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Andrea Waters – Our Creative Director at Redemption Featured on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch

Andrea Waters – Our Creative Director at Redemption Featured on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch

Andrea Waters Creative Director at Redemption
Creative Director Andrea Waters

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Redemption?

I’m from New Zealand. I’m a classically trained chef and now I’m Creative Director at Redemption.

Our concept is to offer people a space away from all toxins and temptations – which is still a proper night out.

We are the only bar restaurant in London which is alcohol-free, sugar-free and wheat-free, as well as being vegan.

We like to think the toughest decision you’ll make is to come to Redemption and after that you can’t make a bad decision for yourself or the planet!

We have 2 bar restaurants in Notting Hill and Shoreditch, they are busy and we are getting really good feedback and reviews on Trip Advisor so it’s going well.

We are not preachy or holier than thou – we need Redemption as much as anyone else!
Why did you become a vegan?

I don’t actually label myself as a vegan. I love a plant-based diet because it’s healthy for me and it’s great for the future of the planet.

We have always been told to eat our greens – but there is now so much overwhelming evidence that a plant based diet is so good for you – you really can’t go wrong with fresh whole vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans.

Yes, man is an omnivore – BUT our diet is based on eating what we could hunt and gather and NOW factory farming animals isn’t healthy for us, for them or the planet.
What are the health benefits of a vegan diet?

One of the key benefits is that you’re getting your nutrients first hand from mother earth rather than filtered through another being.

You also get to avoid the anitbiotics and hormones which are being pumped into factory animals.

If you also choose complex carbohydrates like brown rice and avoid sugar then it’s a really healthy diet which lowers bad cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease.

How has veganism changed in the last few decades?

Vegetarianism was once seen as a hippy alternative lifestyle but has now become accepted and mainstream

50s years ago you would probably be a vegan for animal rights reasons, and be a hippy dippy, beardy sandal wearer (nothing wrong with that!)

But it feels like veganism is just at the tipping point of becoming mainstream and more accessible as evidenced by these dishes and products we’re going to have a look at.

Why do you think it has become so popular in recent years?

It’s becoming more popular as people have become more conscious of the effect animal products have on their body, and on the planet, as well as a rising consciousness about the inhumane treatment of animals.

What are your predictions for the future of veganism?

We like to think we are part of the movement to make it cool and exciting to make vegan choices.

If everyone could have one day a week off meat like #meatfreemonday and another day vegan, that would make a huge difference to the world. We would like to contribute to that.

Tell us a little bit about your pulled pork recipe?

It’s based on a traditional pulled pork recipe – I worked with Doctor Smoke a few years back, an American BBQ expert and I’ve learned a lot about pulled pork except we’ve substituted the sugar in the sauce with coconut sugar and maple syrup and we’ve substituted the pork for jackfruit.

Where is jackfruit from?

Jackfruit is from South East Asia and India, it’s an enormous tree fruit (the largest in the world), spikey fruit, grows up to nearly a meter.

The easiest way to get it is tinned from Asian supermarkets, get the young green jackgruit in brine (not syrup) – and it’s a great vegan storecupboard item.

Why is jackfruit a good substitute for pulled pork?

The reason why jackfruit works is because ripe it tastes a bit like an earthy pineapple with a bit of mango, but the young green flesh has the ability to take on any flavour that its cooked in. PLUS – it shreds!

Tell me about your aubergine “bacon” pancakes

These are the buckwheat & chia pancakes, one of our best selling brunch dishes in Redemption. We top it with coconut yoghurt, banana, maple syrup and pecan nuts.

We’ve been working on a vegan bacon substitute for a while now and we thought we’d share our work in progress with you before we put it with the panckakes on the menu.

I’ve sliced the aubergine thinly with a smokey glaze and baked it in the oven until crisp.

Why is aubergine a good substitute / “similar” to bacon?

If you think about having bacon for breakfast, it’s a thing of substance with a bit of sweetness and saltiness to it. So the aubergine works as it is spongy and able to take on sweet and salty flavour and then it has the ability to dry out and get crispy.

Aubergine is tipped to be the next avocado, why do you think this is?

Aubergines are fantastic but it’s a bit faddy to say that a vegetable is trendy or not. There is no such thing as the next avocado – it is mother nature’s perfect fast food!

New Year healthy presents for 2017

New Year healthy presents for 2017

Five Buddha Bowls £30

Buy your loved ones a passport to health for just £30!

We don’t all have the time or money to go on a full detox retreat in January, so we’ve put together a weekly Buddha Bowl course for £30. This thoughtful gift will help your loved one, colleague (or even yourself!) to eat healthily in the new year.

Each day we prepare a super-nutritious Buddha Bowl in both our Notting Hill and Shoreditch branches (click here for the details) – and this package will entitle the bearer to one each day for the 5 days of the week.

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How it works:  All 5 Buddha Bowls must be redeemed in the same week in the same branch by the same person; 5 Buddha Bowls are available in Shoreditch Monday – Friday and in Notting Hill Tuesday – Saturday; Eligible weeks are from 9-15 January to 20-26 February inclusive; Buddha Bowls not redeemed are forfeited; Food or cash alternatives cannot be given.

 

Dinner for two £60

A delicious and nutritious meal for two is the perfect gift to show you care for someone and say: ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’.  We’ve kept this voucher as flexible as possible so the package can include anything from the menu (click here to see our current dinner menu).  All you need to do is to email us at hello@redemptionbar.co.uk to book your table when you’d like to come and redeem the voucher.




How it works: The voucher is redeemable against lunch or dinner to the value of £60 in either Redemption Notting Hill or Redemption Shoreditch.
Please email hello@redemptionbar.co.uk with your name and Paypal reference to book your table.
Voucher expires 6 months from the date of purchase.
Cash alternatives cannot be given.

Christmas at Redemption

We all love Christmas, but it’s a time when many of us spend, consume and waste much more than usual.  We don’t want to be a grinch so we have come up with a solution which mean you can spoil yourself without spoiling yourself – with bells on!

Did you know that one kilo of either beef or lamb can cause more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York? (click here for the source of this remarkable fact)

Let’s face it, Christmas is not a very nice time of the year for turkeys and even cheese has a high carbon footprint so the IDEAL choice for the planet overall is vegan.

So, Andrea has put together the most gorgeous, nutritious and luxurious Christmas spectacular menu, even managing to convince Mrs Payne to share her secret recipe for the best nut roast in the world.  Here is the menu in all its glory.  Do please book in (6 or more) and enjoy this wonderful festive feast with us in Notting Hill in December.

Give us a call on 020 7313 9041 to book your meal.

We’re open as usual until Friday 23rd December when we will close after lunch.  We’re back on Tuesday 3rd January for lunch.

 

a tour around the healthiest autumn menu in London

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As the nights draw in, the wind picks up and the leaves fall, we finally accept summer is behind us. Sob! But now we embrace the richer, earthier tastes of autumn and look forward to the mysterious promise of Halloween, Bonfire Night and beyond.

It might be tempting to succumb to sausages and mash, but here at London’s healthiest restaurant we have a mission to create super healthy food which is exciting, delicious and satisfying. Here are a few highlights from our new autumn menu, which we are really excited about. We hope you will love it too.

We’ve been serving our amazing nerone black rice risotto with English asparagus and peas all summer, but now the dish will excite the umami palette with the deep rich flavours of seasonal wild mushrooms and earthy porcini. Customers are genuinely incredulous that this dish is vegan and gluten-free.

We love a bit of spice in our lives and so we’ve added firecracker cauliflower – sticky baked cauliflower florets with a ginger, garlic, chilli and tamari sauce sprinkled with sesame seeds. This works beautifully as a sharer with our grilled aubergine and tahini (with toasted pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and fresh micro basil).

Many of you will be aware of our mighty-instagrammable buckwheat pancakes and now we are giving them an autumn twist by serving them with banana, caramelised pecans and maple syrup – hmmm, resistance is futile!

We have an exciting new range of desserts with vanilla and acai cheesecake, a festive pumpkin pie, and a totally indulgent ruby forest gateau – layers of rich chocolate mousse on a crunchy nutty chocolate base with raspberries and vanilla cream. And yes they are STILL low in natural sugars, gluten-free, wheat-free and bursting with only good fats.

On top of that we are getting great feedback from our newly extended drinks menu, full of smoothies, raw juices, alcohol-free cocktails and beautiful warming teas and lattes.

Overall we hope we have delivered one of the most exciting top vegan restaurant menus in London, and a great place for eating out if you want to spoil yourself without spoiling yourself. We hope to welcome you soon.

Here are the menus for you to browse:

Notting Hill weekday daytime menu

Notting Hill weekday evening menu

Notting Hill weekend daytime menu

Shoreditch daytime menu

Who is having the best sex this Valentine’s Day?

Who is having the best sex this Valentine’s Day?

We have just announced that due to popular demand we will be opening on Sunday evening in Shoreditch for Valentine’s Day.  We know our lovely Redemptioners always have a spring in their step – and we started looking into why:

1. What women want

For a start recent research has discovered that modern women have expanded on their love of a sense of humour; they now value altruistic men and those who are environmentally aware and kind to animals. It follows, then, that men with a conscience should be getting plenty of female attention.   Leonardo di Caprio anyone?!

2. Get inspired

Potassium, vitamin B and zinc (found in foods such as pine nuts, figs, almonds, asparagus, celery, and chickpeas) all help the body to produce sex and desire-inducing hormones, so perhaps people eating a plant-based diet are more likely to initiate sex than their meat-eating counterparts?

3. Get your blood pumping

Everyone knows that red meat contributes to clogged arteries, while a vegan diet is fabulously low in fat and avoids all the synthetic hormones associated with meat-based diets – two key elements in getting your blood flowing. If your blood is pumping that means better erections and more multiple orgasms.  In fact, thanks to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (a US consortium of some 10,000 doctors) we have the brilliant hashtag #ItsNotYouItsMeat.

4. Drink in the atmosphere

 

Overdoing it on the booze can seriously effect both parties’ performance, causing erectile dysfunction in men, and less intense orgasms for women. Not to mention the likelihood of forgetting the best bits as we engage in our national pastime of ‘unconscious coupling’.

So as we said in the Evening Standard recently, guess who is having the best sex on Valentine’s night?!  

Redemption Bar is arguably London’s healthiest restaurant, serving up vegan, sugar-free, and wheat-free food with an alcohol-free bar. Our two restaurants in Notting Hill and Shoreditch are being described by many as the best vegan restaurants in London. Our motto is ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’, and our ethos is rooted firmly in caring for the planet, its animals, and ourselves. Come and visit London’s top alcohol-free, vegan bar – or order in via the luxury delivery service SUPPER if you live in central London.

Supper Time

Supper Time

Hello and Happy Friday!

If you’re anything like us, the idea of a vanilla and dark chocolate cheesecake landing on your doorstep is the kind of stuff our dreams are made of…

Until now…

We’re ridiculously excited to announce that we’re now available on Supper, so if you’re based in Central London, you can now you can seek Redemption from the comfort of your own home.

Dreams DO come true!

Click here to learn more and place an order.

Here’s our exclusive Supper menu:

Positively Protein £25 per person:

Maki rolls

– an array of maki rolls filled with red & black quinoa, avocado, enoki mushroom, sesame seeds and micro amaranth shoots

Photo credit: Patricia Niven
Photo credit: Patricia Niven

Raw Goddess salad  ®

– rainbow superfood salad with miso marinated sprouted chickpeas, dates, pecans and avocado dressing

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Baked sweet potato

– with coconut yoghurt,  roasted walnuts and pomegranate seeds

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Yummy Umami menu £26.50 per person

Grilled aubergine & tahini

– with toasted pinenuts, pomegranate seeds and fresh micro basil

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Shitake, porcini & chestnut mushroom barlotto

– packed with umami rich flavour and earthy tones our barley risotto with roasted mushrooms and pecan nut ‘cheese’

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Kale salad  ®

– rubbed kale with Japanese sesame dressing, chilli & almonds

 

Good for you treats

Vanilla & dark chocolate cheesecake ® £6.00

– Madagascan vanilla, raw cocoa, cashew & cold pressed coconut on a hazelnut and medjool date base

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Bliss balls ® £4.50

– Raw dark chocolate truffles rolled in hazelnuts or coconut

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Enjoy!

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

We consider ourselves a snazzy bunch, but this was’t always the case.  A lot of thought and planning went into bringing our little place together, and it’s so exciting to see the vision come to life. Stick around for next week where we give you an EXCLUSIVE tour of Redemption!

Redemption in the Spotlight

Redemption in the Spotlight

People have been saying some really lovely things about us recently. So we thought we’d neatly wrap them up in a little blog post for you… call it a cocoon of reviews if you will. A cosy cocoon that is turning into a beautiful butterfly. Have we taken this metaphor too far? Right you are. On with the show….

 

The Daily Mail:

Basically, they liked us. We feel like the Regina George of Journalism has just told us she likes our shirt and now we’re only ever going to wear this shirt you know? We’re so glad they enjoyed it and we weren’t left feeling personally victimised.

Read more…

 

Grazia

Grazia created a cheeky poll asking it’s readers whether or not they’d go to an alcohol-free bar. We voted yes, but then we are slightly biased. Luckily the majority of you so far seem to agree, with the yeses holding 76% of votes (ATOW)

Read more…

 

Visit London

These lovely people featured us on their list of the best healthy restaurants in London. Suppose we’ll have to agree to agree.

Read more…

 

Oh So London

Oh So London said we were pretty darn splendid – but don’t take our word for it – take theirs…

Read more…

 

The Blondoner

“The best thing about this place is when I walked out of the restaurant, I didn’t feel the slightest bit sick or bloated. I actually felt amazing!”

Read more…

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.

Our top 5 Instagram posts of the week

Our top 5 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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