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London’s Coolest Bakery Reopens With Bread, Pastries, and Set Meals for Takeaway

The immensely popular Jolene will return for collection and delivery in Newington Green from next week

Raisin bread at Jolene bakery, restaurant and wine bar in Newington Green, London
Raisin bread at Jolene bakery
Samuel Ashton

London’s coolest bakeryJolene, in Newington Green — will return with daily baked breads, sweet and savoury pastries, soups, pastas, sauces, and wine from next Wednesday. The partial reopening comes nearly two months since owners Jeremie Cometto Lingenheim and David Gingell closed the bakery and restaurant, alongside its two other properties, Westerns Laundry and Primeur on 21 March.

Like a growing number of London restaurants, who had it made explicitly clear by the government this week that they may not be able to reopen fully until the late summer at the earliest, Jolene is going to do what it can — through socially distanced collections and via delivery, in the interim. Businesses are beginning to demonstrate how they can adapt and remodel during corona-time.

Cakes at Jolene, London’s coolest bakery
Cakes at Jolene
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Jolene announced on Instagram that from the 20 May, and each week thereafter, from Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. it will be “putting out its usual spreads of breads, pastries, sausage rolls, soups, pastas and sauces all freshly baked and made onsite with flour from our in house mills.”

On how the bakery would implement safety measures, it said “a safe and easy walk by and pick up system” to limit interactions and comply with the two metre social distancing guidelines would be implemented. It asked customers to respect the queuing distances, and to bring credit cards, not cash, for payment, and their own shopping bags to improve efficiency and reduce on packaging.

From Wednesday 27 May, Jolene announced it will begin operating an order and collect service for dinner in the evening between 6 and 8 p.m. “JO TO GO” as it will be called, will give customers the chance to pre-order set meals for pick-up, as well as wine. Keep an eye on the Jolene Instagram page for further details on that service over the coming days.

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