Even though we are more conscious about our buying choices regarding the fashion and beauty industries, it’s important to remember all of the other products we consume and have a think where they come from and where they go after consumption. Now, more than ever, it’s paramount for businesses large and small to get in on the green movement. The restaurant industry is cut-throat, so it’s nice to see that some restaurants care more about intricate menus than increasing profits.
The Duke of Cambridge Organic Pub 30 St Peters, Islington, N1 8JT Being the world’s first certified organic gastro-pub, it comes with no surprise that the menu is completely organic. Other than ensuring a fair deal for all: suppliers, staff, customers, and the planet. The furniture is second-hand, a conscientious recycling process is in place and the food waste collection is handled with an anaerobic digester – a green alternative to dumping products in landfills.
T.E.D Restaurant 47-51 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, N1 9BU Enjoy a stylish and relaxing restaurant experience where consistently delicious seasonal and ethically sourced Modern British food is served. T.E.D Restaurant has grown out of Think.Eat.Drink, a groundbreaking membership initiative which changes the way the food and drink industry approaches its supply chain – embracing those who wish to think, eat and drink more ethically. Also there’s extra care to minimise the burning of fossil fuels in the kitchen, and ingredients are sourced locally – especially seafood.
Feng Sushi Various locations across London Great “clean eating” choice and my personal favourite cuisine, I get really exited to try any Japanese restaurant. Feng Sushi prides itself on sustainably sourced and harvested fish. Not only does the menu feature the usual favourites, it includes a list of where each ingredient was farmed – which makes a change from the usual practice of blindly plucking dishes from a conveyer belt. If ordering takeaway, the sushi comes in biodegradable packaging with chopsticks made out of sustainable bamboo and sauce cups fashioned from sugarcane. Just remember to recycle when you’re done.
Grain Store Granary Square, King’s Cross, 1-3 Stable Street, N1C 4AB Another favourite I got to know when studying at St. Martins, the Grain Store has a admirable commitment to sustainability. If the name didn’t give it away, the restaurant prioritises likeminded suppliers and has set itself the target of becoming carbon neutral. It’s also an award-winner, having been crowned 2013’s Sustainable Restaurant of the Year for its conscientious kitchen setup. The menu specialises in vegetables, without limiting itself to only vegetarian options.
The Shed 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill, W8 4RT Many Londoners will never witness a farm or even believe such a thing exists. For them, The Shed is is a Zone 1 solution: the two owners (also brothers) source the ingredients from their younger sibling’s farm in West Sussex. The menu is thus designed to minimise waste (good news for fans of “nose to tail” eating) and leads to dishes such as rabbit ravioli and tempura duck liver. It’s like being on a farm except someone does all the work for you.
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