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JOLENE

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JOLENE

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WHO
Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and chef David Gingell, the team behind Primeur and Westerns Laundry, have taken over Dandy’s former location for their third North London hit. Right on Newington Green, Jolene is a bakery-cum-wine bar-cum-restaurant with a focus on sustainability. They source their grains from DJ-turned-farmer Andy Cato and mill them on-site into flours used for their bread, pastries and cuisine. Executive chef Jack Williams spearheads the menu alongside head baker Alex Sage.

FOOD
Scribbled out on the giant blackboard, the menu that changes daily is seasonal, homely and bursting with delicious simplicity.
Check out their Instagram for daily updates.

To start the day off right from 10am onwards:
Fried eggs, jamon and potatoes, the breakfast of your dreams – £6.50
A cheese and ham toastie that spills out of the sides of the bread – £8
An indulgent plate of salame mariola – £7
Pastries from the bakery counter: financier (£4), orange and sesame knot (£3), etc.

Lunchtime newbies:
Naughty ham croquettes – £5
The simplest asparagus and Parmesan quiche with salad – £8.50
A warming tomato, white bean and greens soup – £6

In the evening:
Small plates of smoked cod’s roe, cucumber and dill or roast onions, green garlic, ricotta and mint to kick off dinner – £8.50 each
Three pastas to choose from, like the cavatelli with aubergine, Datterini tomatoes and basil – £9.50
Mains along the lines of poached ham hock with spelt and spring vegetables – £22
Baked custard, rhubarb and almonds – £7

DRINKS
A fermented lemon verbena kombucha – £5
A fresh juice of the day like apple, grapefruit, carrot and ginger – £4
A glass of 2017 Austrian Riesling by Heiss from the all-natural wine list – £6.50
A Picon Bière – £3.50

DECOR
The new build is huge, filled with natural light, and has a large welcoming bar, plus a terrace on the green that practically begs you to come have a filtered coffee in the sun. The industrial space has a kind of stripped-back meets bucolic aesthetic: plastered walls, whitewashed bricks, peachy tones, exposed pipes, aged zinc tables, linen curtains, bouquets of dried flower and handmade ceramics… It’s all about the effortlessly cool details. Come dinner time, the lights get dimmed and candles come out to play.

NOISE
There’s no escaping Dolly Parton’s earworm here. But overall, the playlist has more of a Benjamin Clementine vibe.

SEATING
Bentwood chairs, banquettes upholstered in peachy fabric or high stools along the bar.

VIBE
Newington Green in a nutshell: a diverse crowd of creatives in a quiet, lovely atmosphere. You’ll see freelancers working, fashion labels holding team meetings and prams galore...

RESTROOMS
It’s a thing of beauty! The same aesthetic as the dining room, with a vintage school trough sink.

SERVICE
Kind and discreet.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Yes, it’s an all-rounder! Pop in for a hearty solo breakfast, brunch with a group of friends, a baby-friendly lunch, or a candlelit date night. Don’t forget to leave with a loaf of sourdough.

WHO
Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and chef David Gingell, the team behind Primeur and Westerns Laundry, have taken over Dandy’s former location for their third North London hit. Right on Newington Green, Jolene is a bakery-cum-wine bar-cum-restaurant with a focus on sustainability. They source their grains from DJ-turned-farmer Andy Cato and mill them on-site into flours used for their bread, pastries and cuisine. Executive chef Jack Williams spearheads the menu alongside head baker Alex Sage.

FOOD
Scribbled out on the giant blackboard, the menu that changes daily is seasonal, homely and bursting with delicious simplicity.
Check out their Instagram for daily updates.

To start the day off right from 10am onwards:
Fried eggs, jamon and potatoes, the breakfast of your dreams – £6.50
A cheese and ham toastie that spills out of the sides of the bread – £8
An indulgent plate of salame mariola – £7
Pastries from the bakery counter: financier (£4), orange and sesame knot (£3), etc.

Lunchtime newbies:
Naughty ham croquettes – £5
The simplest asparagus and Parmesan quiche with salad – £8.50
A warming tomato, white bean and greens soup – £6

In the evening:
Small plates of smoked cod’s roe, cucumber and dill or roast onions, green garlic, ricotta and mint to kick off dinner – £8.50 each
Three pastas to choose from, like the cavatelli with aubergine, Datterini tomatoes and basil – £9.50
Mains along the lines of poached ham hock with spelt and spring vegetables – £22
Baked custard, rhubarb and almonds – £7

DRINKS
A fermented lemon verbena kombucha – £5
A fresh juice of the day like apple, grapefruit, carrot and ginger – £4
A glass of 2017 Austrian Riesling by Heiss from the all-natural wine list – £6.50
A Picon Bière – £3.50

DECOR
The new build is huge, filled with natural light, and has a large welcoming bar, plus a terrace on the green that practically begs you to come have a filtered coffee in the sun. The industrial space has a kind of stripped-back meets bucolic aesthetic: plastered walls, whitewashed bricks, peachy tones, exposed pipes, aged zinc tables, linen curtains, bouquets of dried flower and handmade ceramics… It’s all about the effortlessly cool details. Come dinner time, the lights get dimmed and candles come out to play.

NOISE
There’s no escaping Dolly Parton’s earworm here. But overall, the playlist has more of a Benjamin Clementine vibe.

SEATING
Bentwood chairs, banquettes upholstered in peachy fabric or high stools along the bar.

VIBE
Newington Green in a nutshell: a diverse crowd of creatives in a quiet, lovely atmosphere. You’ll see freelancers working, fashion labels holding team meetings and prams galore...

RESTROOMS
It’s a thing of beauty! The same aesthetic as the dining room, with a vintage school trough sink.

SERVICE
Kind and discreet.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Yes, it’s an all-rounder! Pop in for a hearty solo breakfast, brunch with a group of friends, a baby-friendly lunch, or a candlelit date night. Don’t forget to leave with a loaf of sourdough.

CHEF

Jack Williams et Alex Sage

OPENING DAYS

Daytime Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-3pm, dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 6-10pm. Closed on Mondays

RESERVATION

Plan on reserving online a few days in advance for dinner and on the weekends, or just pop in for breakfast or lunch during the week.

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