Local Loves: Tiny Leaf

Sometimes it’s worth casting the net outside the East London bubble, especially when we find a new eatery like Tiny Leaf - London’s first Organic, Vegetarian and Zero-Waste restaurant.

Temporarily being hosted by Bumpkin in the heart of Notting Hill while they look for a permanent site, Tiny Leaf has piqued our interest as part of a growing sustainability movement that is gaining serious momentum. From what we put on our bodies in cosmetics and hair products through to what we consume, considering the impact our choices have on the world around us is becoming a force of habit for many people and at Glasshouse, sustainability and environmental care is a huge part of our ethos.

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According to the United Nations Environment Programme, globally 18 million tonnes of food is ending up in landfills each year, and the hospitality industry contributes hugely to this waste. Hoping to help combat this, Tiny Leaf says their core objective is “to use intelligent dining and menu design to educate and raise awareness of the food waste problem, hopefully inspiring people to reduce the carbon footprint of their food by eating vegetarian and seasonally” - an aim we can certainly get behind.

Tiny Leaf is not your average quaint veggie-friendly cafe - spanning four floors, it includes a bistro and juice bar, zero-waste fine-dining restaurant, cinema and events space and a cocktail bar on the top floor.

Using surplus food donated by local food suppliers, the restaurant menu offering is diverse and constantly changing along with the morning delivery. It can include dishes such as courgetti and almond pesto with greek basil, buckwheat pancakes with blueberry compote, coconut yoghurt and bee pollen and drinks like cacao-hemp milk and cold-pressed juices, not to mention delicious cocktails. Mouth watering yet? They also offer a ‘Market Plate’ which is a fresh medley of vegetables, the preparation and selection of which changes each day depending again on what they receive from suppliers.

As populations grow and demand only increases, we think it’s exciting to see a restaurant actively working to combat widely accepted (until now) food-waste practices, and we would love to see similar businesses following suit. Here’s hoping Tiny Leaf is here to stay.

Tiny Leaf London - 209 Westbourne Park Rd, London W11 1EA

Words: Rosie Herdman
Images: Supplied

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