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Ode, a small, family-run restaurant in the picturesque coastal village of Shaldon in Devon, is the most sustainable in the U.K. So says the kingdom’s Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), which rates more than 400 eateries, ranging from fine-dining establishments to neighborhood hangouts. The SRA praises Ode chef-proprietor Tim Bouget’s commitment to sourcing local, seasonal, organic food, energy and water efficiency and waste management, as well as its dedication to treating staff fairly and engaging with its local community. “Since opening Ode in 2007,” comments Bouget, “our principles have been that the entire business works in tune with the environment, and that forms the basis for our eco ethos and organic policies.”
The SRA’s environment award recognizing energy efficiency went to celebrity chef Raymond Blanc‘s two-Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, while River Cottage (writer and TV personality Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall‘s organic farm, restaurant and cooking school) near Axminster in Dorset won the award for best sourcing.
London-area Mexican restaurant group Wahaca won the Sustainable Restaurant Group of the Year award. The SRA awarded two restaurants its Society Award, which recognizes a business’s efforts to engage positively with its staff, customers and the local community: Oxo Tower Restaurant in London and Friska in Bristol.
The Clink, a commercial restaurant run by inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison High Down in Sutton, Surrey, won the SRA award for innovation. Presumably, no one escapes a fine meal here.
Mark Linehan, SRA managing director, said: “The winners are seven very different restaurants, from Scottish chippy the Bay, to the Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Ode in rural Devon, proving that dining out sustainably is not the preserve of the rich or the London elite.”
All nominees and winners:
Sustainable Restaurant of the Year
Sustainable Restaurant Group of the Year
SRA Award for Sourcing
- River Cottage (winner)
- The Royal Oak, Bishopstone, North Wiltshire
SRA Environment Award
- Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (winner)
- Petrichor at The Cavendish, London
- University of Winchester
SRA Society Award
- Oxo Tower Restaurant Bar and Brasserie , London (winner)
- Friska Bristol, (winner)
- Café Spice Namasté, London
- The Bay Fish and Chips, Stonehaven, Scotland
- Lussmanns Fish & Grill, St. Albans & Hertford, Hertfordshire
SRA Innovation Award
A version of this article by Valere Tjolle originally appeared on Totem Tourism.