Opus has been named the most sustainable independent restaurant group in the Midlands by leading organisation, the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).
The restaurant family, which includes Opus at Cornwall Street, Cafe Opus at Ikon and Bar Opus at One Snowhill, was named a ‘Three Star Sustainability Champion’ by the SRA, the most prestigious and highest possible rating a restaurant can achieve, and it is the only independent restaurant group in Birmingham to achieve the accolade. From achieving its highest rating yet of 82%, the restaurant group is now in the top 9% of SRA members.
The SRA, a not-for-profit organisation which encourages restaurants to improve its social and environmental impact, awards One, Two or Three Stars depending on how a restaurant rates against the three pillars of sustainability - ‘Society’, ‘Sourcing’ and ‘Environment’. Opus achieved exceptional results, ranging from 90% - 100%, for sourcing local, seasonal and ethical food, through a sustainable supply chain, for being highly committed to community engagement, responsible marketing and treating people fairly.
Fuelled by a passion for fresh British produce, Opus is fully committed to an ethical approach to sourcing. The menus are ingredient led and at its Cornwall Street restaurant, they are freshly-written each day. Through its unique ‘Source Dinner’ series, Opus connects the diner with its family of farmers and suppliers, allowing them to hear their compelling stories and see first-hand the passion they put into raising their quality produce.
Lucianne Allen, sales and marketing director at award-winning butchers Aubrey Allen, said: “Opus is a pleasure to work with as they are genuine and passionate about their commitment to ethical and sustainable purchasing. We are at present introducing a new, very-local beef supplier to the supply chain for Opus and they aren’t purchasing any from us before they come with us to inspect the farms for themselves, which I think is the holy grail of commitment to their supply chain.”
Executive chef, Ben Ternent, has handled the sourcing of produce since April 2015 and it is his uncompromising stance on only using strictly market fresh, seasonal ingredients and free-range livestock that has made Opus the most sustainable it has ever been.
“Frankly, it’s all about the ingredients that you start with. There is a definitely a direct connection between ethical, quality sourcing and the delicious flavours on the plate. My team love the sourcing side and get fired up by meeting the farmers and visiting the farms - they take real pride in the produce,” Ben said.
Sarah Hepburn, sustainability champion at Opus, said: “Supporting sustainable, British food is so important to the Opus family - from sourcing fruit and vegetables from Worcestershire to fresh fish from Brixham Market - we only buy seasonal, ethical ingredients. Receiving this recognition from the SRA is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to our team’s passion and commitment.”
This outstanding rating from the SRA is not the first success for the Opus group this year. 2015 has seen Opus at Cornwall Street celebrate its 10th birthday, going from strength to strength even through a difficult recession, Cafe Opus at Ikon was recently named a ‘local gem’ by The Good Food Guide 2016 and Bar Opus at One Snowhill continues to push boundaries with innovative and award-winning cocktails.
For more information on the Opus restaurant group, please visit: www.opusfamily.co.uk.
PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham.