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​ Whetting Our Appetite With Miss Farm Girl herself!

27 / Feb / 2017

We caught up with our good pal and neighbour Rose Mann, founder and creative brain of much loved Farm Girl Cafe.

Rose shares with us her inspirations and her secret to curbing the dreaded SCS (sugar craving syndrome!!!) Her holistic and healthy, yet comfortingly simple approach to Australian cafe culture, is nestled in the heart of Notting Hill. Farm Girl values fresh, nutritionally nurturing ingredients, and delivers them in a warm and welcoming environment.

Don’t be fooled by her stylish exterior, Rose Mann may have a penchant for Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ slippers, but she can milk a cow like a pro and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty when there’s a roast ‘chuck’ to prepare. The original Farm Girl, Rose’s childhood spent on an Australian dairy farm means she’s hardier than she looks and appreciates simple country living just as much as the slick-city life she now enjoys in London.

We sat down with Rose to discuss all things health and fitness. 

 Why did you start your business?

I started my business because I had/have a serious penchant for coffee. I was always on the look out for the best quality coffee and found it challenging to find. Farm Girl basically evolved from my passion for coffee and good quality produce.


When I opened Farm Girl two years ago, there was a real shortage of healthy cafe's, particularly in the Notting Hill area.

What are your inspirations?

Tess Ward, The Yes Chef is a huge inspiration to me, Tess has wonderful recipes and her cookbook, The Naked Diet is for me what healthy eating is all about. Simply celebrating, healthy, delicious everyday food.

I also love the Goodlife eatery, another great spot for delicious healthy bites. It's an unprecedented time for us health foodies, in London right now, so much choice and variety.

What's your current fitness regime?

I love Yoga and taking my dog for long walks. I'm also crazy about Elissa's METcore Pilates class at FORM. It's a great full body workout, I always finish the class on such an incredible high! You can't beat it!

What's your favourite pre and post workout snack?

Pre workout: I know it's not the best but I just love a cup of coffee accompanied by a banana or apple.

Post workout: I'll have a smoothie or anything with eggs. My favourite is our Farm Girl Lentil salad with a poached egg.

Tip - How to stop the sugar cravings?

Apple Cider Vinegar. I drink a tablespoon neat daily and have done so since I was young.

I would also recommend our Farm Girl Latte Black, a double shot blended with activated charcoal & date syrup. It's a new addition to our menu and is a speciality drink, comprised of activated charcoal, date syrup and steamed cashew milk. The Latte Black is a real tastebud pleaser but also, is equally gut-loving and nourishing. The main ingredient, activated charcoal, is praised for its numerous health boosting properties such as removing toxins from our body that cause poor immune system function, increasing energy levels and mental function. It also helps hangovers, and is anti-ageing!

What is your favourite class at Form?

If I'm feeling energetic, it's got to be METcore Pilates! It's my absolute favourite class at Form! But I also love FORM's PURE (pilates) class for a non-sweat, toning and stretching sesh.

What's in the pipeline for Farm Girl?

It's exciting times for us at Farm Girl, we've just opened our brand new Farm Girl cafe at Feeding House 65 Alfred Road, London, W2 5EU (Little Venice)

And we're super proud to be featured in April's edition of Women's Health, on sale next month.

FARM GIRL PORTOBELLO

59a Portobello Rd

London W11 3DB

+44 207 229 4678

OPENING HOURS

Monday to Friday - 08h30 to 16h30
Saturday - 09h00 to 17h00
Sunday - 09h00 to 16h00

 




 

 

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We offer classes from 06.30am to 8pm Monday - Friday and from 9am to 5pm Saturday - Sunday.

How fit do I need to be?

Our classes are small (just 8 per class) and suitable for all levels of fitness - our instructors are dedicated to working each and every one of our clients to their maximum and offer modifications wherever necessary, for clients who may be struggling or those who need a greater challenge.

How often should I come?

We suggest starting out with 2 classes a week and as your fitness levels increase, building this up to 3-4 times per week from there.

What do I need to wear?

We recommend sporting a tank or t-shirt on top and leggings or sweat pants on the bottom. Anything you can move comfortably (and get your sweat on) in!  No trainers required.  It’s bare feet or ToeSox - which we sell if you should need a pair.

What do I need to bring?

No need to bring anything but your “ready to workout” self!

We sell bottled water and cold pressed drinks for your refreshment during and after class. We also provide changing and shower facilities, with complimentary towels and products for you use.  * All clients are required to wear grippy/pilates socks and you will not be permitted to train without grippy/pilates socks - we sell a wide range of Tox Sox at the studio should you forget to bring a pair *  

When are your classes?

We offer classes from 06.30am to 8pm Monday - Friday and from 9am to 5pm Saturday - Sunday. You can peruse our online schedule and book your classes up to 8-weeks in advance. Alternatively, you can always email us at hello@formstudios.co.uk or pop by to make your booking. 

To get started all you need to do is take a few moments to sign up to create your online account. Once that’s all set up your'e ready to get booking your first class!

 What if I need to cancel my class ? 

Should you wish to cancel or reschedule your session please be aware that we operate a 24-hour cancelation policy. We are unable to reaccredit for class cancellations made inside 24-hours and this also applies to first class free credits.

Any tips for my first class?

You might like to have a light pre-workout snack around 30-40 minutes before your workout. Good light snack options - half a banana, a handful of almonds or a couple of apple wedges with almond butter.

We recommend you arrive 10-15 minutes before your first class so that we familiarise yourself with the studio and we can introduce you to the equipment before we get started.  

Be prepared to sweat and work out hard but do keep in mind that it’s your first class and it’s going to be particularly challenging as you and your body are new to this class. 

So go easy on yourself and don’t feel defeated.  It does get easier and you will get results - fast!

 

p.s -don't forget to bring grippy/pilates socks as you will not be permitted to train without them - we sell a wide range of Tox Sox at the studio should you forget to bring a pair with you.

 

Can I train 1-2-1 at Form Studio?

Absolutely -  we have a variety of personal training options available.  Contact us on hello@formstudios.co.uk to discuss your requirements and to find the best option for you.

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