The Handbook
The Handbook

In 2006 Steven Novick was diagnosed with cancer and the outlook wasn’t good. Before he was given the all clear he set himself three challenges: to become closer to his friends and family, to finish climbing the highest peak on each of the continents and to start up a healthy, casual food business. And now the last challenge has become a reality with the opening of Farmstand on Drury Lane.

Taking its name from the stalls found on the US roadside (and were common in Steven’s hometown) that sold fresh fruit and vegetables, Farmstand will serve up honest, healthy and reasonably priced food.

Using UK based suppliers and producers all the ingredients have been sustainably and ethically sourced and chosen with their nutritional content and flavour in mind. As such, everything is wheat, gluten, dairy and refined-sugar free, even the desserts use coconut sugar instead. Open breakfast through to dinner, there’ll be a mix of Ready To Go seasonal boxes if you’re on the run, and Build Your Own option if you have a little more time.

In the Ready To Go section you’ll find the likes of four-grain porridge with organic oat milk; coconut yoghurt topped with seasonal compote, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon and the Farmstand Breakfast Box which includes two free range eggs, roasted tomatoes and spinach. Build Your Own boxes will be available from 12pm until late and will give you a choice of four mains, eight side dishes and two extras with the likes of grilled harissa chicken, charred broccoli with chilli and garlic and cinnamon-roasted heritage carrots all appearing on the menu.  That’s a lot of different combinations right there to be working through… according to their website 18,432 options, meaning if you ate there every day, twice a day it would take your over 25 years to work through the menu…we’d say do the maths, but it makes our brains hurt.

Drinks come from some of the UK’s most respected ethical drinks brands, including Think Press who will be supplying the cold-pressed juices, coffee from Workshop and teas from Postcard of Mayfair. Celia of Surrey will be supplying organic gluten-free lager, Crate Brewery of Hackney are looking after the craft beer and the London-based supplier Enotria will be offering a concise list of wines.

The 30 cover restaurant will feature natural colours, a myriad of textures, forest green banquettes and uniquely a greenhouse stairwell filled with fresh plants that will lead down stairs to the Farmstand kitchen. So if you’re stuck for lunch today and in you’re in the Covent Garden area you know where to go…for the next 25 years. 

 Farmstand: Now Open, 42 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B