HERE we are loyal to local. We buy produce from our neighbours and feature the work of local talent. We cook every dish from scratch, bake bread, make jams and chutneys and smoke our own fish. If we don't know where produce comes from we won't serve it!. Our ingredients are as fresh, local and seasonal as possible.
Our cafe is furnished with recycled, reclaimed and local materials. Sustainability is at our heart. We don't serve bottled water but filter our own. We're passionate about responsible waste management and won't be compromising our carbon footprint for profit.
We are active members of the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
HERE are just some of our favourite suppliers…
Tapwater.org HERE our water is served straight from the tap; filtered, chilled, still and sparkling, with the help of Tapwater.org. Tapwater.org is a not for profit organisation promoting the drinking of tap water in the UK. Bottled water is terrible for the environment. It costs a huge amount to produce, it has to be transported around the world and the plastic waste ends up in landfill (less than 17% ever gets recycled. The carbon footprint of bottled water is more than 500 times that of tap water.
Caravan Coffee Roasters are based in Kings Cross and believe in raising the standards of the UK specialty coffee scene. Their aim is to provide the consumer with a superior product in their cup and they’re constantly developing their seasonal espresso blends and single origin offers in line with the best crops from each season.
Green coffee beans are sourced from single farms and specialty estates as far as Ethiopia, Colombia and Rwanda (to name just a few) where the focus is quality, provenance, sustainability, freshness and fair relationships with the growers. When they find a coffee they love, Caravan take time to enhance the roast profile to bring out the best flavour characteristics.
Beavertown Brewery in Tottenham Hale, started its life home brewing in 2011. Now every aspect of their brewing process is meticulously considered and their brilliantly unique artwork is integral to their expression and philosophy as a brewery. They strive to attain the highest quality in all their beers which is why they introduced their core range into cans. Stability and freshness rules!
Swaledale Foods in Skipton North Yorkshire are unique in that they are a team of Chefs and Butchers working together to deliver the highest specification and quality product to suit every menu requirement. They have partnerships with selected farms and work with carefully selected local abattoirs so they have confidence in the welfare of the animals and full traceability of all their products. They support the Rare Breed Survival Trust and offer a comprehensive selection of Native Breed Beef, Lamb & Mutton, Pork and Rose Veal. They also offer Poultry, and wild game when in season.
Martin Denny, forager, lives in Kings Lynne at the mouth of the wash and forages all of his produce within a 50 mile radius, incorporating salt marsh, sea shore, woodland, hedgerow and meadows. Martin has been foraging for a living for 20 years. His work is totally sustainable as nothing is taken by uprooting the plant; just the leaves are picked so that they grow back – sometimes with even more vigour. There are no pesticides used, no cultivating, no machinery used for harvesting. If the plant doesn’t like the situation, it won’t grow there. That’s the thing – it’s wild.
The Soap Co in E4 is an ethical luxury brand that employs people who are visually impaired or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged. Their products are good and do good and all their profits go back into the business so they can create even more jobs. They are a true social enterprise and their soap and lotions smell fab too. We hope you agree.
Flying Fish Seafood - When it comes to fish, nowhere can compete with Cornwall. They have the richest and most varied fish and shellfish stocks in the UK, if not the world. Flying Fish want our children’s children to enjoy the ample stocks of seafood we have now. They only buy from day boats run by responsible fishermen and they vet all suppliers on their sustainability policies. They work with industry partners to encourage ethical choices in seafood to help preserve our abundant oceans. To put it in perspective; a year’s worth of fish from one of their boats is equal to one day’s haul from a trawler.
Wildes Cheese – The urban cheese maker - Tottenham. Wildes Cheese is a small award winning independent artisan cheese making company based in the heart of the city on an industrial estate in Tottenham, North London. They are passionate about quality and provenance and have created their own range of cheeses rather than reproduce others. To do this they create their own recipes using the amazing milk from a single herd of Jersey cows that graze the fields of the Lune Valley in Lancashire. They use vegetarian rennet, time, and a whole lot of love and passion.
Joe’s Tea Co. in Bethnal Green was born in 2012 and Joe’s sought after organic blends have since won 20 Great Taste Awards. Any tea Joe was going to put his name to had to be the best. And by ‘best’ we mean sourced from the most exceptional and ethical organic tea plantations he could find. Joe’s passion for the finest cuppa begins on small organic tea plantations nestled high up in the misty hills of Dyatalawa, Sri Lanka. This is where Joe sources all his tea because, unlike other tea blends, a cup of Joe’s tea is brewed up with 100% organic Ceylon loose tea leaves – for the most outstanding, pure and fresh flavour possible.
The Urban Cordial Company produce handmade small-batch seasonal cordials lovingly packed full of juicy fruits here in the heart of London. Founder Natasha made her first bottles of cordial from an Elder tree by her allotment in 2013. As she expanded her business she started to search for a larger source. She heard more and more tales of food waste: over a third of global food never even reaches our plates - in part due to industry cosmetic standards. With this piece of information, Natasha began contacting farms to ask if they produced fruit waste. They did and now whenever possible her cordials are packed full of these fruits. They might not look perfect but they do taste perfect!