Bristol restaurant named most sustainable in UK

by Crumbs

02 October 2018

Bristol’s Poco – the ethically focused café and restaurant in Stokes Croft – has been crowned as the most sustainable restaurant in the country. The accolade comes from The Sustainable Restaurant Association, which hosted its Food Made Good Awards last night in London and named the eatery its Business of the Year for 2018.

The win is thanks to Poco’s unwavering focus on sustainability, which involves responsible sourcing, minimising the restaurant’s impact on the planet, and benefiting the local community. In line with those principles, the team constantly come up with new ways to reduce waste, use lots of organic ingredients, and focus mostly on vegetable-based dishes, with meat coming only from trusted and sustainable sources.

Poco began life as a travelling restaurant, popping up at festivals all over the country. It moved into its first permanent home on Jamaica Street in 2011 with Tom Hunt, Jennifer Best and Ben Pryor at the helm, and has been at the forefront of the ethical movements in the food and drink industry ever since.

Want to learn more about the team’s admirable efforts while trying their belting food? Keep your eye out for their Meet the Producer events, which will see you leave with new culinary insights as well as a full belly.  ​​​​​​​


Devon seaside café ODE-truefood also made waves this year with its campaign to rid the village of Shaldon from single-use plastics. It scooped the Reduce Reuse Recycle award for its work within the community, which included connecting with a local primary school to organise a beach clean. The plastic the children collected was then made into a sculpture, which is now used to educate the public about the issues of plastic pollution.  

ODE now says that 70 percent of village businesses are engaging with the initiative at some level, many doign away with plastic straws, bags and polystyrene, and purchasing compostable packaging.