Thursday, January 22, 2009

London's Top Organic Restaurants

Organic foods are made according to certain production standards, meaning they are grown without the use of conventional pesticides and artificial fertilizers, free from contamination by human or industrial waste, and processed without ionizing radiation or food additives.

Organic restaurants, their not just for California anymore. When I was a kid eating organic meant growing your own food and reading Mother Earth News for farming tips. Now it seems that everything is organic, or at least says that it is organic. It's a lot easier to find organic restaurants in London and other cities than it once was as well. A good organic restaurant is more often than not just a good restaurant.

Here are a few of London's Top Organic Restaurants-

Acorn House

London's first truly environmentally sustainable restaurant is in frantic King's Cross. Using bio diesel, eco-sensitive takeaway containers, on-site water purifiers – Acorn House leaves no natural stone unturned. The food is organic as well as being inventive and absolutely delicious.

Fresh and Wild, Soho

The Soho branch of London's favourite organic supermarket is on Brewer Street. As a company, Fresh and Wild is fully committed to delivering the finest organic produce possible. The Soho branch includes a deli, juice bar, general food store and a café.

Konstam at the Prince Albert

Housed in a former pub, Konstam at the Prince Albert is the brainchild of Oliver Rowe. Oliver sources all of the restaurant's food locally, ie within the M25 motorway, the ring road that encircles London. Both the venture and the concept were made famous in the TV series The Urban Chef.

Neal’s Yard

Snuggled between Monmouth Street, Shorts Gardens and Neal Street in WC2 is a cobbled enclave known as Neal's Yard. This charming little nook is packed with cafes, apothecaries, bakers and organic food sellers. The Neal's Yard Piazetta serves a variety of yummy wholesome Italian dishes and specialises in fresh fruit juices and non-alcoholic cocktails.


Previously known as The Liquid Lounge, the recently launched Bumpkin professes to being – 'for city folk who like a little country living'. And rustic and organic it certainly is. The many menu highlights include Dorset crab, a terrine of ham hock and line-caught sea bass.

Duke of Cambridge

Only organic food and drink is served at the good looking Duke of Cambridge. The blackboard menu changes constantly but always features fantastic, fresh and inventive cuisine. One of London's favourite gastro pubs, diners can eat in the bar or in the dining room.

The River Café

This restaurant is famous the world over for its use of exquisite ingredients. The owners Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray, attribute their incredible success down to sourcing and using only what is in season. The River Café is stylish and expensive, but it's also considered one of the best restaurants in the world.

The Gate

Visit Hammersmith for what some people call the best vegetarian restaurant in London. The approach to cooking is an eclectic one - drawing on a wide range of ethnic cuisines, selecting the best combinations and creating dishes that have earned him a reputation as one of London's finest vegetarian chefs.

Pimilico’s Roussillon

Specialising in Classical French cooking and the wines of south-west France, but with a emphasis on using the best available British produce, Roussillon was the first restaurant in Britain to introduce - alongside its a la carte - seasonal Garden Menus, which offer diners an experience where vegetables are the focus of the meal. As such, the restaurant is appreciated by meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.

Eat and Two Veg

You won’t find any meat on the menu at Eat & Two Veg, only tofu, soya & what’s mysteriously billed as ‘a special blend of vegetable protein’ used in cunning ways to simulate meaty favourites. Choose from dishes on the all-day menu such as Not Nicoise salad made with tofu, Lincolnshire-style sausage with mash or a good range of veggie burgers.

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