Green Network for Businesses


The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant in Edinburgh

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant is a successful collaboration with the Scottish National Gallery and a Green Tourism Gold Star award holder. This dining venue in the heart of Edinburgh is popular with gallery visitors as well as a destination restaurant in its own right.

Committed to high environmental standards and using local produce the restaurant sources 90% of ingredients used from more than 60 Scottish suppliers in addition to having its own kitchen garden.

Improvements the restaurant has made include the following:


  • Installation of LED light bulbs
  • Sensor lighting in less used areas 
  • Sensor taps installed in public bathrooms to reduce water wastage


  • Using suppliers with similarly high standards in terms of animal welfare, ethical and environmental policies
  • Sourcing produce from local or Scottish suppliers wherever possible
  • Kitchen vegetable garden on-site
  • Biodegradable chemicals used where possible


  • Price reduction offered with customers own takeaway containers
  • Best value mug scheme to decrease disposable cup use
  • 'FOOD TO GO' programme to minimise waste use
  • Seasonal menu to maximise use of short season crops
  • Recycling waste oils and waste chemicals

And the restaurant’s notable commitment to sustainability and high standards includes engaging with staff, customers and other industry bodies by:

  • Holding monthly food training on site with all staff on menu changes, product sourcing policy and seasonal availability
  • Having external audits conducted throughout the year
  • Reviewing and rewarding staff’s energy-saving achievements
  • Constantly assessing waste and recycling practices to reduce waste and costs
  • Developing menus with staff input on food wastage and portion control
  • Aligning with other industry bodies to learn from or teach e.g. Slow Food, the Slow Food chefs alliance, Zero Waste Scotland, the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Proud of their achievements Carina Contini, Director of The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant says “We are delighted to be working alongside over 60 independent suppliers ensuring we can guarantee the sourcing and provenance of all our dishes. Our customer and suppliers are at the heart of our growing business and that is why we live by the approach of ‘Love Happy Food’.

We would like our focus on sustainability, to be not just on what we deliver on the plate but beyond, to our employees, our approach to energy, recycling and our place in the community benefiting our local suppliers and the jobs it brings to those in rural communities.


 Dated 18 January 2019


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