The motto of Hemsley + Hemsley is ‘good food, good mood, good digestion, good health’. Sisters Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley are amongst leading pioneers of the healthy food scene in London.

As well as their cook books and TV series they now have a restaurant in central London within Selfridges to showcase their motto.

Their philosophy is that we can all eat to feel better by bringing food back to basics – using natural fats, a huge array of seasonal fruit and veg, nuts, pseudo-cereals and pulses. All the recipes are free from gluten, grains and refined sugars…and delicious.

The setting

The restaurant is on the third floor of Selfridges. The colours  are warm wood and a calm green with lots of plants. It looks modern, inviting and light. You can sit at the counter, a large communal table or separate tables. When we visited it was busy with shoppers  and tourists.

Photo credit: Selfridges

The green juice test

The green juice test, or as I sometimes think of it, the green juice challenge, was not very challenging at H+H. They offer two freshly made options, a ‘hardcore’ green one with only veggies and a milder version with apple juice. Being a huge juice softy, I went for the latter and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The juice was a bit sweet with a punchy note of celery. There was even a hint of fennel which was very nice.

What we ate

There is a huge menu to choose from, ranging from starters to hearty salads to soup so it was not an easy decision. We went for a combination of starters, soup and a main to try a broad range.

I went for the Moroccan spiced lentil soup which was seasoned perfectly and came with toasted quinoa bread to dip. What a treat!

My friend went for the easier, but equally delicious, option of salads. You can have up to three salads of your choice with any main and the choice is great.

All in all, one of my favourite places. The food is lovely, staff are friendly and the philosophy of Melissa and Jasmine really shines through. If you find yourself in central London, this is a great option at any time of the day.

What else

Although I would call this place a restaurant rather than a café, there is no reservation policy. However, we had no problem getting a seat.

The menus change with the seasons, so a bit heartier in Autumn and Winter and lighter in the summer. The prices might seem a bit steep but the portions are huge.

The bill

Spiced red lentil soup £7.50
Kimchi £2.00
Green juice (medium) £7.50
Main salads £15
Chilled pep-up tea £4.00

 

Photo credit: Selfridges


What made us glow

The culinary concept with sustainable, homemade, nutrient dense food which is colourful, tasty and makes you glow from the inside out.

 

Hemsley + Hemsley Café

400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB

Hemsley + Hemsley Café at Selfridges
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