All six of the restaurants in the Anglian Country Inns group, which include The Jolly Sailors and The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe, have won an award for their sustainability ethos.
The restaurants have been awarded a 3 Star Food Made Good rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association in recognition of its commitment to serve customers tasty food that’s ethical and sustainable.
SRA conducted a wide-ranging assessment of all six 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 means that the ACI group of 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’ appetite for a dining experience that fits the sustainability bill and doesn’t cost the earth.
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 six 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.”
The ACI group especially impressed the Food Made Good assessors by using small scale local 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.
ACI also scored a perfect 100% in the Treating People Fairly section of the rating - providing apprenticeships, extensive training, as well as gym memberships and cycle to work schemes.