Yeotown Kitchen, Chiltern Street
Marylebone’s Chiltern Street may be most famous for the famed celebrity hangout Chiltern Firehouse, but if Christmas has left you in the mood for something more detoxing than decadent, then we recommend the nearby Yeotown Kitchen.
Owners Simon and Mercedes Sieff run Yeotown Retreat in Devon, a holistic programme which aims to optimise both mental and physical wellbeing.
It has won both the coveted Tatler Award for ‘Life Changing Spa’ and the Condé Nast Traveller Award for ‘Best Spa Retreat UK,’ and now you can get a flavour of the Yeotown lifestyle without having to leave London.
Yeotown Kitchen operates both a takeaway and a sit-down service, so you can pop by to pick up a smoothie or salad, or relax over a three-course meal. The restaurant is cosy and friendly, with smiling staff who are eager to offer recommendations and explanations of the menu.
There’s an extensive range of smoothies and juices, some of which deliver you your five-a-day in a single glass. I sampled the ‘Love’ juice, packed with every green vegetable I could name, which turned out to be as delicious as it was healthy, with green apple and pear giving it an unexpected sweetness.
The ‘Mindful Mezze’ platter that followed consisted of a lemon and edamame hummus, sunflower pâté and wasabi dip, served with kimchi and some very moreish seeded crackers, which was a great start to the meal. The platter was entirely vegan, as are many items on the menu, but there’s often the option to add chicken or fish – there’s no enforced vegetarianism here, just an emphasis on eating what makes you feel good.
Whatever you choose, you certainly won’t be left hungry. From curries to salads, and from wraps to gluten-free mac and ‘cheese’, the main courses are all substantial and packed with flavour.
If you do have room for dessert, Yeotown’s healthy ethos still allows for something sweet. The paleo cookie is soft and squishy, and the chocolate brownie is wonderfully rich. Yeotown’s holistic approach to wellness places equal weight on the health of the body and of the mind.
So having enjoyed a nourishing meal, it’s time to experience the a ‘Meditation Station.’ There, large, egg-shaped ‘meditation pods’ perfectly cocoon you from the rest of the restaurant, and with the headphones on you feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of London. There are currently five meditations to choose from, with more to come as Yeotown plans to collaborate with big names in the wellness industry.
Taking just a few minutes out of your day to clear your mind can have a profound effect on your mood, and with Yeotown’s swift service you can easily fit the whole experience into your lunch hour. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to take some time out – but at Yeotown Kitchen, it’s all part of the service.