London's ethical food & fashion guide

The best ethical UK restaurants offer delicious food, beautifully presented, in unique locations. Whether you’re looking for a tasty brunch, a long lunch or relaxed dinner, this list has it covered. Plus, there are restaurant options for special occasions too.

But what makes these restaurants truly special is their dedication to creating truly delicious food, sourced sustainably and ethically. This doesn’t mean compromising on taste – quite the opposite in fact. Each dish is enhanced by its seasonality and superior freshness.

This also means each restaurant offers a unique insight into the finest produce its local area can produce – and in this way, is distinct from every other. Plus, you learn so much talking to the staff about where they source their meat, fish and vegetables. Their passion is infectious and their answers will take you on a wonderful journey of discovery, and their tips will become your kitchen staples for years to come…

  • Poco

    Poco

    Best of the UK restaurants
    Bristol

    Why go: Multi-award winning Poco is open all day, every day. It offers both a brunch and lunch menu, plus a light tapas selection. Whatever time you're visiting an array of fresh, seasonal ingredients, will emerge from the kitchen. Food is inspired by world travel experiences, including Moroccan harissa and home-made chorizo and merguez sausages.

    The menu is completely organic and more than 90% of ingredients are sourced within 50-100 miles of the restaurant.

    Poco purchase all their ingredients from the source, and know exactly where the ingredients in the kitchen and liquids lining the bar are from. Their carefully selected English wines, Poco’s collaboration beer from Bristol Brewery, Wiper & True and their homemade liquors, infused with foraged and herbal ingredients are well worth a sample.

    Why else: With renowned ethical chef, Tom Hunt, at its helm it's no wonder Poco's ethical credentials are top notch. Poco monitor their kitchen wastage to avoid squander, meaning 95% to 100% of food waste is composted and recycled. Even the restaurant itself is built out of recycled materials and reclaimed timbers.

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  • SiloBrighton

    Silo

    Best of the UK restaurants

    Meaning: A Silo is a large, round tower on a farm for storing grain or winter food for cattle. It’s also a part of a system that does not communicate with, understand, or work well with other parts.

    Brighton

    Why go:  Silo’s ‘real food’ will nourish your body and your soul. They choose food sources that respect the natural order, with minimum processing, and create beautiful, tasty plates.

    They cater to your every need, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, from their on-site bakery, coffee house and brewery. Think bacon and crispy seaweed, sourdough, mussels and pork belly (but not all at once, obviously).

    Silo

    Why else: Located in a centuries old warehouse, Silo is an industrial-chic zero-waste restaurant. Their furniture is upcycled – tables made from industrial floor tiles, plates made from plastic bags – their deliveries arrive in re-usuable crates and they operate a nose-to-tail philosophy when it comes to meat.

    They could’t be further from a silo in the business sense, offering the services of their aerobic digester (to create compost) to their residential and commercial neighbours to help reduce waste across the local community.

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  • The Ethicurean

    The Ethicurean

    Best of the UK restaurants

    Meaning: Derived from the term Epicurean – the hedonistic philosophy of Epicurus which was devoted to sensual pleasures, especially food and drink – an ethicurean is a person who attempts to eat ethically without depriving oneself of taste.

    Bristol

    Why go: The Ethicurean serves modern British cuisine, locally and ethically sourced, in the magical Barley Wood Walled Garden in Bristol.

    The award-winning kitchen garden restaurant is founded on 'a sense of place', the idea of having a connection with the native land and the community who grow seasonal food upon it.

    They offer everything from three- to five-course set menus, Sunday lunch and morning as well as afternoon tea. They serve meat but veg is the star of The Ethicurean show. Plus they have a wonderfully experimental bar (and seasonal soft drinks).

    The Ethicurean

    Why else: You'll learn something new. Co-founders, two brothers Matthew and Iain Pennington, are keen foragers and aim to put at least one foraged garnish on each meal.

    “A lot of what we do is to try to help people understand the process behind food production,” says Matthew. “Guests commonly say ‘I had no idea you can eat that – it’s all over my garden and I thought it was weeds’.”

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