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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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!!!

OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great meal at Jolene. All of the dishes were flavourful and well presented. The staff was friendly and helpful. The wines were fine, although there was a fairly limited selection.

We will definitely be back soon.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! The food is always exceptional and the staff are lovey and knowledgable. Your soap smells amazing!

SC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

This is just a caff really. Went for lunch for a friend's birthday - met by the now ubiquitous "brunch" menu, so eggy stuff and some other small plates. Dull menu. Ordinary food. Silly prices for wine. Only "bubbly" was £51...we'd have coped with all of that but the noise...impossible to talk. The acoustics are atrocious - as they will be if you rip out a ceiling leaving the concrete and metal innards, have stone (concrete?) floors and metal tables. This noise problem is a nightmare these days, doesn't happen anywhere else in Europe where they understand that even hip young things probably go out to eat and chat with friends. Would not go back.

CW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, understated, great quality food & bread made on site.

D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything! People and food outstanding

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant - amazing service, lovely ambience and delicious food. Love.

LT
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine, service and atmosphere! great place for a relaxed, social dinner

JS
London
13 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal! The pasta dishes get better every time I visit!

LL
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, amazing drinks and a great atmosphere. The Bertolli bean lamb dish was a real highlight!

J
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent plates of food, well paced, perfect amount, great wine, spot on service, awesome ambience.

CH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best of all their restaurants in my opinion, I can't wait to go back.

RE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fresh pasta was delicious and a lot of lovely thoughtful sharing plates. Had the Ray fin and Lamb Shoulder which were tender and mouth-watering. Highly recommend 🙌🏽🙌🏽

MH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, perfectly balanced food and lovely ambiance.

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Loved the atmosphere and decor as well.

YS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food, creative combinations of ingredients, diverse breakfast menu, and loved the cappuccino!

z
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love Jolene! A few more less carb heavy veg options would be welcome, at least my waistline would appreciate :)

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live locally and come here all the time- every time we bring someone new they're instantly just as obsessed as we are. Food is seriously amazing, service great, atmosphere lovely too. Highly recommend.

AL
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

This was our 3rd visit to Jolene and sadly we weren’t as happy with our experience this time. I booked a table for my boyfriends birthday and we were surprised to be seated at the bar when we arrived, as the booking didn’t specify this. We were directly opposite to where all of the drinks were being made and served which wasn’t ideal. We then were told that the table was needed for another booking at 9, at 8.50 so we had to rush our desserts and wine. The food was amazing as always though, just a shame about the other points as we’re big fans of the restaurant so chose to book it for this special occasion.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, helpful and kind staff, brilliant food. Recommend breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner!

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We thought the starters were absolutely delicious! Parppadelle was a little too salty for me Lamb belly -delicious but quite rich!

SZ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite weekend cafe/bakery! Menu changes and different bakery options each day

CP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I thought the wines were far too expensive for this level of dining.

s
Essex
15 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great venue, very atmospheric. The member of staff who served us was brilliant. Very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious. Dessert portions were large but pasta portions were too small.

G
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jolene is a beautiful restaurant with a really relaxed and warm vibe.
Went there with my friend and we ordered the pasta with sausage, shared the beef and had 2 chocolate tarts for dessert and that was enough food for us. Everything was cooked and seasoned perfectly. Service was great, they didn't rush us with anything, just left us to enjoy our food and wine, and catch up.
We had a very nice experience , would definitely recommend.