Championed by those good folk at the Soil Association, Organic September is back and bigger than ever. Dedicated to educating and informing us all about the virtues of organic food, Organic September aims to showcase how easy it is to find, try and buy organic and dispelling the myths that organic fare is a costly choice.
In celebration, we have collated the tastiest organic cafes and restaurants in London which are not only child and family-friendly but won’t break the bank. Tuck into our super six and don’t forget to share your scrumptious organic family food finds with us over on our Tiny Table Facebook group.
A cafe with a conscience and kicking vegan bites to boot, MOTHER in Hackney Wick understands the importance of organic ingredients and they proudly source over 90% of their products and produce from organic suppliers. From breakfast to dinner, food is flavoursome and entirely vegan. Bagel fiend tots will go nuts for their peanut butter and banana gluten free bagel with cinnamon + date syrup, for lunch spice up September with a Sri Lankan inspired curry with shredded jackfruit, sweet potato and spinach and coconut rice and for sleep-deprived mamas The Kick Starter smoothie laced with coconut Mylk, espresso, cacao, dates, cashews and cinnamon is a dream and perfect for that one-handed parenting at mealtime juggle!
1 Canalside, Here East Estate, London E20 3BS, UK
Parsons Green parents will already know the virtues of Californian hip hangout Hally’s. Opened in 2013 by hubby and wife duo Anna Halliday and husband Philip Beatty, the menu boasts an array of farm-to-table produce. Bet it bountiful salads or a comfort food family classic – succulent meatballs in a spicy tomato stew with toasted gruyere on sourdough, the small plates and sarnies are ideal for dinky diners looking for lunch. For Parsons Green mamas on the school run, Little H across the road from Hally’s is the perfect pitstop for coffee, bliss balls and a warming bowl of quinoa, oat and almond milk porridge.
Hally’s: 60 New Kings Road, London, SW6 4LS / Little H: 267 New Kings Road, Parsons Green, SW6 4RB
Wimbledon based mamas and papas if you’re on the hunt for a family-friendly veggie gem then hot foot it over to the bijoux Lu-Ma Cafe. Celebrating and sourcing organic fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains, Lu-Ma’s children’s menu is stacked with choice. There’s bite-sized sweetcorn and courgette fritters served with smashed avocado to a winning wholegrain spelt pasta served with pasata sauce and steamed vegetables, this truly is one of the finest vegetarian-friendly children’s menus in the capital.
143 Worple Road, Wimbledon SW19 4JZ
Hands up who loves pizza? Oh yesss we do and we especially love that Radio Alice produce their pizzas from organic, stoneground flour and use ngredients sourced from small-scale Italian suppliers. With family at the heart of the brand, brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe set up Radio Alice alongside long-term pal Emma King. Pizza purists can keep it simple with the house Fiordilatte or amp up the fiery flavours with ‘Nduja, roasted peppers, baked potatoes and rich pecorino cheese. A mini menu for little peeps includes a mozzarella and basil pizza and an organic apple juice for a fiver, through in a coupe more quid and keep the kids happy with a traditional Italian gelato. To celebrate The Soil Association’s month-long Organic September, founder Matteo has whipped up a delicious 100% organic sourdough pizza featuring hokkaido pumpkin, ricotta, mushroom and baby spinach leaves. Parental perks include a fine selection of organic Italian wine from small producers.
North London: 16 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NT / South London: 67 Venn St, London, SW4 0BD
If a weekend trip to the V&A Museum of Childhood takes you to Bethnal Green, be sure to save time for a bite at The Hive. With a focus on simple organic food, their cold pressed juices detoxify, food nourishes, coffee ignites the senses and their natural wines warm the soul. Whilst the kids sink their teeth into The Hive’s signature veggie burger – a yummy mix of mushroom, courgette and pumpkin seed formed into a patty and topped with chutney, coleslaw and rocket, big kids can aperitivo to their hearts content with an indulgent Italian cheese board and glass of biodynamic wine.
286-290 Cambridge Heath Rd, cnr. Vyner St, London E2 9DA
Adored by Table Talk guests Tamara Beckwith, Martha Alexander and Miriam Cooper of Mimi’s Bowl, Daylesford Organic celebrates the year’s natural rhythms and serves up seasonal, organic cheese, fruit, veggies and grass-pastured meat in their relaxed family-friendly cafes across London. From signature dishes including the much-snapped smoked salmon, fruited pumpernickel and hard boiled hen’s eggs smattered with capers to kids breakfast faves – buttermilk pancakes with berries from the Market Garden, buttery croissants and toasted fruit and walnut bread. If you’re looking to introduce organic cookery into your home kitchen, The Cookery School at Daylesford serves up a super children’s cookery course which explains the story of their organic Farm and Market Garden and budding cooks get hands-on creating their own dishes with delicious, seasonal ingredients.
Locations across London