The Green Star was introduced this year after Michelin inspectors have become more aware of chefs putting in the effort to adopt sustainable practices within their restaurants. The new award commends those who hold themselves accountable for both their ethical and environmental standards, and work with sustainable producers and suppliers to avoid waste and reduce/remove plastic and other non-recyclable materials from their supply chain.
Where The Light Gets In was the only restaurant in the region to bag the new Green Star at last week’s Michelin awards ceremony, joining 22 other’s across the UK including the likes of Hypha in Chester and L’Enclume in the Lake District who were also recipients of the new award.
Since opening in Stockport, Where The Light Gets In has certainly led the way when it comes to sustainability, from growing fruit and veg on their own farm, sourcing sustainable meat and seafood and even growing herbs up on the roof of Ann Summers in Stockport Precinct!
With diners unsure as to what they’re going to be eating until they sit down, the ever-changing menu allows the restaurant to not only surprise their guests on every visit, but also to successfully champion local and seasonal produce, as well as quickly adapt and significantly reduce waste.
Owned and operated by chef Sam Buckley, he commented: “It can only be a positive thing that a company such as Michelin are taking note of the issues that both our industry and people as a whole face.”
“I am extremely proud of the team that carry our values forward everyday with hard work and a dedication to intelligently and sensitively ensuring that the part we play in the wider world around is a positive one.”
As with current restrictions, things are a little different over at the restaurant right now, and for the foreseeable they’ve turned into a provisions store, where each week they will have a different 3 course meal available to re-heat at home, as well as a selection of seasonal organic fruit and veg with recipe cards for inspiration on what to make.⠀
A selection of breads and pastries are on offer too, made by their in-house baker Rosie Wilkes, and they’re using this as an opportunity to trial the bakery they intend to open in spring. They’re also highlighting local makers who they usually work with at the restaurant, selling some of their goods along with different ‘craft’ kits to have a go at making items yourself at home.⠀
Their natural wine cellar is also open and their sommelier is at ‘the store’ to guide you! They will also be stocking their favourite beer from the north west.⠀
The provision store is currently open Fridays and Saturdays 11am-4pm.⠀
Where The Light Gets In, 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, England SK1 1JY