Updated: Dec 16, 2021
With the dust settled after COP26, sustainability has never been more at the forefront of everyone’s minds. If you are keen to make some environmentally conscious decisions of your own then why not try out some of these fantastic eateries and businesses, who value the importance of offering food and drink in a sustainable way.
The Hug and Pint
Located in: Great Western Road, Glasgow
Speciality: vegan food, craft drinks and good music
If you seek a live music venue that offers fantastic vegan-friendly food and drink, then The Hug and Pint is the place to be. With a seasonal menu free from animal products, a great drinks selection and one of the greatest live music programmes in Glasgow, The Hug and Pint offers great vibes alongside some tasty meat-free food.
Located in: Edinburgh – Multiple Locations
Specialty: Tea Shop with a great refill policy
Fancy a delicious cup of tea? Then Rosevear Tea, which owns three shops around Edinburgh, has got you covered. Providing 155 variants of tea from across the globe, you are sure to find a new favourite or an old classic. The business also provides a fantastic refill policy. By bringing your very own tea container or pouch you not only save on packaging but also a little bit of money with every purchase, a great initiative to encourage more environmentally conscious decisions, one cup of tea at a time.
Located in: BAaD - Glasgow
Specialty: Locally sourced seafood and great views
If seafood is what you are craving, then A’challtainn is worth checking out. Located in the heart of the Barras, this restaurant makes use of environmentally friendly seafood and ingredients that are sourced from local suppliers. Alongside their tasty and sustainable cuisine, they also offer a wide range of wines and cocktails which pair well with some delicious mussels or oysters. Combine that with some stunning views from the rooftop and you have a seafood restaurant worth experiencing.
Located in: Ashton Lane, Glasgow
Specialty: Scottish cuisine without the waste
A Glasgow favourite since the 70’s, Ubiquitous Chip has continued to maintain its lofty reputation with its modern take on Scottish cuisine as well as its beautiful courtyard. However, that’s not all that’s worth talking about. The restaurant utilises the very best of Scotland’s natural ingredients while making sure to keep any waste to a minimum. Whether its smoked haddock chowder or some good old haggis, neeps and tatties, you can rest assured knowing that only the best Scottish ingredients have been presented on your plate without the sacrifice of food waste.
Located in: Glasgow – Multiple Locations
Specialty: A truly organic experience
Functioning as a modern green grocers as well as an organic café at their Govanhill
Location, Locavore in Glasgow aims to revolutionise the way we look at food. By growing a wide range of organic produce year round across three sites (each within 10 miles of Glasgow City Centre), supporting local growers through the Grow the Growers initiative, and incorporating their waste reduction ethos by encouraging refills, Locavore is dedicated to providing the very best for their customers while limiting their environmental impact as much as possible.
Located in: Edinburgh – Scottish Whisky Experience
Specialty: A truly Scottish larder
If you are longing for some tasty Scottish cuisine then the award-winning Amber Restaurant, found at the Scottish Whisky Experience in Edinburgh, is the place to be. Starring an à la carte menu that changes with the seasons and utilizes the very best locally sourced ingredients, ensuring that your food not only tastes great but also has minimal environmental impact. Not only that but you can top off your truly Scottish meal the right way with a delicious dram of whisky. What more could you want?
Port of Leith Distillery
Located in: Leith, Edinburgh
Specialty: Distilling without the mileage
Creators of delicious port and sherry, as well as the fantastic Lind and Lime Gin, this distillery found on the shores of Leith is worth talking about, but not just for its delicious products. Making use of locally-sourced barley in its distilling process – getting ahold of this barley is one of the shortest roundtrips of any distillery in the UK – the Port of Leith Distillery is one of the most sustainable drinks businesses out there, making each of their drinks taste all the better.
Located in: Queen Margaret Drive – Glasgow
Specialty: Providing a plastic free lifestyle
While single use plastics are being used less and less, plastic packaging is still a prevalent problem for the environment. However, Society Zero aims to rectify that problem. Established in 2018, the business seeks to provide as many products as possible while using minimal packaging. As part of this initiative, Society Zero offers organic food and vegetable boxes which can be ordered and collected at their store. Tasty food without the problematic plastics getting in the way.
Zero Waste Hub
Located in: Bread Street, Edinburgh
Specialty: Bringing reduced food waste to the capital
With one-third of food produced across the world going to waste, the Zero Waste Hub aims to tackle that problem. As Scotland’s first rescued food shop, the Food Sharing Hub saves surplus food by offering it out to the public. Not only that, but their vegetarian and vegan café is well worth a visit. Offering a range of sandwiches, soups and cakes, visitors are encouraged to relax and enjoy their lunch in their inviting community space.
Located in: Southside, Edinburgh
Specialty: Spicy food for every diet
If you can handle your spice then be sure to head on over to Kismot. This Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant, available to sit-in and take-away, serves authentic spicy dishes as well as unique dishes such as chocolate curry and Iron Bruna. Not only that but their infamous Kismot Killer, one of the world’s spiciest curries, is there for those seeking a true challenge. With vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options also available, alongside a BYOB drinks policy, Kismot is an inclusive challenge for those who think they can handle real spice!