Bites: The king of offal extends his empire

First it was Borough's down-to-earth tapas palace Brindisa; now everyman's offal altar St John is making its glittering West End debut. The cult eaterie from Fergus Henderson (pictured) is rumoured to be opening a branch in Chinatown later this year.

Also flying the flag for meat eating – with an emphasis on meats from across the world – is the new venture from the owners of South African wine estate Jordan. Not surprisingly billing its offerings as "wine dining" (it has a 40,000-bottle cellar), High Timber, which opens by London's Millennium Bridge in March, also promises a cheese room. Got to love a cheese room.

Meanwhile, in the country – while her father is in the thick of his new London boutique venture – Sophie Conran is busy creating a foodie bolthole in the Cotswolds. Due to open in June it will be, she says, "a mixture of house party and luxury destination offering bespoke creative courses with a culinary bent". Several star chefs have already signed up; watch this space for names...