The Laundry is a new modern neighbourhood bistro and wine shop from award-winning hospitality entrepreneur Melanie Brown, opening this autumn in the heart of Brixton. The restaurant will occupy the stunning Edwardian building, Walton Lodge on Coldharbour Lane.
Located just outside Brixton Village, The Laundry will be open all day, everyday to serve the thriving local community and offer a welcoming space steeped in historic character.
With a focus on simple, quality ingredients and diligent care and attention paid to provenance, whilst honouring classical techniques, The Laundry’s menu will offer real diversity.
From a morning bakery serving from 8am, through to weekend brunch and dinner plates to be enjoyed with wines by the glass, and cocktails into the night, The Laundry will bring something new to SW9’s already thriving restaurant scene.
Well-known and respected within the capital’s hospitality industry, New Zealander Melanie Brown previously trained and worked as a chef with Peter Gordon at his restaurant The Providores & Tapa Room in Marylebone, before founding award-winning wine bar and online retailers The New Zealand Cellar and The Australian Cellar.
Hospitality and customer experience is everything to Brown, thus The Laundry will be the culmination of her wine, food and hospitality backgrounds. Committed to providing a personal service full of familiarity and warmth for guests.
The Laundry will offer laid-back, cosy banquettes alongside elegant bar and counter seating, providing the perfect spots for solo diners and intimate dinners, through to group celebrations in one of the two lower-ground private dining rooms, accommodating up to 25 guests.
Outside, a south-facing Parisian-inspired terrace sits next to Brixton Village, offering plenty of café seating perfect for a bite to eat, glass of wine and people watching. Interiors at The Laundry will be full of antique mirrors, plush emerald greens and vintage furniture sourced by Brown, against original walls and tiled-floor backdrops.
Ahead of the launch of The Laundry, Brown commented, “The Laundry really is an exciting coming- together of my diverse experience in hospitality and travel over the last 20 years. Creating an understated environment, quality food offering and a playful, accessible wine list is testament to the integrity of this beautifully-restored Brixton landmark”.
Brown’s award-winning retail brands are renowned for their accessible approach to wines, bringing unusual and rarely-seen bottles to the UK market, fun and laid-back wine tastings, and a well-crafted, unique events programme. Brown brings more than a decade of restaurant experience to the project also, having also worked at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Raymond Blanc’s Le Petit Blanc and Vinoteca.