Melanie Brown to open new Brixton Bistro

Hospitality entrepreneur Melanie Brown is set to open The Laundry, a new modern neighbourhood bistro and wine shop in Brixton on 1 November.

The menu will be designed by head chef Dylan Cashman from Sydney institution Sean’s Panorama and Pilu at Freshwater. The Laundry will occupy the Edwardian building, Walton Lodge on Coldharbour Lane and be open all day.

The menu will focus on “classical dishes and techniques and understated new world flair” applied to British produce from Natoora, Pesky Fish, and The Cornwall Project.

Plates include Hereford beef tartar, fermented chili, prawn oil, mustard seeds, beer pickled onion and beef fat potato chips; Croque madame on sourdough with gruyere béchamel and free range egg; Chicken liver parfait, duck ham, pickled mushrooms and housemade milk bread; Vesuvius tomato, aioli, pickled shallots, cheddar, rocket on crumpet.

The Laundry will also offer a selection of 50 wines on the main list which aims to represent the “very best from old and new world regions”.

The Bistro will cater for “laid-back, cosy banquettes” alongside bar and counter seating, including two lower-ground private dining rooms, accommodating up to 25 guests. Interiors at The Laundry will be a mix of antique mirrors, emerald greens and vintage furniture original brick walls and tiled-floors.

Brown brings more than a decade of restaurant experience to the project having worked at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Raymond Blanc’s Le Petit Blanc and Vinoteca.

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