The Wolseley is one of London’s landmark restaurants, a haunt of the famous on Piccadilly created in the grand European café style. Now, with the opening of Café Wolseley this week – Corbin & King’s first restaurant outside London – the brand’s influence moves to the luxury-shopping outpost of Bicester Village aka “the Bond Street of Oxfordshire”.
The new café promises the same exemplary service as its parent, and recreates its all-day café dining experience, with service available from 8:30am to 8pm daily. In addition to the restaurant, Café Wolseley’s cuisine is tailored to its clientele and will be available for takeaway so that those in search of Givenchy or Prada can enjoy a simple salad or sandwich without losing precious shopping time. Classic Wolseley dishes – such as hearty breakfasts of Bircher muesli, omelettes, and blueberry pancakes – make an appearance on the menu, with new additions such as seasonal salads and festive desserts à la tarte flambée.
The decor promises to be evocative of the original London institution, with black and white chevron floors, handpainted chinoiserie murals and double-height vaulted ceilings – all conceived by designer Shayne Brady of BradyWilliams. However, this venue also features a retail area offering gifts and objets – cocktail shakers (£245), vintage silver-plated teapots (£255) and crystal champagne flutes (£165 for a set of six) – as well as beautifully packaged culinary treats including chocolates (the truffles gift set is £31.95), all-butter shortbread (£16.95) and teas (£17.95 for a tin).