The Grain Store
The Grain Store’s wholesome name reflects its ethical approach to eating. This sustainable restaurant is a joint venture from chef Bruno Loubet, the Zetter Group and mixologist extraordinaire, Tony Conigliaro. It focuses on being carbon-neutral and natural where possible. By working with carefully selected suppliers, the restaurant puts vegetables on par with meats, and prizes organic food over mass production. It has won sustainable restaurant awards – with good reason. Naturally, the food is delicious.
If you’re looking for a fast food fix without the ethical issues, Leon is a safe bet. With restaurants across the capital, Leon has set the standard for ethical eating on the go. Leon was fundamental in starting the Sustainable Restaurant Association, which helps restaurants to be more ethical in their operations. The restaurant’s core principle is that food should be good for you as well as taste good. As a result, nutritionists are employed to keep the dishes healthy. For a quick bite to eat that is better for you than the average fast food meal, visiting one of the many Leon restaurants is a must.
Leon, 35 Great Marlborough Street, London +44 20 7734 8057
The Duke of Cambridge Pub
Officially London’s first certified organic pub, this place has recently joined forces with Riverford, a family farm, to offer even tastier ethical food. Based in Islington, the The Duke of Cambridge’s owners take sustainability very seriously, even down to incorporating second-hand furniture. Everything recyclable is recycled, energy is renewable, and there is no genetically modified food on the menu. If you’re looking for a meal that’s healthy and good for the environment, this is the place to go.
The Duke of Cambridge, 30 St Peter’s St, London +44 20 7359 3066
Waterhouse is a charity-run restaurant that has a lot of heart. Started by the Shoreditch Trust in 2008, the restaurant trains at-risk youth and gives them a chance to pursue a career in food. The Blue Marble Training Programme ensures that this is an ethically run restaurant. The food sourced is organic, local, or free range if possible, with seasonal ingredients on the changing menu. Combining a philanthropic goal with an energy-efficient kitchen, Waterhouse is well worth the visit.
Waterhouse, 10 Orsman Road, London +44 20 7033 0123
Located opposite Hyde Park in the Lancaster London hotel, Island Grill has a top Three Star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association and a great menu along with it. “Nose to Tail” – using as much of the animal as possible – is practised here, making sure nothing is wasted. Island Grill smokes its salmon in-house, and only use fish that have been labeled ‘sustainable’ by the Marine Stewardship Council, which is provided by an ethical supplier in Kent. The honey used in the restaurant is so local it is made on the hotel’s roof, which has 10 well-tended beehives.
Island Grill, Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London +44 20 7551 6070
The Modern Pantry
Chutney, jam and pickle made in-house are the least of The Modern Pantry‘s ethical aspects. The Modern Pantry changes its menu weekly and keeps it seasonal, minimising the wastage of food and supporting local suppliers. On top of their work in the place itself, the restaurant also lends its support to charities, such as Action Against Hunger. The restaurant holds a Three Star Rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, putting it among the most ethical in the capital.
The Modern Pantry, 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London +44 20 7553 9210