The beauty of Berkshire
Winners in 2007, and more recently finalists, in the independent restaurant category, The Swan Inn at Inkpen, Berkshire, holds higher animal welfare right at the heart of its business.
Organic beef farmers Mary and Bernhard Harris have owned The Swan Inn for over 11 years. Their businesses include an organic farm shop and Cygnet Restaurant (at The Swan Inn), which have a clear farm-to-fork policy that encompasses higher animal welfare.
Mary and Bernhard say they endeavour to improve animal welfare wherever possible. All their eggs are free-range and organic, as are all the meats served in the restaurant and sold in the organic farm shop. They do not use foie gras and their farm is in the Defra Higher Level Stewardship scheme.
Their staff are encouraged to be knowledgeable about the farm and food products and are willing and able to talk to customers about the food and how it is produced. Simply ask.
Find out more about this award-winner at www.theswaninn-organics.co.uk
Our judges say...
Food journalist and broadcaster Richard Johnson