Opening on Thursday 28th January 2016, Tiny Leaf is London’s first organic, vegetarian, zero waste restaurant. Taking temporary residence on Notting Hill’s Westbourne Park Road on the former site of Bumpkin whilst looking for a more permanent home, the brand new concept turns surplus food donated by local food suppliers into a guilt-free gastronomic experience.
Using intelligent dining to educate and raise awareness of the food waste pandemic, Tiny Leaf is a long-standing dream of chef, writer and food activist Justin Horne. He believes one way to tackle the 18 million tonnes of food ending up in landfills each year is to “change people’s perception of what waste is, then we can change out how much waste we create.”
20p per litre from the sale of Tiny Leaf’s alkaline bottled water will be donated to Whole World Water, an organisation that aims to improve water supplies to some of the one billion people that are still in need of clean water.
In addition, Tiny Leaf will match fund each £1 voluntary donation to be added to each bill, with the money raised going to Refugee Community Kitchen Calais and the Soil Association. Diners can even do their bit, by taking leftovers home in free ‘bio-boxes’ made from biodegradable vegetable polymers.
Justin Horne believes that through a more conscious approach to eating we can change our behaviour and sustain the planet and the human race. “Vegetarian cuisine is a great medium, I don’t think they’re always given their place. There’s no reason why you can’t make something amazing out of vegetables alone.” “Essentially we want to educate, inspire and also have some fun in exploring this new approach to food”.
Spanning four floors, including a ground-floor bistro and juice bar, zero waste fine-dining restaurant, cinema and events space and botanical cocktail bar; Tiny Leaf brings a conscious yet fun eating experience to West London.
Reflecting the restaurant’s surplus supply chain, menus change daily depending on would-be-waste deliveries from partners including Planet Organic and the UK’s largest wholesales of local and seasonal organic produce Langridge.
The masterminds behind Tiny Leaf are chef, writer and food activist Justin Horne, General Manager Jonathan Krauss (formerly of Chiltern Firehouse) and Marketing Director Alice Gilsenan.
Tiny Leaf is located at 209 Westbourne Park Road, London, W11 1EA.