RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and official catering partner Levy Restaurants UK have received a Bronze award from the Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here programme. The recognition provides visitors to the venue with a guarantee that they are eating meals which are freshly prepared, healthy and sustainable.
Edinburgh Zoo’s Grasslands Restaurant, operated by Levy Restaurants UK, was recognised for its commitment to enhancing its food offer by meeting ethical standards on nutrition, freshness, sustainability and animal welfare.
The Food for Life Served Here award is supported by the Scottish Government, and is a widely respected scheme which is raising standards of food quality, provenance and sustainability in public and private sector catering.
100% of the fish served is sustainable and the restaurant never uses fish that is on the Marine Conservation Society ‘fish to avoid’ list.
Local food suppliers are prominent on the Grasslands Restaurant menu and include: tea and coffee, from Edinburgh merchants, Brodies; ice cream and dairy from Mackie’s of Scotland; butchery products from Campbells Meat; fruit and vegetables from Mark Murphy & Partner Ltd; and bread from The Breadwinner Bakery.
Ben Cochrane, general manager for Levy Restaurants UK at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, commented: “To achieve the Bronze accreditation from the Soil Association is a brilliant recognition of our commitment to sustainable and ethical food. The team works hard with local suppliers and listens to feedback from visitors to create fun and exciting menus which are healthy, fresh, home-made and that taste great too. This is part of a long term programme and we will continue to develop and look forward to building on this achievement by going for gold.”
Angela Mitchell, Acting Director of Soil Association Scotland, said: "Food for Life Scotland works in partnership to transform food culture and put good food on the menu, in the workplace, and in all the places people live their daily lives. We’re pleased to be working with Levy Restaurants UK at Edinburgh Zoo and have been impressed by their ongoing commitment to ensuring the meals they serve in the Grasslands Restaurant are fresh, seasonal and sustainable.”