The River Cottage Canteen and Deli in Plymouth has been awarded the accolade of most sustainable restaurant in the UK by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA)after less than a year of business. Not for profit organisation the SRA called the Canteen, which is part of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s growing River Cottage chain, ‘outstanding’ and ‘an inspiration’. Located in the city’s redeveloped Royal William Yard, the restaurant was judged in the three key areas of sourcing, society and environment, and received an unrivalled total score of 89%. The SRA said it was impressed with the Canteen’s insistence on sourcing high quality ingredients from local suppliers with exceptional standards of welfare and daily menu changing to reflect seasonal ingredient availability. It also praised the Canteen for its exemplary attitude to the environment including not using air freighted ingredients and coordinating with suppliers to limit the number of deliveries made, sharing collections where possible. Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “We try to ensure that sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at River Cottage, so we are thrilled that this has been recognised in our latest Canteen venture in Plymouth. Being the most sustainable restaurant in the country is a great accolade – and it’s an award we’ll do our very best to hang on to. We’ll also be aiming to match or surpass our own standards in future RC Canteen ventures.” Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA, said: “River Cottage Canteen Plymouth has set the standard for others to follow. Restaurants of all types, across the UK can learn from their outstanding commitment to running the business in the most sustainable way possible. The best part is, we've identified potential improvements we know River Cottage will do its best to implement and there are other restaurants striving for an even better rating.”

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