Swedish inspired eatery coming to Abbeydale RoadPosted by: Ashley Birch
Krydda is set to add a bit of hygge to Abbeydale Road later this year
An authentic Swedish café and bistro specialising in smorgasbords is set to open on Abbeydale Road in late summer, in what was previously home to a beer shop.
The site will be a café and restaurant in its own right, with a deli counter and space for 50 covers, including an outdoor seating area in the back, but will also provide food for customers in the neighbouring Gin Bar.
The Gin Bar’s menu will have traditional sharing boards with things like homemade pork pie, but with juniper berries and cured meats to go with the gins, whereas the café will have a deli counter with homemade pastries and cakes, and things like Swedish beetroot salads, as well as Swedish breakfasts, smorgasbords and traditional hot Swedish lunch-style food (think meatballs and smoked sausage, but with a refined edge!)
The refining will come from Chef Simon Barnes, who is the chef and co-owner of the new venture. Fans of bar snacks may already know Simon’s work from his most recent endeavours as owner of Smo Fo, the popular smoked bar snacks brand, but he is also a butcher, pastry chef and baker by trade.
Simon became involved with Krydda when The Gin Bar approached him to write them a menu for the bar. He said: “I was thinking of what goes with gin and I thought Swedish smorgasbord. You can cure salmon with lime and lemon, and juniper berries, and pair it with gin easily. Nice fresh, easy stuff.
“So I came up with the brand and rather than just have bar food, I said to call it 'Krydda at the Gin Bar'. They looked at it and said, ‘why don’t you open the café next door as Krydda?’ It was quite unintentional but that’s how the Swedish thing came about.”
Simon’s wife is Swedish and they have a place in North Sweden. He tells us he is immersed enough in the culture to confidently know how to bring a slice of scandi to the new café. “We’re going to have long benches, with lots of cushions and throws, the Swedish style,” he says: “The idea is to have it be as authentic as possible and we’ll be getting a lot of stuff from Sweden, dry goods that you don’t get here, like cloudberry jam and lingonberry jam, using the contacts I have.
“In Swedish Krydda means salt or spice, it’s like seasoning. Salt and pepper, or a steak rub can be the Krydda. It just means seasoning, salt or spice.”
There also promises to be lots of Fika inspired, strong coffee and pastries, but for now Simon is concentrating on transforming the venue from beer-off to a Scandi haven. He said: “I’m confident. It’s got a good vibe and people are already excited for it opening. Once everything is finished, and it’s like a week away from opening, I’ll be excited and it’ll be great.”
To find out more and to check in on the venues progress, head over to their Facebook page.