The National Railway Museum and official catering partner Levy Restaurants UK in York have achieved a bronze Food For Life Catering Mark.
The award provides visitors to the venue a guarantee that they are eating meals which are freshly prepared, healthy and sustainable.
Three catering concepts, the Countess of York, Dining Car Café and Mallard Café, all operated by Levy Restaurants UK, were recognised for their commitment to ethical, sustainable and fresh food.
Local food suppliers that are prominent at the National Railway Museum include: butchery products from Styal Meats; bread from Hughes Bakery; craft beers from York Brewery; Yorkshire Tea from Taylors Teas; local cheese from The Cheese Cellar; fresh from Taylors Seafood; Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream; Seabrook Crisps are stocked throughout.
Food for Life is part of the Soil Association, the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. The menus have met the standards from the Soil Association to receive the award.
David Slack, Levy Restaurants General Manager at National Railway Museum, commented, 'We are delighted to achieve a Bronze Catering Mark which recognises our endeavours in providing guests with healthy and nutritious food that tastes great. We are passionate about using fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients with a clear provenance, supporting the best local producers.'
Rich Watts, Senior Catering Mark Manager at the Soil Association, added, 'The dedication we have seen from the Levy team at the National Railway Museum in achieving the Catering Mark has been extremely impressive. It is fantastic to see a visitor attraction clearly backing the provision of freshly prepared and sustainably sourced meals as part of a day out for the family. We look forward to working with the team in the coming year to help shout about their achievements even more.'
The Dining Car Restaurant allows guests to dine between two royal carriages, creating a unique culinary experience in a Victorian inspired dining car and 1920's lounge. The Mallard Café is located amongst the museums magnificent locomotives offering guests breakfast and lunch including seasonal specials and nutritious kid's menus. The Countess of York is a beautifully restored railway carriage offering luxury afternoon tea experiences surrounded by opulent decor and furniture.