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East London’s Sustainable Restaurants

Hungry for change

This September is all about sustainability and making those little changes which make a big difference. But let’s face it, whilst this month is the perfect time to change up your day-to-day habits and introduce sustainable alternatives, one thing’s for sure – you’ll still be hungry. Thankfully, East London is far from short of sustainable food options. Whether businesses are showcasing transparent supply chains, utilising the entirety of an animal or ignoring the use by date on perfectly edible ingredients, here are just a few of the local food stops which are making sustainable September a scrumptious affair. By Lara Mills

Squeg & Bonez

If it’s new kids on the block that you’re after, look no further than Squeg and Bonez. Launched in June, this newest addition to Mare Street acts as a speciality coffee shop, vegan restaurant and natural winery which provides locals with an exceptional range of plant-based plates and bio-dynamic beverages. Expect to find dishes such as ‘red wine braised tofu with pickled aubergine and thai basil’, ‘caramelised radish cake’, ‘crispy coconut kale’ and ‘sticky miso toffee pudding’
Squeg & Bonez, 171 Mare St, London E8 3RH



Now it’s safe to say that we can’t talk about zero waste eating in East London without mentioning Cub, Hoxton’s sustainable hotspot which aims to make “your mind and belly happy”. On offer is a menu driven by sustainable supply and waste reduction that squeezes every flavour out of ingredients that are abundant and readily available, yet often overlooked. If you’re stuck on what to select, Cub has you covered with a set menu that serves up a foodie storm without the environmental damage. If that’s not enough to keep you going, the ‘Cub cave’ offers fermentation masterclasses which centres around the power of fermentation as a way to use ingredients that would have otherwise been thrown away.
CUB, 153 Hoxton St, Hoxton, London N1 6PJ


St John Bread and Wine

St John Bread and Wine is one of those restaurants that you have to visit at least once in your life, seriously. Having pioneered ‘nose to tail’ eating, St John has marked itself as a beacon of sustainability in the capital and has transformed offal into an attractive, responsible and delicious delicacy. As the champions of locally sourced, seasonal produce and out-of-this-world wine, St John is a true East London landmark which both cares for our planet and our appetites.
St John Bread and Wine, 94-96 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6LZ


Save the Date Cafe

Save the Date Cafe does what it says on the tin. The Dalston based, not for profit, organisation rescues products and ingredients which have been mismanaged and sent prematurely to the bin, in turn creating delicious dishes which are sold at a ‘pay as you feel’ rate.
The Milk Float, Hackney, London


The Frog Hoxton

As if you needed any more reason to go to Hoxton Square, here is one more. The Frog Hoxton is the brainchild of acclaimed Chef Adam Handling and offers a thoughtful and innovative menu which has been designed with a sharp emphasis on zero-waste. In a bid to reduce food waste, The Frog Hoxton offers a constantly rotating selection of dishes which coincide with available ingredients – make the most of your visit with a seven course tasting menu created solely from sustainable, seasonal products. I mean, it would be rude not to.
The Frog Hoxton, 45-47 Hoxton Square, Hackney, London N1 6PD


Keep your eyes peeled this month for the upcoming opening of one of Brighton’s most beloved businesses, Silo. Having earned the Observer Food Monthly award for ‘Most Ethical Restaurant’, Silo will be expanding its mission to reduce food waste in their new Hackney Wick home. Watch this space…

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