Looking for a great slap-up meal in London but worried about the effect it might have on the environment? The capital is packed with restaurants with green credentials. Here’s a selection of our favourites.
One of the city’s newest green additions is also one of the most dedicated. Tiny Leaf uses surplus food donated by local food suppliers (such as Planet Organic) to create a menu of organic, vegetarian fare. Because of the nature of the food, the menu is ever changing, and you may be served something that no one else will ever get to taste – that’s pretty special! And if you’re concerned that the chef might not be up to the challenge, food activist Justin Horne (he of Chiltern Firehouse) is at the helm.
If you feel like picking at bits and bobs rather than going for a full eco feast, Poco in Broadway Market is a good bet. The tapas served up here (from courgette fritters to deep fried oysters) is almost all organic, with many of the ingredients being sourced by local suppliers including Dagenham Community Farm and Kappacasein Dairy. Though it’s only a few months old, Poco took off in a big way when it opened in Bristol in 2011, so we’re expecting the same in London.
This King’s Cross eatery states it believes: “that the health and happiness of future generations is dependent on us committing to sustainable ways of living and working”. They put these words into practise too, making vegetables as much of a part of the menu as meat (the latter tends to use up more resources), wasting as little food as possible and trying to keep the kitchen’s energy consumption low, The food, by the way is excellent, everything from Green tomato, miso, chilli & lime glazed grilled octopus, to roast root vegetables & Roquefort canelloni with mulled wine rhubarb, seared venison loin. Yes please.
Click on the website, and you’ll instantly realise this is no ordinary pub. Some of the country’s best food critics have given Riverford at the Duke of Cambridge the thumbs up, and there are two major reasons for that: the food is incredible, and the morals are ethical. Therefore as you tuck into your butternut squash and rosemary soup, and pan fried pollock fillet with courgette, celeriac, carrots & potato, and saffron broth – you can be assured that the environmental impact has been minimised, from the fact it’s 100% organic, to the fact all the furniture you use is second hand, repurposed or recycled. We salute you, guys!