Trying to eat healthy on the go is not that easy in London unless you know where to go. If you want some healthy food that tastes good and has good provenance, it is even harder. Not many places will sell you on their provenance. Farmstand in Covent Garden is one who does.
Just up the road from the Royal Opera House, they offer a selection of hot dishes and salad through the day. Cold shelves are lined with their own home made juices and granola and yogurt offerings.
It is a casual self service kind of place with ample seating. You grab a tray and place your order. A lot of people seem to do takeaways at lunch time. In the evening, they serve the same menu but on proper crockery. A great place for a nice healthy casual meal before the theatre.
Their selection of salad are quite interesting, not your usual choice of congealed coleslaw or limp lettuce. There was a gorgeous looking bejewelled grilled aubergine with pomegranates, some colourful seasonal beets, various grain salads. Vegetarians will be very happy eating here as there is quite a nice selection of meat free options. There are a couple of choices of hot dishes like the delicious Harrissa Chicken I tried. There is a broccoli dish that has garnered a cult following but it wasn’t on the menu the day we were there.
Their menu is developed by their in-house team which includes a Michelin star trained chef. They work closely with their meat and veg suppliers and design their menu according to what’s best for the season. The prices are quite reasonable for what they are offering.
Nice touches are on-tap sparkling water and a curated selection of craft beer.
On speaking to the owner, I found out that they vet all their suppliers quite closely. All the meat is grass fed although they don’t disclose this anywhere. They say they might be adding some signage on the walls of the shop. Maybe it’s just me, but not many of their customers actually care about this information. It might be all about convenience and price point for them.
Farmstand Covent Garden
EatCookExplore was a guest at Farmstand