Baby it’s cold outside….and when it’s cold outside, there is only one thing to be doing and that is observing the artic weather from inside. And I’ve found just the spot for preventing frost bite; discard your hot water bottle and step inside Raw Press, on Ellis Street.
Raw Press….presumably so named because, wait for it, their juices and food are raw. Genius branding right there. It’s hardcore healthy and the cafe does have a slightly frosty, slightly smug atmosphere; I wouldn’t come here if you want to act talk loudly about Friday nights gossip and neither would I come here with someone whose idea of a shot is a jaeger bomb and not a ginger/tumeric concotation. But if you’re after a health kick over the festive season, find yourself a fellow alkaline follower, pull up a chair and get a juice whilst tackling the menu.
Raw Press juices are probably my favourite – you can feel your alkaline halo emerging with each, (expensive), glug. One of my favourite birthday presents was being presented in the morning with x2 bottles of these. (Accompanied with a note which said to counteract all the cake you’ll eat later…..) There are so many concotions to chose from – go die hard, straight up veg style, veg with a fruity sweet spot or creamy mylks.
The porridge here, (£6.60), is served piping hot and sure fire to banish any chillbains. It’s a decent sized bowl and although there aren’t particularly imaginative on toppings, (for those I’d go to 26 Grains), it does leave you feeling like you’ve had a hug from Father Christmas.
When the weather has left you wondering if you will ever feel your fingers again, the thought of a cold acai bowl might leave you all of a shiver, but, trust me, get a pot of tea at the same time as one of these bowls and you’ll be pretending your in the Amazon in no time. The topping options for these bowls, (£9), are much more interesting compared to the porridge options; my favourite is the ‘sweet strawberry ‘ option which isn’t overtly sweet but if you’re after a healthy sugar fix to fuel your Christmas shopping then the ‘blackberry and coyo’ option is for you. Loaded with blackberries, coconut yoghurt, almond butter, cacao nibs and granola, this is just what the Doctor prescribed for those tackling Oxford Street for a a frenzied Christmas shopping trip.
As instgrammable and as decorative as the herbal teas are, a pot of tea here will set you back £5.00 which is pretty steep. But it’s worth splashing out on afternoon tea here; even if you’re saving your pennies for the January sales, whatever you do make sure, in the name of festive sampling, you get a caramel shortbread slice.
These sweet treats are where Raw Press come into their own. I quite happily demolished a slice by myself but they are pretty rich so could easily be shared- although possibly an optimistic thought once you’ve had a bite. Goey on the top with a satisfyingly crunchy base, these rival Juice Baby any day- which is saying something!
My other favourite Raw Press snacks are the moreish mini bites; the scales are definitely in favour of these 4pm pick me ups!
Raw Press is conveniently located just off the Duke of Square which has some of the best Christmas decorations I’ve seen. Many of the cafe food options are available to go, so if you’re feeling particularly stressed for donning ticking off your Christmas shopping list, you can walk the streets of Chelsea with your hands wrapped around a warm cup. It is expensive, as everything is freshly made on site with good quality ingredients, so I would go with someone who is prepared to fork out for a healthy meal; and with all the mince pies that are eaten between now and the New Year, splashing out on a juice that will give you the glow in time the next Christmas party is definitely justifiable!