Filmore & Union have recently opened in the Victoria Centre, inside John Lewis. Set up initially by a lady called Adele, a former wellness clinic owner, the ethos is around healthy food and everything in moderation. I mean, you can’t be 100% healthy all the time can you?
Adele states on the website that she ‘set out to create a restaurant that provides a vibrant selection of fresh, unprocessed food which is also delicious’. I headed down to see what the fuss was about!
Filmore & Union is a gorgeous cafe, accessed both by John Lewis (where the former Espresso Cafe was) and also from the main art of the Victoria Centre. The decor is gorgeous, all white washed walls with accents of green plants everywhere. It is very bright and breezy in the cafe. There is also a plant on every table which was lovely. I was reminded of sitting outside on a patio. Their chairs were a little uncomfortable though so I am glad we didn’t spend too long on them.
Offering a selection of always fresh, always tasty sandwiches and wraps, along with breakfast items and salads, there is quite a choice. This is alongside a decent drinks menu comprising of healthy juices and smoothies and the usual tea and coffees. There are also cakes and biscuits on display and I can never resist a cake!
We were in a rush and so ordered quickly, two union tonic juices (plus a tap water) a Thai hummus and falafel wraps and two peri peri chicken wraps.
The union juices were a blend of pineapple, lemon, orange, apple and strawberry and were delicious. They were clearly freshly made that day and the taste was lovely. Perfectly refreshing and so thick that you could stand the straw in them!
I had the Thai hummus wrap, which came cold and stuffed with pak choi, spring onion and grated carrot. For a chain cafe this was really good. The flavours of the hummus were lovely and the falafel was soft and slightly sweet. I couldn’t fault it. It is veggie, so I think I scored points with the gods for that.
The girls loved the Peri Peri chicken wheat bran wrap, served hot with roasted red peppers and melted mozzarella.
All the wraps came with a side salad and were priced at £5.50 each and we all found the lunch surprisingly filling.
I also took a pistachio and rose cake back to the office with me. The soft rose sponge was lovely and there was a very generous serving of pistachios and ground almonds on top. Absolutely delicious and I will be back time and time again for more of this!
There is actually a decent range of veggie, vegan and gluten free options too which is still pretty unusual in a chain. I really like the fact that no matter what diet you stick to, there will be something you can consume. It is easy to see which dishes cater to each dietary requirement.
We ate everything in record time unfortunately as we didn’t have long. I would definitely go back and take my mum. In fact I will probably leave her in John Lewis and chill with a juice. Mum can spend hours in John Lewis!
*I was provided with lunch in return for my honest feedback. Thank you to Filmore & Union for hosting me.