If you’re looking for food that is as healthy as it is delicious, look no further than award-winning The Willow. This unique restaurant and bar is within easy reach of Kingston and Norbiton stations. Only using natural ingredients and omitting preservatives, additives and refined sugars, the team’s message is that food is medicine; however, the seasonal menus never compromise on flavour.
Enter The Willow via a courtyard garden and you’ll find that the dining room is a spacious, relaxing oasis of calm, with a touch of glamour. The atmosphere is convivial, the service charming and efficient, and the menu is truly unique. A pervasive respect for food is reflected in the careful choice of ethical suppliers, and as much consideration is given to cooking methods as to ingredients by the innovative head chef.
The Willow’s ‘health on a plate’ philosophy means that all recipes have been created with dietary preferences and intolerances in mind. The menu signposts categories such as dairy-free, grain-free and low FODMAP, allowing customers to enjoy their food without worry, regardless of individual dietary needs. Everything on the menu is gluten-free, with their Coeliac UK accreditation providing assurance. The interesting range of starters includes Galician octopus, which is served with Puy lentils, avocado and smoky lime chimichurri, imparting wonderful depth of flavour. With main dishes to suit all palates, we were spoilt for choice. I enjoyed roasted organic lamb rump served with cashews and aubergine. My companion chose the fabulous vegan falafel burger encased in Portobello mushrooms with almond butter and a rainbow of vegetables – one of their most popular dishes. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are plentiful. Healthy eating at The Willow doesn’t mean missing out on sweet treats. We tried a raw vegan cheesecake and the flourless chocolate cake with banana ice cream and thoroughly enejoyed them. To accompany your meal, there’s an impressive range of gluten-free beer on draught, organic wine and cider, and even a selection of naturally inspired cocktails.
The Willow is a sophisticated venue for adults, but is also family-friendly, offering Sunday lunches, a healthy children’s menu and Kid’s Kitchen workshops. There’s also a breakfast menu available. This must-visit restaurant is equally suitable for celebrations, meetings or a quiet meal and offers a growing schedule of special events.