Dining with a difference: London's restaurants with an extra touch
THE MEDITATION HAVEN – Yeo Kitchen
Where is it? Marylebone, 40-42 Chiltern Street
What is it? Yeotown was originally a detox retreat set up in Dorset where people would go to switch off and cleanse. With yoga classes, meditation sessions and cookery classes Yeotown is the perfect retreat. After the success of the retreat they decided to open their first ‘Yeo Town Kitchen’ in Marylebone to bring the relaxing atmosphere to busy London life.
Why we LOVE it?
Because there is something for everyone! Yeo Town Kitchen boasts vegan, free-from, fish and poultry options all with a vast array of health benefits. There smoothie menu is hard to beat with near enough a whole page dedicated to different smoothie and juice blasts.
Why is it different?
As downstairs there is a meditation area with two green pod like chairs that you can sit and plug into a ten minute meditation podcast with a smoothie… Perfect for those busy, stressful days in London.
THE SOCIAL CIDER TASTING – The Stables
Where is it? Dotted all around the South Coast.
What is it? A pizza restaurant but not like you know… The Stables is a urban style restaurant offering potentially the BEST pizza I’ve ever tried.
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Why we LOVE it? The pizza is baked fresh to order with gluten free options available for bases. As a gluten and dairy intolerant customer, I don’t make it easy for the restaurants I dine at. However, The Stables didn’t seem at all phased by my requests.
They have a huge vegan menu with recipes including ‘The one potato, two potato’ pizza which is filled with sweet potato, vegetables and vegan cheese – it’s definitely my recommendation!
Oh, and don’t forget to order the vegan garlic bread… it’s too good to miss!
Unlike any other restaurant I’ve dined at the Stables have a in house ‘cider master’. The cider master leads tasting sessions with guests which is a really enjoyable experience as you get a little merry whilst becoming educated about the history and evolution of cider. A few cider shots down, let’s just say your evening becomes even more fun and the pizza tastes even better… if that’s possible!
Dining on a boat - Darcie May
Where is it? On a floating boat outside Paddington station.
What is it? The new edition to the Daisy Green Collection: Darcie May. A gorgeous and colourful boat converted into a restaurant that floats in the river outside Paddington station. With one side for evening dining and drinks and the other for brunch and lunching it certainly has made London dining that bit more exciting.
Why is it different?
Well, besides the fact you are bunching on a multi-coloured boat? The food tastes incredible and rather than just the normal smashed avocado and eggs on toast, Darcie May’s menu boasts dishes such as broccoli and corn fritters (£12.20) with avocado and egg and it’s incredible… (see below for reference!)
There’s something for your partner too if he’s not quite the green juice guzzling and avocado eating foodie like you. With options such as the ‘The Bondi’ your partner can tuck into an organic full english breakfast with all the trimings!
See the full menu here.