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Where better to learn how to be a sober cocktail Queen than Redemption bar?
We have been sober and very social for years now, we always believed that drinking and eating did not have to be at the expense of the planet!
Added to Dry January we now have Sober October, that's two months down! We are running events during the month and will be part of the official London Cocktail Week trail (its not just for the booze hounds anymore!)
To celebrate the end of LCW we are hosting a cocktail Master class & social in our Covent Garden deli on Sunday 13th October.
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE // BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!
The one off exclusive cocktail masterclass and social will be hosted by the inspirational sober 'girl about town' Millie aka Sober Girl Society
Our private Covent Garden deli makes the perfect masterclass setting. With a glass of fizz on arrival you will be shown two delicious and creative serves using Caleno a South American inspired spirit with all the passion and non of the alcohol!
Following the class, Millie will then host you in our bar for a further few drinks and nibbles. This is a great opportunity to share sober stories or drunken memories, ask questions about the drinks and find out more about the booming sober London scene.
Working with charities is something that everyone wants to do. Being able help those less fortunate is an action all business should be writing into their CSR (corporate social responsibility)
However, when business start sometimes the choice is between giving money to charity or paying your suppliers, then the suppliers win. This is the case for most independent start ups, where money is tight and revenues can be slow to grow.
So from the beginning we did what we could, working with suppliers and companies that have a sustainable ethos and work to help those that make, grow and sell their product and those that help in the community.
How we do our bit
The bottled water we stock in our Notting Hill branch is by Belu. They give 100% of its profits to Water Aid. This is an amazing international charity that is helping to ensure everyone has access to clean, safe drinking water.
We are part of the Sustainable Restaurant Association which is continually developing projects to help restaurateurs, as the influencers of the food we eat and desire , to send a positive message to the public. Initiatives like the Kids Veg Out scheme and a commitment to reducing food waste is our way of ensuring standards are met not just in our restaurants but across the industry.
Waste in the restaurant industry is a big issue. An eye watering with 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year world wide* . Food manufacturing and supermarkets carry most of this. However, where we can make a difference is through using smaller suppliers with ethical traceability and looking at how we manage our daily surplus food. We use Karma to try and ensure good food never goes to waste. Karma is trying to help restaurants use up spare food before the end of the day to stop access food going in the bin! (See blog post)
It is all the little initiatives that will help make a big difference and we can all be responsible for making a change!
We have been trading for almost 5 years now and this year started our own charity initiative through our filtered water. We are so lucky to have safe drinking water in the UK, however it is not without a range of added chemicals such a chlorine, fluoride and trace heavy metals that do build up in our bodies over time and to what effect we cannot be certain yet. That said a good filtration system can remove many of these trace elements and we believe it’s a far nicer and safer water to drink. We have filtered still and sparking water on tap and offer refillable bottles to customers. 75p from every bottle goes to a staff nominated charity every quarter and its our way of helping to give back a little to projects that mean a lot to our staff.
First up for our Covent Garden restaurant was Battersea Cats and Dogs home. They are one of the oldest animal shelters in the UK and do amazing work rehoming and rehabilitating cats and dogs of all ages and breeds.
We love a cute Instagram picture of an adorable dog, however this has created a rise in demand for puppies and ‘pretty’ dogs leaving shelters full of older, mix breeds that don’t look so cute on camera (well we think they do!) This is extremely sad and a should not be the reason that an animal joins your family. The work they do is crucial, they never put a dog down and will keep an animal until they have found its forever home.
Such an amazing charity that we were super happy to help!
Keep an eye on our Instagram for the next Charity nominated by our Shoreditch team in October.
#animalrescue #charity #compassionateliving #dogrescue #veganlifestyle #sustainablerestaurant
Leticia from our covent garden site, nominated battersea cats & dogs home
We are feeling very chuffed and rather posh that the RA approached us to be their exclusive alcohol-free bar offering for their world-famous Summer Pleasure Garden party on 20th July.
We will be running a mini version of our alcohol free bar with lots of delicious and exciting drinks which will enhance your enjoyment of the art. We want to be able to show case the very best products within the non alcoholic sector. We are very excited to announce that Atopia will be our partner for the event.
Atopia is bottled at 0.5% abv and is available in two flavours: Spiced Citrus and Wild Blossom.
The flavour is achieved through natural distillation and botanical extraction, which builds layers of taste complexity, according to the company. It is also suited to mixing.
The Atopia liquid was created by Lesley Gracie, William Grant’s award-winning master distiller. The aim was to create “an accessible yet special flavour profile to elevate the moderated drinking experience”.
Gracie said: “Atopia is a special liquid that uses our distilling and blending expertise to create a new generation of spirits. Inspired by the more mindful, lifestyle choices of today’s consumer, the exquisite liquid comes in two perfectly balanced flavours.The distillates have been selected and combined with care and precision, meaning you can pick out each flavour separately whilst no one flavour dominates over the other.
"We’ve used our distilling heritage and expertise to ensure no compromise on flavour is experienced when drinking the ultra-low alcohol spirit. The flavour is full, from first taste to finish.”
We started Redemption at a time where being booze free was still extremely niche. Thankfully now we see the market booming with new launches of top quality spirts, beers and wines being released all the time. There has never been a better time to start to look differently at your relationship with alcohol be it a bit too dependant or non existent, we want to create the choice to drink without compromising your health!
We will be creating a unique serve especially for the event...watch our socials for more updates
"OUR EXHIBITIONS HAVE THEIR OWN SPECIAL ONE-OFF RA LATE, WHERE YOU CAN WITNESS THE ROYAL ACADEMY MAGICALLY TRANSFORMED AS WE HOST AN EVER-CHANGING LINE-UP OF CURATED ENTERTAINMENT" Ra
The eclectic programme of RA Lates has included a nine-metre inflatable cosmic installation, immersive salons, themed supper clubs, UV Garden of Eden life-painting, Klezmer dancing, communal karaoke, Pollock-inspired paint splattering, gold-leaf makeovers, ballroom dancing, robotic displays and a cocktail party with “Peggy Guggenheim” – all bringing the world of their exhibitions to life for a unique and unforgettable Saturday night.
We will also be taking the delicious Lucky Saint as our beer for the night, Smashed Apple soft cider and our amazing new house alcohol free of course, prosecco by Tomson and Scott
#alcoholfree #sobercurious #art #londonevents #boozefree