A new food and speciality coffee shop named Lundenwic, from the founders of Scotch egg company Scotchtails, Dominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, is to open in London's Covent Garden in late July.
The new café, named after a fifth century Anglo-Saxon settlement, will serve breakfast, lunch, and cakes, and will also have a strong focus on coffee. It has been inspired by the duo's travels to Copenhagen, with a view to bringing the Scandinavian style and design to the UK.
Created in collaboration with chef Matt Shea, previously of B.O.B's Lobster and Salon Brixton, the food will aim to be healthy, and locally sourced and made in-house whenever possible.
Breakfast options will include fresh porridge with toppings such as marmalade, cocoa nibs, hazelnut and honey; and fig, chia seed and agave; plus fresh pastries and homemade granola bars.
The lunch menu will feature seasonal and gluten-free salads, with options such as courgette, asparagus, kohlrabi, peas, curd & red chilli; roast butternut squash, chickpea, fennel and pomegranate; and pickled peach, green beans, feta and hazelnut. Salads will be served individually or available as a mix-and-match box of four.
There will also be cold or toasted sandwiches made from fresh sourdough, with fillings such as porchetta, salsa verde, smoked mackerel, and beetroot, as well as butternut squash and chickpeas with preserved lemons and chermoula. Toasted options will include beer-braised onions, kale and cheddar, and in-house brined beef brisket.
Cakes on offer will include fresh pecan pie, flourless chocolate cake, and a homemade cherry and almond slice, while coffee will be masterminded by head of coffee Stan Przemek, who has previously worked at high-end London coffee shops Flat White, Milk Bar and TAP Coffee.
There will also be a selection of bottled nut milks, including almond; cashew, date and vanilla; and peanut; plus cold-pressed juices made in-house.
The site's décor has been created in a Scandinavian style, championing simplicity, minimalism, and natural light, with original brick walls, whitewashed surfaces, a marble countertop, high ceilings, Anglepoise pendant lights, and wooden stools crafted by young British designer, Felix McCormack.
Entrepreneurs Hamdy and Hiam are the team behind artisan Scotch egg company Scotchtails, which sells at luxury retailers Wholefoods and Selfridges Food Hall, plus a weekly market stall at London's Borough Market.
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