Eco-friendly restaurants are shaking up the restaurant industry. In recent years, sustainability has been somewhat of a trend. People far and wide are now much more conscious of what they are eating, where it has come from and whether it was produced sustainably. In order to attract this growing number of eco-conscious customers, restaurants must do all they can to prove they are doing their bit.
The Manchester restaurant and bar scene continues to boom. Manchester has seen the largest increase in the number of restaurant and bar openings in comparison to other major cities in the UK, according to new research. Manchester saw an increase of 22% restaurant openings compared to London which saw just 6.8%. This is wonderful for the local economy, job creation and attracting visitors, but it is worth questioning what impact these new openings will have on the environment.
With a growing interest in what restaurants are doing to help the environment, where ingredients are sourced from and how waste food is dealt with, here is a roundup of the restaurants who deal with these issues with transparency. The following restaurants demonstrate awareness of environmental concerns and in one way or another, are doing their bit.
1. The Northern Quarter Restaurant
Led by accomplished chef Anthony Fielden, The Northern Quarter Restaurant believes in using only the finest seasonal ingredients the British Isles has to offer. Creating bold and thought-provoking contemporary cuisine, the restaurant really is unique. It’s British fine dining that defies all the normal expectations; there’s no colossal price tags, tiny portions or stiff atmosphere to be found here.
Crucially, the restaurant strives to be as eco-friendly as possible by serving a range of modern British dishes that rotate every three months to reflect the seasons. Seasonal ingredients can be locally sourced from around Britain, therefore reducing transportation emissions associated with importation. If you would like to view their current menu, click here.
2. V Rev Vegan Diner
One of Manchester’s few all vegan restaurants, V Rev Vegan Diner defies every expectation of plant-based food. Far from stereotypical vegetables and grains, V Rev Vegan Diner has created a vegan junk food menu that satisfies even the most carnivorous among us. Not only do they not serve meat or dairy, but their vegan ethos spreads across the diner. They try to reduce their carbon footprint and recycle as much as possible; exemplary behaviour for how all restaurants should operate.
Hawksmoor prides itself on serving top quality seafood and British bred steak. Before trying to open the UK’s best steak restaurant they travelled the world in search of the perfect steak, from Kobe in Japan to Argentina’s Pampas by way of Italy, Australia and Texas. And what did they find? That the best steaks come from carefully reared cattle right here in Britain.
Shortlisted as one of the Most Sustainable Restaurant Groups in the country by the Sustainable Restaurant Awards. They received this accolade after committing to sourcing food sustainably, ethically and ensuring high animal welfare. Even all beers served at the restaurant are sourced from local breweries; not only promoting local business, but also reducing transportation emissions.
4. Earth Cafe
Earth Café pride themselves on their ever-changing menu of delicious vegan food. Hearty hot meals are made from scratch using natural, seasonal ingredients. The menu varies depending on the weather and what’s good at market that day. There is a dedication to serving healthy and sustainable food.
Earning a Gold Food Futures certificate for their commitment towards sourcing locally and operating in an eco-friendly fashion, Earth Café has the environment at the forefront of everything it does. It paves the way for a new style of restaurant, one that is flexible around the environment. Rather than import ingredients that are not easily found locally, Earth Café operates as environmentally friendly as possible.
5. The Allotment
The Allotment creates fresh, engaging and locally sourced vegan food like you’ve never tasted. Serving an entirely plant based menu, they’re great for the environment. They also use the best of the season’s harvest and local, sustainable growers where possible. This is a restaurant that really cares about its carbon footprint and is doing everything in its power to reduce it.
After being awarded Best Vegetarian Restaurant in the UK by The Times, The Allotment has gone from strength to strength in bringing an entirely new plant-based experience to the table. It’s vegan fine dining at it’s very best, whilst vowing to be as environmentally friendly as possible.