Hawksmoor, Various Locations
Not only one of the top places to eat steak in the country, the Hawksmoor chain is also leading the way in London’s sustainable restaurant scene. Committed to sourcing their food ethically, they have veered away from the likes of Japanese Kobe and instead opted for beef reared on British soil. Their fish is all sustainably sourced and even their beer has been carefully chosen from local breweries such as Meantime in Greenwich and Kernel in Bermondsey. Across their eight restaurants, there are a variety of event space options, including private dining through to full venue hire.
Grain Store, Kings Cross
Based in Kings Cross, this restaurant by Bruno Loubet and The Zetter Group has a modern and innovative menu with an ethical approach. Using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients and organic/free range meats, they also have kitchens that are fitted with technology able to monitor energy consumption, and half of their profits from the sales of their water go to local charities. Set in a beautifully designed building, Grain Store can host private dining events for up to 26 guests or exclusive venue hire for events up to 250.
River Cottage, Dorset
It’s no secret that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is an advocate of sustainable practices, so we can, of course, expect great things when it comes to his Head Quarters, River Cottage. Operating as an organically certified farm, they also have an impressive goal: to make River Cottage HQ a zero carbon site. For private dining with a difference, you can feast in ‘Britain’s most filmed farmhouse’ eating local and seasonally produced food.
Riverford at The Duke of Cambridge, Islington
Housed in one of London’s trendiest boroughs, Islington, The Duke of Cambridge is Britain’s first and only certified organic pub. Going above and beyond just serving organic food, The Duke of Cambridge has a number of ways they are kinder to the environment. From their food waste generating energy through an anaerobic digester, to not using imported produce, to ensuring their furniture is second hand, they are fully committed to a Sustainable Development Programme. The venue can be hired exclusively for parties of up to 150.
Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
Restaurant Sat Bain made headlines in 2015 for bringing in a four-day working week for their chefs, aiming to improve their employees working conditions and make this two Michelin star establishment a more attractive place to work. In following years there have been a number of sustainable introductions in the business including energy efficient induction hobs, LED lighting, and a composting system. The restaurant offers a Chef’s Table for eight allowing guests to see behind the scenes whilst dining on a seven or ten-course tasting menu.
Recently awarded ‘Sustainable Restaurant of the Year’, Poco is an excellent choice for seasonal and flavoursome tapas with a seasonal twist. All the ingredients used in the restaurant are both organic and sourced locally and the owners are passionate about showing that Michelin quality food can still be sourced ethically. Their eco credentials don’t stop with the food as the restaurant and bar were designed using reclaimed timbers, English hardwood, clay-based paints and LED lighting. Space is small and intimate and would work well for a full venue hire.
Petersham Nurseries, Richmond
One of our favourite event spaces in London, Petersham Nurseries is a feast for all the senses. In 2016 they were awarded ‘Three Star Sustainability Champion’ by the Sustainable Restaurant Association and aim to source all their menu produce locally and ethically. The menu varies depending what is being grown in the garden and the café offers both private dining and full venue hire, where you can eat surrounded by their rustic setting of herbs and flowers.
If you are looking for a sustainable venue for your next event, then don’t hesitate to contact one of the Banks Sadler team on +44 (0) 207 424 3333