Café-ODE named Sustainable Restaurant of the Year for the second year running

17 February 2014 by
Café-ODE named Sustainable Restaurant of the Year for the second year running

Café ODE has been named Sustainable Restaurant of the Year for the second year running at the Sustainable Restaurant Awards.

It was recognised along with Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons, which was named Sustainable Hotel Restaurant of the Year.

The 14 Sustainable Restaurant Association's awards seek to recognise hospitality companies' contributions towards offering sustainable produce, such as sourcing ingredients locally, prioritising eco-friendly waste solutions, or introducing helpful policies towards people with disabilities or other needs. They are based on each business' SRA sustainability rating.

Other winners this year included contract caterers Bartlett Mitchell, which was named Sustainable Caterer of the Year, pub group Geronimo for Large Group of the Year, and Italian chain Carluccio's for Innovation, thanks to its choice to post all menus on the Good Food Talks app to help visually-impaired people read them more easily.

River Cottage HQ also picked up the Sourcing Award for the third consecutive year.

He handed over the Sustainability Hero Award to Jill McDonald, UK chief executive of McDonald's in recognition of the fast food chain's efforts in sourcing British produce. It sources 110 million free-range eggs, 80 million litres of organic milk, 18 million "Filet-o-fish" and 8 million fish finger portions from Marine Stewardship Council certified fish annually.

McDonald said: "We know that doing the right thing for the Environment matters to our customers and we are committed to using our scale to drive positive changes.

For example our move last year to Freedom Food pork made it easier for people to make affordable, ethical choices on the high street meaning consumers can continue to enjoy food that is responsibly-sourced, tastes great and is helping to support British and Irish farmers too."

Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA, added: "Competition for these awards is getting stiffer every year, as more restaurants respond to increasing consumer demand for a sustainable dining experience. And, as the number of restaurants, pubs, hotels and caterers entering the awards increases, so the standard also rises, which can only be good news for diners."

Full list of awards

Sustainable Restaurant of the Year: Cafe-ODE
Sustainable Small Group of the Year: Lussmanns Fish & Grill
Sustainable Large Group of the Year: Geronimo Inns
SRA Award for Sourcing: River Cottage
SRA Award for Environment: The Bay Fish and Chips
SRA Award for Society: James Miller Room
SRA Innovation Award: Carluccio's
SRA Award for Best Food Waste Strategy: The Belfry at Yarcombe
Scottish Sustainable Restaurant of the Year: Iglu
Northern Irish Restaurant of the Year: Made In Belfast
Welsh Sustainable Restaurant of the Year: The Gallery
London Sustainable Restaurant of the Year: Grain Store
Most Improved: The Gate
Sustainable Pub of the Year: The Railway
Sustainable Hotel Restaurant of the Year: Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Sustainable Caterer of the Year: Bartlett Mitchell
Sustainable International Restaurant of the Year: Les Orangeries

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