Poco, was the big winner at the Food Made Good Awards. Opened just six months ago, by Tom Hunt, Jen Best and Ben Pryor, the East London tapas restaurant gobbled up three awards, including the top prize – Food Made Good Restaurant of the Year.

The second restaurant from self-proclaimed eco-chef Tom Hunt, Poco Broadway Market, proves ethical produce can go hand-in-hand with absolute quality. Its achievements saw it also being named Food Made Good Independent Restaurant of the Year as well as scooping the top award for English eateries.

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Tom, Jen and Ben

Tom said: “Winning this award is like winning three Michelin stars for us! Sustainability is at the heart of all Poco’s values. We are therefore ecstatic to receive recognition for something we believe is so important. Since we opened our first Poco five years ago the environmental consciousness of restaurants has increased dramatically. We are so proud to be amongst the best and most sustainable restaurants in the UK.”

Lemons are the only imported fresh ingredients on the menu infused with Tom’s root to fruit philosophy. Dishes like beetroot hummus paired with crispy fried beet leaves, trout smoked in-house with shavings from the English Oak that made the tables and Pavlova made with rhubarb curd using the yolks left from making the meringue, illustrate Poco’s ethos and the huge lengths to which it goes to serve customers the most sustainable, delicious food possible.

And it doesn’t stop with the food. The restaurant is built from sustainable English wood and Tom and his team of chefs have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to waste – down to the last drop of water left behind in customers glasses, used to water the plants. And, perhaps it should go without saying, that Poco is powered entirely by renewable energy.

The Food Made Good Rating doesn’t lie, and all three awards Poco won were decided on the basis of them posting the highest scores. Take it from us, while Poco was pushed hard, they truly are the Food Made Good Restaurant of the Year.