Silo Cafe Brighton

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A couple of weeks ago (26th April) I had the pleasure of photographing Silo Cafe in Brighton for Greenpeace International. The cafe is truly inspirational – it adopts many eco-friendly principles; most of the food is local, seasonal and organic, the food is unprocessed and served in it’s wholest form. To eliminate waste, the cafe uses local ingredients that generate no waste and they trade directly with local farmers and suppliers of intercepted waste which is heading to landfill. Their delivery vehicles are re-usable vessels and the cafe composts any green waste. The compost is then bagged and distributed to customers for free. Even more exciting – Silo is planning a zero carbon delivery of food that comes from abroad. The food will be delivered on a sailing boat, called Tres Hombres, which will end it’s journey at Brighton Marina. Tres Hombres is an engineless sailing cargo ship and an ambassador for clean & sustainable transport over sea.

The staff were really lovely and welcoming, offering me food and drinks to try throughout the day – I have to say the food was absolutely amazing!! Really yummy cakes, coffee, juices and more… (it’s making me hungary thinking about it!)… Well worth a visit if you are in Brighton.

All photos © Emma Stoner / Greenpeace

Find out more about Silo Cafe here: http://silobrighton.com/

 

L-R; Head Chef, Kim Sheppard, Blair Hammond and James Mcilveen prepare food in the service kitchen.
L-R; Head Chef, Kim Sheppard, Blair Hammond and James Mcilveen prepare food in the service kitchen.
The Stoneground Mill, used to mill wheat grain for bread and sandwiches sold on site.
The Stoneground Mill, used to mill wheat grain for bread and sandwiches sold on site.
Rebecca Irving bags compost from the composting machine. Once bagged, the compost can be collected for free. Silo has a heated composter; it is an anaerobic digester (no air) and they use an activator to get it going. It is able to convert food waste, paper/wooden cutlery waste to compost in one day. The resulting compost is given away to customers, suppliers and allotment holders.
Rebecca Irving bags compost from the composting machine. Once bagged, the compost can be collected for free. Silo has a heated composter; it is an anaerobic digester (no air) and they use an activator to get it going.
It is able to convert food waste, paper/wooden cutlery waste to compost in one day.
The resulting compost is given away to customers, suppliers and allotment holders.
L-R; Lucy Camper, Rebecca Irving, Susan Barry and Lucy Jefferys.
L-R; Lucy Camper, Rebecca Irving, Susan Barry and Lucy Jefferys.
Baked daily goods, which are made on the premises. Butter is churned and and flour is milled to make pastry.
Baked daily goods, which are made on the premises. Butter is churned and and flour is milled to make pastry.
Coffee from Horsham Coffee Roasters.
Coffee from Horsham Coffee Roasters.
Head Chef, Kim Sheppard, makes a rocket and wild garlic soup from rocket which has been given to the cafe from a supplier of intercepted food waste. The food was intercepted by the Real Junk Food Project. Silo gives them a space to prepare food and in return any surplus which they can't handle is given to the cafe. This recently donated large supply of rocket has been utilised fully by blanching to make paste for soup also rocket dressing and emulsion.
Head Chef, Kim Sheppard, makes a rocket and wild garlic soup from rocket which has been given to the cafe from a supplier of intercepted food waste. The food was intercepted by the Real Junk Food Project. Silo gives them a space to prepare food and in return any surplus which they can’t handle is given to the cafe. This recently donated large supply of rocket has been utilised fully by blanching to make paste for soup also rocket dressing and emulsion.
Food in the fridge storage. The pork is from a very small farm / local supplier called Jeremy.
Food in the fridge storage. The pork is from a very small farm / local supplier called Jeremy.
Beetroot Risotto.
Beetroot Risotto.
Blair Hammond with a veg delivery from Fins and Farm.
Blair Hammond with a veg delivery from Fins and Farm.
Brighton Marina. Silo is planning a zero carbon food delivery of food that comes from abroad. The food will be delivered on a sailing boat, called Tres Hombres, which will end it's journey here. Tres Hombres is an engineless sailing cargo ship and an ambassador for clean & sustainable transport over sea.
Brighton Marina. Silo is planning a zero carbon food delivery of food that comes from abroad. The food will be delivered on a sailing boat, called Tres Hombres, which will end it’s journey here. Tres Hombres is an engineless sailing cargo ship and an ambassador for clean & sustainable transport over sea.
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