Restaurant Andrew Fairlie named UK’s best restaurant
Three Star SRA Rated Restaurant Andrew Fairlie has been named number one in The Sunday Times/Harden’s Top 100 Restaurants list. Chef Andrew Fairlie attributes his success to operating sustainably.
The Two Michelin Star chef at the Gleneagles Hotel said operating unsustainably was now unacceptable and predicted that a restaurant’s sustainability would very soon be as important as its food and service.
‘Running the restaurant sustainably just comes naturally’, said Andrew Fairlie, ‘I can’t imagine it any other way. It’s what we have always done, it has developed organically and we are better for running it that way.
‘Working in an unsustainable way just isn’t acceptable any more. Chefs who aren’t doing it have to take a long look at themselves. Apart from anything else people question us about it all the time and very soon they will be demanding it from all restaurants.
‘Those in the Top 100 who aren’t members will start to take notice as chefs are competitive. When critics like Giles Coren in The Times take sustainability into consideration then chefs should realise it is important. Soon it will be as important as the food and service.’
Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA, said: ‘That Andrew Fairlie attributes his success to the responsible way he runs his restaurant should speak volumes to chefs and restaurateurs across the country. Running a restaurant sustainably isn’t an option any more, it’s the only option.’
In its rating of Restaurant Andrew Fairlie the SRA found excellent practices in all areas of the business, picking out its sourcing of local produce, use of produce from its own kitchen garden and its use of rare breed poultry and pork as particularly praiseworthy. The SRA was also impressed by the site’s biomass boiler used to provide its hot water.
A recent industry survey, the Green Paper 2012, conducted by Gram, found that four out of five restaurants wanted to be more sustainable. In 2011 The Sunday Times dubbed the SRA’s Sustainability Ratings the ‘Michelin Stars of Sustainability’. Earlier this year Harden’s became the first guide to highlight restaurants’ sustainability credentials alongside their ratings for food, service and atmosphere.