Ahead of Small Business Saturday on the 7 December, the world’s largest food waste fighting app, Too Good To Go, has named London’s top ten independent business of 2019. These restaurants put sustainability at the core of their own business models, ensuring their environmental impact is as low as it can be.
Saving a combined total of 26,402 meals from going to waste between them, London’s top ten independent food waste fighting businesses of 2019 are as follows:
These guys are perfectly paired for City workers. They serve healthy takeaway food to the Square Mile masses without losing any of the fun we all want from food. Healthy doesn’t need to mean bland. Simple Health Kitchen promotes a new relationship with food that is based on a balanced, low fat, no refined sugar added, inspiring, delicious and creative way of thinking food. Their desire is to inspire more sustainable and healthy lifestyles by improving the food industry and therefore the perception of people about healthy eating, introducing guilt-free delicious dishes, which are simple, nutritious and positively enhance people’s mind, body and soul.
73A Watling Street EC4M 9BJ & 75 King William Street EC4N 7BE
The Good Yard is a small group of healthy grab and go spots, serving up ‘dirty health food’, top notch coffee, fresh juices, shakes and even cocktails in the evening. They’re all about making tasty, healthy food & drink, in a fun atmosphere alongside a banging soundtrack. We’re all about their rices boxes -especially their one with slow cooked lamb shoulder, brown rice and cauliflower served alongside Pomegranates, Courgetti, Hummus, Garlic & Lemon Yoghurt. They’ve packed each dish with nutrition and top quality produce.
Unit 19, The Arcade Liverpool Street, EC2M 7PN & 43-45 Leadenhall Market EC3V 1LT
Persian food is on the up and up in London. And the Shuro Shirin family team are making it so much more accessible with their takeaway join in the Square Mile. We’re obsessed with their breakfast option right now and can’t go past their Persian version of a shakshuka which is exactly the treat we need on those days when getting up and at it is extra tough. But their hot pots are where all the lunchtime magic happens with big bold flavours taking over the menu. If you’re in the area, check them out. For delicious and healthy Persian grab and go food from a company that is ethically minded.
27-29 Eastcheap, EC3M 1DE
London is littered with brilliant Turkish restaurants but few do it like Efes. Sit in one of their restaurants and order all your favourite kebabs, Turkish pizzas and wraps. Make sure you go for the shishs as they’ll cook them over coals right in front of you. Or, if you’re super hungry, then get one of their food platters or mezze specials. Take your time feasting here – happy in the knowledge that these guys do all they can to reduce food waste. Ethically minded food lovers should give Efes a proper go.
1 Whitechapel Road E1 6TY
The top independent list has been calculated by identifying the London businesses that have saved the most meals from going to waste in 2019.
On revealing London’s top independent businesses , Jamie Crummie, co-founder of Too Good To Go UK, said: “Independent partners are the backbone of our UK business. When I first started knocking on the doors of restaurants and retailers back in 2015, it was independents that were first to take the leap into fighting food waste with us.
“That’s why it is important that we recognise the contribution of London’s independents to the efforts to prevent perfectly edible food ending up in the bin, and we can’t think of a better time to do this than when celebrating small businesses on Small Business Saturday.”
Too Good To Go is a social impact company that fights food waste. Building the Movement against food waste, Too Good To Go has the world’s largest B2C marketplace for surplus food. The app connects restaurants and retailers with unsold food with consumers who buy, collect and enjoy it.