Ethics

Thali source seasonal, locally sourced fruit and veg as much as possible.
Thali source seasonal, locally sourced fruit and veg as much as possible.

We’ve always believed that businesses must act responsibly and be led by their values, not just by profit.

In rural India, where the Thali meal originates, people use seasonal, local, organic food out of necessity and recycle as much as they can because they can’t afford to waste it. Right from the beginning we decided to follow this model to set up a business that can thrive without harming the environment.

Some of our sustainability principles

  • Meat: we only use locally sourced, free range meat
  • Fish: all of our fish is sustainable and our prawns are “Best Aquaculture Practice” accredited
  • Dairy: we only use organic, locally sourced milk and cream. All of our eggs are free-range and locally sourced
  • We use seasonal, locally sourced fruit and veg as much as possible
  • The vast majority of our waste is recycled including cardboard, plastics, tins and as much food waste as possible
  • Our Tiffin take-away scheme is highly sustainable and waste free
  • We make as many products as possible in-house, including our award-winning range of Indian Kulfi Ice-Cream, made with local organic double cream and our own cordials and coffee syrups

Thali Chef Sam Hackett cooks up an ethical storm.

Thali Chef Sam Hackett cooks up an ethical storm.

Sustainable Restaurant Association Award

In 2013 we became the first Indian restaurant group to be awarded a Three Star Sustainability Champion Rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (their highest award). Sustainability is something we’re really passionate about at the Thali Cafe and we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to improve our sustainability practices.

The SRA’s assessors were particularly impressed with our commitment to sourcing local, seasonal and high welfare produce, with all of our meat being free range or organic. Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA, said: “The Thali Cafe also scored very highly in the other two main sections of the SRA rating, Society and Environment, demonstrating exceptional environmental and social responsibility. Among its laudable initiatives and practices are the work it does with local charities, its use of eco-friendly cleaning products and its comprehensive recycling policy.”

“The Thali Cafe is joining a growing group of Bristol restaurants that understand consumers’ desire to know where their food comes from and how the business is run and it has proved that it is among the most sustainable in the UK.”

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