An old red telephone box in Bloomsbury Square has been given a new lease of life and is now operating as a salad bar. Ben Spier has opened Spier's Salads in the square metre space, selling hearty, filling salads with a "strictly no lettuce" policy.
Ben, a part-time lawyer, told us he was inspired to start the stall after running market stalls for the last year or so. "I wanted somewhere with my own setup, so when I saw the ad in the phone box I decided to rent one." It's a great opportunity to rent a space in central London where rents are prohibitively expensive, although Ben added, "it's still expensive for a square metre space!"
He has a fridge in the bottom section, and he makes the salad fresh every day, transporting them to the phone box in cool boxes. He's very keen to point out that all his salads are designed to satisfy, so you won't find any leaves here, just interesting salads with grains, vegetables, and the option to add protein such as salmon or chicken.
Yesterday's menu featured asparagus, feta, new potato, green beans and olives in a dijon mustard and sherry vinegar dressing for example, and nectarine, mozzarella, rocket and basil with a balsamic dressing. You can order a mixture of salads in each box, with prices ranging from £4.25 for a small, to £7.50 for an extra large.
Spier's Salads is open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11.30am-2.30pm for the time being and is located opposite 43 Bloomsbury Square.