The Pic­cadilly line

The glam­our of The Wolse­ley can now be en­joyed (and shopped) in Ox­ford­shire

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - The Cut House Style - Jes­sica Doyle

THESE DAYS, a suc­cess­ful restau­rant is known al­most as much for its style cre­den­tials as it is for its food. Since it opened 15 years ago, The Wolse­ley in London’s Pic­cadilly has be­come fa­mous for its break­fasts, but also its in­te­ri­ors. Built in 1921, orig­i­nally as a car showroom, it was heav­ily in­flu­enced by East­ern de­sign, with much japan­ning (a Euro­pean fin­ish that im­i­tates Asian lac­quer­work), deepred col­umns (since painted black) and or­nate chi­nois­erie doors.

Last month, the restau­rant opened an out­post at Bices­ter Vil­lage in Ox­ford­shire

– Café Wolse­ley, with in­te­ri­ors by de­sign duo Brady­williams, who were keen to em­u­late the style of the London restau­rant. ‘We were in­spired by the orig­i­nal de­sign el­e­ments, but wanted to add a fresh per­spec­tive, too,’ says Shayne Brady. The deep-red pil­lars have been re­in­stated here, chi­nois­erie-style paint­ings have been com­mis­sioned, and, like the orig­i­nal, it fea­tures a strik­ing black-and-white mar­ble floor.

The open­ing was also an op­por­tu­nity to branch out into re­tail – per­haps a re­sponse to the in­con­ve­nient habit of

the restau­rant’s vin­tage sil­ver­ware and cruet sets find­ing their way into cus­tomers’ pock­ets and bags.

‘Over the years, we’ve had many peo­ple ask­ing where we source our pieces from, so it made sense to cre­ate a col­lec­tion,’ says Lau­ren Gur­vich-king, head of re­tail for the restau­rants and wife of co-owner Jeremy King. ‘I spe­cialise in sourc­ing 20th-cen­tury glass and vin­tage sil­ver, so I am al­ways on the look­out for the chic and un­usual. When it came to launch­ing this col­lec­tion, I nat­u­rally grav­i­tated to­wards art-deco pieces, and as a re­sult we have an ever-grow­ing se­lec­tion of vin­tage sil­ver and fine-crys­tal glass­ware.’

The col­lec­tion, which also in­cludes food and drink gifts such as truf­fles, Floren­tines and jams, is avail­able to buy at Café Wolse­ley and on­line. the­wolse­ley.com

Many of the restau­rant’s orig­i­nal de­sign de­tails have been re­pro­duced at Café Wolse­ley

CAFE CUL­TURED Our pick of the gifts and home­wares that can be pur­chased at the Café Wolse­ley shop

1. Tote bag, £14.95. 2. Sil­ver-plated tea caddy, £85. 3. Sil­ver­plated mini teapot, £179. 4. Pra­line truf­fles, £15.95. 5. Sil­ver-plated cruet set, £79

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