We’re all guilty of buying one to many treats when we’re wandering around the supermarket with a rumbling stomach. More and more people are trying to fight food waste – restaurants included. But can a restaurant really be 100% zero waste? We’ve rounded up a list of best London restos who’re doing their bit to reduce their carbon footprint.
Set up by the big shot, Mr Lyan and the guy who set up zero-waste restaurant Silo in Brighton, Doug McMaster, comes Cub. You won’t find any of that hippy grub here, the restaurant follows a simple premise of bringing people together through a love of great food and drink through luxury dining. They’re focusing on being as low-waste as possible, using ingredients most people wouldn’t think of using, and innovating them into something uniquely tasting (and delicious!)
Where: 153 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ
Powered by two female entrepreneurs, Catherine Salway and Andrea Waters, Redemption aims to be London’s healthiest restaurant. Their motto is ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’, and have an ethos rooted in caring for the planet, its animals, and ourselves. At Redemption, you’re able to indulge guilt-free in some good ol’ hearty grub, yippee!
Where: Various Locations
Located in the New Wing of Somerset House, and celebrated for its use of seasonal produce, Spring recently pledged a plastic campaign – to reduce the single-use plastics in their restaurant. Of course, most bars and restaurants have ditched the plastic straws and opted for the flimsy paper ones, but at Spring, they’re eradicating the use of plastic containers, and searching for bio-degradable clingfilm alternatives. Owner Skye Gyngell is hoping to focus on tackling consumerism in the restaurant industry and hopes the team will continue to make a small dent in combating the increasing global problem.
Where: Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place, WC2R 1LA
Dedicated to looking after you and the planet comes Farmacy. Centring their food around veganism and raw-eating, all of their ingredients are grown on their farm in Kent, or sourced from local, sustainable and environmentally conscious suppliers. Farmacy is dedicated to using ingredients which are free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals, using every part of the product, so that none (or very little) goes to waste. Let’s not forget, it’s all vibrant, full of flavour and, of course, totally Insta’ worthy too.
Where: 74 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 5SH
Looking for somewhere to head after a bite to eat? We’ve found the perfect little hidden gem for you. Nestled in the Victorian basement on Holyrood Street, you’ll find Nine Lives, packed full of stunning cocktails and good times. But that’s not all. Their ethos revolves around zero waste, with everything lovely sourced and selected for a purpose – to fuel their fun-loving customers, of course. The drinks have been designed especially with this in mind, by Tom Soden and the team at Sweet&Chilli, with all the ingredients picked with dedication and pride.
Where: 8 Holyrood Street, SE1 2EL
On a mission to become 100% zero waste is Cafe Van Gogh, a community interest company. Working in conjunction with three charities to run a programme of on-the-job training for people with additional challenges in life, providing them with support and confidence to seek paid employment. Cafe Van Gogh’s takeaway containers and coffee cups are fully compostable, and all of their food waste is composted rather then sent to landfill, like most eateries. Their vegan mac n cheese is to die for!
Where: 88 Brixton Road, SW9 6BE
The brainchild of critically acclaimed chef Adam Handling, Bean and Wheat is a sustainable café and bar, with a major focus on promoting zero waste. The food comes from the by-products and off-cuts from the adjoining restaurant, The Frog Hoxton. Whether you’re after a quick bite to eat or a seasonal lunchtime plate, it’s the perfect spot to stop at for a treat.
Where: 321 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LE