'New' American cafe and bar is coming to East Sheen

By Guest

1st Apr 2021 | Local News

A story by the East Sheen Village website team - many thanks!

Rumours have been circulating in East Sheen and this week the news was confirmed that American restaurant Pickle & Rye is moving to a new, bigger location in SW14!

Pickle & Rye, founded by husband and wife team Alex and Val, is turning 10 this year and big plans are afoot for their decennial.

They have signed the papers on their new premises, which are big enough to provide the welcome additions of outdoor seating, a bar, comfy booths, and a place to watch the big game that won't conflict with their family-friendly dining room. The "new' Pickle & Rye will be at 180 Upper Richmond Road West.

In order to realise their vision, they are asking the local community for help with the refurbishment via a clever crowdfunder that will reward supporters with some fantastic incentives.

Co-owner Val says: "We've chosen to do this on our own, no investors or otherwise, because we think over the last 10 years we've worked to create a community that extends beyond our doors.

"We want to see this through with the same vision that led us to create Pickle & Rye in the first place: a community-based independent spot that focuses on family, food and fun."

Cafe's history

In 2010 in its early days, before there was such a widespread American influence in London, Pickle & Rye was a six-seater sandwich shop on Sheen Lane.

Then in October of 2013 Pickle moved from its first brick and mortar sandwich shop location to a bigger space, just over the road and opposite Mortlake station.

Dinner service came a few years later, picking up momentum as it went. All the while they've kept their mission close to our hearts: to provide locals with a warm and welcoming American experience, no gimmicks or formal attire required.

"We believe our food fosters a sense of family," they say. "It's made from wholesome, real ingredients, loved and made by real people (no influencers or Instagram fads here, thankyouverymuch). Think blueberry pancakes and eggs Benedict, burgers, door wedge-sized sandwiches, seasonal pies and milkshakes."

Fundraising

Alex and Val's new cafe has been backed with pledges of more than £17,000 already.

Please support their venture via the Crowdfunder website where they offer lots of fantastic rewards for supporters.

You can choose to have a milkshake named after you, get a free coffee every month for a whole year, or even a 10-person birthday party with food, drinks and goodie bags.

Did we mention there's a T-shirt too? Of course there is.

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