The Natural History Museum has become the first museum to receive a sustainability rating for its restaurants and cafés, operated by Benugo.
The Restaurant, Deli Cafe and Central Hall Café have all received a Two Star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).
Zoe Watts, head of events and catering at the museum, said: "Sustainability is at the very core of what we do at the museum, so ensuring that our catering operation matches these standards and the values of our visitors is the logical next step.
"We are very pleased to have received a Two Star rating but we will be working closely with Benugo and the Sustainable Restaurant Association to implement further improvements so we can reach Three Star status as soon as possible."
Benugo worked with the museum to provide answers and evidence to 65 questions from the SRA covering the whole spectrum of sustainability.
The SRA said it was particularly impressed with the operation's sourcing of free range eggs and poultry, and high welfare pork and beef, its recycling policy and its commitment to provide healthy and non-meat options.
Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA, said: "The Natural History Museum is blazing a trail for other museums to follow. The museum has proved its sustainability credentials and we are looking forward to working to help them achieve a Three Star rating.
"All our research shows that when people eat out they would prefer to do so in a restaurant that shares the same sustainability priorities. We are now working with restaurants, pubs, office and mobile caterers, as well as museums, all over the country, helping them to meet that demand."
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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