The London green guide: Sustainable restaurants
As restaurants, hotels and sights aim to be environmentally friendly, our eco-warrior Neil Simpson shows you where to eat out sustainably in London.
Silo is new in Hackney Wick, on the canal near Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Founded by Douglas McMaster, the restaurant is well worth a visit: the original Silo in Brighton claims to be the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant and has become an acclaimed place to eat. Just like Brighton, Hackney’s Silo will have its own ecosystem, dealing directly with producers, buying wholefoods, composting food and growing its own produce.
Unit 14, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN
01273 674 259 | www.silobrighton.com
Silo's Douglas McMaster (see above) is also helping Crate Brewery and Pizzeria, next to Silo, to improve its own sustainability, making the area a wonderfully green destination.
Unit 7, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN
020 8533 3331 | www.cratebrewery.com
Cub in Hoxton also tries hard to eliminate waste. It’s the first restaurant by the world-renowned bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana and trust me, it’s brilliant. The entire dining room is made from recycled materials and the menu relies heavily on food waste and overlooked ingredients. Fortunately, the food is creative, unpredictable and delicious. The set menu is great value, because it incorporates drinks to match most courses. Dinner here was the tastiest sustainability lesson I’ve ever had.
153 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ
020 3693 3202 | www.lyancub.com
Since watching the documentary A Plastic Planet, acclaimed chef Skye Gyngell has been on a mission to make Spring in Somerset House one of London’s first plastic-free restaurants: it was one of the first to stop using plastic straws and Gyngell aims to eventually eradicate all single-use plastic at Spring.
Meanwhile, Spring’s Scratch menu turns the kitchen’s leftover food into delicious dishes, so nothing gets thrown away. The pre-theatre Scratch menu is available every
day (5.30pm-6.30pm) and costs £20 for three courses.
Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place, WC2R 1LA
020 3011 0115 | www.springrestaurant.co.uk
Feast Fairly Scheme
Finally, check out @FeastFairly on Instagram. This scheme encourages London chefs to buy agricultural waste supplied by farmers and turn it into delicious creations
for their menus. It’ll give you lots more ideas on where to take your growling stomach.
A tip from me to you: never be embarrassed to ask for a doggy bag, anywhere. Otherwise, your leftovers will most likely go in the bin – you’ll be glad you did when you’re feeling hungry later!
Photos courtesy of Silo; Amber Rowlands; Spring
Find out how to visit London sustainably with our guide to green sightseeing and environmentally friendly shopping.