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    What's next for Tanya's Cafe after 5 years!

    Tanya's Cafe raw food london chelsea

    Have you been following since the early days and remember this backdrop?

    Thank you SO much for sticking with me!

    I miss this kitchen so much, even though I love our remodel into Tanya's "The Deli" and know that by adding the take out + delivery aspect to our business is helping to nourish more of you. 

    I miss these adorable faces, even though I also adore the My Chelsea team managing the Deli. 

    So many mixed emotions celebrating our 5 year anniversary.

    The truth is, when we first opened, I had a vision of a 5 year project, but throughout the many ups and downs of running a restaurant over this period, a fear that the 5 years will be cut short and we’d have to close down prevailed.

    Well we don’t have plans to close even though the ‘project’ has undergone many changes, endings & beginnings over this time. 

    And then... on our 5 Year Birthday... it finally hit me!!

    I can see now that the ‘5 year vision’ was never about the restaurant making it massive or failing, it was just a cycle of a certain genre of my own life which has been preparing me for the next & most important stage yet...

    As you know, I’ve had 2 babies over these few years (really 4, because opening a cafe and publishing a book felt like giving birth in a way).

    My focus has shifted mainly to my kids and how to help them grow into strong, healthy, happy humans with a big appetite for nourishing food and adventure.

    I’ve been experimenting with healthy kids’ recipes and gathering winners for a couple of years now.

    Tanya Maher kids vegan recipes Nurtured

    Finally, I’ll be able to share the collection with other parents in the form of eBooks, videos and coaching, very very soon. 

    Nothing can take away this focus now. 

    I’m seriously motivated to watch more children grow up super well and healthy and to witness more parents feel confident and well informed in their decision making when it comes to feeding their children.


    So motivated in fact that I’ve recruited the most amazing intern to help me launch these projects and for Summer we've been busy testing and typing recipes in my kitchen as well as photographing kids of all ages enjoying them (so you can see proof that it's not only Lake's tastebuds :))

    All this awesomeness will be ready to launch very very soon! 


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    My findings on plastic and compostables

    My findings on plastic and compostables

    When we remodelled our restaurant into a store and opened doors again last June, I was faced with a major packaging dilemma.

    💚Most of our regular customers have been requesting that we get onto Deliveroo and offer a fast Grab’n’Go solution, which is why we changed our business model, but what to stock our food in? 🤔

    ♻️It felt like a no-brainer to go for the most eco-friendly solution so we put all the salads in recycled carton boxes.

    It was a disaster.

    If a juicy crunchy salad sits in that box for a couple of hours (which is every single meal), the dressing seeps into the paper, makes box super soggy and flimsy, while the salad becomes dry.

    ♻️Next option.

    I researched compostables and although they were 5 times more expensive than carton- it felt like a worthwhile initiative and I was proud to be doing my bit for the environment.

    I then learned something shocking.

    The wonderful expensive compostables were not so wonderful here in UK at all.

    Tanya's Deli compostable packaging

    Firstly- they are produced on the other side of the world and have to travel a long way, leaving a giant carbon foot print.

    Secondly- if they are thrown into a recycle bin (what every conscious citizen would do), the bin will simply be sorted and compostables removed for the general waste bin.

    Thirdly- when they do go to general waste, they end up in landfills, taking up to 80 years to decompose, while producing methane as they break down (a harmful greenhouse gas).

    ♻️So not only was biodegradable packaging looking worse than plastic, it wasn’t even sturdy enough (lots of lids fell off & boxes fell apart) so our customers weren’t even happy.

    I really really didn’t want to revert to plastic as it was so badly perceived, but all of my research proved that if it’s produced close to home and recycled properly, it is literally the very best solution to a take away box.

    ♻️That’s what our stamp cards are all about. They work like a loyalty program, but not only do you receive a freebie when you return your packaging, you are helping the environment...

    We take care of all of the recycling for you, making sure that every last lid gets recycled and never reaches a landfill or the ocean.

    I think that’s pretty cool!


    Tanya's Deli plastic packaging