Hattie Lloyd 21/01/19

Stem + Glory

Stem + Glory is an award-winning, plant-based restaurant in Cambridge…

… that’s just put down roots in London.

To say this branch has been hotly anticipated is something of a wee understatement: they crowdfunded the entire operation within 6 hours of opening the page to the public.

Well, now it’s open, and it’s every bit as lovely as they promised. You’ll find it tucked away on a quiet side-street behind Smithfield Market. Walking in, you’ll be hit by both the pristine spotlessness of the white walls & furnishings (accented with a little mint green), and the subtly fragrant aroma of fresh vegetables that are perpetually being chopped, diced, and peeled in the open kitchen directly in front of you. It’s this open kitchen that forms the heart of the restaurant. It’s lined with bar seating, crowned with flowers, and has the large, furniture-filled arms of a U-shaped dining area hugging it.

As with the two existing Stem + Glory spots in Cambridge, the menu here is entirely vegan. Head along and you’ll find everything from their legendary kimchi pancakes (made with daikon pickle salad, dehydrated black olive salt, nasturtium leaf + jang sauce); to yucca ‘ribs’ with a smokey chipotle sauce; to pulled jackfruit & oyster mushroom bao buns. And their hummus is something else too, coming with Chinese grapefruit, pistachios, mint dressing, and grilled chillies.

Drinks, unsurprisingly, sit on the healthy side too, with kombucha, raw cacao lattes and turmeric-laced smoothies all making an appearance – but they’ve also got a well-stocked vegan bar with beer (including plenty of numbers from Beavertown and Magic Rock), a strong lineup of wine, and some cocktails too.

So you won’t need to uproot for something a bit stronger.


NOTE: Stem + Glory is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday and for lunch on Sunday. You can make a booking, and find out more, at their website HERE.n

Stem + Glory | 60 Bartholomew’s Close, EC1A 7BN

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Stem + Glory

60 Bartholomew’s Close, Barbican, East London, EC1A 7BN
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