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Alongside The Pig in Brockenhurst, other hotel restaurants picked up awards and recognition. Arbor Restaurant at the impressive eco Green House Hotel in Bournemouth won the SRA Award for Environment and Les Orangeries in Lussac les Chateaux in France has been named International Sustainable Restaurant of the Year. Other green hotels gained runner-up prizes, including Bistrot Bruno Loubet at the Zetter Hotel, The Jetty restaurant and The Bingham restaurant.
The awards celebrated the best in Britain when it comes to At the Sustainable Restaurant Awards gala lunch at Oval Space in East London, Raymond Blanc said:
These awards are for me as important as Michelin Stars. They 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.
The theme of the event, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions, was the Future of Food and the 250 guests were served cricket canapés prepared by Wahaca, before sitting down to enjoy a two-course menu prepared by James Golding, Chef Director of The Pig and served by a team of graduates from The Clink Charity.
The two overall winners are very different restaurants, 700 miles apart, but who share the same outstanding commitment to sustainability. Daylesford, which operates three organic cafés in the Cotswolds and Kensington, and The Captain’s Galley, Britain’s most northerly mainland restaurant that strictly serves seafood in season, received their awards from Raymond Blanc, President of the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
The winning restaurants demonstrate perfectly the democratisation of sustainable dining, offering diners the chance to eat well wherever they live and whatever their budget.
The Brookwood Partnership, a school’s caterer that’s created a superhero to help motivate children to fight food waste shared the SRA Award for Society with Carluccio’s which has worked tirelessly to support charities including Action Against Hunger, Kids Company and The Clink. The SRA Award for Sourcing also had joint winners – ODE-dining and River Cottage HQ – both of which take local, seasonal and ethical sourcing to a whole new level.
The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) is a not for profit membership organisation helping restaurants become more sustainable and diners make more sustainable choices when dining out. They help their members source food more sustainably, manage resources more efficiently and work more closely with their community. The SRA Sustainability Star Rating scheme means diners can find restaurants that match their sustainability priorities.