SAUCE LOVES…A JANUARY DETOX
With the beginning of the year setting in and the Christmas indulgences behind us, what better way to try and give our bodies a bit of a detox. This is not always the easiest of tasks so we have complied a list of places you can visit and still stay on track for a healthy January!
Vegan menus at Pollen Street Social
Last January, Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social became the first Michelin-starred restaurant in London to launch a vegan menu, offering a selection of dishes free of all animal products. Now, one year on, the team have been developing the vegan offering further to include dedicated five and eight course tasting menus spanning creative starters, main courses and desserts. Elevating vegetables, herbs and fruit to a new level, dishes include braised broccoli stem, lemon purée, toasted almonds and seaweed and sea buckthorn sorbet with coconut. The innovative menus showcase Atherton’s flair for seasonal produce, the highest quality ingredients and beautiful presentation, offering a unique opportunity to experience vegan fine dining.
‘Due Dill-igence’ at Jason Atherton’s City Social
For those going alcohol free this January, the bar at Jason Atherton’s City Social will be using Seedlip, the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit, to create Due Dill-igence, a mocktail to help guests survive Dry January. Bar Manager, Tim Laferla, will be using the Garden 108 variety, featuring fresh, grassy and floral notes, and blending it with elderflower, lemon, ginger, cucumber and the dill that lends the mocktail its playful name. Served against that incredible view over London, who needs alcohol anyway?
New Year’s resolution ‘healthy package’ at Great Northern Hotel
This New Year, Great Northern Hotel are launching their ‘healthy package’ to get those New Year’s resolutions rolling. Partnering up with Thomson & Scott skinny prosecco as well as world-famous fitness trainers Barry’s Bootcamp to give guests a body-blitz workout and after a well-deserved glass or two of low-sugar bubbles. Guests can expect a total workout with Barry’s Bootcamp, with their signature hour-long workouts include interval cardio routines and strength training using a combination of items such as free-weights, resistance bands and medicine balls, enhanced by pumping night-club playlists – no one class is ever the same. The package includes a stay at the hotel and a healthy breakfast at award winning restaurant on the hotel’s first floor, Plum + Spilt Milk, where light and nutritious dishes include crushed avocado, tomato and chilli on granary toast; quinoa and pumpkin seed granola with low fat yogurt, apple and golden raisins; and buckwheat crepe with coconut yogurt, mango and agave.
The ‘Healthy Package’ is priced from £239 per room per night, based on two sharing and available on a Friday or Saturday night only.
‘Dry Martini January’ at Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social
The destination gin bar at Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Pollen Street Social, will be serving up a characteristically playful take on this year’s ‘Dry January’. Throughout the month, the bar team will be running ‘Dry Martini January’, serving up three variations of the classic cocktail: a Beefeater 24 variety with a grapefruit twist, a Plymouth version with the addition of lemon and the particularly indulgent Monkey 47 martini, featuring a cherry garnish and a grated butter chocolate top. Priced at £14.50-£17.50 each, the ‘Dry Martini January’ cocktails are perfect for those looking to ditch the detox.
Mindful Chef #NotJustForJanuary
Forget ‘January detox’ or ‘dry January’, Mindful Chef, the healthy recipe box delivery service holds the key to a long-term healthy lifestyle, a resolution you can stick to, and it’s #NotJustForJanuary. Mindful Chef, launched in 2015 by Myles Hopper and Giles Humphries, offers a simple solution to healthy eating which can be easily incorporated into your everyday life. Offering 8 weekly recipes packed with lean and sustainably sourced ingredients delivered straight to your door (free of charge in the UK), they make eating healthily easy. Mindful Chef go above and beyond their competitors presenting truly healthy meal kits that include no refined carbs and therefore avoid high-carb fillers such as pasta or bread, which are still present in other “healthy” meal kits. Instead, Mindful Chef guarantees genuinely exceptional quality, gluten-free, dairy-free and locally sourced fresh, produce, believing that the key to a healthier life is reducing your intake of gluten and that refined sugars and refined carbohydrates should be avoided.
Avocado cocktail at The Distillery
Addicted to green juice and avo on toast? Make things a bit more fun and enjoy the new avocado cocktail at The Distillery, a vibrant cocktail bar at Hilton London Bankside. Their new healthy creation – The Vert Garden cocktail, made with tequila, fresh avocado, coriander and agave, fresh lime juice and smoked salt, is guaranteed to pep up a January evening whilst surely counting as one of your five a day! Hilton London Bankside will also be opening its boutique two-treatment room spa in January, stay tuned for further updates.
Michelin-starred detox at Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House
For a Michelin-starred detox this January, Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House has created a healthy three course menu offering lighter dishes for diners watching their waistline. Starters include slow braised pork shoulder, carrot and cumin soup with barley salad and warm tartare of Scottish salmon with sesame, wasabi avocado and warm dashi. Main courses range from charcoal oven baked Cornish cod with extra virgin olive oil and herb crust, spinach and pomme mousseline to a not-so-naughty mac and cheese. For those with a sweet tooth, the liquorice and lemon thyme poached pears with vanilla mascarpone, cocoa nib and pear sorbet is sure to hit the spot, offering a luxurious way to detox this New Year.
And that’s not all! Other clients supporting the January detox include:
- A new vegetarian ramen at Bone Daddies
- An Italian vegan set menu at Theo Randall at the Intercontinental Park Lane
- Non-alcoholic bubble tea mocktails at Jason Atherton’s 7 Tales
- Non-alcoholic mocktails and gluten free pasta dishes at Margot
- Seedlip partners with Launceston Place have created an exclusive January non-alcoholic tasting menu
- Not doing dry January? Try Skinny Prosecco as a healthier alternative January tipple
- Fresh and healthy New Year eating at LIMA Fitzrovia and LIMA Floral
- The Bertinet Bakery: “Everyday” artisan sliced sourdough tin range
- Yeotown detox retreat
- VOGA™ MAMA launches at Coq d’Argent