GRAIN STORE named National Restaurant Awards (NRA) Sustainable Restaurant of the Year 2013.
Bruno Loubet’s new restaurant in King’s Cross, which only opened in July, was placed ninth on the NRA’s Top 100 list and its outstanding efforts to operate sustainably across all areas of the business shone through in its Sustainability Rating. Grain Store’s ‘veg-centric’ menu clearly distinguishes it from last year’s winner, The Pig, in the New Forest, which it pushed into second place this time.
Voted for by the NRA academy, the Grain Store came out on top by achieving the highest score in the areas of sourcing, water, waste and energy saving initiatives, as well as its commitment to treat and engage responsibly with its staff, customers and community. It fought off stiff competition from a number of the restaurants on the NRA Top 100 list.
Grain Store gives vegetables equal billing with meat and fish and all other food found to be impeccably sourced. Where possible, the meat served is organic or free range and it adheres to a strict sustainability policy when it comes to fish. The restaurant has state of the art technology that monitors and controls the performance and energy consumption of its kitchen equipment and half of the profits from sales of filtered water go to local charities chosen by the staff.
The event was organised by Restaurant magazine, at The Brewery on Chiswell Street, London.
National Restaurant Awards Top 25 Sustainable Restaurants
1. Grain Store – London
2. The Pig, Hampshire ↓1
3. Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire↓1
4. Loves Restaurant, Birmingham
5. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Perthshire =
6. Story, London N
7. Bistrot Bruno Loubet, London ↑1
8. Hawksmoor Air Street, London N
9. Aumbry, Manchester ↑7
10. Tyddyn Llan, Clwyd =
11. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham =
12. MEATliquor, London =
13. Newman Street Tavern, London N
14. L’Enclume, Cumbria ↑1
15. The Quality Chop House, London N
16=Pollen Street Social, London N
16=Social Eating House, London N
18. Tom Aikens Restaurant, London N
19. Quo Vadis, London N
20. Ondine, Edinburgh =
21. Gidleigh Park, Devon =
22. The Clove Club, London N
23. Alyn Williams at The Westbury, London ↑1
24. The Royal Oak Paley Street, Berkshire N
25. Cinnamon Kitchen, London N