Danish bakery and cafe chain Ole & Steen have submitted plans to open in Marlow, in the now vacant unit which used to be Barclays Bank.
The chain currently has 21 bakeries in the UK across London, Oxford and Windsor – but are part of a larger group branded as “Lagkagehuset” in Denmark, with about 90 locations there. They also have 3 bakeries in New York.
The bakery/cafe would also be directly opposite Gail’s Bakery – which opened on 22nd April this year and used to be Halifax Bank.
The planning application
The site is a Grade II listed 3-storey building, including a recessed rounded panel dated 1758 on the second floor.
The planning application is quite basic, in that the proposed changes will be a new shop front shop front, and demolition of some
internal walls at ground floor, ie where the bank was, and no structural changes on the top two floors.
“Ole & Steens view is that the works would improve the character of the building by removing the existing modern
shopfront and replacing with a detailed glazed timber one in line with councils guidelines on shopfronts within conservation
areas. The new shopfront will allow for improved access for wheelchair users and persons with pushchairs by removing the
internal ramp and locating the new entrance door …”
The bakery / cafe
Ole & Steen are a bakery/cafe chain for takeout or eating in. Their current menu can be found here, or the images below from their website and Instagram will give an idea of what we can expect.