Hotels shortlisted for Sustainable Restaurant Awards

 

Sustainable cooking at The Pig

Sustainable cooking at The Pig

A number of responsible hotels have reached the shortlists for the 2015 Sustainable Restaurant Awards.

The awards (sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions) recognise the achievements of the very best sustainable food service businesses in the UK and globally, based – and assessed – on the three pillars of sustainability; Sourcing, Society and Environment.

The shortlisted businesses are incredibly diverse and include an alpine ski lodge and a Welsh prison restaurant.

The shortlist features some of the best known names in the industry – like Hawksmoor and Carluccio’s - as well as two fish and chip shops.

All but four of the awards are decided on the basis of the scores businesses achieve in the SRA’s rating during 2014. But consumer interest in the awards has been high this year with the introduction of a publicly voted category; the People’s Favourite. The SRA received more than 850 nominations for this award which will be presented by president Raymond Blanc on 23rd February at Oval Space in East London.

The Sustainable Hotel Restaurant of the Year nominees include Bistrot Bruno Loubet at The Zetter Hotel, London; The Pig, Hampshire; and The Jetty, Dorset.

Multiple nominees, The Pig has been shortlisted in three categories; including for English Sustainable Restaurant of the Year and the SRA Award for Sourcing. While Loubet is also nominated for the SRA Award for Environment. Carluccio’s and Boston Tea Party are both shortlisted for Sustainable Large Group of the Year and the SRA Award for Society.

The People’s Favourite award sees The Bay Fish and Chips, Stonehaven, where customers know the name of the boat that caught their fish, vying with The Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom, where young unemployed people serve local dishes with a modern twist. The Real Junk Food Project in Leeds, which is on a mission to beat food waste and food poverty, serving surplus food on a pay as you feel basis, is also in the running alongside Star Bistro, a Cheltenham restaurant that gives people with disabilities the chance to shine, and uses its profits to feed poor local families. Silo, the fifth nominee, opened in Brighton at the end of 2014, grows mushrooms on the walls and was designed to be totally waste-free.

People can vote for their favourite restaurant until 15 February by visiting www.thesra.org/vote or simply tweeting, using the hashtag #srafavevote and naming their choice.

Prison restaurant The Clink, Cardiff is up against last year’s winner, The Gallery in Barry for the Welsh Sustainable Restaurant of the Year, along with Enochs Fish & Chips.

The award for International Sustainable Restaurant of the Year sees The Lodge, Verbier up against Three Michelin starred Azurmendi and last year’s winner Les Orangeries.

The SRA Award for Innovation attracted a number of ground-breaking schemes. Three outstanding entries made the shortlist, including Wahaca’s introduction of insects onto its menu, an initiative by Boston Tea Party to turn its coffee grounds into mushrooms in HMP Dartmoor and Silo’s bid to be a waste-free restaurant.

Caterer Bennett Hay’s success in changing the behaviour of partners and staff at its law firm client by measuring and highlighting the scale of food being wasted on site, earned it a place on the shortlist for the Best Food Waste Strategy, alongside the Brookwood Partnership’s Captain Wasteless campaign to educate schoolchildren. The Roebuck’s zero tolerance of waste policy including saving lemon pips for pectin and a creating a potato skin dish, completed the shortlist.

Raymond Blanc will also announce the recipient of his Sustainability Hero Award at the ceremony.

The full list of nominees as is follows:

SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT AWARDS SHORTLIST 2015 SRA Award for Sourcing
Sponsored by Reynolds
ODE-dining, Devon
River Cottage HQ,
Devon Poco, Bristol
The Pig, Hampshire

SRA Award for Society
Sponsored by TUCO Ltd
The Brookwood Partnership, National
Carluccio’s, National
Boston Tea Party, South West and Midlands
Geronimo Inns, South East

SRA Award for the Environment
Sponsored by Specialist Waste Recycling
Arbor Restaurant at The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth
The Captain’s Galley, Caithness
Bistrot Bruno Loubet at The Zetter Hotel, London

English Sustainable Restaurant of the Year*
Sponsored by Eureka Search & Selection
Daylesford, Gloucestershire and London
The Pig, Hampshire ODE-dining, Devon

Scottish Sustainable Restaurant of the Year*
Sponsored by Speyside Glenlivet
The Captain’s Galley, Caithness
The Bay Fish and Chips, Aberdeenshire
Cafe St Honoré, Edinburgh

Welsh Sustainable Restaurant of the Year*
The Gallery, South Wales
The Clink, Cardiff
Enochs Fish and Chips, Llandudno

Irish Sustainable Restaurant of the Year*
Sponsored by Hospitality Action
Kylemore Services Group, Cork
Made in Belfast, Belfast
Two and You, Dublin

International Sustainable Restaurant of the Year
Les Orangeries, France
The Lodge, Verbier (Virgin) Switzerland
Azurmendi, Spain

Sustainable Small Group of the Year
Sponsored by Yealands Family Wine
Lussmanns Fish & Grill, Hertfordshire
Drake & Morgan, London
Hawksmoor, London

Sustainable Large Group of the Year
Sponsored by Chapman Ventilation
D&D London
Carluccio’s, National
Boston Tea Party, South West and Midlands

Sustainable Pub of the Year
The Truscott Arms, London
Orwells, Oxon
The Imperial, London

Sustainable Hotel Restaurant of the Year
Sponsored by Gram UK
Bistrot Bruno Loubet at The Zetter Hotel, London
The Pig, Hampshire The Jetty, Dorset

Sustainable Caterer of the Year
Sponsored by Space Catering
bartlett mitchell Ltd
Lexington Catering
Artizian Catering Services

Most Improved Sustainability
Sponsored by Paper Round
Ceviche, London
The Akeman (Oakman Inns), Hertforshire
Bingham Hotel, London
The Montpelier, London

The People’s Favourite Award
Sponsored by Bookatable
The Bay Fish and Chips, Aberdeenshire
The Eagle and Child, Lancashire
The Real Junk Food Project, Leeds
Silo, Brighton
Star Bistro, Gloucestershire

Sustainable Innovation Award
Sponsored by Costa
Wahaca,
Boston Tea Party, South West and Midlands
Silo, Brighton

Best Food Waste Strategy
Sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions
Bennett Hay
The Roebuck, London
The Brookwood Partnership

*One of these will be named Sustainable Restaurant of the Year

 

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