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Food and sustainability at Camino London

Ethos

At Camino we care about the wider impact we have on the world around us. We try to run our restaurants in a way that is good for everyone, from using the best quality ingredients in our food, to making sure everyone who works with us enjoys what they do. We’re committed to reducing our environmental impact, treating our staff and suppliers as well as possible, and helping charities where we can. Read on for how we do it…

Iberico pig in Spain

Sourcing

Our Executive Chef, Nacho del Campo, works hard for us to be as sustainable as possible, whilst getting the best quality seasonal ingredients that are sourced as locally as possible.

The meat we buy comes from farmers who can guarantee the best quality of life possible for the animals.

The acorn-fed ibérico pigs that provide our jamón bellota come from the Dehesa, the holm oak covered woodlands in Extremadura in western Spain. They wander up to 20kms a day foraging for acorns, and lead a pretty idyllic life.

Our beef comes from the Asturias in northern Spain, and we use ex-milker cows that are at least five years old for a better longer life and greater depth of flavour (this is almost double the age of slaughter in the UK). Their pastures are the lush hilly grasslands of this beautiful northern part of ‘Green Spain’.

All of our fish is sourced sustainably from British coasts and is MSC approved.

We work with Clarence Court to source our top quality free range Old Cotswold Legbar eggs from happy chickens.

Fruit and vegetables are sourced as locally as possible from either within the UK or Europe wherever we can, and never air-freighted.

We insist our suppliers deliver with the minimum amount of sustainable packaging.

Richard in Nepal for Camino and AAH

Charity

We’re very proud to say that we’ve worked for many years with Action Against Hunger, an incredible charity that works to eliminate child hunger with vital nutrition programmes around the world. We donate 50p from every dish of chorizo sold, and we sell a lot of chorizo! In 2017 our Managing Director, Richard, was one of 20 chefs and others in hospitality that took part in a six-day trek through Nepal, raising just over £9k for the charity. Read more about Richards trek here here. In 2020 our Finance Director, Tsara, went on a mammoth trek through the Jordan Desert and raised over £6k bringing our total raised so far with all of the chorizo 50p donations to over £100k.

Pure Water and Camino Restaurant London

Environment

As a restaurant we try to minimise our impact on the environment as much as possible, following the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ mentality. We work with PURE Water Company, whose ethos is built on a philosophy of sustainability. Working with PURE means we are able to filter, chill and bottle water on site using local mains water, significantly reducing the environmental impact of plastics and our carbon footprint.

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