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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.

Farmacy Notting Hill – London Review

If you’re on the search for a chic new brunch hang-out, a healthy lunching oasis or some detox dining, then Farmacy in Notting Hill is your wellness mecca. There are so many good reasons why everyone is talking about this place.

In my opinion, this is one of the best health-food restaurants in London. Located on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill, Farmacy is well placed to cater for the fashionable health-conscious locals. From the outside, it actually looks like a pharmacy crossed with a florist, with all the luscious plants in the windows. However once you step inside, it’s clear this is not your typical pharmacy, or restaurant for that matter.

Farmacy's Stylish Interior

The stylish interiors are impressive.  Light-filled, huge, gorgeous garden-inspired décor with gorgeous bronze details – a delight to admire whilst you wait for your table (there is a no-reservation policy).

The menu has a good variety of options, all packed with nutrients and free from gluten, sugar and dairy. The best sort of food to put a spring back in your step!  There are dishes from around the world, and all are vegetarian or vegan.  You’ll find hero dishes such as the Farmacy burger (millet, black bean and mushroom – served with chips and goji ketchup), the pumpkin, coconut and lemongrass curry and the sourdough pizza. I recommend the buckwheat breakfast pancakes as a great way to start the day.

Farmacy's Buckwhat Pancakes

Whilst the focus is very much on fresh, seasonal and nutritionally balanced meals, indulgence and comfort food are still a firm feature.  You’ll find artisan cocktails, cake and ‘nice-cream’ on the menu.

My personal favourite: a raw banoffee pie confected from a biscuit base with bananas, maca caramel and coconut whipped ‘cream’. The ideal vegan treat for when you fancy a spot of indulgence.

Farmacy Raw Banana Pie

The Alchemy Bar serves novelty syringe shots (ginger, turmeric, cayenne, lemon – fire starter), as well as cold-pressed juices and a range of nutritional juice cocktails, organic wines and beers.

Farmacy's Iced Matcha Latte & Witches Brew Juice

I must confess, I have a soft spot for any business with a strong environmental conscience.  Everything Farmacy do is about promoting sustainable living, which means big brownie points.  All the ingredients are sourced from local organic UK farms, so the food is good for you and good for the planet – Win-win.

Anyone in favour of plant-based diets or guilt-free indulgence will love this chic vegetarian and vegan restaurant. In their own words, Farmacy has ‘everything to nourish and inspire health-conscious food lovers with fast-paced lives’. With its delicious menu, elegant décor and stylish bar, Farmacy is bound to appeal to people who are reluctant to try meat and dairy-free dining too. Find yourself a date 😉 and pop down to Farmacy for some good clean fun!

http://farmacylondon.com

The Elephant Restaurant, Ubud

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud is nestled up on the hillside just off the main road through Ubud.  The menu is 100% vegetarian, and the ethos is focused on sustainability and ‘Earth friendly food’.  In their words ‘we strive to be an ethical business and are recognized by the slow food movement for our environmentally aware and socially fair work practice’ – full marks for conscious cuisine!

The location is idyylic and they definitely get the prize for the best view.  The restaurant overlooks the beautiful Tjampuhan Ridge.

At £3-£4 for a main meal such as coconut noodle soup or a huge salad, you are truly spoilt for choice here. Almost all dishes can be adapted to be Vegan, and there are loads of delicious sides and extras on offer.

There is a huge menu of healthy drinks – Kombucha (pro-biotic fermented tea – really delicious!), fresh juices, smoothies and even cocktails served in a pineapple!

The Rosella Kombucha is delicious, a favourite drink of mine and a great replacement for wine if you’re avoiding alcohol.

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Rosella Kombucha

The Strawberry Cooler didn’t last long…

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Strawberry Cooler

I really did try an awful lot of items from the menu, as soaking up the view from the comfy sofa was just what I needed after a busy morning! This is the Mango & Dragon Fruit Smoothie…

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Mango Dragonfruit Smoothie

If you’re after a cocktail then Spike’s Jungle Fever is one to try – Absolute, muddle fruit, lemon basil, lime & honey, served in a whole pineapple!

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Beverages

This is the White Tiger Salad which is a beautifully presented combination of green leaves, roast pumpkin, sesame, carrot, tempeh, pickled ginger, edamame, nori and cucumber. Nutritionally dense and fresh, this salad is chock full of vitamins and minerals. I chose the lemon tahini ginger dressing which was divine!

The Elephant Cafe Ubud - White Tiger Salad

What does The Elephant’s philosophy of Earth friendly food mean? ‘We are trying to create food that is delicious and health to eat but which doesn’t endanger the health of the planet in it’s making’.

I love visiting and discovering amazing sustainable and health restaurants like here at The Elephant.  It warms my heart to support businesses that put so much effort into providing an incredible experience whilst focusing on working closely with the environment.  The team at The Elephant grow their own herbs, filter rainwater, use recyclable packaging, 75% of food is locally produced, 60% is Organic and they are taking steps to switch to eco-friendly cleaning products.

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Green Juice

If you’re off to Ubud, be sure to check out The Elephant for a lazy afternoon soaking up the view and a menu that will leave you spoilt for choice!

To get the seats with the best view visit the website to book a table: The Elephant Restaurant Ubud

Happy Travelling,

Ruth x