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#CocoKitchen : Meat Free January

If you’re feeling down about the next few weeks of detoxing, #TeamCoco have got some sure-fire ways to help you through. From Michelin-starred vegan tasting menus at Pollen Street Social

If you’re feeling down about the next few weeks of detoxing, #TeamCoco have got some sure-fire ways to help you through.

From Michelin-starred vegan tasting menus at Pollen Street Social, the freshest ceviches at LIMA and brand new meat free ramen at Bone Daddies, to mocktails that will leave you wondering why you ever needed alcohol anyway, detoxing has never been easier.

So no need to hibernate this month, get out there and socialise whilst still being healthy with our top picks…
New vegetarian ramen at Bone Daddies
London’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll ramen bars, Bone Daddies, have added two new vegetarian ramen to the menu just in time for those partaking in meat free January this New Year. Using delicious kara-age tofu as a substitute for meat, both dishes offer vegetarian versions of two of the restaurant’s most popular varieties of ramen for the first time: the Tantanmen 3, which includes sesame, chilli, bok choy and egg and the tofu curry ramen, featuring padrón peppers and cabbage. Proving that you don’t need meat to create a flavour-packed and satisfying ramen, Bone Daddies is now more accessible than ever for vegetarians or those opting to avoid meat this January.

Vegan menus at Pollen Street Social

Last January, Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social became the first Michelin-starred restaurant in London to launch a vegan menu, offering a selection of dishes free of all animal products. Now, one year on, the team have been developing the vegan offering further to include dedicated five and eight course tasting menus spanning creative starters, main courses and desserts. Elevating vegetables, herbs and fruit to a new level, dishes include braised broccoli stem, lemon purée, toasted almonds and seaweed and sea buckthorn sorbet with coconut. The innovative menus showcase Atherton’s flair for seasonal produce, the highest quality ingredients and beautiful presentation, offering a unique opportunity to experience vegan fine dining.

Italian vegan set menu at Theo Randall at the InterContinental

This January, one of London’s most prominent chefs, Theo Randall, will contribute to London’s burgeoning animal product-free dining scene with the launch of his Italian vegan set menu. Priced at £29 for two courses or £35 for three, the menu spans antipasti to side dishes and desserts, and even includes pasta and risotto options, enabling vegan guests the opportunity for a full dining experience at his restaurant at the InterContinental, Park Lane. With dishes such as linguine, with violet aubergines, tomatoes and basil, and risotto with courgettes, San Marzano tomatoes and basil, the menu relies on seasonal Italian produce rather than gimmick ingredients to create an enticing and varied selection of vegan dishes.

Non-alcoholic bubble tea mocktails at Jason Atherton’s 7 Tales

The team at Jason Atherton’s downtown Tokyo-inspired bar, 7 Tales, will launch a new non-alcoholic bubble tea detox menu in time for those observing ‘Dry January’ this year. Based on the tapioca pearl drink originating from Taiwan and popular across Japan, the five mocktails each contain a different Japanese tea along with powerful ingredients designed to offer health benefits as well as a flavourful alternative to an alcoholic drink. Named after Japanese cities, the varieties include Kyoto, a blend of coconut milk, mango tea and antioxidant-rich matcha powder and Osaka, which combines black tea, cinnamon and a syrup made from fermented apple that packs a probiotic punch. A playful way to avoid alcohol this January, the bubble teas are each priced between £6-£8.

‘Due Dill-igence’ at Jason Atherton’s City Social

For those going alcohol free this January, the bar at Jason Atherton’s City Social will be using Seedlip, the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit, to create Due Dill-igence, a mocktail to help guests survive Dry January. Bar Manager, Tim Laferla, will be using the Garden 108 variety, featuring fresh, grassy and floral notes, and blending it with elderflower, lemon, ginger, cucumber and the dill that lends the mocktail its playful name. Served against that incredible view over London, who needs alcohol anyway?

Non-alcoholic cocktails at Margot

Throughout January, the team at Covent Garden newcomer, Margot, will be mixing up two non-alcoholic cocktails for those opting for a dry January. Whilst these tipples may be alcohol free, they are certainly not lacking in spirit. Felicitá comprises mixed berries with pomegranate, cranberry juice and lemon, while Mr. Greene is a refreshing mix of cucumber juice, apple, agave syrup and lime.

‘Dry Martini January’ at Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social

The destination gin bar at Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Pollen Street Social, will be serving up a characteristically playful take on this year’s ‘Dry January’. Throughout the month, the bar team will be running ‘Dry Martini January’, serving up three variations of the classic cocktail: a Beefeater 24 variety with a grapefruit twist, a Plymouth version with the addition of lemon and the particularly indulgent Monkey 47 martini, featuring a cherry garnish and a grated butter chocolate top. Priced at £14.50-£17.50 each, the ‘Dry Martini January’ cocktails are perfect for those looking to ditch the detox.

Seedlip partners with Launceston Place to create exclusive January non-alc tasting menu

Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits brand, has partnered with award winning restaurant, Launceston Place, to create an exclusive January tasting menu. Throughout the month, Launceston Place’s exquisite tasting menu will be served alongside a series of expertly-paired Seedlip non-alcoholic cocktails, proving that fun and indulgent experiences can still be had this January! Launceston Place’s five-course tasting menu will feature dishes such as Blue crab, creamy potato, tarragon and carapace jus (served alongside a Seedlip ‘Spice Toddy’ cocktail, created with Seedlip Spice, apple, ginger drops and clove),Guinea fowl, green and brown cauliflower and pomegranate (paired with ‘Spice Soda’, created with Seedlip Spice, vanilla and black cardamom soda) and for those with a sweet tooth, Chocolate cremeux, caramelised popcorn and yoghurt (served alongside a warming ‘Winter Martini’ created with Seedlip Spice, sweet cranberry & fir shrub). The collaboration is running from 2 – 31 January 2017, for lunch or dinner from Tuesday to Saturday (£70pp for the tasting menu, plus an additional £30pp for five expertly paired Seedlip non-alcoholic cocktails).

Not doing dry January? Try Skinny Prosecco as a healthier alternative January tipple

It’s very easy to make New Year’s resolutions but despite all the best intentions it’s also very easy to end up breaking them in the first week of January! In order to avoid this inevitable downfall, why not opt out of dry January and instead take up drinking Thomson & Scott Skinny Prosecco which is a delicious, vegan and organic Prosecco with 7g of sugar per litre compared to the usual 12/15g usually added. Which means Skinny Prosecco has less sugar but the same alcohol content making it just as fun! It is the perfect “healthy” new year tipple to get you through those cold January nights.
Available to buy as a Magnum, standard 75cl bottles or as handbag sized Skinny Mini!

Avocado cocktail at The Distillery

Addicted to green juice and avo on toast? Make things a bit more fun and enjoy the new avocado cocktail at The Distillery, a vibrant cocktail bar at Hilton London Bankside. Their new healthy creation – The Vert Garden cocktail, made with tequila, fresh avocado, coriander and agave, fresh lime juice and smoked salt, is guaranteed to pep up a January evening whilst surely counting as one of your five a day! Hilton London Bankside will also be opening its boutique two-treatment room spa in January, stay tuned for further updates.

Fresh and healthy New Year eating at LIMA Fitzrovia and LIMA Floral

After a month of feasting on endless mince pies, pigs in blankets and Quality Street, not to mention all of those festive tipples, the LIMA menus offer fresh, healthy dishes that will provide an easy and enjoyable way to kick start a healthier 2017. With a selection of protein rich ceviches marinated in tiger’s milk, a trusted hangover cure in Peru, dishes with superfood Peruvian ingredients including kiwicha and quinoa, and even the suitably detox friendly sugar-free avocado ice cream available for dessert, a visit to LIMA this January will leave diners feeling refreshed, healthier and finally free of that festive hangover.

Gluten free pasta dishes at Margot

Available in January and throughout the year, recently opened Covent Garden restaurant, Margot, will contribute to the growing gluten free dining scene in London by offering each pasta dish on the menu as a gluten free option. Executed with Morelli’s light touch, dishes range from tagliolini with Sicilian red prawns, artichokes and torpedio tomatoes to tagliatelle with hare ragu and offer both gluten intolerant guests and those detoxing this January the opportunity to enjoy a vast and varied selection of authentic pasta dishes this New Year.

Michelin-starred detox at Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House

For a Michelin-starred detox this January, Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House has created a healthy three course menu offering lighter dishes for diners watching their waistline. Starters include slow braised pork shoulder, carrot and cumin soup with barley salad and warm tartare of Scottish salmon with sesame, wasabi avocado and warm dashi. Main courses range from charcoal oven baked Cornish cod with extra virgin olive oil and herb crust, spinach and pomme mousseline to a not-so-naughty mac and cheese. For those with a sweet tooth, the liquorice and lemon thyme poached pears with vanilla mascarpone, cocoa nib and pear sorbet is sure to hit the spot, offering a luxurious way to detox this New Year.
The Bertinet Bakery: “Everyday” artisan sliced sourdough tin range

This January take the first step to a healthier lifestyle by swapping your usual breakfast loaf to a healthier alternative. The Bertinet Bakery have developed a sourdough range baked in a tin that can offer similar usage and keeping qualities but without any of the additives. Made using only 3 ingredients (4 in the case of the malted wheat), the range contains no additives, preservative or processing aids yet stays soft enough for a sandwich for 4 days and can be used for toast well beyond this. The new range includes both a White loaf and a darker Malted wheat loaf that has malted wheat flakes rolled into the crust. The loaves are priced at £3.50 for a large 1kg loaf and are available in selected Waitrose stores.

Yeotown detox retreat

To kick-start the New Year with a healthy mind and healthy body, visit Yeotown. Located in the rustic and unspoiled wilds of North Devon, only a two hour train journey from central London, Yeotown is one of the Europe’s leading health and detox retreats. Run by a friendly team of down-to-earth, highly knowledgeable experts, the retreat focuses on providing guests with a healthy diet, exercise, core work outs, yoga, stress release techniques, mindfulness, and relaxation. A typical day could include a two hour coastal hike, cycling, yoga-inspired stretching, a cookery lesson, mindfulness and meditation, deep tissue massage and dry sauna or hot tub, and evening relaxation by a roaring fire or watching the sun set in the lush gardens. The programme perfectly combines fitness activities with post relaxation methods, leaving guests feeling renewed, refreshed and detoxified upon leaving Yeotown. The cost of the 5 day programme is £1870 per person.

New Year’s resolution ‘healthy package’ at Great Northern Hotel

This New Year, Great Northern Hotel are launching their ‘healthy package’ to get those New Year’s resolutions rolling. Partnering up with Thomson & Scott skinny prosecco as well as world-famous fitness trainers Barry’s Bootcamp to give guests a body-blitz workout and after a well-deserved glass or two of low-sugar bubbles. Guests can expect a total workout with Barry’s Bootcamp, with their signature hour-long workouts include interval cardio routines and strength training using a combination of items such as free-weights, resistance bands and medicine balls, enhanced by pumping night-club playlists – no one class is ever the same. The package includes a stay at the hotel and a healthy breakfast at award winning restaurant on the hotel’s first floor, Plum + Spilt Milk, where light and nutritious dishes include crushed avocado, tomato and chilli on granary toast; quinoa and pumpkin seed granola with low fat yogurt, apple and golden raisins; and buckwheat crepe with coconut yogurt, mango and agave.
The ‘Healthy Package’ is priced from £239 per room per night, based on two sharing and available on a Friday or Saturday night only.

VOGA™ MAMA launches at Coq d’Argent

To kick off the New Year, City restaurant Coq d’Argent is teaming up with House of Voga to host monthly VOGA MAMA classes. Designed by Juliet Murrell, creator of the fashion-meets-fitness movement VOGA™, this new special class allows mums-to-be to enjoy all the benefits of the original style-charged yoga and vogueing fused workout, in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Catering for the varying comfort levels of each participant, the classes are mostly floor-based with ‘chill out’ options available throughout the routine. Classes will be held on the last Sunday of every month in Coq d’Argent’s stunning rooftop garden, and guests will then be invited to enjoy Coq d’Argent’s delicious vegan menu, with dishes such as Golden and red beetroot salad, black truffle and balsamic vinaigrette and Wild mushroom and artichoke risotto. Running from11am-12pm, the classes are priced at £15, with the vegan menu served from 12-4pm, and priced at £26pp for two courses, and £29pp for three courses.

Mindful Chef #NotJustForJanuary

Forget ‘January detox’ or ‘dry January’, Mindful Chef, the healthy recipe box delivery service holds the key to a long-term healthy lifestyle, a resolution you can stick to, and it’s #NotJustForJanuary. Mindful Chef, launched in 2015 by Myles Hopper and Giles Humphries, offers a simple solution to healthy eating which can be easily incorporated into your everyday life. Offering 8 weekly recipes packed with lean and sustainably sourced ingredients delivered straight to your door (free of charge in the UK), they make eating healthily easy. Mindful Chef go above and beyond their competitors presenting truly healthy meal kits that include no refined carbs and therefore avoid high-carb fillers such as pasta or bread, which are still present in other “healthy” meal kits. Instead, Mindful Chef guarantees genuinely exceptional quality, gluten-free, dairy-free and locally sourced fresh, produce, believing that the key to a healthier life is reducing your intake of gluten and that refined sugars and refined carbohydrates should be avoided.