Championed by the good folk at the 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 of Organic September, we have pulled together a collection of the ten tastiest organic foodie finds and restaurants in London which are not only child and family-friendly but won’t break the bank…
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.
Cafes across London
Yeo Valley Cafe
Just a pram stroll away from Kensington Gardens or hop over from Queensway tube is the Yeo Valley Cafe. With oodles of space for pushchairs, plentiful highchairs and the best baby change facilities we’ve seen in a while, Yeo Valley Cafe is not only brilliantly baby-friendly but a super spot to start the day. Open from 7.30am weekdays and 8am at weekends, early bird mamas can power up with veggie kedgeree, hearty whole milk porridge with seasonal toppings and on treat days, there’s Yeo Valley’s best ever bacon sarnies! Their acclaimed all-day yogurt bar features a divine bircher mussels and selection of Yeo Valley yogurts, made with the best of British organic dairy, ready to top as you wish with fruits, granola and seeds.
18-20 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 3RX
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. 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
Riverford at The Duke of Cambridge
If it’s organic pub grub you’re after, look no further than Riverford at The Duke of Cambridge. In the heart of Islington, this is Britain’s first and only and only certified pub and has been proudly promoting sustainability since 1998. With family at the heart of the business, The Duke’s founder, Geetie Singh, married Guy Watson, the man behind Riverford, in June 2014 and the rest is what you call history! Using organic vegetables from the Riverford farm in Devon, dishes are seasonally changing – Charred cucumber & melon, lime & mint, labneh; Rhug Estate Chicken, escalibada, garlic cream; Lamb Kofta, quinoa salad, mint yoghurt, walnut dukkah. For pud? How does Triple chocolate brownie with creme fraiche or ricotta & Slipcote cheesecake and burnt rhubarb sound?
30 St Peters Street, Islington, London N1 8JT
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
Boasting one of the best vegan burgers in the world, Notting Hill’s Farmacy is not only steeped in style but promises a menu overflowing with ‘clean indulgence’. Supporting both a vegan and vegetarian diet, the choice is plentiful and the dishes colourful. Their cult Earth Bowls are not only Insta-worthy but packed with wellness, our favourite – the Kimchi Spring Bowl, a pickle fanatics dream of soba noodles, spicy kimchi, sautéed spinach stems, raw seasonal asparagus, raw brine carrots, marinated mushrooms, and radish sprouts. Tiny diners will melt for the Mac’N’Cheese (vegan to boot!) and the starter size pizzettas are a great dinky dining option for smaller tums.
74 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5SH
From Torrington Place to Tottenham Court Road, Planet Organic have become popular pitstop for families looking for feel-good food. The UK’s largest fully-certified organic supermarket, Planet Organic holds award 5 Organic Served Here award stars for their multiple in-store cafés, dedicated to organic produce. Their self-serve mix and match boxes can be made up with a wealth of organic goodies and are great for fussy eaters! From fresh veggie mezzes to hot meat dishes and a large selection of sides, your brood won’t go hungry. Plus, if you’re looking to embrace plastic-free parenting, Planet Organic have recently launched the Unpackaged concept in 5 of their stores, enabling you to buy loose products completely free from all packaging and cutting down on uneccesary waste and emissions, as well as saving you money!
Stores across London
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. This September The Hive are teaming up with organic pizzeria Flat Earth for a series of incredible supper clubs including the ‘Wild & Foraged Supperclub with Flat Earth & Jessie Fements‘ on 25th September. Jessie and Flat Earth will work together to make unique and exclusive meat-free pizzas using foraged ingredients from in and around London, fermented, pickled all transformed into tasty and unique pizzas.
286-290 Cambridge Heath Rd, cnr. Vyner St, London E2 9DA
If you’re looking into introduce the virtues of healthy eating into your family, make Farmstand your first stop. With the ethos of create your own firmly on the menu at breakfast and lunch, mini munchers can get creative crafting their own breakfast pots and Farmstand lunchboxes. Simply select the base (brown rice, lemon quinoa and lentils, herby pearl couscous), a main, think grilled chicken, slow cooked sesame beef and halloumi bake and then garnish with two sides – our faves roasted sumac cauli and rich umami miso-tahini roots. Fruit and veg come from First Choice in New Covent Garden, chicken from family-run butcher H.G Walter, beef and eggs from Welsh farmer Daphne Tilley and fish from Direct Seafoods. Located in Covent Garden and Canary Wharf, grabbing a bite of the best of British organic food couldn’t be easier.
Covent Garden: 42 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5AJ / Canary Wharf: 390 Cabot Place, London, E14 5AB
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
DATE FOR THE DIARY…
Urban Food Fortnight
Running between 19th September – 6th October, London Food Link’s annual celebration of the fabulous produce being grown, made, cooked and saved on our doorstep returns for another delicious year of events, talks and workshops. Whether it be waste-free supperclubs with the likes of Central Street Cookery School and Brixton Pound Cafe, creative workshops to hone your cooking skills like ‘Cooking with Aquafaba’ with Made in Hackney and ‘Making Herbal Infusions with Honey’ with Mercato Metropolitano, for great chat join the thought-provoking discussions on the future of London’s food at Impact Hub’s King’s Cross. For the best mouth-watering meals taking place over Urban Food Fortnight click here
If you’d like to find out more about Organic September and be part of the UK’s biggest campaign for organic food and farming practices – click here