Restaurants

Wahacamole helps Mexican street food group win R200 award

By Tom Tanner There’s a long-held perception that it’s the independent, small-scale, artisan restaurants, pubs and cafés that are the sustainability pioneers and who will lead us to a better food future.  From the get-go back in 2010, here at the Sustainable Restaurant Association, we took the view that while it was often the ‘small guys’ that would …

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Spirit of sustainability shines through in San Pellegrino Young Chefs

By Tom Tanner We were thrilled when San Pellegrino approached us back in 2019 to help them create a new award. For the 2019 edition, they appointed us as the sustainability partner for its Young Chefs programme and asked us to create a new Social Responsibility category. The award sits alongside the programme’s other awards, raises …

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Which restaurant and pub chains are the most family and planet friendly?

By Laura Chan, Policy Officer, Soil Association The UK is under the microscope this year interrogating how we aren’t and how we should be meeting our climate and nature targets. In the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow, multiple sectors including hospitality are vying to demonstrate what they are doing to step up. After taking …

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Time for hospitality to walk the walk and certify its credentials

What’s the most effective way for a restaurant, pub, café or caterer to make both a real difference on the issues that really matter, and convince its customers that it’s doing so? To take action and get a credible third party to certify that it really has done so. That’s the conclusion we’ve come to, …

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Cash in on benefits of new tipping regime

By Tom Tanner, SRA Two million hospitality workers stand to gain from the Government’s new plans to overhaul tipping practices, ensuring all tips go to workers.  Five years after consulting the industry about a new regime, the Government has finally drawn up proposals which it says will put an end to ‘shameful practices’. We have long supported calls for …

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How hospitality proves its purpose through the pandemic and beyond

By Tom Tanner, SRA With restaurants now firmly re-open and operating at something like full capacity again, it’s time to shift our focus back from one threatening big C to another. While Covid has dominated plans for the last 16 months, climate change is no passing threat. The findings of the recent Purpose Survey we …

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Why is energy flexibility important?

By James Sampson, Inspired Energy New research by the Carbon Trust has revealed that a fully flexible energy system could cut the cost of the UK reaching net zero by £16.7bn by 2050   Ofgem defines flexibility as, “modifying generation and/or consumption patterns in reaction to an external signal (such as a change in price) to …

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Five ways to celebrate National Hospitality Day and showcase your green creds

By Tom Tanner, SRA The eighteenth of September. If the date isn’t in your diary already, take a moment from reading this to ink it in. It’s a Saturday and it’s National Hospitality Day. Yep, that’s right, a day for a nationwide celebration of the UK’s brilliant restaurants, hotels, pubs, bars, cafés and caterers. So, …

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The National Food Strategy and the role suppliers have to play in achieving Dimbleby’s reshaped food system

By Natalia Spinetto, Purchasing & Producer Partnerships at Collectiv Food As Henry Dimbleby so succinctly puts in Part 2 of his National Food Strategy, released last week, ‘The UK has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape the food system’. I couldn’t agree more, although the publication was frustratingly dominated by Boris’s immediate dismissal of proposed sugar …

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Catering to the greener stomachs of the event industry

By Ellie Ashton-Melia Sustainability – Where to start?  One of the biggest challenges faced by event businesses big and small is trying to translate good intentions into transformative actions. Businesses are starting to make Net Zero and Circular Economy commitments to achieve global ambitions of keeping the planet within a 1.5-degree threshold. This stands true …

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