Lyons R.A.W. cafe has a loyal bunch of regulars calling it home and flocking in for a cup of Toby’s Estate brew to ease into the day. And with its raw brick walls, timber floor and industrial lights over the corrugated iron bar, it’s not just serving good coffee, but looking good while it does so.
Owner Steve comes from a food shop background, but this is his first cafe. The all day breakfast menu is impressive and includes slow cooked broccoli with onions, a lamb sausage and chickpea hot plate, or crunchy homemade granola. Cakes and sweets are made on the premises and the bacon and egg pie, with buttery tart-style pastry, is a great way to kick off the morning.
The decor is distinctive, with the shopfront’s original green and brown glazed tiles rescued from under a layer of paint and bespoke wood slab tables (made by a friend) giving gravity to the styling.
And the name? Well, it reflects all the beautiful raw materials that make up the space.