French chef Ollie Couillaud is opening a bakery and café in Wimbledon Village in south London this week, just up the road from his Lawn Bistro.
Housed in a site that has operated as a bakery for the past century, the Lawn Bakery is owned by restaurateur Akbar Ashurov, who commissioned Design LSM to transform the venue.
The site now features a curved banquette in burnt orange leather, oak flooring, enamelled black and white French lamps, and a series of 1950s/60s vintage food prints by Andy Warhol. There is seating for up to 14 inside as well as two pavement tables outside.
Open daily from 7am to 7pm, the Lawn Bakery offers breakfast and takeaway items ranging from croissants and pains au chocolat to muffins and Danish pastries, as well as a variety of breads. Hot breakfast dishes feature porridge, scrambled eggs on sourdough with smoked salmon, boiled eggs and soldiers, and omelettes.
The café menu also includes light lunches and afternoon tea. Typical all-day dishes include small plates (croque monsieur, quiche lorraine, mozzarella and Provençal vegetable panini), homemade soups, an excellent range of charcuterie, and various baguettes. Desserts include peach melba, Valrhona chocolate mousse, raspberry and almond tart, and a selection of home-made ice-creams and sorbets.
Couillaud, who was formerly head chef of Bord'eaux at London's Grosvenor House, Tom Aiken's Tom's Kitchen and La Trompette, opened the Lawn Bistro with Ashurov last September.
The menu is centred on seasonal French food, with nods to British and Spanish cuisine, reflecting Couillaud's rural French upbringing.
By Kerstin Kühn
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