Where to eat a guilt-free burger in London

Burgers are my weakness. The problem is fast food and animal welfare don’t traditionally go hand in hand. So where can you find a guilt-free beef burger in London? Gourmet Burger Kitchen GBK proudly states on its website all beef is made from “100% prime beef, traditionally reared and grass fed on independent farms across the South…

Pret A Manger: Where does it come from?

Pret gets a bit of a bad rep. It’s come under criticism for the high calorie count and fat content in its products, but the store does have its heart in the right place. The chain states on its website: “We’re committed to the highest feasible levels of animal welfare, environmental stewardship and ethical farming….

Brooks Lodge, Sussex: Sustainable holidaying

This is a slightly retrospective post; I stayed at Brooks Lodge in 2014, but didn’t appreciate the full sustainable nature of the property until much later. The two bedroom “cottage” is an extension to an 18th century barn on the outskirts of Piddinghoe village, a charming civil parish nestled on the South Downs in East…

Shake Shack: Fast food with a conscience

I’d started to face the fact that perhaps fast food was going to be a distant memory for me if I really wanted to be serious about eating more ethically. Standing in the queue in one of New York’s many Shake Shack branches waiting for my frozen custard shake (utterly divine, if you haven’t yet…

The Shed @ Notting Hill, London: Combining fine dining with sustainability

  Richard, Oliver and Gregory Gladwin – three brothers hailing from West Sussex – want to make a “better environment”. “Society is moving sideways to a more sustainable place despite the obvious problems in the world,” says business owner Richard. “Everyone should want to make a better environment, and due to over population in the…

Mac & Wild, London: The restaurant trying to change how we eat meat

  The VeniMoo: a burger with a conscience “I rarely order a pizza without asking about the origins of the pepperoni,” says 32-year-old Andy Waugh, founder of the recently-opened Mac & Wild restaurant. The Scottish-born and raised food entrepreneur is passionate about trying to change the British public’s attitude towards eating meat. “I’m pretty sure…