It’s award season – and not just for the film stars. The Sustainable Restaurant Association is hosting their annual awards on 23 February. With the shortlist announced, we’ve profiled their London picks.

The Sustainable Restaurant Awards

Image Credit: SRA

 

Daylesford

Type: Organic farmshop café

Located: Notting Hill, Pimlico and Selfridges Food Hall

Nominated for: English Sustainable Restaurant of the Year

Why?: All the food comes from either Daylesford’s own farm or from artisan suppliers who share their commitment to sustainability. Everything on the menu adheres to five sustainable principles: farm organically, source responsibly, package lightly, protect natural resources and give back.

 

Bistrot Bruno Loubet at The Zetter Hotel

Type: Modern French bistro

Located: Islington

Nominated for: SRA Award for the Environment AND Sustainable Hotel Restaurant of the Year

Why?: As well as reducing fuel consumption with a view to becoming carbon neutral, reducing waste and maximising recycling, Bistrot Bruno Loubet works to raise green awareness in staff, guests and suppliers.

Bistrot Bruno Loubet

Image Credit: Bistrot Bruno Loubet 

 

Hawksmoor

Type: Steak restaurant

Located: Piccadilly Circus, Knightsbridge, Moorgate and Spitalfields

Nominated for: Sustainable Large Group of the Year

Why?: The SRA said, “Hawksmoor has very strong sourcing practices, ranging from the use of high welfare meat to supporting local breweries and sourcing only the most sustainable seafood. Staff and suppliers are all very positive about the company, its sustainability practices and excellent staff benefits.”

 

Drake & Morgan

Type: Bar and restaurant group

Located: Seven sites including Canary Wharf, the City and Holborn

Nominated for: Sustainable Small Group of the Year

Why?: Drake & Morgan guarantee seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients in all locations, as well as focusing on responsible marketing and fair trading.

 

Drake & Morgan

Image Credit: Drake & Morgan

 

The Imperial

Type: Victorian pub serving a British menu with global influences

Located: Fulham

Nominated for: Sustainable Pub of the Year

Why?: As well as serving fresh food with as much British produce as possible, the entire building is run with a view to sustainability.

 

Ceviche

Type: Peruvian kitchen and bar

Located: Soho

Nominated for: Most Improved Sustainability

Why?: All teams are trained in sustainability, and special effort is made to use sustainable produce sourced locally.

 

Ceviche

Image Credit: Ceviche

 

Wahaca

Type: Mexican market eating

Located: Restaurants, bars and food vans across London including Oxford Circus, Brixton, Southbank and Soho

Nominated for: Sustainable Innovation Award

Why?: In a quest to create environmentally-efficient restaurants, Wahaca built the Southbank Experiment – a restaurant created entirely from recycled shipping containers. It’s careful to source locally and responsibly, investing in staff training and benefits as well as charitable support to children in Mexico.

 

The Montpelier

Type: An independently-owned pub

Located: Peckham

Nominated for: Most Improved Sustainability

Why?: Suppliers include: Gillwing Farm, an organic, free-range farm in Sussex; Flock & Herd Butchers, just around the corner from the restaurant, Southbank Fish, who farm their produce from British shoes, and Dawn, the herb-grower next door.

 

The Montpelier

Image Credit: The Montpelier

 

The Bingham Hotel and Restaurant

Type: Modern British cuisine

Located: Richmond

Nominated for: Most Improved Sustainability

Why?: The kitchen specialises in natural British cuisine, using locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients – including those picked freshly from the restaurant’s own herb and vegetable garden.

 

The Roebuck

Type: British pub

Located: Borough

Nominated for: Best Food Waste Strategy

Why?: Focusing on locally-sourced, in-season ingredients, the menu features produced sourced from an organic, free-range farm, and The Butchers Block, located moments away from the pub.

 

 

The Roebuck

Image Credit: The Roebuck

 

To find more sustainable spots in London, join our Cutting-Edge Green Tour. You can also check out our Sustainable Architecture Tour to see the city’s greenest buildings.