Harden’s is to become the first guide to highlight restaurants’ sustainability credentials alongside its ratings for food, service and atmosphere.
In a partnership agreement with the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) Harden’s will henceforth indicate which listed restaurants have completed the SRA Sustainability Rating Survey, helping diners make informed choices about where they eat out. 70% of diners say, given the choice, they would choose a sustainable restaurant.
Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA, said: “As increasing numbers of consumers look to restaurants to match the values they practise at home, working with the foremost restaurant guide is the obvious next step for us. Harden’s has just made informed dining choices so much easier for consumers.”
More than 250 restaurants now boast Sustainability Ratings from the SRA and a further 250 are currently going through the process.
Simply by clicking on a link in the Harden’s online guide, diners will be able to read the SRA’s report on restaurants’ sustainability, including information on the provenance of the food, how the restaurant manages its energy, waste and water and how it treats its staff, customers and local community.
Richard Harden, co-publisher of Harden’s said: “We are delighted to be the first UK restaurant guide to include sustainability ratings, and more importantly such a rating based on an objective assessment process of the nature offered by the SRA. Like Harden’s, the SRA rates quality eating places of all types right across the UK, so the fit between our two approaches is very strong.”