What: Storey’s Gate Cafe
In a nutshell: St James's Park gets a food upgrade with a new healthy cafe opening in spring 2019.
Summing it all up: A collaboration between Theo Randall, Colicci, and The Royal Parks with an emphasis on healthy and vegan options looks set to put London's royal park cafes on the map.
London’s Royal Parks are heading for a food and drink makeover following a new partnership with Colicci, an artisan baker that you may have spotted around town everywhere from Westfield to Paddington. All in all, they’re opening two new cafes, and nine ‘sculptural kiosks’, but of most interest is the Storey’s Gate Cafe, opening in St James’ Park in 2019.
For this project they’ve also enlisted Theo Randall to help create the menu, an interesting choice given that the menu doesn’t seem to be particularly Italian. We’re told that breakfast dishes may include Crunchy Coconut Bircher Muesli; Acai Bowl topped with seasonal berries, coconut shavings, cacao nibs, goji berries, chia seeds and pecans or a selection of cakes. For lunch meanwhile there’ll be the likes of soft chili cheese on sourdough or roast butternut squash with red onion, tahini and za’atar, as well as soups, juices, smoothies, coffees and gelato.
The Serpentine Cafe is the second of the new cafes, also opening in spring 2019, and it sounds a little more straightforward, with a mix of pastries, coffee and gelato made by Gelupo.
Finally, there’ll be nine small kiosks opening in autumn 2018 across The Royal Parks (Hyde Park, St James’s Park,The Green Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, Bushy Park, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, and Kensington Gardens), serving everything from toasties to hot dogs.
More about Storey’s Gate Cafe
Where is it? St James's Park, London SW1A 2BJ
When does it open? Spring 2019
Image: Mizzi Studio
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