Jolene Bakery

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Jolene is a bakery, cafe & restaurant which uses unaltered grains from pasture cropping soil which uses no pesticides, no herbicides, no tilling, no ploughing and using horse drawn machinery only. We get the grains, we mill them onsite into flours which we use for our dishes, pastries and breads.
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4.6
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BH
London
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good choices in courses . Wish we’d skipped the small plates that filled us up and went straight for pasta - this was luscious and I wanted all three. The guinea fowl was lovely too but we were too full fir the lovely polenta. The deserts were gorgeous and the best custard tart we’ve had in ages . House wine was good - the mark of a good place . We’ll go again .

E
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best soup I have eaten all year. It was so good I ordered a second bowl.

J
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Loved everything about the place, apart from the fact they had no menus. The food was on a black board on a wall but we kept having to get up to read the menu... obviously this is a minor inconvenience. The lighting, atmosphere, food and staff we all great. Recommending to all.

SD
London
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely place - great staff. Breakfast plates are a bit small tho for the price. Maybe a wholes
Slice of sourdough not half?

JP
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I visited for brunch.

Pros: great look and feel, delicious pastries, good coffee, friendly staff

Cons: not allowed to customise order (I wanted to add a fried egg to my dish and was made to order the fried eggs with toast as a side because they wouldn’t do it. I’m not entirely sure what the plates are achieving being so simple but costing so much (2 fried eggs on 1 piece of Sourdough toast is £6.50). I had the salmon and it was tasty but boring and plain.

Heard dinner here is lovely but would not recommend for brunch if you are hungry or looking for flavour.

HR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambience and atmosphere. Food was great quality and super tasty. Would definitely go back.

LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit to Jolene and the food was heavenly. Loved every dish. Fresh, delicious and incredibly tasty menu.

HG
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really wonderful meal at Jolene, the service was outstanding and the food was excellent. The waiter was mindful of our dietary requirements, was attentive and made the whole dinner a great experience. Will be back very soon!!

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely local restaurant , really sweet and friendly staff & delicious food. We went for a group birthday dinner but the ambience is so nice here it would be perfect for a romantic date too. More vegetarian options would be a great addition

KH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was spectacular! But the portions were smaller than I expected for the price. I'd still recommend this for anyone willing to spend a bit more on an amazing brunch!

NC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine and ambience! The pasta is amazing, as is the fish. 100% have to get the focaccia if you go!

AK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Love Jolene - the food is amazing. However the noise in the restaurant was incredibly loud - it seemed really extreme for some reason on this visit. It took away from the enjoyment of the meal, I don’t know if there are ways the restaurant could sound proof the room better?

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was good but not really special. The wine by the glass was poor. No variety, all tasting very similar and no real substance amongst them. More care and attention is needed in the ‘drinks’ department. Brandy was ordered and asked for in a warm glass - this was ignored. It’s reputation exceeds the experience sadly. However the service was exemplary.

N
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Lovely setting but food was a let down. Pretty naff starter plates with very little to them, particularly for the price. The pasta dishes were fine, however when one of our party ordered the ravioli, he was asked by the waiter if he would like two as they are very small. We’re a group of friends based in Hackney, so are used to pricey small plates, however unfortunately the whole group felt disappointed by the quality of the food. There is a saturated market of restaurants of this sort in London offering much better grub.

EL
Berlin
11 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Such a wonderful place. The food was super fresh and delicious. The portions where small, especially the starters so you need to take doubles if you are more than two. We are definitely going back and very much enjoyed the food and the atmosphere overall.

C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pastries. Excellent coffee. Lovely service. Beautiful space. Thank you!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I’ve booked a table for 2 for the last slot available (21:15) and I was looking forward to it. However when we got there we were immediately rushed because the kitchen was closing in 15min. So we had to order under pressure and being told constantly that we weren’t ordering enough food. We ended up with a (small) table covered in plates and struggling to eat everything at the same time. Not a very enjoyable experience.
I would suggested an earlier last slot or extending the kitchen's working hours to avoid this. The food and wine was good but was ruined by circumstances.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wine list and romantic ambiance. Staff is super kind and the pastries simply can’t be beat.

AR
London
18 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although I was there for a special event, and so can't judge what a normal night would be like, I couldn't recommend this place more highly. The food was fantastic and the staff were particularly lovely (which considering my friend had to cancel at the last minute and I went by myself was much appreciated). Look forward to going back soon.

JC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jolene is one of my favourite London restaurants. A great hybrid, it has the right level of sophistication and comfort; perfect ambience and the food and wine is always outstanding. Love Tutto wines, and the regional meal with their wine producers was just perfect.

FC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely pastries and excellent service. Unfortunately, I found the menu quite limited on the day I went. The coffees were delicious but quite small.

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Jolene is a local favourite. Great food and service. Always enjoy it. Only downside is when we get put on a squished shared table for dinner otherwise great.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly this is my favourite restaurant in London. Incredible food every time, lovely cosy atmosphere. The flourless chocolate cake is incredible. It’s not the cheapest but the quality and taste of every ingredient is worth it for me. Couldn’t recommend more highly!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lovely space, tiny portions, big prices, great atmosphere, nice food. A good place to catch up with friends and snack.

J
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and the table in the corner extremely nice. The portions weren’t that big and most of all it did feel a bit crowded.

Great place but it’d be amazing if it had about 5 fewer tables.

AS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, high quality food. Always busy & good atmosphere

G
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive service despite being very busy. Stunning quiche with beautifully crisp base and rich, tasty filling. Generous slab of cheesecake followed. Great staff, thankyou!

JC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing great food great vibes it was incredible loved it. Highly recommend this place.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

KW
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful cooking and pretty much impeccable service - it feels really buzzy and interesting, which is a great reflection on the staff and food. My only criticism is the wine list; although also very intriguing, it's got a price tag to match. I think it's off-putting to have nothing under £30 on the list - Jay Rayner would feel the same too. The Pinot Blanc from Alsace was wonderful, but was £33 for a carafe... good thing it was a special occasion. We also weren't shown the bottle when this was brought to us as we'd ordered a carafe, so I have no idea if it actually was what we had requested. I trust the staff completely that this was the case, but if you're paying that much, I'd like to have a quick read.

IB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service, wine list quite pricey!

LO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

every neighbourhood should have a Jolene. Great food, vibe and service.

LN
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Jolene several times and it’s always great!

AD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I’ve eaten twice at JB and the first time, the food was outstanding. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite as special that time.....

S
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Jolene Bakery is a weird one. It’s undoubtably serving good food, lovely (very East London) styling, knowledgable staff and packed to the rafters...but there’s something missing. It’s a little bit ‘meh’.
I would suggest it to friends, but with the provisos that you’ll probably leave hungry, the wine will have burnt a large hole in your bank balance and at the end of the meal you’ll probably never go back.

K
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Jolene’s food is delicious. Taste combinations are really explosive and spot on. But their portions are not only tiny but shrinking. Clearly they want people to be hungry after both a starter and a pasta dish and to order their main courses, but they are shockingly priced at £25 and less interesting. Besides this, we were seated next to a large and noisy group where two of the group were coughing irrepressibly over our drinks every few seconds. We asked if we could move but were refused. It ruined our dining experience.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. My best meal this year! Highly recommended. Make sure you have a Negroni...

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & wine both excellent, and our waitress was wonderful 💕

TN
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful low lighting, delicious Italian inspired food, friendly staff. We had a really lovely evening. Looking forward to returning.

KG
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Jolene, whether it’s to sample their beautifully delicate pastries mid-morning or dinner with friends. The intimate, candle-lit setting creates the perfect ambiance for an enjoyable evening with loved ones, and the service is always outstanding! Definitely GO!!!