Quaker commitment to sustainable food has been recognised this month as Britain Yearly Meetingâ€™s Friends House restaurant won the title of best London restaurant in the annual Sustainable Restaurant Association awards.
The restaurant already holds a three-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. It serves a daily (Monday to Saturday) menu and salad bar based on fresh seasonal produce with vegetarian and vegan options included.
The award was given for Friends House restaurant having the highest London restaurant rating for sustainability among members of the association. When businesses apply to join the association, they are examined in fourteen key focus areas and must provide answers with evidence to questions in categories of sourcing, the environment and society.
As well as the restaurant Friends House contains a cafe, a bookshop and a conference centre, catering for groups from 4 to over 1,000.
The awards event was hosted by the SRA president Raymond Blanc and guests included Antonio Carluccio and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Ian, involved in the organising of the Stop the War coalition’s recent Ten Years On conference, said: “Lots of positive feedback from Ten Years On conference attendees [about Friends House Restaurant]. It was packed! Glad we asked for it to be open for us.”
One the Friends House Hospitality Facebook page the award was described as: â€œa great achievement for our in-house catering team who also produce all of the catering requirements for our conference rooms.â€
Friends House has been home to the administrative offices of Quakers in Britain since the late 1920s.