 5 April, priced at £20 for two courses/£25 for three courses. Chef Tania Steytler has created a Nordic inspired menu which features dishes such as Var salmon tartare, radish and green apple salad to start, followed by the likes of Liquorice rack of lamb, braised fennel, pickled carrots and Jansson’s temptation. Lunch ends on a suitably sweet note with a choice of desserts including Cinnamon apple and rye crumble with custard.

Why: Snaps + Rye is also a veritable mecca when it comes to Scandi-inspired gifts this Easter. The chic minimalist interiors house a curated collection of Danish books, home accessories and gourmet specialities available to buy, including Lakrids special edition Easter liquorice and dulce de leche Easter eggs.

Where: 93 Golborne Road, London, W10 5NL

5. Enjoy Afternoon Tea: Cuisson at Burlington Arcade



What: This April Cuisson will be bringing their latest gastronomic event to the famous Burlington Arcade with a one-of-a-kind pop-up afternoon tea in association with Laurent-Perrier. Taking place from Wednesday 8th April 2015 – Friday 26th June 2015, Cuisson will be offering a modern interpretation on afternoon tea and turning this classic British custom on its head.

Why: With pastry chef Hideko Kawa (previously at The Fat Duck) carefully crafting the afternoon tea menu alongside Cuisson, the pop up will be an un-missable chance to taste the creations of a handful of the UK’s most talented  chefs. Cuisson will be taking over a former jewellery shop inside The Burlington Arcade and transforming the area – where even the previous shop’s jewellery cases will be used as cake displays. Heaven. 

Where: 66-67 Burlington Arcade, London, W1J 0QJ