Sustainable dining is more present than ever at the moment, with restaurants all over the world doing their bit to cut back on food waste, reduce plastic consumption, cut emissions and source produce locally wherever possible. Last year saw the Michelin Guide celebrate the restaurants at the forefront of the industry, doing their utmost for the environment, by introducing the Green Michelin award. 

We’ve put together a guide of the best Green Michelin starred restaurants in the UK, from Richmond favourite, Petersham Nurseries Cafe to Galway’s laidback restaurant, Kai.

London Restaurants

Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond

If we could think of anywhere that deserves a Michlien Green Star in London, it’s Richmond’s Petersham Nurseries Café. The restaurant and gardens pride themselves on respecting the natural world and improving their ecological footprint wherever possible. 

Their menus are centred around a slow food ethos, focusing on seasonal vegetables and fruits, all sourced as locally as possible. They source their meat, egg and produce throughout the year from Haye Farm in Devon, run by the son of Petersham’s founders. They cut down their waste as much as possible, recycling and utilising every part of their produce as much as possible. 

Not to mention, everything they source is environmentally friendly, even down to the jackets the chefs wear through to sustainable forest paper for greaseproof paper.

Off Church Lane, Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AB

www.petershamnurseries.com

Oxo Tower Brasserie, Southwark

Tucked on the top floor of the OXO Tower, you’ll find the Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie. Head to the Brasserie for laid back vibes, live music and delicious food with a sustainable focus. 

Head chef Keir Barry is at the helm, serving up a menu of local and seasonal produce. Expect dishes such as grilled Cornish mackerel, skordalia, radish green olive and celery salad; confit duck wings, mushroom pate, warm lentil salad and a tarragon mustard dressing; red wine marinated lamb with truffle mash, crispy cavolo nero, coffee and cranberry gravy; and a orange cake with poached rhubarb and marmalade sauce.

Barge House Street, London SE1 9PH

www.harveynichols.com

Silo, Hackney

Hailing originally from Brighton before its relocation to Hackney Wick, SILO is the world’s first zero waste restaurant. How? Well, they eliminate waste by trading directly with farmers, using reusable delivery vessels and working with local ingredients. If there are any leftovers, they go directly into the compost.

Their menu is regularly changing, utilising forward thinking flavour combinations. Expect dishes such as carrot, ricotta and kalamata olives; Charlotte potatoes, seaweed and caramelised cream; and king oyster mushroom with koji porridge.

 

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Unit 7 Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN 

www.silolondon.com

Further afield

Kai, Galway

For a laidback affair, look across the water and to Galway’s Kai. The humble restaurant, found on Sea Road, offers up authentic, homely dishes that are crafted sustainably and to perfection. 

The interiors will feel as though you’ve stepped inside an old rural house, with cosy tables waiting around every corner. While the chefs serve up dishes depending on the seasons, using wild, organic and sourced locally ingredients where possible.

22 Sea Road, Galway, H91 DX47 

www.kairestaurant.ie

Angela’s, Margate

Over by the seaside, Angela’s is a seafood restaurant that serves up simple, homely and seasoned vegetable-led dishes. Keeping things uncomplicated, the restaurant works directly with growers, fishermen and suppliers who eke out the most of their produce while working to minimise its impact on the environment. 

The menu changes daily depending on the fresh catches of the day, but expect simple offerings such as scallops, spinach and onion; thornback ray with brown butter; monkfish, clams and bisque; and blood orange pudding with raspberries. 

It’s also got a little sister, Dory’s, a smaller seafood bar that looks out over Margate’s main sands.

21 The Parade, Margate, CT9 1EX 

www.angelasofmargate.com

 

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Daylesford Organic Farm, Daylesford

Daylesford is celebrated across London and beyond for its organic produce, farm shops and restaurants dotted around the country, but it’s their original site in Daylesford where Michelin celebrates them for their sustainability efforts. 

For lunch head to the Legbar for light bites and charcuterie, while the Old Spot serves up dishes from their wood-fired oven. For dinner, look to The Trough Cafe for a menu made from produce from their organic farms in the Cotswolds and Staffordshire. 

Daylesford, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG 

www.daylesford.com

New Yard, Trelowarren

The perfect restaurant to visit this summer, New Yard Restaurant is set on a private estate in Cornwall, and is run by Caroline and Jeffrey Robinson. The menu changes each night, inspired by the produce grown in the walled garden or ethically sourced from the local area. 

The restaurant also serves up great Sunday lunches, including rump of beef over coals with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and horseradish with a selection of veggies.

NYR Trelowarren, Mawgan, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6AF 

www.newyardrestaurant.co.uk

Marle, Heckfield Hampshire

Over at Heckfield Place lies Marle, the sustainable restaurant delivering the best locally and responsibly grown food in the area. The menu is centred around seasonally changing ingredients, grown either at their estate or from their partners at Fern Verrow farm. 

The restaurant doesn’t disappoint on the interior front either. Think marble, slate and wood touches with views that look out over the woodland and lakes.

Heckfield Place, Hampshire, RG27 0LD 

www.heckfieldplace.com

OAK, Bath

Championing the best of fresh produce, Oak works with local growers, grocers and cooks to create something magical. The result? A place on the Michelin Guide Green Star list serving up some of the country’s best plant-based food. 

They change their menu depending on the season and produce available but you can expect the likes of potato pave with sauteed mushrooms and white onion veloute; carrot and hazelnut pate with sourdough crackers; asparagus with ajoblanco, wild garlic oil and almond; and orange polenta cake with blood orange syrup and olive oil ice cream. 

2 North Parade Passage, Bath, BA1 1NX 

www.oakrestaurant.co.uk

 

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Pensons

Open beams, exposed brick, floor to ceiling windows and seasonal menus that champion quality produce? That’s what you can expect to find served up at Pensons. At the helm of the kitchen is Chris Simpson, the restaurant serves up an a la carte menu and a tasting flavour-led menu based on the produce on the Netherwood Estate or locally to the area.

Herefordshire/Worcestershire Border, WR15 8RT 

www.pensons.co.uk

L’Enclume, Cumbria

The flagship restaurant from Simon Rogan, L’Enclume can be found in Cumbria boasting a frequently changing menu brimming with passion, creativity and seasonal, local ingredients. 

The restaurant serves up tasting menus, featuring the likes of fritter of Duroc pib and smoked eel, lovage and fermented sweetcorn; langoustines from Gairloch, fig leaf oil, buttermilk and smoked pike perch roe; and West Coast turbot with asparagus, razor clams, pine and watercress oil.

Much of the produce, from veggies and fruits to herbs and flowers is grown directly on the farm and guests are invited to tour the farm (at request) to see where their food comes from.

Cavendish Street, Cartmel, Cumbria, LA11 6QA 

www.lenclume.co.uk

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