Highlighting the importance of working in an environmentally friendly way, 23 UK restaurants have been awarded green Michelin stars for their commitment to sustainable gastronomy.
This distinction highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices.
The restaurants hold themselves accountable for both their ethical and environmental standards, and work with sustainable producers and suppliers to avoid waste and reduce or even remove plastic and other non-recyclable materials from their supply chain.
Many work directly with growers, farmers and fishermen; forage in hedgerows and woodlands; grow plants and rear animals; and use regenerative methods such as no-dig vegetable gardens and successional cover crop growing.
Among the venues awarded green stars at last night’s virtual ceremony for stepping up their commitment to closed loop dining were The Black Swan at Oldstead in York, run by foraging fanatic and Great British Menu regular Tommy Banks.
Also recognised for its green efforts was Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons in Oxfordshire, which uses much of its produce from its kitchen garden.
Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in Cumbria also scooped a green star. Rogan has long been a champion of sustainable gastronomy, making a hero of vegetables and growing many of the ingredients he works with on his farm in Cartmel.
Coombeshead Farm in Lewannick, run by Tom Adams, was also awarded a green star, where Adams breeds mangalitza pigs for sausages and charcuterie.
Farm-to-table chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage in Axminster was also a recipient of a green star, with Hugh having recently released a range of kombuchas made from fruits, vegetables and herbs that grow within the grounds. Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham also won a green star.
Four London restaurants bagged green stars: Tredwells in Covent Garden; the Oxo Tower Brasserie in Southwark; Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, and ‘zero waste’ restaurant Silo in Hackney, run by Doug McMaster.
Operating with a “pre industrial food system” at Silo nothing goes in the bin – food waste is turned into compost – and many of the ingredients, from the bread and butter to the oat milk and beer, are made on site. Even the furniture is made from recycled materials and the crockery from crushed wine bottles.
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Below is the full list of the 23 UK restaurants that were awarded green stars.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton
Black Swan, Oldstead
Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick
Daylesford Organic Farm, Daylesford
New Yard, Trelowarren
Oxo Tower Brasserie, Southwark, London
Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, London
Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
River Cottage Kitchen, Axminster
Silo, Hackney, London
The Dining Room – Whatley Manor, Malmesbury
The Ethicurean, Wrington
The Small Holding, Kilndown
Tredwells, Strand and Covent Garden, London
Where the Light Gets In, Stockport
Henry Robertson – Palé Hall, Llandderfel
Republic of Ireland
Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, Inishmaan, Aran Islands