Lavazza Flagship Store
Lavazza has just opened its first UK flagship store in Soho. Located on Great Marlborough Street, visitors can browse the Italian brand’s new 1895 collection, which includes seven new flavours of sustainably sourced coffee, including ‘Petal Storm’ with notes of chocolate, coffee blossom and orange, and ‘Cocoa Rebel’ with notes of chocolate and cinnamon. Shoppers can also enjoy hot drinks at the cafeteria or sample cocktails during the evening from the ‘Coffeetails’ menu – expect drinks like the ‘Negroni Cold Brew’, and the ‘Nuvola Spritz’ made with Campari. There’s also a grocery area with a special tasting counter, plus a restaurant on the first floor with flavours of coffee woven throughout the menu.
23-24 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, W1F 7HU
Strazzanti Sicilian Sweet Nut Creams
Sicilian Sisters Emilia, Sofia and Nina Strazzanti know a thing or two about great Italian food. Having grown up around their Sicilian family, they create delicious recipes using fresh Italian produce which can be found at their online deli or in the Selfridges Foodhall. Our current favourite? The trio of nut spreads: almond, hazelnut and pistachio cream. Spread them on toast, pastries, cake or panettone – each has a slightly roasted flavour and has been produced using sustainable dry farming methods. Trust us when we say they’re seriously delicious.
Regular SL readers will know we love DabbaDrop, the south Asian plant-based takeaway service that delivers sustainably made food to homes across the capital. We were excited to hear it’s now created a range of condiments. Available for nationwide delivery from Monday 29th November, pots include ginger jam, pineapple and mango chutney, pickled onions, and gunpowder – a spice mix known as Podi in India which is made with sesame seeds, lentils and chilli. Ideal for spicing up homemade curries or serving alongside naan.
Real Iron Goddess
Non-alcoholic kombucha brand Real has created a limited-edition spiced tea for autumn. Iron Goddess is lightly sparkling, made from fermented Chinese oolong tea with notes of stewed apple, plum, honeydew and dried apricot. Produced in the Chiltern Hills using natural fermentation techniques, the blend has a sweet finish and velvety texture, making it an ideal drink to accompany dessert. Only 1,000 bottles of Iron Goddess have been produced, so you’ve got to be quick if you want to get your hands on one.
Whether you’re looking to make healthy switches or simply cut down your meat and fish consumption, Greedy Vegan’s subscription boxes make plant-based eating simple. Delivered to postcodes in south-west London, boxes are filled with vegan substitutes such as plant-based sausages, tuna and burgers by Future, The Meatless Farm mince, Biona Organic quinoa burgers, Better Nature tempeh and This Isn’t bacon rashers. Order a one-off box or choose regular deliveries.
The Modern Milkman
If you’re looking to cut down on food waste and single-use plastics, The Modern Milkman is a sustainable and eco-friendly way to have fresh produce delivered to your doorstep. Download the app to order organic milk and eggs, homemade milkshakes, baked goods, and fresh fruit and veg, all of which come in either glass bottles, glass refills or metal caddies. You can even add or remove items from your order up to 8pm the night before your scheduled delivery. Once you’ve eaten the produce, simply return the reusable packaging, leave the empty bottles out for the milkman, and pop what’s left over in the compost.
The Good Grain
If you never find the time for a proper breakfast or struggle to make healthy choices in the morning, The Good Grain makes vegan, gluten-free overnight oats and chia puddings that can be popped in the fridge so you always have something healthy and nourishing on hand. Free from refined sugars, the pots are made using 100% natural ingredients, with 12 flavours to choose from, including salted date and peanut, maple tahini, cookie dough, mocha latte, mango tropic and carrot cake. Topped with nuts, seeds or dried fruit, they’re full of flavour, fibre and nutrients.
Pensador Hot Chocolate Kits
Mezcal brand Pensador has teamed up with Mexican food brand Cool Chile to create an alcoholic hot chocolate kit. The hot chocolate itself has notes of cinnamon and almonds thanks to the rich Oaxaca cocoa made from ground Tabasqueño cacao beans. Make it according to the instructions, add a shot of Pensador Mezcal and serve with a slice of orange for a festive touch. Kits (£41.50) can be ordered from Cool Chile from Monday 15th November.
If you’re after a thoughtful gift to send loved ones, Bear’s Brownies delivers trays of homemade bakes straight to your door. Available for nationwide next-day delivery, there’s an extensive selection of flavours to choose from, including Guinness with a creamy cheesecake layer, peanut butter, mocha, and jammie dodger blondies. Bear’s original recipe also happens to be vegan – ideal if you’re making the switch during World Vegan Month.
T2 Cold Brew
Tea lovers, this one’s for you. T2 has created a collection of cold brew tea – a great sugar-free alternative to cordials and squashes. Caffeine free, the range includes three flavours of iced tea which can be served with frozen fruit, ice and mint for a refreshing drink. Choose from ‘Mango & Mint’, ‘Peachberry’ and ‘Citrus Zing’ blended with lemon, hibiscus and thyme. If you struggle to drink enough water throughout the day, pop one into your water bottle for a fruity hit.
Unwined Ski Season Boxes
South London wine bar chain Unwined has launched a collection of at-home boxes filled with wine, artisan cheese and snacks. The first box aims to bring the magic of the ski season into your dining room with a range of treats inspired by a chic Alpine resort. The ‘Ski Season’ box (£65) includes an off-dry riesling from Chile, a bottle of Austrian zweigelt, and a delicate old-vine grenache from the Sierra de Gredos mountain range in Spain. Cheeses include a gorgonzola from Piemonte, a gruyère-style cheese from the Swiss Alps and a vacherin Mont d’Or (a soft cheese similar to brie).
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