Imagine there was a fast casual diner offering genuinely healthy and tasty ‘rainbow on a plate’ meals with literally thousands of different dishes thanks to a brilliant buffet style menu.
Further imagine that the majority of those thousands were gluten free and vegan. Finally, one last effort, think about all this great food being served up by a business with terrific sustainable business values & practices.
Eat well and do well. You have imagined Farmstand.
Farmstand Comfort, Style & Service
Farmstand has two venues and hopefully more to come. An original Covent Garden Drury Lane site offers both quick service take out and also a cool, relaxed, comfortable place to eat, drink, chat, meet and work. A newly opened second branch within Canary Wharf has just a few seats, good for a quick social or solo meal, plus the same swift take-out.
One of the Farmstand messages is that 80% of their menu is plant powered. Not content to confine plants to the menu both sites offer little havens of decorative greenery. Lovely to look at and be around.
Style is complimented by substance. Farmstand has twice been named as one of the top most sustainable food service businesses by the Food Made Good Awards. One example? No plastic water bottles on sale here. Fill up for free at the filter water tap. Buy a reusable bottle if you do not already have one. Intrigued? Read a bit about the Farmstand mission.
Farmstand Free From
In recognition of both will and skill to cater free from allergens including gluten and dairy Farmstand is also a Free From Food Awards Gold winner.
With the exception of some toasted Rye Bread toast plates the entire Farmstand Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner menus are gluten free and clearly marked so on their online and in-store menus. Meat, Eggs and Fish are available but there are lots and lots of vegan dishes too. For your coffee, and they serve fantastic coffee here, you have a choice of non dairy milks or organic cow milk.
Food is prepared off-site in a central production kitchen and handling within the Farmstand venues is minimal which reduces the negligible risk of cross-contamination. As a very cautious coeliac with a preference for plant based food this is one of the places I most safe and welcome.
I choose to prepare most of my own meals unless I am eating out. This way I ensure the food I devour has nutritional & sustainable virtues and are at least as tasty, if not more so, than anything I could buy ready made.
Every meal I prepare contains a balance of macros (protein, carbs, fats) and a rainbow of different colours for a spectrum of micro-nutrients. I favour low glycaemic load carbohydrates, lots of fibre and good fats. I choose organic ingredients, in season. Friends & co-workers colleagues often say “oh that looks so healthy” and ask what am I eating? I have the dilemma that few of my meals have any “name” and actually naming the ingredients means recalling the 20 or so things I have likely included. Oh yes, diversity, I like that.
My meals also have the virtue of what I do not include in them. No added sugars. No added salt. No refined starches. No additives, preservatives or potentially gut bug killing emulsifiers.
That said, if there was a place that sold the type of meals I make for myself, oh hot damn sure, I would welcome the opportunity to reduce my food preparation burden. Do you know anyone whose kitchen resembles a military operation for batch food preparation? That is my kitchen. I work longish hours, I have interests, my food preparation time needs to be efficient lest it dominate entirely my free time.
But really, there isn’t anywhere that does this.
There wasn’t anywhere that did this.
There is now. Pictures can do the rest of the talking.
Two simple rules about gluten free desserts. First, fruit is most definitely not a pudding. Second, some people are experiencing gluten free Brownie fatigue.
Farmstand does have gluten-free brownies, well of course, but they are joined by a variety of companions. At the time of writing, Blondies, Muffins, Banana Bread & a Nutty Flapjack. Is it okay to visit just for dessert? Sure it is! But hey, try a Mushroom Latte too?
The Food Made Good & Free From Food Awards make sense. Farmstand is exceptional.
If I could, I would simply eat here every day. I would subscribe to a Farmstand food service to deliver me some of the rest. Flavorsome, varied, sustainably sourced gluten free food accompanied by exemplary business practices make for food that both tastes good and feels good to eat.
Farmstand is definitely one of the best London Gluten Free Indie & Small Chains places to eat. Follow the link to a frequently updated Google Map for the same. There should be a post incoming too, probably!
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