Simple . And . Modish
Jolene opened up its doors in Sep 2018 and it would appear has been full ever since. Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell just know how to put together spaces that Londoners flock to, despite their seemingly random locations: Primeur on a residential street in Canonbury and Western’s Laundry in Drayton Park.
Jolene is by far their most visible project, being located right bang in Newington Green. However, one can’t say it’s the easiest to get to if you’re not local to the area. What all these three spots have in common though, is a relaxed yet modish look and feel.
Jolene is all blanched almond brick walls, zinc tables and simple wooden chairs; utilitarian yet characterful.
I’ve only had breakfast here so can only comment on that side of their offering. A counter is filled to the brim with all manner of pastries.
The pain au chocolat I opted for was super buttery, leaving residue on my fingertips after gobbling it up.
The curried spinach topped with a soft boiled egg and breadcrumbs was delightful and moreish.
Jeremie, one of the co-owners can come across a little ‘off’ – I’ve experienced this first hand on a few occasions but I actually genuinely think he is just quite a direct person and that can be interpreted as rude and abrupt. I turned up thinking I had a reservation but I didn’t. It was a busy Sunday; he need not have bothered trying to find us a place to sit yet he did.
Overall the vibe of the place is enthralling; it’s stylish, the lighting is seductive and you just want to while away hours here.
LOCATION Newington Green
BASIC OR BOUGIE? In Betweener
BEST FOR Casual Catch Ups, Solo Dining, Breakfast / Brunch
VIBE is Hip and Buzzy (Sun AM)
TRY The curried spinach x soft boiled egg
SERVICE Is relaxed
GROUPS c.6 ppl
GOOD TO KNOW Open Sun | c.£20 (breakfast)
21 Newington Green, N16 9PU
Open Tue – Sun