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London Cafe Review: Social Brew & Social Raw

Social Brew & Social Raw is a welcome addition to the Putney café scene. After a leisurely walk along the river it’s the perfect stop off where you can sit down for a healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch or drink. Hellooo cooling down with a cold smoothie whilst London is scorchio!

The interior is spacious and light, with friendly baristas and a chilled aussie vibe. If you’re a coffee fan, I definitely recommend the iced coffee. It’s beautifully served with the coffee in ice cubes and the milk to pour over as you wish.

Social Brew Putney - Iced Coffee

There are plenty of vegan options, both savoury and sweet. The counter shows off the beautiful vegan patties, decadent slices and raw cakes. There’s something to suit every hunger level and dietary requirement. I love finding these new cafes that offer such awesome Vegan options!

Social Brew Putney - Counter Treats

Hipsters and health food addicts are well catered for, the menu includes foodie favourites such as avocado on toast, acai bowls and almond butter toasties.  Plenty of Instagram-worthy options to keep everyone happy.

Social Brew Putney - Green Juice & Acai Bowl

With a drink options of matcha lattes, cold-pressed juices and smoothies, you’re spoilt for choice. The smoothie menu features some epic flavour combinations, peanut butter and banana anyone?

These two are a fan…

Social Brew Putney - Smoothie Fans

If you’re inspired to make some raw creations of your own, or just need some more healthy food supplies, you’ll also find shelves of staple raw cooking ingredients like Walnuts, Cacao and Maple Syrup.  The ‘Social Raw’ part of the deal…Social Brew Putney - Tucking into the Cacao Acai Bowl

What a welcome addition to Lower Richmond Road, it’s already proving popular with the locals (don’t worry, you’ll still get a table). When you’re next in the area, pop into Social Brew to fuel up – you’ll be so glad you did!The Vegan Edit - Thanks for reading

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London Vegan Brunch: Favourite Eateries in Notting Hill

Brunching is what the weekends are made for, are you with me? There’s nothing better than quality time with friends or family and a table of great food. I love to start the day off with a tasty and nutritious breakfast, and laughs with my favourite people. The London vegan brunch scene is growing with more and more amazing places to go, and I’m slowly trying them all out!

I tend to do a lot of brunch dates around Notting Hill, as there are some great shops, restaurants and fitness/yoga studios too. Easy to have a nicely rounded Sunday 🙂 I love to do an early morning gym class at one of the boutique gyms, following by a healthy delicious brunch with friends. There’s no better way to start the day! So, to help share some of the gems with you, I’ve pulled together my favourite eateries in Notting Hill, where you’ll find the best Instagram worthy vegan brunches!

Daylesford Organic Cafe

I’d recommend the protein porridge which is really delicious, and will keep you going until lunchtime whilst still feeling light on your tummy.  It’s walnuts, black quinoa, raw cacao, coconut, vegan cashew cream, dates and pistachios. Topped with sliced apple too. I chose the ‘b green’ juice, as it is all vegatables. I avoid fruit juice as it is very sugary and without the fibre, especially likely to cause a sugar spike. The green juice contains cucumber, spinach, lime, parsley, mint, aloe vera. I find aloe vera really helps my digestion, so like to have a little shot of it each morning. Pukka do great organic aloe vera juice – all the goodness!

 

Best Brunch in London : Daylesford

 

Farmacy

Now if you haven’t been to Pharmacy, it’s about time you gave it a try. It’s really different to many other ‘healthy’ restaurants, and has a gorgeous interior and is super stylish.  The menu is incredible and I love it here so much I’ve written a whole post about it which you can read here. If you need any further convincing I have two words for you…vegan pancakes.

Farmacy's Buckwhat Pancakes

 

Bodyism

The Bodyism Cafe is on the super stylish Westbourne Grove, so a great spot if you fancy a mooch around Portobello Market post feed. It’s a smaller cafe, so you won’t find a full vegan breakfast on the menu. However, you can get a delicious nutritious smoothie bowl topped with nut and seed granola, coconut flakes and fresh fruit. A great option for a quick and tasty brunch.

It’s owned by the Australian duo behind Clean & Lean, James & Christine Duigan. They’re really inspiring, and I’ve been following them both for years now. They’ve built an inspiring wellness empire, there’s now a studio at the cafe too so you can also book in a class.

Best London Vegan Brunch - Bodyism

Granger & Co

Now, as far as a London vegan brunch goes, this place certainly delivers. Whilst it’s a less ‘healthy’ place for those purests out there, it does serve carnist options, there are a few great vegan options on the menu.  There is a fair bit of hype about this place, so there is usually a bit of a queue. Be prepared, and turn up early for a more relaxing start to the day. Even though it’s busy, the staff are great and this doesn’t effect service.  There is a great section on the menu called Fruit & Grains which has delicious vegan options such as coconut yoghurt, chia pudding, and white miso porridge with coconut milk. My favourite is the Acai Bowl, with banana, berries and vegan granola.

Vegan Brunch London - Granger & Co

Crussh

The best place to get fit food and a green juice on the go is definitely Crussh. However, the breakfast and brunching options are strong, and worth checking out too.  The menu is super strong, and is regularly updated. You can get things like avocado bagel, banana and almond butter bagel, almond milk porridge, coconut and quinoa yoghurt and croats (yup.. carrot & sultana overnight oats – pretty relish actually!). I love the green juices too, and there are a tonne of awesome smoothie and juice options on the menu.

We love breakfast! The only struggle is picking a porridge topping…? 🍚 #StartFit #Breakfast #FitFood #Healthy

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There are still a few of Notting Hill’s healthy eateries that I haven’t yet been to that are on my list to visit, so keep your eyes peeled as you’ll see these reviews up on the blog in a few weeks no doubt! The London vegan brunch scene is so on-point right now, and getting better every week. For now, I’m sure these lovely vegan hot spots will keep you busy.

Happy Brunching,

Ruth xx

London Review: Raw Press Cafe in Belgravia

There are so many lovely places to visit in Kensington & Chelsea, from the Saatchi Gallery to the Natural History Museum to the lovely shops of the Kings Road. There is something for everyone! It’s a great place to spend the day exploring on the weekend, and if the sun is shining it’s even more delightful. When it comes to deciding where to re-fuel at Lunch, you’re spoilt for choice. But if I were to pick one absolute gem in this area it would have to be Raw Press, located just off Sloane Square.

Raw Press offers nourishing salads, acai smoothie bowls, fresh organic cold-pressed juices and healthy snacks from The Hardihood (nutritious raw cakes that are to-die-for-delicious!). Like all our favourite café’s, the menu includes nut-butters and avocado a plenty.  Seriously though, sweetcorn & avocado waffles? Yes please!

Raw Press Salad Spread
The ‘Superfood Bar’ is seriously impressive, and luckily you don’t have to pick just one dish, you can have a bit of everything!  The chefs are always adding new recipes to the menu so you’re unlikely to have the same thing twice. Think spiralised celeriac salad with cashew dressing, endive & radicchio salad with hemp seeds and pear, and ‘cream’ of mushroom soup with freshly baked sourdough.

A massive plus – the portions are generous…

 

RawPressSalad

You can wash your lunch down with cold-pressed juice, almond mylk or a matcha latte.

Raw Press Super Juice

The juices range from a pre-workout Coffee & Mylk or a sweet Carrot & Orange juice, to the hardcore veg only Super Green. In the words of Raw Press themselves… “Brace yourself for a green tonic so potent that your taste buds will be recalibrated and your cells zinging.”

If you’re thinking this place sounds great, well, there is more! The cafe set up is brilliant – with free Wifi and plenty of plug sockets, you could easily set up camp and have a productive couple of hours tucked away. There are toasters on some of the tables, so you can make your own nut butter toast for breakfast whilst catching up on emails. What a dreamy situation that is! Multi-tasking heaven.

Hardihood Cakes - Raw Press

Raw Press have a couple of London cafes, one on Dover Street in Mayfair beneath Wolf & Badger, and another on Chelsea’s Ellis Street – a short walk from Sloane Square tube station. If you happen to be in Notting Hill, you can also pick up the delicious Raw Press juices from the Wolf & Badger store on Ledbury Road.

Wellness warriors such as Madeleine Shaw, Deliciously Ella and the Hemsley sisters are all big fans, so if you’re after a lunch supercharged with the healthiest food nature has to offer, pop down to Raw Press and fill your boots!

Ruth x

Raw Press Cafe Front

 

This post originally appeared over on Fitness Blogger Zanna Van Dijk’s website as a guest post by yours truly 🙂

Check out Raw Press at www.rawpress.co where you can find out about their Juice Cleanses and Cafes.

Wild Food Cafe – London Review

Tucked away in Neals’ Yard Covent Garden is the enriching and enchanting Wild Food Cafe.  Its on the second floor of one of the beautiful and colourful buildings with painted blue windows and vines climbing up the front.  To me this place is is more like a sanctuary, I often pop inside to re-fuel after a hectic day. It’s just as pretty as it sounds, and the whole vibe of the place is magical too. You can taste the love that goes into each and every one of the unique menu options, and everyone who works there is happy and friendly.

Wild Food Cafe is founded on more than just the sharing of amazing nutritious food, it’s founded on a strong sense of community and the coming together of people. I think this is what makes it such a special place to visit. Inside, there are large communal tables to sit around which gives it an open and inviting feel. If you go by yourself, you’re likely to leave with some new like-minded friends!

Enjoying raw dessert at Wild Food Cafe

After one particularly busy week, and with no Friday plans, I took myself off for dinner. I decided it was just what the ‘self-care’ Dr would order – an indulgent and nutritious meal. I joined a table, sitting opposite a lovely chap called Barney. Fresh from inter-railing around Europe, he shared some of his travel stories with me, and we bonded over our mutual love of all things healthy – we’ve kept in contact ever since!

Wild Food Cafe – The Menu

The menu is an adventure into raw vegan creations. It’s really imaginative and vibrant. All the dishes are a riot of tastes, flavours, colours and textures. The ingredients are sourced from local suppliers and organic producers. It’s great to know what while you are enjoying the incredible food, you are also supporting farmers and local businesses.

Wild Food Cafe Falafel & Burger

Depending on what you’re after, the menu ranges from smaller soup and raw cracker dishes to curry with kelp noodles, burgers or raw pizza. The menu is always seasonal, which means the food is always super flavoursome and deliver maximum nutritional value.

Wild Food Cafe Falafel - The Vegan Edit

The desserts are in a league of their own, and ‘I want to lick the plate clean’ kind of delicious. Most of them are sprinkled with petals, and all of them are gorgeous.

Wild Food Cafe Desserts - The Vegan Edit

There are loads of different drink options too; biodynamic wines, juices, smoothies, medicinal mushroom teas, kombucha – all the good stuff!

Wild Food Cafe - Chocolate Smoothie

Wild Food Cafe - Power Smoothie

In the Summer, the sun streams in through the windows, and in the Winter fairy lights hang from the ceiling and around the window frames. No matter when you visit, this place always has a glow.  I don’t think there is anywhere so pure and comforting to eat out. Nourishing for your body, tastebuds and soul – guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Walk through the door of Wild Food Cafe and you’ll find out where all the wild ones are… just remember to arrive hungry so you have room for dessert!

Wild Food Cafe - Raw Millionaire Slice

Next time you’re in the Covent Garden area of London, be sure to check this place out. It is a must visit for any foodie, especially the vegan ones.

www.wildfoodcafe.co.uk

Ruth x

Nordic inspiration at Blabar Cafe in Putney

I visited Blabar cafe in Putney a couple of months ago, fresh off the plane from Bali.  I’d been spoilt with superb fresh vegan cuisine for a whole two weeks in Bali, so my standards were even higher than usual! Safe to say Blabar cafe delivered an incredibly delicious lunch and gorgeous setting over which to catch up and relay stories from my holiday.

Blabar Cafe Putney

The Nordic concept store & café  is owned by couple Sandra and Oliver.  Their aim was to ‘to create an environment to inspire and provide a full Nordic experience, which you can then take home’.  Blabar is decorated with beautiful products, all oozing the timeless design and quality craftsmanship typical of Scandinavian brands.

Nordic Product Showcase at Blabar

Oliver designed the relaxed contemporary space himself, a careful curation to showcase the unique homeware, interior and lifestyle products.  Having worked on films such as Love Actually and Alice in Wonderland, Oliver explained that some of the beautiful and quirky pieces of furniture are fresh off the film set.  In fact, the beautiful space inspired by Nordic Nature has recently been featured by ELLE Decoration as ‘interior of the week’, and quite frankly I’m not surprised.

Blabar Cafe Product Display

Most of the products, even the lighting and crockery, can be purchased.  Even better is that all the quality brands and products are chosen based on sustainability.  Part of the Blabar ethos states ‘we only have one world, let’s take care of it’ – amen to that!

Blabar Cafe Nordic Inspiration

Let’s talk about the food…

The menu comprises of such delights as open sourdough sandwiches and quinoa salads, alongside naughtier treats such as cinnamon buns.  For less than a fiver, you can enjoy a generous portion of delicious fresh vegan salad – you can’t say fairer than that! Fresh, healthy and nutritious. Great value quality Food.

Delicious vegan salad at Blabar

With Jet-Lag kicking in, I decided to order a coffee too. When the blend is deliciously rich and imported from a special supplier in Sweden, it’s pretty much obligatory to try it.  I was delighted to discover the options of Almond or Soy Milk too. Having lived in Australia I know a good coffee when I meet one, the coffee at Blabar is great.

Blabar salad

The mission of Blabar is to inspire London dwellers to live life more Nordic. I’ve definitely been inspired and am interested in Scandinavian design since visiting.  It’s certainly offering a gorgeous space in which to catch up with friends, relax or watch the world go by.  The inspiring environment is one which will make you want to tidy your room when you get home, to make space for the gorgeous things you just bought from the cafe… 🙂

This place is an absolute charmer – Be sure to check it out if you can!

Ruth x

Nordic Interior at Blabar