The Bailey is located in the Mother City (Cape Town), at 91 Bree Street, across from Heritage Square. Bree Street, like many old city centre streets in South Africa, was built wide enough to allow ox-wagons enough space to do a U-turn. 91 Bree Street contributes to a group of period buildings with architectural merit in the area – the legacy of the past defining the unique, diverse culture of the rich history of Cape Town. The first record of the building is that of a private home in 1862, whilst a later map shows the enclosure of courtyard spaces in the mid 1900’s. Over time the building was converted into business premises, with reconstruction and remodelling taking place in the late 20th century.
Today, the historical building still features classic lines, original textured walls, staircases and high ceilings, with stunning flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Bailey pays homage to its rich history and in essence, retains the best original features – thick, raw brick walls, high ceilings and parquet flooring. The three juxtaposed levels are designed against a backdrop of opulent interiors, each floors offering elegant, comfortable seating in luxurious, jewelled colour fabrics, positioned next to dramatic marble-topped, long bar counters.eArt is a focal point of The Bailey, showcasing an eclectic collection of original works by local artists in different mediums. The Bailey is also the permanent base for striking works by the late Paul Du Toit, exhibited in a private dining room that is named in his honour, located in the Brasserie on the second floor.
Chefs Warehouse and the Brasserie offer sophisticated luxury from midday until after dark. The Old Bailey Lounge Bar on the top floor features an extensive selection of hand-picked whiskey from around the world, and a whiskey vault, complete with a bespoke whiskey sommelier service for members.
The Bailey’s 3-story culinary destination is a collaboration is between famed restauranteur/chef team Liam Tomlin and his wife Jan from Chefs Warehouse, together with the owners of Tintswalo Lodges, Lisa and Warwick Goosen and Gaye and Ernest Corbett.
Liam Tomlin was born in Dublin, Ireland, where his career as a chef began at the age of 14. He went on to gain experience in some of Ireland and Europe’s finest kitchens, eventually moving to Australia in 1991. He opened Banc restaurant in Sydney in 1997 where he garnered many accolades including 3 Chef Hats.
Relocating to South Africa in 2003, he consulted on various projects within the hospitality industry and in 2010 opened Chefs Warehouse and Cookery School in Cape Town. In 2014 the concept evolved, when together with his wife Jan, he opened Chefs Warehouse and Canteen in Bree Street, serving fine-dining quality global tapas.
In 2016 Liam opened two new restaurants in Cape Town: Thali, a ‘modern Indian’ restaurant with Dimo Papachristodoulou in Gardens, and Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia with Ivor Jones, offering the same ‘Tapas for 2’ menu concept. The following year Chefs Warehouse at Maison (Franschhoek) opened with David Schneider leading the kitchen.
In November 2020 Liam teamed up with the Goosen/Corbett family of Tintswalo to open Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic, with Braam Beyers appointed as Head Chef. Based on the success of this joint venture, the partnership was extended with the acquisition of a historical building in Bree Street, and after extensive renovations The Bailey opened its doors to the public in June 2022.
A popular culinary and hospitality destination, The Bailey runs across three floors with the culinary team led by Liam and Executive Chef Asher Abramowitz. On the ground floor, Chefs Warehouse at The Bailey features an open seafood bar and an a la carte global tapas menu. On the first floor, The Brasserie at The Bailey pays homage to grand European tradition with a dinner menu of classic French-style dishes. The Old Bailey Lounge Bar on the top floor boasts an extensive whiskey collection, as well as a range of premium wines, spirits and cocktails, with live music performances on weekends.