THE GOOD PLATES
- The Good Plates dining experience provides an interactive way to learn about how food, surroundings and social interactions can complement wellbeing when introduced into daily life
- Every part of the restaurant has been designed by experts to complement positive mental wellbeing. This includes: ingredients in the dishes, the decor, the lighting, the communal seating layout, conversational prompts for diners, the music and even the interactions with the staff
- Chef and mental health ambassador Andrew Clarke has created The Good Plates sharing menu in conjunction with nutritional therapist Ian Marber
- The £10 menu comprises six seasonal, mood-boosting brain foods as well as ingredients that can complement good mental wellbeing when introduced into a regular diet. All money from bookings will go to charity Mind, the mental health charity.
- The Good Plates will be open on the 22nd and 23rd January.
- To find out more about The Good Plates please visit: https://blog.davidlloyd.co.uk/david-lloyd-clubs-the-good-plates-pop-up-restaurant/
This January David Lloyd Clubs is opening a unique pop-up restaurant designed specifically to complement positive mental health. The Good Plates is being created in collaboration with experts in nutritional therapy and interior design. The restaurant provides an interactive and enjoyable way to learn about how certain foods, surroundings and social interactions can complement overall wellbeing when introduced into daily life.
All parts of the restaurant are designed with positive mental wellbeing in mind, including: the food, the tableware, the décor and colour scheme, the lighting, the communal seating and conversational prompts provided to diners, the music and even the front of house staff.
The Good Plates’ menu is being created by chef and mental health ambassador Andrew Clarke under the supervision of nutritional therapist Ian Marber. Andrew Clarke is also the co-founder of the Pilot Light campaign, which is devoted to combating the stigma surrounding mental health in hospitality.
There is a body of evidence linking food with mental wellbeing and how certain foods, when introduced into an everyday diet, can impact mood and general wellbeing and contribute to the prevention or management of mental health problems*.
When creating The Good Plates menu Andrew Clarke and Ian Marber focused on two things: firstly, what the brain - which is made up in large part of essential fatty acids, water and other nutrients – needs to remain healthy which is complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and water; and secondly what helps the gut. The gut is considered the second brain and for this to remain healthy it needs to have plenty of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and wholegrains, beans, pulses, live yoghurt and other probiotics.
Therefore, the six-course sharing menu comprises seasonal, mood-boosting foods as well as ingredients that take this research into consideration and which are known to complement positive mental health. Cauliflower, salsify and almonds, for example, can help with feelings of anxiety and stress when introduced into a regular diet. A range of complementary non-alcohol beverages will also be on the menu.
The Good Plates menu:
1. Wood roasted monkfish, chickpeas and walnut gremolata
2. Chargrilled venison, spent coffee, blueberries, roast salsify, trompette mushrooms and mint
3. Cauliflower, almond miso, black beluga lentils and curry butter
4. Halibut tranche, seaweed butter, winter tomatoes and white beans
5. Wild mushroom and kale toban, sprouting broccoli, sunflower seed puree, poached egg and black truffle
6. Roast salmon, herb labneh, poached cucumber, beach herbs and salmon roe
In addition to expert consultation on the food, David Lloyd Clubs is working with interior design professional Katharine Pooley, using research to guide the décor, lighting and layout of the environment – to ensure that all parts of the restaurant are designed with positive wellbeing in mind.
All of the seating, for example, is communal to encourage conversations between diners (with conversation-starters provided), while the front of house staff are trained in talking to guests about how food, surroundings and socialising might complement positive mental health.
A spokesperson for David Lloyd Clubs commented: “The Good Plates restaurant is not an attempt to be a cure or quick-fix for mental health difficulties, but instead simply be a warm and welcoming place where people can learn in an interactive way how certain foods, surroundings and conversations can complement positive mental wellbeing when they form part of everyday life.
“Inside, the aim is to give guests a positive experience and hopefully they will feel that they have benefitted in some small way from their time at the restaurant. But we also hope guests leave having taken on board some of the thinking behind The Good Plates and introduce this into their day-to-day lives.”
The Good Plates restaurant will be open at 46 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3EP on the 22nd and 23rd January. The experience will cost £10, which includes six dishes plus up to three non-alcoholic cocktails. All money from bookings will go to charity Mind, the mental health charity.
Dishes inspired by Andrew’s recipes and The Good Plates restaurant will be available in David Lloyd clubrooms in January.
MORE INFORMATION: Contact 020 7234 9150 / [email protected]
Notes to Editors
*Existing insights into diet and mental health and how certain foods, when introduced into an everyday diet, can impact feelings of mood, general wellbeing and contribute to the prevention and management of mental health problems:
About David Lloyd Clubs
The David Lloyd Leisure Group has 116 clubs - 100 clubs in the UK and a further 15 clubs across Europe plus one in Asia, comprising its two brands David Lloyd Clubs and Harbour Clubs (of which there are three - Chelsea, Notting Hill and Kensington)
It has over 620,000 members and employs around 8100 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 2000 while it contracts the services of more than 680 tennis professionals.
Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 190 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 13,000 exercise classes per week. Every week over 25,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure, 16,000 children learn to play in the Tennis All Stars Coaching Programme.
David Lloyd Club’s racquets facilities are unparalleled with over 1080 tennis courts as well as over 400 badminton and squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.
About Andrew Clarke
Andrew was a reluctant Chef in the early days of his career. He stepped in his first kitchen just to earn enough money to support his music, but his dreams of touring the world as a rock guitarist eventually made way to a new career direction in food and more recently, as an ambassador for Mental Health.
Andrew is the founder of Pilot Light, an incredible campaign he created to support people in the catering industry struggling with mental health issues. Having has personally suffered and recovered from mental health issues over the years - he decided to post about his experiences on social media last year, he was stunned when, overnight, he became inundated with stories from young commis chefs to major heavy weight Michelin-starred chefs sharing their mental health stories. This opened a public discussion about the lack of support for young creative people in an industry that has dominated the press with its bad reputation for bullying, high-pressured environments, late nights and staff abuse. Andrew vowed to do something about it.
Andrew may not seem like the obvious spokesperson to talk about mental health but his honesty and encouragement to find solutions to combat the stigma surrounding mental health problems, is having such a profound effect on the industry it has inspired Andrew to continue to spread his message outside of the catering world into other workplace environments. He particularly wants to encourage young men to feel comfortable to communicate their mental health concerns in a safe and supportive way.
About Ian Marber
Ian Marber is one of the best-known and well-regarded nutritionists in the UK. He is a best-selling author, award winning health writer and food expert, known for his practical and balanced approach. Ian has extensive experience in working with clients to improve mood and outlook through nutrition.
He has published 12 books on the subject of nutrition, most recently Manfood, especially for men. Ian is regular on television having had his own show on the Discovery Channel as well as been an expert guest on BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and Channel 5. Ian is also a regular on BBC and LBC radio.