L’escargot bleu restaurant and wine bar in Edinburgh is the first restaurant in the UK to be certified by Pasture for Life who support and promote producers of 100% pasture-fed beef, lamb and dairy.
Chef patron Fred Berkmiller said: “By choosing meat raised purely on pasture, we know it’s of a much higher quality, it’s healthier than grain-fed meat and it tastes better. Pasture for Life farms not only treat animals well, but they also put goodness back into soils rather than depleting them, encouraging more wildlife. We can also trace the provenance of every single piece of meat.”
Founded in 2011, Pasture for Life champions the restorative power of grazing animals on pasture, and the positive impacts this brings for biodiversity and carbon, human health and wellbeing, and animal health and welfare. They work to restore ecosystems, implement positive change in food and farming systems, and to demonstrate the benefits of 100% pasture-fed.
Fred continued: “The food system in this country has become so industrialised that chefs like me struggle to source quality ingredients. I realised over a decade ago that things were only getting worse. If I am not supporting pasture-fed meat producers, and educating my customers and staff, who is? It’s becoming increasingly political, and joining Pasture for Life not only strengthens my relationships with suppliers, but it also sends a clear message to the restaurant trade that customers want the option to eat better meat.”
Since re-opening to diners last year, l’escargot bleu has intensified their purchasing policy, using only produce in season or with fully-traceable provenance. Something they have been consistently improving over the last 10 years. They have also restricted opening times to four days per week and removed 22 covers, offering diners and staff a better quality of experience overall.