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Pistachio-Hued Italian Juggernaut Lina Stores Expands Again With Clapham Restaurant

The deli, resident in W1 since 1944, has been on a tear since receiving funding from White Rabbit in 2018

A turquoise bowl of pasta at Lina Stores in Soho
A turquoise bowl of pasta at Lina Stores’ restaurant in Soho, which was the prelude to some serious expansion.
Lina Stores

Soho deli institution and, more recently, expansion juggernaut Lina Stores looks set to open a restaurant and deli in Clapham, according to Big Hospitality. The pistachio-hued outfit — fresh from opening in Tokyo of all places — will take over The Dairy and Counter Culture’s premises in Clapham, with Robin and Sarah Gill’s restaurants having shut down in August 2020.

The two openings — a restaurant, and a deli space like the original on Brewer Street — would join its Soho restaurant, on Greek Street, and the vast King’s Cross hybrid on Stable Street off Coal Drops Yard.

While the addition of two new sites very much fits with the brand’s growth, facilitated by Chris Miller’s White Rabbit Fund — also an investor in Andrew Wong’s now-closed Kym’s; Indian group Kricket; and bowl-fillers Island Poké — the move into Clapham appears more dictated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has led a number of restaurants best-known for their central presence to focus on openings in more residential areas, including the likes of Spanish group Brindisa; udon specialists Koya; and even purveyor of expensive fish and reductive stereotyping Richard Caring.

With its bankable blend of eye-catching interiors, longevity, and Italian deli staples, the expansion of Lina Stores into a brand as ready to roll as its pasta dough looks set to continue beyond Clapham, with further openings in the pipeline. More soon on a timeline for this duo in SW4.


, , England SE1 2QN

Coal Drops Yard

Stable Street, , England N1C 4DQ 020 3883 2087 Visit Website

The Dairy

15 The Pavement, , England SW4 0HY 020 7622 4165 Visit Website


12 Denman Street, , W1D 7HH 020 7734 5612 Visit Website

Counter Culture

16 The Pavement, , England SW4 0HY 020 8191 7960 Visit Website

Lina Stores

18 Brewer Street, , England W1F 0SH 020 7437 6482 Visit Website