We are drawn to the flavours and natural goodness of the Mediterranean way of eating. It’s a diet that is positively full of plants, fresh herbs, spices, good fats from olive oil, seeds and nuts and well-sourced meat.
Our overall view on nutrition is well summed up by Michael Pollan in his great book In Defence of Food: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”. A diet that follows these principles will be a good diet. We use whole ingredients and favour good fats and good carbs.
To help you find the right thing on the menu for you we have introduced a menu filter, click here to try it out.
We work closely with nutritionists to make sure that the overall menu offers options for everyone whether you’re a hard exercising gym bunny or take a more sedentary approach to life. We are now partnering with The Gut Health Guru, Dr Megan Rossi to tell people more about gut health and gut friendly foods.
We also use Children’s Food Trust guidelines to help create a balanced and nutritious children’s menu. During the development of our meal options for kids we focused on keeping sugar, salt and saturated fat to a minimum.
All our nutritional figures on the menu pages are provided as guidelines. They are all correct to the best of our knowledge but may vary occasionally with ingredient provenance and seasonality. We use a range of nutritional symbols to help you quickly identify the dishes we have on offer.
LOW GLYCEMIC LOAD
We use the tick symbol to denote dishes that have a low Glycemic load. The GL refers to the extent to which a food raises ones blood sugar levels as it is digested. Initially, the concept became known as the Glycemic Index (GI) which measured food on a sugariness scale relative to glucose (which was given a score of 100) – all foods with a score above 50 were seen as bad news. More recently this has been modified to the idea of the Glycemic Load, which recognises the effect of the whole food not just how sugary the carbohydrate element of the food is. We give any dish wish a GL of 11 or under a tick.
GOOD FOR YOUR GUT
These dishes contain live probiotics, the good bacteria that allows our guts to flourish, or are a source of fibre.
WHEAT FREE – click here to see all our wheat free dishes
For a number of reasons, wheat has become a problem for many people. Modern wheat is very different from traditional ‘ancient’ grains such as millet, spelt or kamut. It has been bred to be easier to harvest and higher yielding and now contains much more gluten than these traditional grains. Among other things, wheat can leave those intolerant to it feeling sluggish with flu-like symptoms.
GLUTEN FREE – click here to see all our gluten free dishes
At the extreme, gluten intolerance manifests itself in Coeliac disease. But many people without the disease now steer clear of gluten, which is becoming more common in our food.
VEGETARIAN – click here to see all our vegetarian dishes
These dishes are entirely meat-free. The secret to life is to be able to make vegetables taste good. Succeed in this and the world is yours. You will eat better, more cheaply, and stress out the planet a little less.
These dishes do not contain any animal products whatsoever. No dairy, no egg, no nothing. We are always looking to introduce new vegan treats, if you have any suggestions, do let us know.
DAIRY FREE – click here to see all our dairy free dishes
All mammals, including man, need milk in infancy. As adults many of us lose the enzymes to digest milk and other dairy products. This can lead to poor digestion. Since the widespread use of milk by adult humans, some of us have developed the ability to retain the enzymes to break down milk, but many still have an intolerance.
These dishes have nuts in. We create many dishes that are nut free, and take segregation very seriously in the kitchens so that you can eat confidently with us. However, we cannot guarantee a nut free environment for those with severe allergies.