Jolene | Stoke Newington Restaurant & Bakery
Opening a bakery and restaurant in one is no small feat.
It certainly sorts the wheat from the chaff.
And by the looks of it, Jolene has made the cut – a beautiful, neutral-toned spot from the pair behind North London hits Primeur and Westerns Laundry. In what seems like a natural progression to Newington Green (a stone’s throw from Primeur), they’ve settled down in a light, breezy space, and, drawing on the local aesthetic established by neighbours Trangallán and Perilla, have pared it back with rough-hewn plaster walls, warm pendant lighting and simple bentwood chairs. There’s even a small outdoor terrace, romantically lit by candles come the evening, with shrubs and plants artfully dotted between tables.
Unsurprisingly, the focus is on freshly milled grain here, which is whipped into croissants, palmiers, and bread for the breakfast dining counter, and pastas, soups and stews for the main restaurant. Come the evening, there’s more complex (and less carby) dishes using British-farmed ingredients, like grilled cod on the bone, with olives and artichokes; and a 1kg T-bone, with parmesan and rocket. It’s all capped off with a slick of cocktails and house-made ferments, as well as a modest, natural-leaning wine list.
After which you might find yourself, naturally, leaning too.
NOTE: Jolene is open Tuesday-Sunday 10-4pm, and Thurs-Sun 6.30-10pm. You can find out more, and book, HERE.
Jolene | 21 Newington Green, N16 9PU
Looking for a nightcap spot? Head along to Servant Jazz Quarters for a little live music