London’s first broth bar has arrived in Notting Hill. Introducing your new healthy hot drink, Bone Tea
With the likes of Nama and Portobello Organic Kitchen serving up raw food, cold-pressed juices and guilt-free treats, Notting Hill has established itself as London’s health food destination. Now, there’s a new place in town.
Bjorn Van Der Horst and Omar Romero, former staff at The Rosewood London, have opened the capital’s first dedicated bone broth bar at 209 Westbourne Grove. Why? Boiling broth isn’t exactly a new concept, but this soothing drink, championed by the hottest names in wellness the Hemsley sisters, is packed with vitamins, is low in salt and is dairy and gluten-free.
As Bone Tea’s tag line explains, broth is becoming known as a healthy substitute for our favourite caffeinated drinks. ‘Bone Tea is a healthy and stylish alternative to common fast food and coffee shops,’ says the brand’s website.
The bar offers five different types of broth – beef, pork, chicken, mushroom or fruit – as well as a small food menu which includes meat marmalade and pulled pork buns (it’s not really one for veggies). Teas start at £3 and food is available from £6. The broths are cheaper than most smoothies and offer an instant nutritional pick-me-up. So, will this trend take off in London?
If the recent success of Marco Canora’s New York restaurant Brodo is anything to go by, then yes – especially when we all start feeling rundown during the winter months. It’s just a case of swapping your cup of coffee for a cup of broth, says Bone Tea founder Van Der Horst.
‘Omar and I were discussing the amazing world wide growth of the branded coffee shops and giggling at the idea that perhaps it was not the coffee or tea that today’s consumer was addicted to but the ‘on the go cup’, he explains.
Yet Van Der Horst is aware that unlike other food fads, this trend has a legacy.
‘It’s been a staple of diet routines for a while now, spreading across the continental US like wildfire and of course has an historic place in British and European culture with the likes of beef tea and the old Bouillons of Paris like Chartiers, as well as being the hot beverage of choice for over 3 billion people in Asia every morning.’
‘Like fashion and design, food and drink go through the same cycles,’ he adds. ‘We are reinventing the past and making it relevant. In doing so, we are having fun, offering a healthier alternative and a contemporary tasty lifestyle option.’
Giving up an iced coffee for a Bone Tea might not appeal mid-Summer, but by October? We predict a broth movement.
Find out more at bone-tea.com.