The year 2018 has seen various proliferations where food is concerned; ‘bleeding’ vegan burgers, crossushi and orange wine being just three of many. However now, as the new year encroaches, it seems we’re moving in a new direction with CBD leading the way. But what exactly is it? Well, aside from being a $1 billion dollar business already, CBD (an abbreviation for cannabidiol) is a cannabis product that won’t get you high, but the “it” drug has gained quite the rep, most notably due to more recent legalisations of marijuana – holla Canada! CBD is found in cannabis, alongside other chemical compounds, and the oil is said to act as a natural treatment for epilepsy, depression and anxiety – without the buzzy side effects! In following with the trend, a handful of London restaurants are incorporating CBD oil-infused food and drink into their menus, and it’s sure lit-up our curiosity. Here’s where to high-ten your horizons and say yes we can-abbis to CBD oil…oh, and if you don’t like weed puns, you’re going to have a bud time.
By Chloe were pretty darn revolutionary when it came to the intro of CBD oil, launching the Feelz by Chloe food in a partnership with CBD lifestyle brand, Toast. The smoking hot in appearance range boasts a wholly Instagrammable exterior, and has subsequently been a huge hit among millennials. The menus includes 25 items, with cinnamon rolls, brownies, cakes, popcorn, Rice Krispie treats, and whoopie pies being popular choices. Basically, there’s loads on offer so it’s pot luck what you choose. By Chloe is a vegan joint that opened up in London earlier this year, but the CBD success actually generated as a result of the Daily Hit Brownie which, like its namesake, was a daily hit in New York at the by Chloe resto over there. This then inspired co-founder Samantha Wasser to create a full range; you know what they say after all, there’s no smoke without fire!
Where: Drury House, 34-43, Russell Street, WC2B 5HA
Fancy yourself a Gin and Chronic? No, we’ve not lost the plot, we know what a gin and tonic is… but Maison Bab have made one that uses an eclectic mix of CBD oil, Bombay Sapphire and lemon and it looks to die for. Yet another restaurant incorporating the coveted oil in their drinks, Maison Bab is a modern kebab house, serving gourmet kebabs and mezze that’ll work you up an appetite for a CBD twist on the classic drink.
Where: 4 Mercer Street, London WC2H 9FA
Despite not yet having opened, Kalifornia Kitchen is set to serve up CBD at its sexy location which emanates serious millennial vibes with interiors awash with pastel and a social feed triumphing palm trees and pineapples. The brainchild of influencer Loui Blake, KK (as we’ve already fondly named it), will serve CBD in its latte’s, perfect for setting your morning off to a smoking start! We’ve got our eyes peeled for a CBD expansion at this joint.
Kalifornia Kitchen opens on the 26th of November
Where: 19 Percy Street, W1T 1DY
Mortimer House Kitchen
Fitzrovia based Mortimer House Kitchen is getting involved with the hype with its new menu packed with CBD punches. The CBD latte has joined the menu with its benefits of stress reduction and aid with balance, alongside other CBD offerings. Swerving the craze? There’s also breakfast bowls on offer with chia seed pudding, mango, banana, cashew nuts dehydrated fruit (£8), coconut, goji berries, popped quinoa and flax seeds which we’re certainly eyeing up!
Where: 41 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3JH
Back in 2015 Farm Girl, the restaurant known for its healthy Aussie-inspired menu, opened their first site in Notting Hill, last year they launched their concession at the Sweaty Betty Carnaby Street flagship and this year they opened between the Kings Road and Fulham Road. However, what’s really caught everyone’s attention in recent months is the cannabis oil hot chocolate they’ve introduced, made using cacao powder, peppermint, Japanese matcha, CBD oil and hazelnut milk. A grand success, the hot chocolate is aptly timed for winter and will be sold across all three Farm Girl sites in Notting Hill, Soho and Chelsea. Oh, and to enhance your munchies even more they’re offering customers the chance to infuse any if not all of their drinks with the oil.
Where: 59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB
Last, but by no means least… in fact first if we’re looking at who introduced CBD in their food first, Farmacy’s High Tea is laden with the oil. The groundbreakers have an afternoon difference with a twist that would see James Franco and Seth Rogan’s heads turned circa Pineapple Express days! The treat uses infused cocktails, hemp leaf tea and spiked chocolates.
Where: 74-76 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 5SH
If there’s one thing that’s more Camden than a squat, inhabited by long-haired hippies, then it’s a squat, inhabited by long-haired hippies that’s now become an up-market café-cum-bar-cum-nightclub.
40 Zero occupies a former dumping ground inhabited by squatters, but London property being what it is is was only a matter of time before developers swooped, turfed them out and created a swish new hangout. As they put it, “retaining the best bits of its previous squat life” (though presumably not the breadline existence, political views or attitude to personal hygiene), the venue looks like it’ll have a lot of character nevertheless. Outside has a muted, matt black exterior, concealing what’s within, an explosion of vibrant colours and activity.
The bar is, somehow, constructed from piles of 1990s tape cassettes, the sofas are acid pink and with a backdrop of live music and plenty of colour this is the perfect place to, well, everything is the aim. They’re going to be offering coffee during the day, attracting all those freelancers and anyone lucky enough not to work in an office. Then it converts to a post work pizza parlour, serving hand-stretched 10″ sourdough pizzas along with salads and sharing plates. Then come evening time it’s all about cocktails, with a list of CBD oil cocktails served along with signature Negronis and Grind Espresso Martinis.
If you want to check out this newly opened Camden hangout, they’ll be hosting a 90s bottomless brunch this Saturday 15th December, DJ and all.