Covent Garden has become home to Mamie’s, a créperie and cider bar that focuses on Brittany cuisine. The site is named after the affectionate word for ‘grandmother’ in French and claims to be the first of its kind to offer authentic French-style galettes with traditional cider in London.
Mamie’s is the brain child of French entrepreneur Aymeric Peurois, who after previously working as head of a small wealth management firm in London realised it was time to relish his passion as a crépe connoisseur.
Work on the project began in November 2015 with Aymeric working closely with designers A-nrd Studio. The main contractors on the project were Ealing Home Improvements.
Mamie’s is located in a five storey building on Catherine Street, which was previously occupied by Little Water restaurant, and comprises of three commercial floors and two office spaces on the top level. The commercial area is around 120sqm split over the ground, lower and the fist floor levels.
The main kitchen area is situated on ground floor level and has been left open. The kitchen is framed by a hot rolled steel frame and beautiful traditional diamond etched pavers to allow the customers to enjoy the theatricality of cooking crépes and gallettes.
The ground floor has taken inspiration from a British conservatory feel, which has been reinvented in a contemporary and young way.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine, Alessio Nardi, Owner and Designer at A-nrd Studio commented: “Clear glass planters are hanging from the ceiling in between handmade bespoke lighting pendants that A-nrd studio manufactured. The walls have a textured, travertine-like finish and a light coral hue which is brought to life by a neon light feature leading the way to the Cidrothéque downstairs.”
The lower ground floor plays host to the Cidrothéque – the cider bar – where over 40 different ciders are served. Alessio states that “the inspiration for this floor came from the heritage of Covent Garden, which used to host many Gentlemen’s clubs – a home away from home for their private members.”
He added: “Reclaimed wood panels, tobacco velvet luxurious booth seating and a row of Stone edge wall lights from A-nrd studio frame the space. Arched alcoves and brass shelving display nautical inspired trinkets liked to Brittany history and a 3m square printed glass ceiling installation shows an ancient map of the ‘Bretagne’, creating an impressive ceiling feature.”
The main dining space is located on the first floor and features walls with rough Venetian plaster – a texture typical of Southern European buildings. This was then modernised using ombré, a tone of paint reminiscent of coastal landscapes. The walls also contain some timber framing installations which were inspired by Rennes Tudor architecture and ceiling globe pendants are a nod to the nautical heritage of Brittany.
The façade of the building has undergone some minor decoration work, leaving the interior of Mamie’s glowing from the outside through its three windows. The window area has been valorised through a hand cut stone table where customers can eat and dwell, enjoying the view of the main theatre streets in London. Handmade pendant lights by A-nrd Studio and a pink neon sign indicating the cider bar gives Mamie’s a warm glow, allowing it to stand out amongst other restaurants in the area.
Mamie’s will be open from breakfast to dinner and will offer both sweet and savoury Breton-style crépes and galettes. The cider cellar on site will offer a variety of ciders from Brittany and Normandy n France as well as Ireland, Sweden, Belgium and New Zealand, alongside a choice of cider based cocktails.
Items on the menu, which are also available to take away, include the Forest Compléte Galette which is made of egg, ham, emmental and Sautéed mushrooms, the La Chateaubriand (rolled) Galette of sausage, sautéed onions and mixed salad leafs, the La Magritte Crépe which includes home-cooked apples, caramel and vanilla ice cream and the La Duras Crépe which contains home-cooked pears, salted butter caramel, caramelized pecan and vanilla ice cream to name a few.
Both the galette and cider are naturally gluten-free with the galette made from buckwheat flour, an ingredient favoured amongst health conscious foodies.
Alessio added: “When working on a project, it is always extremely exciting to see the progression of works day after day. I have personally been supervising the project during building works to make sure that all of the design features were translated to the finest detail and it is extremely exciting to see it taking shape from paper to the real world.
“Mamie’s has been an amazing project to work on and it has been absolutely great to have such a huge input from the project’s inception. It’s very important for us to work closely with the owners in order to valorise their brand identity, help them find a niche market and an effective way to translate their food concept into a full experience.
“Communicating Aymeric’s story through the interior architecture of the space has been extremely enjoyable. Every material and design detail narrates the Mamie’s story and its aim to bridge the British and Breton culture.”
Luxury Italian brand Viero provides specialist surface finishes for both interior and exterior surfaces.
Since 1967, Viero has been manufacturing high-quality, specialist paint and plaster coatings. This business was brought to the UK a decade ago, offering architects and interior designers a way to creatively transform their surfaces.
Rolls Royce, Starbucks, Wimbledon and Wagamama’s are all brands that Viero UK has delivered projects for, as well as working alongside leading architects including Woods Bagot and Foster & Partners.
Viero UK has also supported the Mamie’s project, working alongside interior and furniture designer Alessio Nardi, from A-nrd Studio, to specify a product that would complement his design brief for Mamie’s.
Premier Construction wanted to find out more about why it was important for Viero UK to be involved in a project like Mamie’s.
Director Chris Walters said: “We always love to work on new and exciting projects – and Mamie’s was certainly that. To be involved in the early specification process and to then see the design come to life is always a great feeling.”
He added: “We pride ourselves in offering architects and interior designers a way to create bespoke surfaces designed specifically to their creative vision and artistic intent.”