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Brunch: a midday combination of breakfast and lunch that must include a flat white, countless smashed avocados and 50+ Instagram snaps. The ever-growing trend has become a millennial tradition, with Brits spending more than £13 billion on the weekend staple each year.
With that in mind, WH welcomes you to Behind The Brunch, a monthly feature franchise sieving the mediocre poached eggs from the unforgettable and filling you in on all the behind-the-scenes magic.
First up? The Farm Girl Cafe. Sit back to discover everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Rose Mann – aka Farm Girl – and her infamous rose lattes.
FARM GIRL CAFE:
Brunch is hotter than Nike’s new ‘Nothing Beats A Londoner’ ad.
And so too is the Farm Girl Cafe. With celebrity regulars including Emma Watson, Margot Robbie and Liv Tyler, to name just a few, if you haven’t seen the waves of rose lattes, edible- flower-covered buckwheat pancakes and coconut BLT’s spamming your Instagram feed, where have you been?
Before you roll your eyes and go back to scrolling Facebook, stop. The Farm Girl Cafe has stolen the hearts of so many for one reason: it’s refreshing approach to wellness. Mann’s focus is on wholefoods, not health foods. Her dairy, bread and coffee are all sourced from local London suppliers, and Farm Girl was the first ever cafe to use Rude Health milks as alternatives to cow’s milk. This is not just another cafe jumping on the wellness fad wagon but a cafe born from Mann’s love of good, honest food.
Feb 1, 2018 at 12:22am PST
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WHO IS ROSE MANN?
A bit about the woman herself. Mann grew up on a cattle and dairy farm in Australia and moved to London eight years ago. “Food culture in Australia is so cool. Everything is fresh and healthy, and cafes are constantly mixing nutritious, interesting ingredients. And the coffee is insane.
“When I moved to London, I found shops with amazing quality coffee and restaurants serving tasty food but nowhere that did both. I wanted juices and salads packed full of yummy salads that appealed to my best friend who’s vegan, my boyfriend, Ant, who’s health conscious but slightly wary of the superfood powders and also my father who’s favourite meal is scrambled eggs and ketchup.
“Everyone said London didn’t have the climate for acai bowls or maca powder but I knew people would love foods that made them feel good. Farm Girl was never meant to be a health food cafe—just a place serving good, honest food for everyone.”
Her ethos? “Eat what makes you feel good. There are so many people telling you what to eat and how to live your life but I don’t ever want to do that. I want people to build their own smoothie bowls and salads around the foods they love – and have a donut, if they so wish.”
Want out find out what really goes into a most-liked cafe? We asked Mann to share ten facts that you didn’t know about the lusted-after brunch spot. Think avocados, Instagram fails and zero waste before it got trendy.
Dec 14, 2017 at 5:37am PST
10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT FARM GIRL CAFE:
1. The Antipodean brunch menu includes charcoal and hibiscus super lattes, BLT’s made with coconut ‘bacon’ and Blue Jack Tacos, made with next favourite vegan alternative, jackfruit. They also invented the rose latte, lavender latte, butterfly latte and hibiscus latte. Wondering what a rose latte actually consists of? Your average latte with some infused rose water from Herbs in a Bottle, naturally.
2. Rumour has it they’ve recently had to ban customers standing on chairs to take photos, after one over-excitable guest took a tumble while instagramming their meal. Occasionally guests bring professional lighting and other equipment into the cafes to aid their photography.
3. Farm Girl gets through more than 3k avocados a week and over 3.5k eggs. That’s a lot.
4. Their executive chef Benoit Marmoiton used to work as the Beckhams private chef in LA and London. He joined the Farm Girl team in 2015 for the launch on Portobello Road and creates the Farm Girl menus.
5. Wondering who you have to thank for the Instagrammable interiors making your feed look great? Each Farm Girl branch is designed by House & Garden’s Top 100 leading interior designers Beata Heuman.
6. The iconic bulldog stencil used on many of the Farm Girl lattes is actually Mann and Ant’s own Frenchie, Bronte. The sites are all dog-friendly to accommodate for guests’ furry friends.
7. The pink tables in the courtyard of the Farm Girl Portobello Road site that form the backdrop to so many Instagram shots were hand painted by Mann. “We had some paint left over from the cafe bathrooms and the tables were grey. I just kept thinking how boring they were.”
8. All of their crockery is handmade to order in Dorset by an elderly man named David.
9. Way before zero waste was even a thing, Farm Girl was on the anti-plastic hype. All the “plastic”-looking takeaway packaging used in store is actually made from plant based PLA, which in turn is made from corn starch. Some of the takeaway bowls are made from sugar cane off-cuts.
10. Their butterfly latte gets its name from the “clitoria” plant which is what makes the blue colour. This is added to a traditional matcha.
MANN’S GO TO ORDER?
“Brown rice with shredded cucumber, marinated kale and shiitake mushrooms. Plus avocado and, sometimes, chicken. I also love our palm salad because I’m a sucker for walnuts.”
FARM GIRL CAFE’S USP?
“Our name. We’re the Farm Girl and Farm Boy, and we’ll always be happy to meet you.”
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Ally Head is Junior Digital Writer at Women’s Health. Join me on Instagram: @allyyhead