Gordon family to open Villiers cafe/restaurant

05 November 2013 by
Gordon family to open Villiers cafe/restaurant

The youngest members of the Gordon family, who run London's Gordon's Wine Bar, are set to open a new coffee company and all-day dining room called Villiers.

The new venture, on 31a Villiers Street, will open in February 2014.

It will be run by Sophie Gordon (28), who will be creating the menus and looking after the kitchen, and her sister Rose Gordon (24), who will run the front of house and oversee the wine list. Their father Tom Gordon, an artist and illustrator, will be working with them on all aspects of the business, particularly business development, decor and design.

Tom is the son of Wendy Gordon, the current owner of Gordon's Wine Bar, who took up the mantle from her late husband Luis Gordon.

Throughout the morning, Villiers will offer coffee and breakfast. From midday onwards, Sophie's informal, seasonal and all-day menu will be served. The full table service menu will be complemented by a take-away selection of sandwiches, salads, pastries and cakes.

Villers' design was conceived by Sophie and Tom, and will take advantage of the historic building and atmospheric street, which was laid out in the 1670s. The site will feature a large marble-topped bar at the front of the room, laid out with food to take away throughout the afternoon, it will become a seated bar for drinking and dining as the evening draws on.

Sophie said: "Providing good food and good cheer to Londoners is second nature to our family. It's always been our dream that our generation would one day carve out our own traditions of hospitality, and pure serendipity means we're able to do so on the very same street where it all began for us."

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