London, ChelseaTanya's Café, the raw trailblazer

By Karen Brown, Glowcation Editor
21 September '17

We love the mantra of Tanya’s Café: raw, organic, handmade and plant-based.

Tanya Maher, an expert in detox and holistic living, has created an eat in/out oasis in Chelsea.

The deli shelves are stacked with salad bowls, signature cold pressed juices and raw cakes.

The café provides a perfect health kick before exploring South Kensington’s museums, Knightsbridge and the King’s Road.

The setting

Tanya’s Café is tucked away in the foyer of the My Chelsea hotel in Ixworth Place. It combines a Grab N’Go with a Grab N’Dine In. The layout lets you take away your goodies or eat them in the hotel’s calming Lobby space, AKA The Living Room.

Here the bar also serves more standard fare and cappuccinos alongside Tanya’s special lattes (Macha, Golden Turmeric, Medicinal Mushroom, Chai and Cocoa). The light filled space has spacious sofa seating in a palm filled atrium. And a pretty, outdoor courtyard dotted with ferns and geraniums.

Pale woods, natural fabrics and greenery add to the atmosphere.

The background music is soothing and power points are plentiful.

The Living Room space was quiet at 10 am on a Monday, with just a few hotel guests working on their laptops.

It slowly filled up with locals during the morning. The staff were friendly and helpful.

The little things

We loved the environmental use of a stripy, retro red and white straw rather than single use plastic. The complimentary taster latte shot (Medicinal Mushroom) was a find and a great way of trying out new flavours.

The fresh juice test

Tanya’s Sugar Free Fix ticks the raw cold pressed box. Refreshing with a hint of bitterness.

It contains parsley, cucumber, lemon, spinach, mint, ginger and avocado.

It’s unpasteurised, organic and felt positively medicinal.

What we ate

The deli/take away section fridges are packed with a choice of raw salads. We had the signature adventure salad bowl at £11.55. A colourful mix of raw beetroot, red cabbage, carrot, quinoa, kale, guacamole and coconut.

No dressing, but a serious palate cleanser and packaged in a take away box.

We couldn’t resist the lime and avocado cheezecake from the large raw cake section. A fab combo with a citrus hit of lime and the smooth, creamy texture of avocado. All sprinkled with dried rose petals.

The bill

Adventure Salad £11.55
Sugar Free Fix juice £6.95
Cheezecake £6.20

My taster Medicinal Mushroom Latte (with coconut milk) tasted like a rich hot chocolate with a hint of mushroom.

It was delicious, but a full cup may have been too much.

The staff are happy to put the eat in food on plates if you ask.

What else?

Tanya’s Café is on Deliveroo and Quiqup which is good news.

What made us glow?

The spacious, calming, green surroundings.

It would be very easy to lose half a day relaxing in a Tanya’s Café sofa…and we did!

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Tanya's Café

35 Ixworth Place,
London SW3 3QX

020 7225 7500
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