Are you looking for delicious restaurants that are doing their part to be sustainable? Check out this list of amazing restaurants and enjoy quality dishes while knowing that they’re taking responsible steps toward sustainability. Keep reading to find out more!
If you love meat too much, try conscious dining and consider Regenuary. The idea behind the movement is to consider the environmental impact of everything we buy and eat, and to source seasonal, local food for one month from ethical businesses and regenerative farmers.
Taking its sustainability credentials to the next level by celebrating Regenuary and beyond is M Restaurants. Whilst all three restaurants – Canary Wharf, Victoria and Threadneedle Street – offer carbon neutral beef all-year-round, the pioneering group is the first to partner with leader of the regenerative movement, The Ethical Butcher and farmer Neil Harley, to showcase regeneratively farmed British beef, alongside other ethically sourced ingredients.
Head to M for lunch Monday to Friday throughout January and February for its Regenuary Set Lunch Menu. Starters include a Crate to Plate salad featuring confit tomatoes, cucumber and more, all grown using hydroponic and aeroponic methods in disused London spaces. For the main event, opt for the Ethical Butcher x Neil Harley rump steak sourced from cattle that roam for up to 30 months (almost twice the lifespan of standard UK cattle) and are 100% pasture fed to encourage new plant growth and improve biodiversity. Other mains include black king fish with lemon berurre blanc and caper sauce, and a cauliflower steak with cheese empanada.
At its heart, regenerative agriculture is about being considered about the food we eat and the land it’s grown on – it’s about our health, protecting our planet and is arguably the single most exciting frontier for the food industry today.
The Regenuary Menu will be available at all venues throughout January and February.
Described to be one of the most sustainable restaurants in London, which is amazing since their steak is absolutely divine, Hawksmoor are the world‘s first carbon–neutral steak house chain, with a commitment to regenerative farming and green energy. They have already reduced their carbon footprint by the equivalent of taking 103 cars off the road, planting 8000 trees, or switching 18000 lightbulbs to LED.
Their goal is to become a ‘net zero company‘ by 2030, and they are taking the necessary steps to follow through across the company and the supply chain. So enjoy a guilt–free meal at Hawksmoor and help them reach their ambitious environmental goals!
Spring at Somerset House
Spring is a gorgeeous restaurant where you can enjoy creative dishes made with only the finest sustainably sourced ingredients while you admire the beautiful surroundings of Somerset House. All their produce is sustainably sourced and they’ve eliminated single use plastics in their kitchen, this was achieved in 2019 making Spring the first single-use plastic free restaurant in London.
The pre-theatre “scratch” menu is made from ingredients that would otherwise have been wasted, and at three courses for £25 it’s an affordable way to support a good cause, they also have a regular-changing à la carte indulge in seasonal classics such as chilled tomato soup with crème fraiche, tortellini with girolles or spice-rubbed pigeon with slow-cooked chard.
At Wahaca, enjoy fresh, flavorful Mexican–inspired street food without harming the environment. They use recycled and upcycled materials in their restaurants and come up with innovative ways to reduce their environmental footprint. Heat energy created by their fridges and freezers is used to heat the restaurants’ hot water, their used cooking oil is later processed into biofuel, and their takeaway packaging is made from bagasse, which is made from sugar cane fibre, a waste product from the sugar industry.
Wahaca are truly leading the way in sustainability! They have gone above and beyond to ensure their restaurants are as environmentally friendly as possible and have been the first restaurant group in the UK to be certified as a CarbonNeutral® company in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.
At Petersham Nurseries they strive to help customers reconnect with nature through culinary magic and ethical, sustainable sourcing. They source responsibly across all departments, from the shop to the delicatessen, florist and restaurants, upholding consideration for provenance of the goods they sell and produce they use.
At their restaurants, they are passionate about reducing food waste! Chefs use every part of the meat carcass and make sure to maximize every ounce of produce in their cooking.Their menus feature a ‘slow food‘ ethos that prioritize seasonal fruit and veg, responsible sourcing and reducing food miles. Not only that, but they have seven on–site bee hives to provide honey and aid biodiversity! Plus, their family run farm provides fresh, delicious meat, eggs, and other produce.
The Fat Badger
Experience the unique flavors of The Fat Badger, the fifth outpost from the celebrated Gladwin Brothers! From the team behind The Shed in Notting Hill and Rabbit in Kings Road, you must try this eco-friendly culinary creation.
They use Aurox® Beef which is from animals that have lived long lives on a grass diet in their natural environment, and even though it’s not cost-efficient it does optimise consistency of excellence. Not only do they abstain from fertilizing their fields, but they are also taking steps to promote and improve biodiversity! By planting 14,000 trees and shrubs, they are making sure that their farm is sustainable for the future. Additionally, to ensure a green and eco-friendly operation, they are running the farm on solar power and using biomass from fallen trees as a heat source.
Enjoy a variety of tantalizing dishes like tempura purple sprouting broccoli or wild garlic linguine, or tantalize your taste buds with the truffle infused mushroom éclair. Enjoy a responsibly sourced meal at The Fat Badger.
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