Adam Handling’s zero-waste café near Liverpool Street, Bean & Wheat on Artillery Lane, is now open for longer hours – until 7:30pm Monday to Saturday – and has a brand new beer and wine list, featuring predominately London Craft beers and the best of British Craft beer brands, and focusing on exceptional Biodynamic wines.
Perfect for catching a drink and bite after work, Bean & Wheat will be serving cheese and charcuterie boards, specially designed by Adam.
“Bean & Wheat is more than a sustainable day time café now,” says Adam Handling, “It’s taken on a chameleon quality; fresh and bright for breakfast and lunch and a sociable, relaxed space for drinking and light eating in the early evenings.”
“We’ve increased the seating capacity and table space; we’ve pared back the design for a more informal feel and added some street art to the walls from Zombiedan and Monica Vincent. It’s just what our customers have been asking for.”
New dishes are constantly being introduced for the lunch time menu at Bean & Wheat, including some mouth-watering sandwiches, such as the New York style Reuben, featuring The Frog E1’s pickled brisket and sauerkraut, both made on the premises.
As well as the new sandwiches, customers can choose from a selection of savoury and sweet toppings for bread presented in Kilner jars, which are made every day using off-cuts and by-products from The Frog E1 and Frog by Adan Handling’s kitchens. The toppings change daily, depending on what the chefs are cooking.
Bean & Wheat uses only locally-sourced, artisanal ingredients and Adam and the team at The Frog E1 have developed the menu to reflect the innovative, flavourful combinations that customers have grown to expect at The Frog E1, and Frog by Adam Handling in Covent Garden, but in a more casual setting, and with an eye to maintaining Adam’s ‘no waste’ philosophy.
Bean & Wheat’s selection of salads and main dishes are made with seasonal vegetable off-cuts, such as cauliflower stalks, grains and beans. For mid-morning or afternoon sugar fixes, you can choose from a selection of retro-inspired cakes, baked by the chefs every morning. There is also a wide range of breads, all baked locally, and non-alcoholic drinks include blended and single origin coffees from independent London roasters, and teas from luxury tea company Newby Teas.
The company hopes to eventually eliminate all food wastage in all its restaurants by ensuring that nothing is thrown away needlessly. Any wastage that can’t be used by the kitchen is sent off-site to be made into compost used at the farm which provides the majority of its own fruit, vegetables and herbs.