The SRA is a not-for-profit membership organization that encourages restaurants to become more sustainable by changing the way they operate. It also aims to help diners make more sustainable choices when dining out.
The SRA runs the Sustainable Restaurant Awards every year, and this time Daylesford and The Captain’s Galley came out on top at the ceremony on 23 February.
The Captain’s Galley
Jim Cowie’s 18-cover restaurant is Britain’s most nothernly mainland restaurant (Scrabster, Caithness) and it only serves seasonal seafood to ensure that rare breeds are not harvested at the wrong time of year. Cowie is also organizing a sustainable seafood festival to raise awareness about which fish we should be enjoying at home and in restaurants.
Daylesford is a 20,000-acre organic farm at the opposite end of the country (Gloucestershire), that provides the majority of ingredients for its three cafes, in Kingham, Notting Hill and Pimlico. Daylesford has even established its own foundation to educate young people about sustainability in food produce.
The other winners
In addition, the Star Bistro in Cheltenham picked up The People’s Favourite award for its ethical sourcing and valuable employment of people with disabilities. Tom Kerridge, who worked under The Star Bistro founder Rob Rees, fully supports the venture and is delighted that the dedication of the team is paying off.
Meanwhile Raymond Blanc, who presented the awards, highlighted the importance of sustainability and said that these awards “represent what everybody who is passionate about food should regard as the perfect ingredients: good ethics, an understanding that food touches every part of our lives, and a desire to ensure that future generations will be able to experience from it the same pleasure as we have.”
Other awards went to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as the Sustainability Hero; Wahaca restaurant group for Sustainable Innovation (they put grasshoppers on the menu); and The Truscott Arms in Maida Vale for the Sustainable Pub of the Year.
For a full list of winners and more information on the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), click here.