Blog : Catherine Salway

Healthy tips for January

Healthy tips for January

As you guys will know, here at Redemption towers we are definitely not holier than thou. We need Redemption more than anyone else – why do you think we invented it?!

Admittedly we are somewhat regretting the decision to close operations for 10 days over yule since we are now feeling rather bilious and can’t get into our jeans. We need to get back on the Redemption wagon – fast! There are a few nice national schemes to help support us such as veganuary, dry janaury, dryathlon etc. But here’s our 3 top go-to detox and healthy ingredients and tips to get you back on top form and hitting those resolutions toute suite. Spoil yourself without spoiling yourself.

1. Beetroot

What it does:

Beetroot has been the focus of a great deal of clinical research in recent years – it’s very high in natural nitrates which the body converts into nitric oxide that regulates blood pressure. Liver health studies show betacyanin has a benefit on liver function helping to increase the detoxification enzymes that remove alcohol from the liver. And many of us need that after Christmas. Who can argue with this, it’s like PROPER SCIENCE?!

As seen in: our smoothie heart beats: we shake together cold pressed beetroot juice, coconut water, orange, lime and ginger juice. Delicious!

2. Chia

What it does: chia is the Mayan word for Strength – these tiny seeds are powerhouses of nutritious energy, extremely filling and low in calories. They are also remarkably high in Omega 3 as well as soluble fibre and easily digestible protein, filling you up and keeping you energized for longer. Chia is as close to a perfect food as you can get.

As seen in: our best-selling instagram-favourite buckwheat & chia pancakes served with coconut yoghurt and seasonal fruit; and in our protein-rich superhero shake designed for post-workouts – a blend of bananas, blueberries, almond milk, chia, cacao and hemp.

3. Coconut

What it does: Coconut contains lauric acid, which has strong antiviral properties and can block the way viruses enter our cells and multiply. It has the ability to kill a wide range of harmful pathogens making it an effective way to help treat or prevent infections and viruses.

As seen in: erm, our entire menu! It’s our no.1 source of ingredients. We use coconut water, milk, yoghurt, oil and sugar. Does this justify moving head office to Thailand, we wonder?

Check out our daytime menu here and our evening menu here.

What would you do with £30 billion?

What would you do with £30 billion?

What would you do with £30 billion ($45b)? My favourite story this week was about Mark Zuckerberg giving away 99% of his wealth. But what should he spend it on?

As a trustee of the small but mighty Ethiopian charity Partners for Change Ethiopia as well as founder of a socially-minded business, Redemption, I found this article on the BBC website about giving really fascinating. Loving the BBC website right now.

Our 5 top Instagram posts of the week

Our 5 top Instagram posts of the week

We’ve been inundated with so many wonderful images from the land of Instagram… and it looks like everyone enjoying a bit of Redemption. So we thought we’d pop five of the most popular ones in one place for you to nosey at. Don’t forget to take an arty snap of your food next time you visit us –  your photo could feature here too!

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What’s the secret to success?

What’s the secret to success?

How can you become successful? In this week’s vlog, Catherine reveals the secret to success; namely that there isn’t one. She highlights the importance of recognising failure as a natural side effect of success, and why we should embrace and learn from it. Take a watch for yourself:

Sneak Peak: Tour of Redemption Bar

Sneak Peak: Tour of Redemption Bar

We do love a good old behind the scenes video, so if you’re anything like us, you’ll love this week’s FridayGram: Catherine gives you an exclusive tour of Redemption Bar Notting Hill, disco ball and all – take a look below!

If at first you don’t succeed…

If at first you don’t succeed…

Hello and Happy Friday! It’s been a great week here at Redemption as the leftover sparkle from Notting Hill Carnival dies down. We’ve been reflecting on how far we’ve come in the few weeks we’ve been open, and how we overcame the various obstacles thrown in our path. We’re very proud of where we are now but it certainly hasn’t been easy! Watch the video below where Catherine releases the Redemption blooper reel:

Thanks for watching!

Catherine’s Business Journey makes the News!

Catherine’s Business Journey makes the News!

It’s been a crazy few weeks for the whole team at Redemption, and to add to all of the excitement, an article highlighting Founder, Catherine Salway’s decision to trade in her high-flying, high salary job as Richard Branson’s Brand Director.

Read the original article.

Howdy partner!

Howdy partner!

For those of you who have been following Redemption recently, you will have seen the wonderful and beautiful Andrea Waters. She’s best known as our chef, but I’m really excited to announce that she will be coming on board as my business partner and as Creative Director for Redemption.

I’ve been on the Redemption journey for a couple of years and Andrea has been the person I’ve been searching for.  She’s the perfect partner for me because, as anyone who knows me will know, I don’t actually know how to cook! Ironic, I know.

My background is brand, marketing, innovation and business.  Andrea has huge experience in launching and running restaurants, she’s a fabulous chef with a speciality in raw and vegan food, and she’s an expert on nutrition.  So the idea is that we forge a powerful partnership as we are now on the cusp of our first site in Notting Hill,  and together will rule the universe (well, do some venues and products at least).

To infinity and beyond!  Namaste x

What was the inspiration for Redemption?

What was the inspiration for Redemption?

To most, the concept of an alcohol-free bar in boozy Britain seems ludicrous. And then to build a business on dining without our favourite social lubricant? Well, it seems like a recipe for disaster.

But I saw potential.

We’re bombarded with temptation to drink everywhere we go, and within the social setting this can often be overbearing. The problem of binge drinking in the UK has been well documented, but even if you want to have a night away from booze it’s often hard to resist.

Inspired by my international travels, the idea for Redemption came to me while I was working in marketing at Virgin. I realised that people were looking for ways to incorporate health and nutrition into their everyday lifestyles.

Health and fitness trends had always been fashionable, but I noticed that the hospitality industry was still lagging behind. There was nowhere that accommodated for this lifestyle within the urban setting.

I noticed the lack of places with the kind of vibe you’d find in a cool bar, but without the alcohol.

For those attempting ‘Dry Jan’ (or just wanting a Sunday morning without the hangover) socialising was always problematic. There were no spaces where you could be free from the constant temptation of booze.

Enter Redemption.