'Fast-casual' restaurant Farmstand opened at the start of the year offering Londoners a range of healthy and reasonably priced food. The 30-cover restaurant takes its name from the US roadside stalls known as ‘farmstands’ which sell locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables and other produce, common in American founder Steven Novick’s hometown.
Ethical and sustainable sourcing is at the heart of the restaurant’s philosophy and it works closely with independent UK-based suppliers and producers. Signature main dishes include a spicy grilled harissa chicken and a vegetarian and vegan-friendly split fava bean, butternut squash and cumin salad.
Where: 42 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5AJ
Contact: 020 7240 3866
Yeo Valley Canteen
Much of the food served at the Yeo Valley Canteen in Bristol is either made from produce from the farm itself or sourced from local suppliers. Seasonal vegetables are picked from the organic garden, as well as from local community growing initiatives, while the beef and dairy is sourced direct.
The menu changes daily, but example dishes include salad of heritage beetroot and Ubley ewes cheese on puff pastry with Holt Farms pea shoots and Fowey mussels with skinny fries and Strode Valley organic salad. The Canteen forms part of the Yeo Valley Venues complex, which offers six flexible spaces accommodating events for up to 120 guests.
Where: Rhodyate, Blagdon, Bristol, BS40 7YE
Contact: 01761 461425
Inspired by the traditional Peruvian family-run restaurants known as ‘picanterias’, Casia Andina opens this July. The menu promises "honest dishes full of tradition, and organic, sustainable ingredients" with choices including Maca Lamb – a huacatay marinated lamb loin with garlic maca uchucuta, heritage Peruvian potatoes, St George’s mushrooms and crushed spicy cancha – and Choc con Sauco; a melt-in-the-middle Peruvian chocolate mousse with pisco-infused elderberries.
Set across two cosy floors with a basement kitchen it will have 58-covers in total, with a ceviche counter, pisco bar, takeaway area and small seating area on the ground floor and a 30-seat dining room leading out to an open air patio seating eight on the upper floor.
Where: 31 Great Windmill Street, Soho, London, W1D 7LP
Mews of Mayfair
The elegant eatery is committed to the use of responsibly sourced produce and is among those to hold the highest sustainability rating of three stars by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). The Brasserie, Dining Room, La Cave and Mews Bar have all been recognised across the SRA’s three pillars of sustainability: sourcing, society and environment.
It works with small, family-owned and operated farms that reflect its own attitudes to serve up dishes such as Cornish lamb loin with apricot, melon and pearl barley and Norfolk duck leg with hasselback potatoes, watercress and black pudding.
Where: 10 Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1EY
Contact: 020 7518 9388
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