We’ve had Pharmacy 2 and Farmer J but now it’s the turn of the similarly agriculturally-titled Farmacy to open in Notting Hill at the end of April. Combining an exclusively plant-based menu with medicinally beneficial cocktails, Farmacy’s name starts to make sense.
Camilla Al Fayed – Chairman of fashion label Issa London and daughter of former Harrods-owner Mohammed Al Fayed – is behind Farmacy, her input apparent in what will be a place to see and be seen by fashionable and healthy West Londoners. Working with Head Chef, Joao Ricardo Alves, the team have created a menu with huge nutritional value; spirulina, buckwheat and sauerkraut are all words you will see on the dinner and breakfast menus. The signature ‘Farmacy Burger’ (mushroom, millet and black bean patty in a wholemeal vegan bun) heads up the entirely vegetarian, sometimes vegan and gluten- and nut-free menu, with other highlights set to be plant-based ice cream sundaes, a sprout-topped lentil and beetroot ‘Indian Bowl’ and ‘Raw Bruschetta’ – cashew ‘cheese’, marinara sauce and olive tapenade on a flax and sunflower seed crust. Food will be available for delivery, as well as catering services to have the Farmacy experience at home. The breakfast menu is split into classics, grains and seeds, parfait jars with shakes, smoothies and farmaceutical teas including a blood-cleansing beetroot and cinnamon tea. Alcohol makes the cut, with biodynamic, organic, sulphur-free and ‘minimum interference’ Champagne.
It almost goes without saying that this type of healthy food is destined to be a favourite amongst bloggers and Instagrammers, post-AM yoga class. Just as well then that Farmacy has a private space available for yoga as well as foodie events like book signings. A pre-announced pop-up supperclub with Honestly Healthy author Natasha Corrett is set for the 20th and 26th May with more events in the pipeline.
The expansion of Farmacy is already being discussed, with various takeaway outlets set to open across London, making the Californian lifestyle available to as many as possible. The Westbourne Grove restaurant will no doubt be light, airy and staff the vision of good health. We’re expecting yummy mummies and yogis out in full force.
Farmacy: Opens 25th April, 74-76 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 5SH www.farmacylondon.com
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