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Farmstand

Restaurants, Global Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(20user reviews)
Farmstand
Venue says Fast, fresh and delicious evening dining. A menu of small plates & sharing dishes, botanical cocktails & a short list of organic wines.

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A minimalist eco-friendly salad spot to suit all diets

For a place that sounds like it sells punnets of strawberries and fresh duck eggs, this eco-friendly salad box joint is surprisingly clean-lined and minimalist. A neat row of tables is obscured by a brightly lit fridge of salad boxes and juices.

Fortunately the food, though undeniably health-conscious, is far from clinical. Tender strips of chicken that have been properly committed to a harissa marinade come in a pile so huge you’d think they were trying to get rid of it – and we’re talking the fanciest of free-range varieties here. The standard serving (£7.50) allows you to add two salads (hot or cold) to your protein of choice, all of which are impressively hearty. Squidgy roasted Jerusalem artichokes with capers and parsley are a lovely alternative to the usual potato-heavy sides, and a raw romanesco cauliflower and mustard seed salad provided a good dose of colour to balance the box out.

In fact, it wasn’t until I cracked open a suspiciously nutritious-tasting bottle of juice that I realised everything in our box had been wheat-, gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free. Yet still felt like a proper meal. And while it’s not exactly a cheap ‘to-go’ option, if you manage to snag one of the tables and refresh yourself on free filtered tap water (sparkling or still), Farmstand suddenly becomes a great-value, slick spot for a wholesome sit-down meal. Feast on your five-a-day, set the world to rights and go back to the office feeling good inside.

Farmstand says
Farmstand is all about great tasting, plant-powered food that fuels you with energy, packs a punch on nutrition and takes care of the planet too. The all-day menu which is 80% veggie, 5% sustainable fish and 15% meat, is made from scratch by the Farmstand team using only seasonal ingredients sourced from ethical British suppliers.

Farmstand is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee, to eat in or take away. Pick up porridge or eggs with full on flavour toppings on your way to work; fuel your lunch break with our signature Farmstand boxes: 1 base, 1 main and 2 sides with dishes including Chana Masala, Sicilian Aubergine and Harissa Chicken, along with healthy snacks, seasonal soups and salads; or meet up with friends for drinks and dinner.

Farmstand recently introduced fast, fresh and delicious evening dining in the heart of Covent Garden. A menu of small plates and sharing dishes, botanical cocktails and a short list of wines including natural and organic options. The ideal spot for pre-theatre dining or an after work catch up with friends, Monday – Saturday from 5pm.

Details

Address: 42 Drury Lane
London
WC2B 5AJ
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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Opening hours: Mon- Fri 7.30am- 9pm; Sat 9am-9pm; Sun 10am-5pm
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Users say (20)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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An early evening pit stop, at this new venue, I had pull beef, and pale beer, both remarkably good, much better than expected, love the relaxed layout, now curious about breakfast!

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Staff Writer

This is a cool spot to keep in mind if you want a healthy, not-too-pricey, on-the-go lunch in Covent Garden. The vibe is like a more civilised version of Wholefoods - bright, airy with lots of space. I went for breakfast and had a tasty breakfast box - two eggs, spinach and tomato for less than a fiver. I think I'm right in saying that all their food is dairy and gluten free, so for health-conscious / vegan / clean eating folk it's perfect. It's a great alternative to Pret - I'm planning to go back to try their lunch. 

tastemaker

Farmstand – where health-conscious meets tasty! 


Having walked past it numerous times, I tried it out for lunch. The concept is DIY style – you choose your protein and then two sides; or opt for one of their pre-curated meal combinations. I tried the Autumn Chipotle Chicken, which came with delicious hot pulled chicken, wild rice, and marinated root veggies. They all worked together really well and had a great smoky taste, though my slight complaint was that the roots were served cold. One box costs around £7.40, which is a little pricey for what you get. However, its perfect for those who love trying bits of everything, and anyone who wants a quick guilt-free lunch in a lovely surrounding. 

tastemaker

Nice, relaxed atmosphere when I arrived just after 9.30 am.  Food looked delicious and indeed, my fellow diners all agreed that it was.  But - what they describe as "organic filter coffee" (£1) was weak and disgusting, so much so that I made a visit to a nearby cafe for a real coffee, to kill the awful taste in my mouth. I'll definitely be back for their food as its delicious and caters well for my vegetarian and coeliac friends but will stick to drinking juices next time.

tastemaker

Guilt-free fast food! I discovered this place while looking for somewhere to grab a really quick bite to eat before the theatre. A fantastic selection of delicious and healthy dishes (and sweet treats too) - very filling and I spent under a tenner! I will definitely be back for more!

tastemaker

By my calculations I’ve grabbed lunch at Farmstand over 80 times in the past year, which means I obviously rate it! The concept is wonderful - everything on the menu is gluten free, refined sugar free, organic, and sustainably sourced! The main menu let’s you choose a main and two sides and has expanded over the past 6 months and now has options such as trout, harissa chicken, miso eggplant, braised beef with plenty of varied sides such as fava beans, romanesco, sweet potato, buckwheat.. the list goes on! Positives about this place are definitely related to the food, as there are some negatives: The service - for the community vibe this place is trying to create, the staff are awfully impersonal, the interaction is no better than going to Pret or McDonalds. Secondly, portions are out of whack. Of those 80-something times I’ve been, I’ve never had consistent portions! Sometimes it’s half a container of buckwheat with little meat and a small serving of broccoli, other times it’s relatively even. Definitely not to let the negatives overshadow, on a whole Farmstand is a welcome addition to the London healthy option scene and certainly worth a try if you’re in the area!

Tastemaker

I love this place. It's simple, great value, great tasting and a great place to be in. You simply pick a protein, and 2 salads to go along with it, and it pretty much comes out at around £7 or so for a pretty filling and nutritious meal. Throw in the fact that the salads are genuinely fun and interesting, there's sparkling water ON TAP, and the space itself is beautiful, I'd be hard pressed to name a better option for a healthy lunch in London let alone just the area it's in!


One of my go-to lunch spots in covent garden. The quality of food here is excellent and there is a great range of healthy foods to choose from. It works by picking a main item and sides. I'm vegan and always go for the vegan aubergine special with two sides (usually broccoli and sweet potato). It's amazing! You can also create your own salads and theres a great dessert range too. A great spot for a healthy meal and a great choice of sides to go with a main. Staff are friendly and theres a good amount of seating. 

Tastemaker

The space is great: bright, airy, spacious, and spread over two floors. The fill-your-own tap water (still and sparkling) is a nice touch. However, prices are high-ish for a meager amount of food, and while many of the baked goods are dairy-free, none is vegan.

Tastemaker

This is an adorable little hygge-style cafe, tucked just down Drury Lane in Covent Garden. One of the walls is completely adorned with potted plants, the food is simple, fresh and delicious. Not cheap, mind you, but not terribly priced especially given it's Covent Garden. I had salmon with sweet potatoes and a broccoli side for around 7 quid. The raspberry tart was a little dry, mind you. 


The bare golden brick of the cafe, with high ceilings and not overly-stacked seating, makes this lunch spot feel airy, bright and open. 


And, to make it even better the cafe prides itself on being sustainable and environmentally responsible. They refuse to carry water bottles in store, so both still and sparkling water are available for free. 


Lovely lunch with a clear conscious! 

tastemaker

This is a great lunch place in Covent Garden inspired by the healthy cafes of Sydney according to the owner. They serve several different meats as mains and then you can pick 2-3 salad or veggie sides to go with it. Really yummy and healthy!


I think of Farmstand as an upgraded version of Leon. Same fast-casual format, but with a buffet style menu offering uncountable numbers of dishes combining fresh, tasty food. Love that it is 100% Gluten-Free with lots of veggie and vegan options. Also appreciate the ethical sourcing approach, most evident in the provision of filter water on tap rather than sale of plastic water bottles, but with the same approach under the hood for the full food range.

tastemaker

With an entirely gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free menu, Farmstand is the latest ‘casual fast food’ café offering sustainably sourced and healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners in the heart of Covent Garden and inspired by roadside stalls from the American Midwest.

Farmstand feels healthy – plants grow up the exposed brick walls, there’s white woodwork and sparkling and still water taps with glasses piled up next to them in a help yourself style – everything about this place oozes clean living.

For lunch or dinner, you can either build your own box (the standard option is one option and two sides) or grab a ready-to-go box. Out of all the hot main options, the slow cooked beef brisket looked the most appealing, served with tahini and sesame seed topped broccoli and carrots. The beef was well done and fell apart in the way a good beef brisket should.

It also packed a real garlic punch, which could be slightly overpowering for some, but for me was tasty. However, the carrots had an odd back taste that was quite bitter and unpleasant while the broccoli was undercooked and hard.

The second main was lamb meatballs in a smoked paprika and tomato sauce, with buckwheat tabbouleh, fennel, cucumber and pickled lemon, and roasted sweet potatoes with ginger and coconut yoghurt.

The meatballs had a nice flavour, but after the mound of beef brisket only being served two fairly small meatballs was slightly disappointing. The sweet potatoes were nice but a tad bland, and the tabbouleh average and nothing to get too excited about.

I was surprised by how much grease came out of the coconut blondie onto the paper bag, but flavour overall was nice and the coconut came through well.

If I worked nearby I probably would go for a nice treat lunch as the options are healthy enough not to make me feel guilty, a step up from your standard chain sandwich or salad, but at the slightly higher end of the lunch price scale if you chose a build your own box – a good destination for a working lunch with friends or colleagues.


If you are looking for a healthy spot for Lunch or Dinner near Covent Garden I can highly recommend Farmstand. I loved it's feel good food. Currently you can pick a main and two sides for £7.50 - the portions are relatively small but filling! They have still and sparkling water on tap (free) and lots of tempting deserts. I'm pretty sure they said everything is gluten and dairy free also - a good find if you know someone who can't have either. Definitely worth checking out.


A lovely selection of salads for a very reasonable price. My 'go-to' before seeing a showing in Covent Garden.


Pretty tasty food for healthy options. Perfect for lunch goers that want a quick and healthy lunch. 

tastemaker

A pretty solid lunch option, if you're in the area and looking for a quick and easy meal. For lunch and dinner, you can pick 1 protein with 2 sides for £7.50. The portion is quite small, so you might feel a little hungry after but that's perfect because you can grab one of their baked goods for dessert! 


I had the poached salmon with the miso broccoli and soba noodle salad as my 2 sides. The salmon tasted great - it was cooked perfectly and super soft and easy to break apart. The 2 sides were quite interesting as well. The broccoli had a miso and coconut milk dressing, which was pretty unique in my opinion and the broccoli was still crunchy and not overcooked. As for the soba noodle salad, it was also marinated in a light sesame dressing, which made the whole dish fresh. 


The eatery itself actually has quite a few tables to have your meal eat-in but they obviously also do takeaway as an option. 

Staff WriterStaff Comp

Great place in Covent Garden for a spot of healthy lunch. I've also used them for a deliveroo which is ideal when you are unable to get out of the office.

Tastemaker

Fantastically tasty veggie food (with meat and fish options) in Covent Garden. The veggie options really impressed me: from roasted Jerusalem artichokes with capers and parsley to raw romanesco cauliflower and mustard seed salad to charred broccoli with chilli and garlic to quinoa and bean options. So much yummy options. The boxes are generously filled as well. I got one box for dinner and another for lunch the next day. The coconut yogurt with pomegranate arils is also slightly sweet but not too much. A great treat.


Great spot for lunch if you want some tasty and healthy food in Covent Garden. Really enjoyed the beef brisket with honey glazed carrotts and garlic brocelli covered in a spicy chilli salsa. Portions are a good size and fill you up. I also liked that still and sparkling water is available at the side for no charge. Farmstand is on my regualar list of places to go for lunch. Service is always very welcoming and friendly, checking that you are enjiying your meal. Recommend trying here..