Hackney top 5: ethical eats

There is no shortage of excellent places to eat in Hackney. But scoffing with scruples takes a little more thought. We’ve rounded up the best places to eat ethically across the borough.

Better Health Bakery

A great little bakery which provides placements for people recovering from mental health issues. They produce sourdough bread and tasty pastries – Friday is pizza day.

Castle Café

This sustainable café is in the unlikely but dramatic surrounds of the Castle Climbing Centre. Much of the food comes from the kitchen garden, and it’s all delicious and affordable: just £3 for soup and bread.

Save the Date

Another pay-what-you-can café using surplus food; they’re based in a Dalston bee garden, behind the Arcola.

Parkholme Supper Club

Run by Alicia Weston and a team of volunteers, this is a brilliantly successful home supper club. Not only is the food amazing – bountiful, impeccably cooked and varied (try the Syrian, Malay or Georgian nights) – but all the profits go to Médecins Sans Frontières.

The Dusty Knuckle

In a shipping container in Abbott St car park in Dalston, social enterprise Dusty Knuckle employs disadvantaged youngsters, serving up fresh baked bread and other delicious treats.