You can dine out in London for a lifetime and still only experience a sliver of the capital’s culinary delights. Then again, if you want to eat fresh, organic, seasonal produce that’s better for you and the environment, you have to narrow your search down. Here are four great eateries to get you started!
Italian restaurants aren’t hard to come by in London, but fully organic ones are a bigger ask. Fortunately Amico Biofulfils that need both in the City and in central London – offering up veggie, organic and genuinely Italian fare (Asparagus, pear and fennel salad, Ravioli filled with smoked cheese and sun dried tomatoes) in a cosy rustic setting. The ingredients for Pasquale Amico’s restaurants are sourced from his family farm in Capua, Italy. “Green thinking, better living” is the motto of this eatery, and we salute it!
Top marks to the Waterhouse in Shoreditch, which not only uses fresh, seasonal produce, but also has a restaurant which itself is eco-friendly. Much of the building’s electricity and hot water is generated from solar panels, table water is filtered and bottled on site, and there’s even a wormery to help with the composting. As for the grub – that’s pretty good too. Expect mouth-watering dishes like pan fried hake with pak choi & caper hazelnut beurre noisette, and vanilla panna cotta with poached rhubarb and tuille biscuit. Yum.
Since opening in 1998, The Duke of Cambridge has offered nothing less than ethical, organic food and drink, sourced from independent producers. Keeping food miles and environmental impact to a minimum is top of the Duke’s agenda, but they never let this get in the way of creating first-class pub grub. A daily-changing menu means the food here is as seasonal as it gets, so you might be served anything from rack of lamb with jersey royals, runner beans and salsa verde, to rabbit and red wine stew with bubble and squeak. All the booze (and soft drinks) are organic, too.
For eco eaters on a budget, the Black Cat cafe in Hackney is where to head. This 100% vegan joint is a small workers’ cooperative, aiming to promote an ethical lifestyle. What that means is that the vegetables on your plate are almost always organic, and usually from the same eco-friendly farm in Lincolnshire. As is a good sign with any fresh menu, Black Cat’s doesn’t stay the same for long, but the likes of filled jacket potatoes, hearty soups, salads, pies and vegan burgers are usually on offer in one form or another.