We live in a country that’s approving new coal mines in the year 2022 but, thankfully, our restaurants are getting greener. And this January, London is getting a new addition to its collection of eco-concepts and sustainable supper clubs as low-impact and plant-based spot EDIT will be opening in Hackney. Named after the restaurant’s intention to cut out the overproduced, unnecessarily wasteful and single-use, EDIT will aim to replace environmentally harmful practices with “the regenerative, the harmless, the natural and the wild”.
The food offering will change daily, with dishes of the day chosen because of what is available – that’s where the hyper-seasonality comes in. They’ll source ingredients from small-scale farms, foragers and independent producers who use regenerative and minimal intervention methods with an emphasis on local produce. Generally, the menu will comprise modern British vegan dishes, including the likes of roasted salsify & crispy kalettes; wild mushroom fricassée with British grains & Swiss chard; seaweed-cured celeriac with purple potato mash; and homemade ice cream or a vegan cheeseboard for dessert.
Drinks will be following suit, with a list of low-intervention and local wines, beers and ciders. And since the concept comes from architect-turned-restaurateur Elly Ward, we can expect the interiors to feature some creative uses of sustainable materials and circular design – think imperfect terracotta tiles rescued from the bin and tables made from recycled wood waste. Now you’ll have somewhere to go when the climate guilt gets a bit too much.
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Opens January 2023
217 Mare Street, London E8 3QE