The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) will launch its first national awards scheme next year.

All restaurants that have undertaken the SRA Star Rating during 2011 will be considered for the seven awards covering all aspects of sustainability. Five of the winners will be decided on the basis of restaurants’ scores in the rating process.

Two special awards will also be presented to restaurants displaying either genuine innovation or outstanding achievement in a specific field chosen by the judges - this year it will be sustainable fish.

Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA, “We are really excited that so many restaurants have put their sustainability credentials to the test over the past year. These awards are an opportunity to give restaurants maximum credit for the incredible efforts they are making to be sustainable.”

400 restaurants across the UK, including major chains, independents and fine dining establishment, will have put their sustainability credentials to the test by the end of 2011.

Groups like Wahaca and Leon have received a two star rating, while Carluccio’s are currently undertaking the survey.

From 2012 a number of major restaurant guides will feature the SRA Star Ratings.