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Jolene bakery, restaurant and wine bar in Newington Green

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Jolene is a bakery, a restaurant, and a wine bar — it’s also very photogenic

Jolene bakery, restaurant and wine bar in Newington Green
| Samuel Ashton

Jolene, in Newington Green, is “a bakery restaurant that revolves around and relies on the grains rather than it just being another ingredient.”

This is how owners Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell describe their new project, a lightly-worn, industrial-pastoral paean to continental hospitality and traditions rooted in the soil and the fields: bread from grains, dishes from vegetables and more grains, wine from grapes. It follows Westerns Laundry and Primeur, iterating on those restaurants’ principles while bringing something new to what they have accreted. “Our approach at Primeur and Westerns Laundry has always been attuned to the need for sourcing well-farmed produce ethically grown with soil fertility in mind and tended with care.”

That approach manifests in a scrawly blackboard menu, long on assemblies of good ingredients exchanging sideways glances: pork and green sauce, buttermilk and plums, ravioli and sage butter. Continental Europe stakes an assertive claim, with exceptional crisp, buttery croissants, palmiers, madeleines, charcuterie, anchovies, and cheeses featuring heavily; a plate of fried eggs and fried potatoes draped in jamón exemplifies the plain-speaking, class on comfort approach. So too does the brisk list of natural wines.

Take a look inside Newington Green’s latest neighbourhood restaurant — one that has already won over the celebrities of east London — that promises much, and is already delivering.


Jolene bakery, restaurant and wine bar in Newington Green
The front door at Jolene
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The interior at Jolene bakery, restaurant and wine bar in Newington Green
Jolene’s interiors bring Europe front of mind
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Fried eggs, fried potatoes, and jamón

A baker tending to a wooden tray of honey financiers at Jolene in Newington Green
Honeyed financiers ready for display
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Natural wines at Jolene bakery, restaurant and wine bar in Newington Green, London
Wine, naturally
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Jolene bakery, restaurant and wine bar in Newington Green
The reach
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Tomatoes and chef David Gingell at Jolene bakery, restaurant and wine bar in Newington Green
Chef David Gingell readies ingredients
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Curried spinach and soft boiled egg at Jolene bakery, restaurant and wine bar in Newington Green
Curried spinach and soft boiled egg
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Owners David Gingell and Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim at Jolene bakery, restaurant and wine bar in Newington Green
David Gingell and Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim
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Westerns Laundry

34 Drayton Park, , England N5 1PB 020 7700 3700 Visit Website

Primeur

116 Petherton Road, , England N5 2RT 020 7226 5271 Visit Website

Jolene

54 Great Jones Street, Manhattan, NY 10012 (646) 429-8383 Visit Website

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