Birmingham’s Opus at Cornwall Street has secured its place as the Midlands’ most sustainable independent restaurant with another award win.
The 2AA Rosette restaurant won the Best Greener and Healthier Lifestyles (Food) Scheme award at the Making Birmingham Greener and Healthier Awards 2016.
Opus sustainability champion Sarah Hepburn, is pictured accepting the award from Coun Lisa Trickett, cabinet member for clean streets, recycling and the environment.
Opus picked up the award after it demonstrated a dedication to ethical food sourcing, educating schoolchildren on the importance of good nutrition, raising awareness of British suppliers and collaborating with other Birmingham businesses in an attempt to make the city greener.
Ninety per cent of Opus’ produce is sourced in Britain – much around the Midlands – in a bid to support the local economy and lower the restaurant’s carbon footprint.
Menus are freshly-written each day, keeping food waste to a minimum.
The restaurant was further commended for its approach to sharing knowledge on moral food sourcing through its Source Dinner series in which the restaurant connects the diner with its family of farmers and suppliers.
Other initiatives that helped Opus pick up the award, included its work with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Adopt a School charity programme and its Opus in Conversation series.
Sarah Hepburn said: “Supporting sustainable, British food – as well as sharing our knowledge on ethical sourcing – is so important to the Opus family.
“We take our responsibility in making Birmingham greener incredibly seriously and we recognise that our actions, along with the influence we can have on others, can make a huge impact.”