The team behind London coffee shop Abuelo has unveiled Uncle Zorro, a new bar and cafe concept opening in Covent Garden this spring. The two-storey designer dive bar features a ground floor with a mini cafe that offers through-the-window street service and some internal seating, beneath which customers can discover a 40 seat bar.
The upstairs cafe will focus on takeaway with some cosy seating, providing fresh and unique grab-and-go options. Gourmet salads and hot sandwiches will be available alongside the specialty coffee the group is known for and a selection of unique iced drinks.
Through the window baristas will serve Australian style specialty coffee using a Modb machine, a new stylish coffee machine with the heads and steamers on the counter and the rest hidden from view. The team works with a British roastery who sources organic, single origin beans from Central and South America, directly from small local farmers. The coffee served is unique, using a recipe tailored specifically to them.
Downstairs will be an intimate architecturally designed 1970s influenced hidden basement bar seating 40 customers and serving a carefully curated wine list and classic cocktail selection. The menu will feature a variety of Australian wines alongside natural and biodynamic wines from producers around the world. The bar features a vault bookable for private groups and a fully stocked vintage bar cart for personal consumption. A full cheese toastie menu is available all night long as well as sharing plates.
“Our approach to hospitality focuses on creating experiences and atmospheres through design, and we believe in meeting this with informal service and food style that feels cosy and friendly,” said co-founder founder Cloe De La Vega. “We believe this is how we can create places that become your ‘go-to’, not just somewhere you go to once or on a special occasion.”
Uncle Zorro is located at 38 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9EN. Upstairs is open Monday through Sunday from 8am through 5pm, while downstairs is open Monday through Sunday from 4pm till midnight.
For more information or to make a reservation, head over to the bar’s official website.