Friday, 22 May 2015

Eating London: A Healthy Lunch at Daylesford Organic


While it's nice to indulge and treat yourself every now and then, it's always good to fuel your body with healthy, nutritious foods. London's wellness scene is booming at the moment. Health food shops and cafes are popping up all over the place - there's clean and lean brunches at The Good Life Eatery, The Detox Kitchen, a million cold-pressed juice places, raw food at Tanya's Cafe and paleo at Pure Taste. But the one on my must visit list was Daylesford Organic.


Everything at Daylesford is made with the freshest, most sustainable ingredients available - most of which come from their very own Cotswolds farm! They've won loads of awards for their sustainability and you can even visit the farm yourself to see whats going on. Or, head to one of their 7 farmshops where they sell a range of homeware alongside their own seasonal soups, salads, meats etc in the deli style shop. We visited the Pimlico Road store, just a short stroll from Sloane Square and enjoyed lunch in the organic cafe upstairs...


The cafe is pretty much my ideal dining room set up. Bright and airy with long wooden benches, perfect for a relaxing, "everybody tuck in" style family meal! There was a slight mix up and a delay in me getting my meal, but the staff couldn't of been nicer or more apologetic about it so I really didn't mind. Plus I had a sparkling glass of prossecco to keep me refreshed while I waited... Calories don't count when they're organic, right?

 Daylesford beef burger with award winning cheddar, heritage tomato, gherkin and red onion.

 Potato wedges with garlic butter.

 Quinoa salad with butternut squash, chorizo, new potatoes, lemon & coriander.

Grilled chicken.

My grilled chicken and quinoa salad was absolutely delicious and worth the wait, but not the price. For £10 you can choose a selection of 3 different salads, which is fairly reasonable but I only fancied the quinoa one and I don't think the "protein booster" chicken should cost a whole £9 extra. Organic or not, a chicken salad for lunch should not cost £19 in total!

 Sticky ginger pudding & vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb eclair.

Our desserts were mouth watering too. I'm pretty sure Gordon only picked his because it sounded the closest to sticky toffee, but he's now a ginger convert! The eclair was a special recommended by one of the waitresses. It was lovely and light but I forgot about my lactose situation! Next time I'll try the raw chocolate and orange pot with cashew cream. We've convinced ourselves that the desserts are definitely as guilt free as the rest of the food...


For a healthy, guilt-free meal you can find Daylesford Organic at 3 locations in London - Chelsea's Pimlico Road, my favourite Notting Hill street Westbourne Grove or at their newest venue just off Marylebone High Street. Breakfast sounds promising!

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