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All sorts of shiny new things

All sorts of shiny new things

Hello and Happy New Year!

We hope you don’t need to seek too much redemption after the holiday season – but we’re always here if you do…

In fact, we’re super excited to announce that we have opened our second site in Shoreditch! So even more of you beautiful people can seek redemption (We’re at 320 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DR if you want to come and find us.)

With a greater number of people to redeem, we’ve raised our game with an exciting and nutritious January detox menu from Andrea.

New dishes include: a kelp noodle & lemongrass laksa with shitake mushrooms, spring onions, red chilli, ginger and coconut water; roasted pumpkin coated in cashew & gamasio with avocado, lemon, garlic and detox powerhouse horseradish guacamole; and an amazing new raw dish – beetroot linguine with kale & almond pesto with wild rocket and lemon flaxseed oil.

On top of that we’re working with Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon campaign to give people plenty of ideas for alcohol-free cocktails if they are taking January off booze, and we are also delivering to central London via the Michelin-star restaurant delivery service, supper.

We’re delighted to have featured in the news over the past week or so, too – both the Metro and The Observer have shone a light on Redemption, and we’ve had lots of love on social media too! It looks like 2016 is getting off to a healthy and happy start! Phew! We look forward to seeing you soon :)

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.

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Black Friday Shenanigans

Black Friday Shenanigans

I’d completely forgotten it was Black Friday until I found myself wading through 50 sales emails this morning! According to data from Experian and IMRG, UK shoppers will spend £1.07bn on 27 November, a predicted 32% year-on-year (YOY) increase from 2014’s £810m.

Additionally, almost a third (30%) of online shoppers are either ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to shop during this year’s Black Friday.

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As they eagerly grace their favourite websites, ready to pounce on a bargain, I have to wonder… what is the true value of Black Friday?

Personally, I don’t see spending money and acquiring goods as a form of entertainment, or a good use of time and resources in any way at all. Yet year on year, I find myself bombarded with sales adverts for products I’d never buy, and it seems many agree; more than half (52%) of online fashion retailers are bombarding customers with irrelevant messages about products and items they would never want to buy in the run-up to Black Friday, according to research by Aimia.

Plus, as this WSJ article reveals, Black Friday isn’t necessarily the best time to go deal hunting anyway.

mk-bx787_buytim_g_20121007183306I’d dread to think how much landfill Black Friday is responsible for too – for that reason alone I would go so far as to say that it should be discouraged rather than celebrated!

5 things no health freak can live without

5 things no health freak can live without

Here at Redemption we use all kinds of different ingredients, from avacados to micro amaranth shoots, chia seeds to raspberry coulis. These clever little things each bring unique colours and flavours to the dinner table, and we love them dearly. However we would be nowhere without our fabulous basics too.

Here are our top five base ingredients we always have in stock at Redemption:

1) Fresh fruit and vegetables

Every single one of our dishes uses at least one fruit or vegetable, so we always ensure we have a healthy stock of locally sourced and where possible organic fruit and vegetables.

2) Coconut Oil

Where would we be without our beloved friend, coconut oil… Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on our health, including fat loss, better concentration and increased energy levels. Our stockroom is piled high with the stuff.

3) Almond Milk / Other milk alternatives

There are a huge range of milk alternatives, but almond milk is definitely one of our favourites. With its rich and creamy taste, it is the perfect alternative to cow’s milk. We feel like we are keeping the almond milk companies going sometimes with the amount we use!

4) Quinoa

As one of our staple ingredients in some of our most popular dishes, quinoa is a health freak’s best friend. Packed with fibre and nutrients, it’s the grain that keeps on giving. Just please don’t say KWI-NOA… it’s KEEN-WAH *sassy hair flick*.

5) Cacao powder/nibs

Cacao is the ultimate power plant of many of our sweet treats. From dark chocolate tarts to raw chocolate brownies, it provides the chocolate hit we all crave but with the added oomph of nutrients.

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!

Autumn Vibes

Autumn Vibes

Well firstly, we can’t quite believe October is nearly over! We feel like we’re going to blink and it will be Christmas (are we allowed to mention that word yet?)

We’ve introduced some cosy autumn dishes to our menu which have already proved extremely popular, including the butternut squash curry, goddess salad and pumpkin soup:

If salads are your thing, then Creative Director and Exec Chef of Redemption, Andrea Waters recommends the new raw rainbow goddess salad: “I love the raw goddess salad because it is raw – so it’s incredibly healthy and gives you loads of energy – but it’s warming because it’s got the chilli element.  And because it has the creamy avocado mayonnaise it feels very satisfying. On top of that we like to add intrigue and interest with the combination of chewiness of dates and crunchiness of pecans.  It’s a beautifully colourful and varied dish and it really works!”

Oh and we’ve also added some warm, autumnal tones and touches, obviously because it looks pretty- but also so we can properly assure ourselves that summer is in fact over.

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That’s all for now! Have a lovely week and happy Halloween!

 

A beverage bonanza

A beverage bonanza

We are all about the good stuff here at Redemption, so we just thought we’d pull together a few of our favourite snaps of the delicious drinks we serve here at Redemption. All of our drinks are alcohol-free and low in natural sugars. If you need a cosy winter warmer, we offer a range of high quality ethical teas and coffees including Union Coffee, served with fresh almond, coconut or soy milk.

Which one is your favourite?

1. Apple Mock-Jito

2. Elderflower Fizz & Coco-Rita

3. Beet-o-Tini

4. Lettuce Spray

5. Green is the new black

6. Tomato Tonic

7. Cappucino with almond milk

8. Delicious, dairy-free hot chocolate

Don’t forget to post your gorgeous pics up next time you visit!

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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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!

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!

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!