In a city where belt-tightening is currently fashionable, it’s little wonder that London restaurants had a good showing at the inaugural Sustainable Restaurant Association Awards 2012, which celebrate the efforts and achievements of restaurants striving towards greater sustainability. Perhaps more surprising was that one of the winners was not a vegan café in a Dalston railway arch, but Wahaca (above), the high-profile Mexican restaurant chain. They won Sustainable Restaurant Group of the Year ‘in recognition of their strong environmental and social credentials’. The chain place a special emphasis on charity work both in the local community and internatonally – a section of their menu supports EDINCA, a Mexico City charity supporting children who live on the street. They have also improved the water and energy efficiency of their branches. Another surprise winner was the Oxo Tower Brasserie and Bar, which won the SRA Society Award for its work on staff welfare and support of local and national charities. Guy Dimond
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