T Soanes & Son – our lovely chicken supplier

We support happy, healthy, free range chickens. That’s why we work with our chicken supplier, T Soanes & Son!

Tom Soanes started T Soanes & Son (Soanes) as a family business and, although they have grown enormously over the years, the company is still owned by the Soanes family.

Established in 1948, Soanes has been raising chickens for almost 70 years. That’s almost 70 years of looking after our little feathered friends. Nigel Upson, Soanes’ general manager, told us that at Soanes they “love to visit our free range farms and see the birds in their natural habitat. They look happy and healthy and appear to welcome visitors!”. Chickens love to forage and run, and we love that Soanes allows their birds to do just that.

Soanes choose to slow rear and free range their chickens for taste benefits and to meet high welfare standards. But did you know that allowing chickens to live more natural lives also offers health benefits including reduced risk of diabetes and strokes? Give our ‘Why is free range better?’ blog a read for more information on the various health benefits.

We’re over the moon to work with a supplier as great as Soanes. We love their dedication (they even grow the chicken feed themselves).

The chicken we serve you is delivered straight from the Yorkshire Wolds by Soanes themselves. Just one of the reasons why it’s such ‘really lovely chicken’.

 

Soanes Chickens

Superfoods on the menu

The world is going crazy for superfoods and with good reason! Keen to get in on the health kick? We’re here to help you out, let us talk you through the superfoods on our menu.

First of all, what’s a superfood? For a food to be considered a superfood it has to be high in nutrients and extremely beneficial to health.

SuperfoodQuinoa

Quinoa is one of the biggest health foods on the market right now! It’s high in dietary fibre which helps keep your digestive system running smoothly, full of essential amino acids, rich in iron and magnesium and very high in protein.

Like what your hear? Give our fresh and delicious Quinoa, Puy Lentil and Halloumi Salad a try!

Broccoli

Yup, that’s right. Regular ol’ broccoli is a superior vegetable. It’s full of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and folate (thought to reduce risk of heart disease, strokes and cancer).

If you think you might now be developing a special place in your heart for broccoli you can find some in our scrumptious Courgette Ribbon Salad.

Spinach

Spinach being good for us isn’t exactly news, but did you know that spinach is packed with antioxidants, vitamins AND anti-inflammatories? Spinach helps to promote good vision and strong bones.

Luckily for you we’ve got a spinach side that is just pure perfection. Order our Creamed Spinach with herby breadcrumbs for a tasty health boost.

Salmon & EggsEggs

Eggs are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B2, B12 and D making eggs beneficial to your immune and nervous systems. These little nutritious gems contain a whole load of other vitamins and minerals besides as well as being a good source of protein -they really do cover all angles.

Your body will thank you if you get some eggs into your diet!  So we’ve got some fabulous egg-based dishes you can order.

If you’re in for breakfast try out our Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon, The Works (full english breakfast including egg!) or a selection of our other breakfast items.

Otherwise we highly recommend our Spanish style Black Pudding Scotch Egg.

Salmon

Salmon is very much on a nutritional par with eggs. It’s jam packed with omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Some research has shown it may also help to protect your skin from harmful UV rays!

Come in for brunch and have our Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon.

W&B-4836Lentils

Lentils are the unsung hero of the pulse world. They’ve got a health dose of protein and iron as well as having a low glycemic index (GI) value. This means that they don’t drastically raise your blood sugar levels which means that you’ll be able to use the energy the lentils give you for longer!

Introduce yourself to lentils with our Quinoa, Puy Lentil and Halloumi Salad.

Chicken

We may be a little biased when it comes to chicken, but chicken really does have some fantastic health benefits to offer.

Chicken is a great source of protein whilst being impressively low in carbohydrates and saturated fats. This clever little bird causes a rise in serotonin levels which helps to keep you cheery by boosting your mood and improving your ability to sleep well. Chicken has lots of other health benefits besides which you can read about in our ‘Health Benefits of Chicken’ blog!

We won’t even try to list all of our dishes in which you’ll find our feathered friend, best check out the menu here.

CELEBRATING MOTHER HENS

There’s a reason why people who are protective over others are called ‘mother hens’. Hens are fantastic mothers! So we thought we’d write a bit to share our love and admiration for all the hens out there. We would love to get them all a card but we would have to write around 25 billion, so I hope you forgive us for saving the paper.

Hens lay more than 300 eggs a year. That’s a lot of work – nearly 6 days a week. And then when she’s laid her eggs, she will turn them about 50 times a day.

Hens are extremely affectionate and caring mothers. And this isn’t a new phenomenon – even Jesus used the love of a mother hen for her brood to express God’s love for humans. In Ancient Rome, saying ‘you were raised by a hen’ was a compliment!

Crafternoon Tea for HomeWhy not spoil your Mother Hen this Mother’s Day – we think our delicious Crafternoon Tea is the perfect treat.  Call us on 020 3747 9820 or book online.

 

 

 

Top 4 health benefits of chicken

roast chicken

 

We don’t just love the taste of free-range chicken. It turns out this tasty bird has a number of impressive health benefits too.

 

1.  Good source of phosphorus

Phosphorus is an essential mineral that supports your teeth, bones and central nervous system function. It’s also found in abundance in chicken!

1. High in protein

Looking for food that’s high in protein and low in fat? Chicken (breast especially) is lean and packed with muscle building protein.

2. Natural anti-depressant

Chicken contains Tryptophan, an amino acid which your body converts into serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’. (Try our chicken and king prawn Asian noodle soup, it’s perfect for fighting off the Winter blues!)

4. Improves heart health

Eating chicken breast suppresses Homocysteine, an amino acid that can cause cardiovascular disease.

Feel good and taste some of our (always free-range) chicken – book a table online or call us on 020 3747 9820.