Looking to become more eco-friendly? Cut down your carbon footprint by trying out some of the best sustainable restaurants in the UK. Whether it’s using local, sustainably sourced ingredients, or cutting down on palm oil and food waste, the following restaurants are renowned for their sustainability, and of course, great food and drink.
The Pig Near Bath
Best for: Local British meat and fish dishes
Location: Bath, England
Contact details: 0345 225 9494
Located in the beautiful rolling countryside of Somerset, The Pig Near Bath restaurant exclusively uses ingredients sourced either from their very own vegetable garden or suppliers within a strict 25-mile radius. Not only is this great for the environment but it also means you’ll be tasting some of the freshest, sustainable foods available.
From pasture straight to your plate, tuck into tasty, traditional classics from the seasonal menu, including ruby beef brisket, pork tomahawk or local lamb rump. If you follow a plant-based diet, the garden chilli risotto and the girolle pappardelle are just two of the tasty veggie options available.
The Alpine Coffee Shop
Best for: Sweet treats, palm-oil free dishes
Location: Betws-y-Coed, North Wales
Contact details: 07415 619267
Going to be exploring the rugged landscape of North Wales this year? The Alpine Coffee Shop is an ideal place to refuel after a busy day of trekking. The cafe exclusively uses homemade, free-range produce in each and every dish. They’re also active supporters of orangutan and chimpanzee conservation, avoiding the use of palm oil entirely.
Soak up stunning views of the surrounding Snowdonia mountain ranges as you tuck into a delicious meal. You can even take your furry friend along to enjoy the scenery – dogs are allowed to sit inside the premises as long as they are kept securely on a lead.
Best for: Minimalist small dishes and cocktail
Location: London, England
Contact details: 0203 946 7060
If you’re looking for restaurants in London, try CUB Restaurant for award-winning and sustainable dining. A collaboration between the renowned bar owner Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan) and Doug McMaster, head chef and founder of the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant, you can expect delicious dishes and great cocktails to compliment your dinner.
Sample dishes from CUB’s minimalist set menu include kid goat, confit jersey royals and crab broth, to name just a few. It’s a small and cosy restaurant so you’ll need to book ahead to avoid disappointment!
Best for: Small plates and taster dishes
Location: Sheffield, England
Contact details: 0114 299 1539
Made entirely from repurposed shipping containers, Jöro certainly fits the bill as a sustainable restaurant. Located in Sheffield, the restaurant prides itself on using only native ingredients, combining traditional British dishes with a contemporary twist.
Highland wagyu flank, poached sea trout and roast Goosnargh duck are just a few of the delicious savoury dishes served up on Jöro’s lunch and small plates menu. As with many sustainable restaurants, the dishes vary depending on the season, making sure you get the freshest ingredients available at the time.
Riverford Field Kitchen
Best for: Organic, sustainable dishes
Location: Devon, England
Contact details: 01803 762074
Situated in the picturesque surroundings of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, the Riverford Field Kitchen offers a traditional, cosy countryside dining experience. Using only locally-sourced and foraged organic ingredients in their dishes, the set supper menu from Riverford Field Kitchen has something for everyone.
Feast on dishes including wood-roasted pigeon, warm balsamic beets and freshly foraged king oyster mushrooms. Booking in advance is essential for this restaurant. To cut down on their food waste, the restaurant only cooks enough for the number of guests arriving each day. Pop into the farm shop on your way out to take some fresh produce home with you!
Best for: Luxury sustainable dining
Location: London, England
Contact details: 0208 5333331
Michelin-star and former Petersham Nurseries chef, Skye Gyngell, heads up the kitchen at Spring, located in the iconic 18th-century building of Somerset House. Spring’s menu changes with the seasons, always using sustainably-sourced and traditionally British ingredients to produce its dishes.
Grilled rabbit, roasted pumpkin with Parmesan cream and Trout with kohlrabi are just a few of the main courses available on the restaurant’s ever-changing menu. Alternatively, try the set ‘Scratch’ menu, with dishes made from ‘ugly’ veg and fresh trimmings from the kitchen.
Best for: Sustainable fish dishes
Location: Brighton, England
Contact details: 01273 728280
Swimming, sunbathing and coastal walks are just a few of the things that come to mind when most of us think of Brighton. Located right in the middle of its much-loved beach, Lucky Beach serves up delicious locally-sourced meals year-round.
It’s not a seaside holiday without a serving of fish and chips! Lucky Beach uses sustainably caught fish that are freshly landed in Brighton. It’s so fresh that they’re not even frozen on the way to the cafe. Other options include the popular vegan ‘Impossible Burger’, fresh fish tacos and crab bruschetta.
Bringing your dog for a seaside stroll along the beach? You’ll be glad to know that Lucky Beach is a dog-friendly venue.
Best for: Vegan and vegetarian cuisine
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Contact details: 0131 225 2605
After being an exclusively vegetarian restaurant since 1968, Hendersons made the decisions to go completely vegan in 2015. Hendersons is the first of its kind in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre. Using local, organic ingredients, the restaurant offers a completely plant-based dining experience.
The lunch and dinner menu features vegan haggis – a plant-based take on the traditional Scottish classic. Other dishes include a tofu teriyaki bowl, jackfruit and coconut stew, celeriac gnocchi and a warming chestnut soup.
The Lobster Pot
Best for: Fresh, local seafood dishes
Location: Anglesey, North Wales
Contact details: 01407 730241
The Lobster Pot has been serving fresh seafood dishes to locals and holidaymakers alike for over 70 years. The restaurant prides itself on using meat and seafood sourced directly from local suppliers from Anglesey, including local crab, lamb, beef and mussels.
There’s plenty of choice on the evening menu, including fresh lobster, grilled fish fillets and crab salads. Not so keen on fish? You can still enjoy a tasty and sustainable meal here by opting for the locally-sourced beef and lamb steaks.