It’s been two years but finally we’re getting a follow up to Covent Garden’s Terroirs with the launch of Brawn, new opening from Ed Wilson and Oli Barker, setting up shop in East London’s Columbia Road. The natural wine bar and bistro sits right in the heart of London’s legendary flower market and will be open daily for lunch and dinner and from 8am on Sundays for breakfast.
The proportions of the former Victorian furniture-making warehouse with its high ceilings and huge double aspect windows lend themselves perfectly to the 70-seater restaurant which is divided into two spaces. Local artists have been called upon to design interior art work in keeping with the minimalist industrial feel of exposed brickwork and original wooden floors. Mismatched furniture has been salvaged from yards in London and Paris.
Head chef, Owen Kenworthy, formerly of The Wolseley and Galvin is moving over from his year’s tenure at Terroirs while Wilson will oversee the menus and divide his time between Terroirs and the new venue. On the menu we can expect French and British influenced dishes together with the charcuterie and cheese platters for which Terroirs has become famous.
The 90 bin natural and bio-dynamic wine list will change constantly and whether this is a cost saving exercise or one devised to render wine more accessible (probably a bit of both!) Brawn will be a sommelier free zone. Advice will be down to a highly trained front of house staff who will be on hand to encourage punters to sample the wines and discover more about them.
And talking of discovery, we’ll just have to wait and see whether the bistro’s name sake potted pig’s head will find its way onto the menu!