5 Must-Try Organic Restaurants in London
There is no doubt that organic food — free from pesticides and nasty chemicals — is better for you. It's higher in antioxidants and other nutrients, and while it might be more expensive you certainly get more from your food. And for those that think going out to eat organic means wooden cutlery, recycled napkins and hemp-wearing waitresses, here are five proper London restaurants that make their food using organic produce.
Daylesford Organic Cafe
This cafe-cum-grocery store with branches in Notting Hill and Pimlico (pictured) serves an all-day menu of dishes made using organic, seasonal produce sourced from their farm in Gloucestershire. Start with organic eggs or a bacon roll for breakfast, chicken Caesar or Greek salad for lunch and spiced apple and walnut cake for tea. The few non-organic dishes on the menu are highlighted for transparency.
208-212 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH; 020 7313 8050
The 100% vegan restaurant in Primrose Hill doesn't look or feel as earthy as it sounds. Instead it is a proper little restaurant — with tablecloths and beautifully presented dishes all prepared using GM free, organic ingredients. Nourishing dishes range from masala baked potatoes to pad Thai, bean tacos and raw lasagna.
4 Erskine Rd., NW3 3AJ; 020 7722 8028
Portobello Organic Kitchen
Almost all of the organic, British-grown ingredients used to make the homemade food at this Notting Hill restaurant comes from the Portobello Market stalls on their doorstep. (They also run an organic produce delivery service supplying everything from lime leaf to sugar snaps and organic bok choy.) On the menu: comforting plates of Shepherd's pie with roasted carrots and parsnips, pizzas, antipasti and salmon and smoked haddock fish cakes.
207-209 Portobello Rd., W11 1LU; 020 7792 7999
The Duke of Cambridge Organic Pub
A traditional pub in Islington where all the food and drinks are made using certified organic produce sourced from independent producers and organic farms in South East England and East Anglia. The menu changes daily but expect to find typical pub dishes like rack of lamb, chicken and mushroom pie or whole lemon sole with fresh peas, broad beans, bacon and cider sauce.
20 St. Peter's St., N1 8JT; 020 7359 3066
Chef Pasquale Amico serves a range of Italian-inspired, vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan dishes using organic produce from his family farm in Capua, Italy. Opt for hearty plates of orecchiette with broccoli, black olives and almonds, the wholemeal risotto of the day or veggie kebabs and sausages served with seasonal vegetables.