London's ethical food & fashion guide

What sets these London burger joints and steak houses apart from the thousands of other restaurants in the capital is their dedication to sourcing top-quality meat. It comes from farmers who have raised their livestock on grass-fed diets in fields and hills, and made sure they were taken care of right up to the last.

But, this isn’t solely about animal welfare. Slower-growing, free-range animals have time to develop a deeper flavour. Whether you’re craving a mighty burger, a magnificent steak, or succulent chicken source it at any of these restaurants and you’ll understand the vast difference between meat from animals raised out of pride, and those bred for profit.

You’ll also find good service, great drinks and interesting sides. What more can you ask for?

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    BOBO SOCIAL

    Restaurants for meat lovers
    W1T

    You’ll feel like you’re dining in a friend’s kitchen in this burger restaurant in Charlotte Street.

    Even if their rare-bred beef burgers weren’t SO good it would be worth going for the starters and sides – salt & pepper crispy squid, chilli-chocolate latticed bacon, fillet steak strips…

    Order the alligator or kangaroo burgers if you’re in the experimental mood & wash them down with a couple of Old Fashioneds.

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    DAYLESFORD

    Restaurants for meat lovers
    Various Locations

    You don’t get a much more simple farm-to-plate journey than these two cafes-come-delis in Notting Hill & Pimlico. The meat, bread & cheese comes from Daylesford’s two incredible organic farms in the Shires.

    I challenge you to arrive for brunch and leave without a bag full of goodies for ‘later’.

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    GBK

    Restaurants for meat lovers
    Various Locations

    When you’re in an unfamilar part of town, a familiar name and menu is never a bad thing.

    With 56 restaurants all over the UK, Gourmet Burger Kitchen is perfect for a casual catchup or quick bite.

    They hand-select their beef from small indepedent farms because they believe that quality meat only comes from good animal husbandry.

    The proof is in The Mighty burger.

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  • Hawksmoor

    HAWKSMOOR

    Restaurants for meat lovers
    Seven London restaurants and one in Manchester

    Did you know that the best beef in the world originates from British breeds?

    The guys who started Hawksmoor do, which is why their steak comes from cows bred using traditional farming methods. They also know that a good steak goes best with good sides, good wine & good company- including the servers.

    Expect to waltz in & waddle out of any of the seven restaurants across London.

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    HIX

    Restaurants for meat lovers
    Various Locations

    Hix Soho has one of the coolest basement bars in London. If you’re the grazing type then its bar ‘snax’ are as exciting as its cocktails. Upstairs, the restaurant menu changes weekly, offering fresh & seasonal British food.

    There are Hix outposts across the capital, each offering something slightly different but all underlined by the same quality.

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    JOSE PIZARRO

    Restaurants for meat lovers
    EC2M

    Good things come in threes, and the quality tapas-style offerings from acclaimed Spanish chef José Pizarro are testament to that.

    You can’t book at the intimate José Tapas Bar in Bermondsey Street, but you can at Pizarro Restaurant across the road and the newly launched José Pizarro in Broadgate Circus – a slick operation for the city crowd, with good ethics at its heart.

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    Native

    Restaurants for meat lovers
    Covent Garden, WC2

    Why go: Native offers a seasonal British eating experience that is so fresh and wild they warn you might even find a piece of shot on your plate.

    Native has separate lunch and dinner menus, or guests can choose from a two- or three-course dinner set menu. Whichever you opt for, you can be sure to find the UK’s best foraged food and game.

    Centrally located in a quiet corner of Covent Garden, in Neal’s Yard bustling streets, their menu will appeal to both meat-lovers and vegetarians.

    Why else: Even their drinks menu is seasonal. There's a strong selection of wines and craft beer, plus they offer their very own foraged cordials and juices, too.

    Native's founders have strong links to the Great British Outdoors, one of the founders started at River Cottage HQ so has a passion for natural produce, and the other has turned her hand from falconry to wild food.

    They are so waste conscious that your receipt will be emailed to you, rather than printed.

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    PARADISE GARAGE

    Restaurants for meat lovers
    E2

    Opened in July 2015, this is the latest venture from chef Robin Gill & his hotshot team.

    The modern take on British cuisine & nose-to-tail philosophy includes dishes such as lamp rump, charred cabbage, sour preserved lemon skin & sweetbread (offal).

    Order ten between you to share… & be prepared to stay for a couple of hours as you won’t be able to resist the cocktails & desserts.

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  • Poco

    Poco

    Best of the UK restaurants
    Bristol

    Why go: Multi-award winning Poco is open all day, every day. It offers both a brunch and lunch menu, plus a light tapas selection. Whatever time you're visiting an array of fresh, seasonal ingredients, will emerge from the kitchen. Food is inspired by world travel experiences, including Moroccan harissa and home-made chorizo and merguez sausages.

    The menu is completely organic and more than 90% of ingredients are sourced within 50-100 miles of the restaurant.

    Poco purchase all their ingredients from the source, and know exactly where the ingredients in the kitchen and liquids lining the bar are from. Their carefully selected English wines, Poco’s collaboration beer from Bristol Brewery, Wiper & True and their homemade liquors, infused with foraged and herbal ingredients are well worth a sample.

    Why else: With renowned ethical chef, Tom Hunt, at its helm it's no wonder Poco's ethical credentials are top notch. Poco monitor their kitchen wastage to avoid squander, meaning 95% to 100% of food waste is composted and recycled. Even the restaurant itself is built out of recycled materials and reclaimed timbers.

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  • DukeofCambridge

    The Duke of Cambridge

    Restaurants for meat lovers
    Angel, N1

    Why go: Being the only certified organic pub in London is no small feat. The Duke of Cambridge takes pride in ethical food menu offering everything from a full-blown Sunday roast to sumptuous curries, vegetarian dishes, and tasty salads. Menus change seasonally, meaning the best organic vegetables are used from their partner farm, Riverford, in Devon. They also celebrate small independent breweries and independent wine merchants at the bar. And, there's always the options of a hot Fairtrade cuppa.

    The Duke of Cambridge's attitude to traceability is consistent with all their produce: their fish is sourced from Fish by Kernosashimi in Cornwall, whilst their Venison, pork and game is from Rhug Estates.

    Why else: Riverford at the Duke of Cambridge is run by an organic pioneering, married couple – Geetie Singh, founder of the Duke of Cambridge and Guy Watson, whose family owns organic farming company Riverford. Even the furniture which you sit on is either second hand, repurposed or recycled and their food waste is collected for generating energy.

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    THE JOINT

    Restaurants for meat lovers
    SW9

    When mains include baby back ribs, 16-hour slow cooked pulled pork, or slow cooked shredded chicken, and the sides are BBQ riblets, Chilli Riblets, BBQ wings and hot wings, you know you’re in the right place for meat lovers.

    It just happens to be very convenient that you’re in the right place for lovers of beer and cocktails, too.

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