It can be difficult to precisely define what is meant by a ‘sustainable restaurant’ since there are so many components that should be considered when creating sustainable food. This page lists some restaurants and cafés in and around Cambridge which are committed to becoming more sustainable by sourcing their ingredients locally. You can learn more about the various components of truly sustainable food on the FAQ page of our website. For more local, sustainable eateries, you can visit our Sustainable Food Directory.
As part of the 2015 Eat Cambridge Festival, a number of inspired chefs around Cambridge accepted a culinary challenge – to create a delicious dish that showcases sustainable food. This means that the main ingredients of the dish need to have been produced sustainably and as locally as possible. Each chef clearly put a great deal of thought into the challenge and researched their ingredients, creating some genuinely exciting meals. This event was organised by Cambridge Sustainable Food.
There was something for everyone:
- Vegan – served at the Linton Kitchen, Curly Kale Cafe, and Steak and Honour
- Vegetarian – served at Bridges and Hot Numbers
- Fish – served at Cambridge Chop House and Willow Tree
- Meat – served at St John’s Chop House, Pint Shop, the Clarendon Arms and the Tickell Arms
What is sustainable food? Sustainable food is food that is produced, processed and traded in ways that:
- Contribute to thriving local economies and sustainable livelihoods
- Protect the diversity of both plants and animals and avoid damaging natural resources and contributing to climate change
- Provide social benefits, such as good quality, safe and healthy food for all
Below you can find information about each of the participants’ meals and ingredient sourcing, simply click on the pictures.