All 6 restaurants in the Anglian Country Inns group (ACI) have been awarded a 3 Star Food Made Good rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) in recognition of its commitment to serve customers food that's good in every way, delicious, ethical and sustainable.
SRA conducted a wide-ranging assessment of all 6 ACI establishments before awarding this outstanding rating. The Food Made Good rating covers all aspects of a business and everything that goes into making the food good, focussing on three main areas, Sourcing, Environment and Society.
This amazing recognition means that the ACI group of 6 restaurants joins the likes of Raymond Blanc's Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage in a rapidly growing group of restaurants sporting Food Made Good stars in response to consumers' increasing appetite for a dining experience that fits the sustainability bill and doesn't cost the earth.
The ACI group especially impressed the Food Made Good assessors with -
*Using many small scale super local British suppliers
*British free-range chicken, beef, lamb and eggs as well as some organic fruit and vegetables
*Sustainable, seasonal seafood
*Wide selection of vegetarian dishes and healthier options
*Strong focus on the local community with numerous community initiatives
*Drinks - UK wines, craft cider and soft drinks made in Norfolk
*Using reclaimed and repurposed materials for decorating the pubs
*Serve tap water as standard
*ACI scored a perfect 100% in the Treating People Fairly section of the Food Made Good rating - providing apprenticeships, extensive training, as well as gym memberships and cycle to work schemes.
Harry Kodagoda ACI group Operations Director said: 'To get this rating is fantastic news for ACI and an amazing achievement by our hardworking teams at all 6 establishments. We simply believe and are passionate about sustainability and really like to do things properly. ACI has always sourced locally which is where this rating started. We are over the moon and very proud of our achievement.'
Mark Linehan, Managing Director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association which runs the Food Made Good programme, said: 'Whether it's a Sunday roast, or a special Saturday night dinner, when people eat out they want to indulge their passion for good food without having to check in their principles at the cloakroom. Customers at all 6 Anglian Country Inns establishments can enjoy their meals knowing that with a 3 Star Food Made Good rating it's combining all the right ingredients to achieve an exceptional level of sustainability.'