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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 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

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

Dining at Tredwells: London Restaurant Review

As a food lover in search of the best vegan meals, there’s nothing more exciting than finding an unexpected gem right in the centre of London. Since I first discovered Tredwells, I’ve had so many wonderful meals there and keep going back for more. It’s located right in the heart of Theatreland, a hop-skip-jump away from Leicester Square on St Martin’s Lane. It’s one of my go-to restaurants when I am meeting friends in Central London.

Whilst I spend most of my time exploring the healthy cafes and vegan eateries, there are occasions where I’m looking for more of a fine dining restaurant, luxury setting or a menu that suits omni’s too.  Tredwells is Marcus Wareing’s ‘Casual Dining’ restaurant, and it ticks all the boxes. In my experience it’s rare to find a ‘meat serving’ restaurant the does such delicious vegan food!

What keeps me coming back…

Let’s start with the food…

To start, I’d recommend the fresh green olives and rosemary & potato bread to nibble on whilst you decide what to order – absolutely moreish! Honestly, these are the nicest olives I’ve ever had – they are so fresh.

Tredwells - Nibbles

My go-to starter is the harissa glazed aubergine with peanuts, coriander, coconut cream and chilli. I’ve tried this dish a few times now, and it is always just as delicious as the first time.

Tredwells - Aubergine Starter

The bar menu has something to please everyone, with beautiful cocktails – so good that you’ll savour every sip!

Tredwells - Cardamon Gin Cocktail
Gunpowder Gimlet – Opihr Gin, cardamom, green tea, lime

If you’re visiting in the Winter, be sure to try the Mulled Wine Bellini.  Absolutely divine! I had a bit of an addiction to these over Christmas. I persuaded the bar manager to share the recipe and ordered some of the liquor to make these Christmassy drinks at home for family and friends to create little bit of Tredwells at home!

The vegan mains on the menu are changed regularly and are always ‘lick-the-plate-clean’ impressive.

Tredwells - Butternut Squash w Hazelnut Sauce
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Kale & Hazelnut Sauce

I would always encourage everyone to try the vegan options, however for those more stubborn diners the Menu does cater for meat eaters too. That said, it means it’s a great place for an occasion meal such as a family Birthday. It’s rare to find an omni-restaurant that has amazing Vegan options, although recently for Veganuary many restaurants have upped their game which is F A B !

Tredwells - Field Mushroom Ravioli with Spring Onions and Shallot Sauce
Field Mushroom Ravioli with Spring Onions and Shallot Sauce
Tredwells - Courgette Fritters w
Fritter with Courgette Ribbon Salad

Ruth at Tredwells

TREDWELLS: THE LOW DOWN

The overall atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. In the mornings, the breakfast vibe is sophisticated – think newspaper reading and eau de latte! At Lunchtime there is more of a hustle and bustle, with a mixture of classy tourists and city slickers floating in.  At dinner, the space feels suave and cosy. Trendy, without the usual stuffiness you sometimes get at such well awarded restaurants.

Service? Impeccable. The staff are friendly, helpful and more than happy to share their ‘secret’ cocktail ingredient.

Dinner will set you back at around £90 for two with drinks.

Tredwells is well worth a visit, so contact that friend you’re overdue a catch-up with and book in a mate date. I promise you it’s a great way to beat the January blues.

Ruth x

https://www.tredwells.com