In order to express what we really are all about, we have described it in two ways, one is about the practical aspects of what we do, and the other is the root, the deeper intention behind what we have created and why.
Waxing Lyrical on the Practical
Beetroot Sauvage was born from the joy that co-owners, Marie-Anne Marten and Gary McGirr experienced when they started on a plant-based lifestyle. It took some years of developing their love of plant-based cooking before they met and joined up to create a holistic space that brings together, the kitchen, the garden, and the body, and that space opened in May 2018 as Beetroot Sauvage.
The kitchen is the root of it all, serving a daily menu of breakfasts and lunches that are equal parts healthy and indulgent. From daily stews and sandwiches, to cakes and mac 'n cheese, we love feeding people and creating fresh salads and smoothies that put a smile on your face and nourishment in your body.
On Saturday evenings we up the ante with an a la carte menu crafted from seasonal, local produce, making it an ornate expression of our love of flavour, texture, and experience. Guests can dine on warmer evenings in our city sanctuary garden with the delicate lights and sweet night air, or cosy up inside where the buzz is.
As part of the holistic experience, we built a space upstairs that is calm, nurturing, and safe; this space is the Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre, offering a variety of yoga classes and therapies. All classes focus on gentle movement that not only stretch and relax the body, but allow you to feel into it, explore and perform self-enquiry into your emotional and spiritual needs. A space to rest and focus inward, to thank the body, and to draw close attention to healing.
Along with a weekly schedule of classes, we have a variety of therapists, whose knowledge of healing the body is rooted in their own journey, training and experience. They blend sensitivity and magic to create a safe space that allows you to honour your needs and embrace rejuvenation with full intention.
In addition to our focus on the kitchen and the body, we have our little slice of heaven, our city sanctuary garden: a rustic space that you can dance in, eat in, laugh in, bring plants and garden in, and on Sundays shop in, as we host Edinburgh's first 100% plant-based market. As often as possible we have musicians playing live music at the market and we thoroughly encourage dancing if you feel so inspired. We do!
Hearts on our Sleeves (or Leaves)
From the start it was always a holistic (ad)venture. Beetroot Sauvage would be a golden thread that intertwines food-focus, body-focus, and heart-focus, seeing all three as harmonious parts of the same graceful whole that build toward joyful living, as the cause and the gift of full health.
This holistic adventure is about discovering the very real effects of joyful eating, intentional mealtimes, and awesome produce of wholesome origins., and feeling those effects continue throughout the day.
Consuming with intention is about feeling how the energy we invite into us, becomes us; affects our speech, our action, and how we feel and think. It's about participating fully in absorbing energy that moves us through each day, that draws us closer to each other.
When we decide to consume only plants, we choose to align with blissful energy, and it makes us feel more connected. This choice may be influenced by something or someone external to us like our friends, or a documentary we watched. But the real definite choice comes from an internal experience, simply by eating and drawing our own conclusions, which you are invited to do in our cafe, where we offer a bounty of vibrantly crafted, yet simple, breakfasts, lunches, drinks and cakes made entirely from plants.
By re-connecting with ourselves and our planet a little deeper, we can access this experience more readily. The upstairs wellness centre, with its range of therapies, and yoga, qi gong and meditation classes, provides opportunities for healing the connection, supporting safely our openness to new experiences, and feeling more into the language of our cells. Our city sanctuary garden is a little slice of heaven where we can experience nature in an urban setting, participate in its growth and unfolding, and come back to our true nature.
To feel full health requires nourishing food, an accepting environment, and people to laugh with. To whatever extent, even just momentarily, Beetroot Sauvage seeks to provide those things to all who come.
We love our staff, we love the dogs you bring, we love the about-to-bloom sunflowers in the garden, we love the mess after a good batch of something yummy comes out of the kitchen, and we love the familiar faces that come through the door each week.
If you haven't been yet, we can't wait to meet you! And if you have, thank you for supporting us <3