5 Sustainable Bristol Restaurants where you can Eat Local 29/02/2016, Health & Lifestyle
Many of us are conscious about the quality of the food we eat and where it comes from, looking to source food sustainably from local producers. Eating local when you eat out, however, may prove difficult as we often know little about the origin of the food we are served. Fortunately, there are many fantastic eateries in Bristol, certified by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, where we can enjoy great food in peace of mind that all ingredients are of the highest standard and are, wherever possible, sourced from local producers. Here are a few of our favourites.
- Yurt Lush
A café, bar and venue situated at Clock Tower Yard next to Bristol’s iconic Temple Meads Station. The pop up café, based in a Mongolian Yurt, is open for weekday breakfasts, extended weekend brunches, and a series of themed evenings throughout the week. Their menu is designed by Head Chef Oscar Davis and Chef Patron of The Pony and Trap, Josh Eggleton, and sourced sustainably from producers in the South West. The meat is supplied by and one of our very own fresh-range producers, Luke Hasell of the Story Organic so we know that it’s of the highest standard in terms of welfare, quality and taste.
- No1 Harbourside
A restaurant which “takes deliciousness seriously” whilst offering excellent value for money. All of their main meals are made with seasonal produce from local suppliers. They believe that meat should be a treat, and therefore along with their meat and fish dishes they offer a wide range of vegan and vegetarian options. As well as sharing some of our producers, such as The Severn Project, we also share their belief in the Slow Food Philosophy of “good, clean and fair”- food that’s delicious, with no nasties and a fair price to producers.
Located in lively Stokes Croft, Poco is a fantastic café serving brunch, lunch and tapas. Sustainability is at the core of what they do. Their seasonal menu is comprised of the highest quality ingredients, an impressive 90% of which are sourced from local suppliers and growers – not a single product used is air freighted. The menu represents a culmination of their world travel experiences with their spectacular and diverse range of tapas dishes, as well as their vibrant brunch and lunch options.
- Boston Tea Party
A modern independent British café whose self-professed mission is to ‘serve good things in great spaces that nourish the body and warm the heart.’ Similarly to fresh-range ethics, quality and supporting the local community are central aspects of their company values. Their breakfast menu is particularly hard to beat. Their breakfasts and their mains are all made on site from scratch, always using free-range meat and eggs and sourcing all their bread from fresh-range producer Hobbs House Bakery.
- Bordeaux Quay
A restaurant, brasserie, bar, deli, bakery and cookery school all under the roof of a beautifully converted warehouse on the Bristol Harbourside waterfront. As with the other restaurants mentioned here, they offer delicious seasonal, regionally sourced food. The upstairs restaurant offers a more sophisticated dining experience, perfect for special occasions, whilst the downstairs brasserie offers a more casual atmosphere. They have received the highest possible national award for its all-round sustainability, so you can enjoy a wonderful meal with peace of mind that the ingredients are ethically, freshly and locally sourced.
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