Raw Press Cafe

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Regardless of where you stand on the juicing topic, it is hard to ignore the amount of tempting cold press juice shops, which have peppered London’s landscape in the recent years. Though for some, their activity was, sadly, brief. As it turns out, cold pressed juice stores are not the easiest of business models to sustain. Raw Press Co however, has not only managed to maintain its presence but also expand and grow. (The Rocco Forte Hotel Group has recently announced its collaboration with Raw Press as part of their brand-wide spa initiative, tapping into the recent wellness boom.)

We have long been fans of their Dover Street location, relying on the green pick-me-ups and the mouthwatering (though quickly sold out) salads to sustain us between meetings. Not to mention one of the tastiest Mylks in town. Much like Mayfair, in a neighbourhood where prices aren’t always kind and don’t always reflect quality, Raw Press Chelsea extension is a welcome addition.

Having opened pretty quietly, without much fanfare and big launches, Raw Press Co’s second cafe has quickly become a favourite with the team. Its location, both central and tucked away, its airy and roomy space and the delicious, healthy menu make for an inviting spot. Vibrant and simple details extending from interior decoration to tableware, as well as chatty staff enhance it all the more.

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With a steady trickle of customers and a predictable lunch rush, the cafe is as suitable for a coffee meeting as it is for a couple of hot-desking hours with your laptop. For breakfast we enjoy the nut butter and banana open-faced sandwich made with one of the best gluten-free breads Vaara staff have tried. The freshly-baked bread selection served sliced, is something worth noting as it’s so far from the plethora of cardboard-like other GF breads out there.

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Raw Press does a couple of lovely sweet and savoury GF waffles as well. We recommend you forgo the maple for the spicy corn one. Made from sweet potato, buckwheat and sweet corn, it’s served with mashed avocado. A selection of fresh salads, such as pickled cauliflower, kale & ginger with Tahini or courgetti with romesco sauce can be served atop a hot baked sweet potato. Smoothies, lattes, matcha green tea and a variety of raw dessert treats also abound.

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And then, of course, there is the cold-pressed juice. A colourful rainbow of bottles stacked in a wall-wide fridge section. The green juice comes in 3 variations from mild to serious, depending on how hardcore you are about your kale. The Mylks are all note-worthy as well, with the Almond one especially delicious, whether on its own or at home with a coffee.

Having developed a good menu offering to supplement its juice, along with its location and welcoming interiors, we think Raw Press may be onto a winning combination.

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