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SRA praises Cafe Ode's sustainability

05 | 02 | 13

The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has named the Cafe Ode in Shaldon, Devon, the UK's most environmentally-friendly commercial kitchen in its annual awards ceremony aimed at recognising green measures in the catering and hospitality industry.

Given the huge amounts of energy and wastage associated with busy restaurants, this sector has been the target of numerous initiatives aimed at driving awareness of green issues in recent years.

Cafe Ode, which is known for its simple, well-sourced food offering, achieved a sustainability rating of 94 per cent by the SRA's metric - the highest score ever recorded by a restaurant since the organisation launched its scheme.

This result is relatively unsurprising given that Cafe Ode's sister venue Ode Dining won the award last year.

The SRA praised owners Tim and Clare Bouget's commitment to sourcing locally-grown and organic produce and meat as well as their use of renewable electricity, its grass roof designed to attract wildlife and its commitment to various cookery programmes for schoolchildren in the area.

While not every restaurant will be able to adopt sustainability measures as extreme as Cafe Ode, simple things such as cutting down on the amount of food that is thrown out by using excess vegetables to make stock can improve an establishment's green credentials.

"Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of Cafe Ode's success is that it is a very popular local restaurant, serving high quality, but simple, well sourced food in the heart of a thriving community," said SRA managing director Mark Linehan.

Various other organisations earned praise from the SRA, including Mexican restaurant group Wahaca, which is owned by former MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby, and Marriot Hotels International, which was named sustainable large restaurant group of the year.

This is the second year in which the SRA has organised these awards, as a way of raising the profile of green measures being undertaken across the increasingly environment-conscious restaurant and catering industry.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801534924-ADNFCR

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