|Sam's Brasserie Gets Sustainability Award|
Both Chiswick and Balham restaurants awarded Three Stars
Sam’s Brasserie and Bar in Chiswick and its sister restaurant, Harrison’s in Balham have both been awarded a Three Star rating for their sustainability - the highest possible rating. Both are owned by Sam Harrison, Rebecca Mascarenhas and Rick Stein.
Sam’s and Harrison’s are the 49th and 50th restaurants across the UK, including major groups, independent favourites and fine dining establishments to have been awarded the accolade by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) in the last 12 months.
The SRA said it was particularly impressed by Sam’s and Harrison’s commitment to serve a high proportion of locally sourced food, a significant amount of free range and organic animal produce as well as sustainable seafood, describing them as "excellent restaurants that sit at the heart of their neighbourhoods, responding to consumer demand for a more sustainable dining experience and playing an active role in the community".
The SRA’s assessors praised initiatives to reduce waste, including offering customers doggy boxes to take home unfinished meals and its work to promote healthy eating in local schools.
Sam Harrison said: “We are delighted with our Three Star rating and thrilled that both the restaurants have achieved this together. It has taken a lot of work from both teams and I am very proud of what they have achieved”
The SRA Star Rating system is included in restaurant guides like Harden’s as well as in The Times critic Giles Coren’s weekly reviews and Olive magazine’s monthly Pro vs Punter reviews. The Sundays Times has dubbed it the “Michelin Stars of Sustainability”.
Other restaurants to have attained this result include River Cottage, Plymouth Canteen and Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles.
April 27, 2013