Cafe St Honoré in Edinburgh has been rated Scotland’s most sustainable restaurant after receiving a three-star champion status from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
Run by chef-director Neil Forbes (pictured), Cafe St Honoré became the first Scottish member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) in 2010.
The SRA rates restaurants across 14 areas of sustainability and provides restaurants with a detailed assessment of their credentials across three key areas including sourcing, society, and environment.
Cafe St Honoré achieved an overall score of 80% and was praised for its policy of local sourcing and close relationships with producers and foragers as well as its community activities including its work with Slow Food, its environmental practices in its supply chain and its water and energy-saving measures.
Commenting on the SRA rating, Forbes said: “Sustainability is top of my list of priorities at the restaurant; it’s a way of life. However, it’s nothing new as our grandparents’ generation would have been accustomed to preserving resources, growing their own and buying locally.
“But since the dawn of globalisation, we seem to have forgotten the importance and economic benefits of these values. I’m very encouraged that an organisation like the SRA exists to help restaurants and producers make practical changes to the way they do business.”
Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA, added: “Since becoming the first Scottish members of the SRA, Neil and his team at Cafe St Honoré have embraced our ethos of continual improvement. Now, as the highest rated restaurant in Scotland in 2012, Cafe St Honoré is setting the standard for others to follow and proving that a truly sustainable restaurant is good for customers, business and the planet.”
By Kerstin Kühn
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