Today is National Recycling Day. No matter how big or small, helping the environment can go a long way, especially since it is estimated that London restaurants waste over 600,000 tonnes of food every year. Therefore we have rounded up five cafes and restaurants that are doing their bit for the planet and trying to be a little more sustainable.
Image: Daylesford Brompton Cross
76-82 Sloane Avenue, Brompton Cross, London, SW3 3DZ
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Opening hours: Monday: 8am-6pm, Tuesday to Saturday: 8am-10pm, Sunday: 10am-4pm
Celebrating a zero-waste policy, Daylesford Brompton Cross ensures no food is thrown away. Food that is not used is sent across to The Felix Project, who distribute it to those in need around London. On top of this, bringing your own reusable cup is welcomed and wheat stalks are used to make straws and only given if they are asked for. The pièce de résistance is the entire place is designed around a huge oak tree which has turned into a focal point of art.
74 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
Nearest Tube: Royal Oak Tube Station
Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm/6pm-10pm, Saturday: 9am-4pm/6pm-10pm, Sunday: 9am-4pm/6pm-9.30pm
Farmacy is full of healthy and seasonal dishes, with the entire menu being plant-bases and free from dairy, refined sugar and chemicals. To play its part in sustainability, all the ingredients are grown on a farm or locally sourced from suppliers who are sustainable and environmentally conscious. Take a look at their menu here.
153 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6PJ
Nearest Tube: Old Street
Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 6pm till late
Founded on using carefully considered ingredients and employing sustainable methods to create the dishes, Cub has earned its reputation for sustainable dining. Cub has also gone one step further and made its interior sustainable too with all furniture made from re-used materials. Enjoy your beautifully created meal on a nifty table made only from recycled yoghurt pots. Sustainable dining at its finest!
Somerset House, Lancaster Place, WC2R 1LA
Nearest Tube: Temple
Opening hours: Times vary
Located at Somerset House, Spring goes above and beyond most organic restaurants and has created a menu designed around surplus ingredients. At an affordable £25 for three courses, the ‘scratch’ menu uses ingredients that would have been wasted. To keep the suspense, the menu is changed daily due to the ingredients available and only revealed via the restaurant’s social media, an hour before you can dine. It is available between 5.30-6.30pm and to wet your appetite, previous dishes include braised lamb shank and chocolate swiss roll.
5-7 Blandford Road, Marlybone, London, W1U 3DB
Nearest Tube: Bond Street
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday: Lunch 12.00–2.00pm, Dinner 6.30pm–9.15pm, Friday & Saturday: Lunch 12.00–1.30pm, Dinner 5.30pm–9.15pm
The sustainability movement doesn’t just flow through restaurants and cafes, it is also infiltrating into the Michelin star community. Roganic is lead by head chef Simon Rogan, who uses ingredients from local suppliers or from his own farm up in the Lake District. Going one stop further, his farm swaps heavy machinery with low energy hand tools and to top it off, the produce that goes to waste is used as compost to grow more ingredients.
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