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New plant-based café The Retreat Kitchen opens in Richmond

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Co-owned by TV’s Nick Knowles, The Retreat Kitchen brings vibrant vegan food to the town centre

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Maggie Nuttall, Claire Langdon and Nick Knowles have opened The Retreat Kitchen in Richmond, Surrey following their appearance on the BBC’s The Retreat programme last year.

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During the 28 days they spent at a health retreat in Thailand, Claire and Maggie’s lives were completely transformed. Alongside Nick, they went through a deeply healing experience from the inside out, including adopting a raw vegan diet and daily yoga and meditation.

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Upon their return to England and with a new outlook on how to live life more healthily and fully, the three decided to channel their love for vegan cooking into The Retreat Kitchen.

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As Maggie and Claire say: “We wanted to show that vegan eating needn’t be boring. Eating in this way has been incredible for us and our intention is to share this and make it accessible for others. We create earth-friendly food that is good for you and good for the environment. We aim to use organic ingredients wherever possible, and you don’t have to be vegan to come and enjoy it!”


Customers can expect a variety of delicious homemade food, from gluten-free cakes and brownies, to scrambled tofu and spicy baked beans for brunch, to afternoon tea and seasonal soups and salads.

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Maggie and Claire have carefully hand-picked suppliers including the Old Spike Roastery, a social enterprise and coffee roastery in Peckham, Solaris organic tea, The Flour Station breads and Vintage Roots organic and vegan wine and beer.


The Retreat Kitchen is at 16 Hill Rise, Richmond and is open Tuesdays until Fridays from 9am to 5pm and for brunch and afternoon tea at the weekends from 10am to 4.30pm.


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