Yurt Lush standards for operating sustainably

Yurt Lush champions a sustainable approach to the way we operate, committing to constantly improving how we work and reducing our impact regionally and globally. We built our business with a ‘field to fork’ ethos, aiming to work directly with local producers and suppliers as much as possible to reduce supply chains and cut out the middle man.

Beyond supporting local food systems, we aim to consistently review our overall operations. We want to ensure we’re acting consciously and making changes where we can to make a positive contribution to the catering industry.

We have laid out our standards below, split into three areas: sourcing, operations and community. These will be reviewed annually to measure our success and where we might be able to improve.


1. All eggs should be free range and sourced within 35 miles

2. All meat and fish should be traceable – if unsure you must ask the supplier

3. Our supply chain should always favour local and seasonal produce wherever possible

4. At least 50% of meat should come from farms within a 100 mile radius

5. All pork and poultry should be free-range as a baseline and organic where possible

6. All beef and lamb should be pasture reared and organic where possible

7. All milk should be organic and sourced within 30 miles

8. All cheese should be from UK farms, with 10% sourced from local farms within 20 miles

9. Never use fish on the Marine Conservation Society ‘Fish to Avoid’ list http://www.fishonline.org/fishfinder?min=5&max=5&fish=&avoid=1

10. Fruit and vegetables must be sourced from the UK wherever possible and any fresh produce being imported must be European and shipped rather than air freighted where available

11. Bread and cake products should be sourced from local producers


1. Coffee should be of single source origin and use a direct trade or Fairtrade model

2. Decaffeinated coffee should be organic

3. Milk alternatives should be organic

4. Drinking chocolate should be Fairtrade

5. Black, green and herbal teas should be organic and Fairtrade

6. The wine list should include at least one organic or English wine

7. 25% of our soft drinks should be locally sourced

8. Sugar should be Fairtrade and sourcing should favour beet and UK produce where possible disposables


1. Recycled versions of paper products and packaging should be ordered where available

2. All disposables sourced should be compostable, including straws

3. Low impact or ecological cleaning products should be sourced operations waste


1. All waste must be appropriately separated into food waste, mixed recycling and glass. General waste must only be used for items that cannot be recycled

2. Waste items should be upcycled / used creatively where possible. For example, catering tins can be used for herb planters and wine coolers

3. Waste volumes must be monitored quarterly and any increases addressed

4. Customers are encouraged to take home their leftovers to reduce plate waste

5. Customers are encouraged to take home our coffee grounds

6. Customers must be offered a discount on hot drink purchases if they bring a reusable cup with them

7. The venue must be ‘zero landfill’ with all general waste going to RDF facility energy


1. The venue must be on a green energy tariff from a local provider

2. Sinks must not be filled past the maximum fill line during prep and wash up and water must not be run continuously

3. Gas burners must not be on between use

4. Use of electric must be monitored daily so there is nothing in use unnecessarily


1. All our staff are given contracts

2. We commit to minimum number of regular weekly hours for all staff

3. All staff are paid the same starting wage regardless of their age

4. All tips are distributed evenly between the Front of House and Back of House staff, based on their hours

5. We recognise the contribution of our staff members through an ‘Employee of the Month’ scheme local community


1. Accept the Bristol Pound local currency to support the local economy

2. Designate at least one charity partner annually with an aspiration of raising £200-500 in funds through promotions in house

3. We offer our venue to community groups for use without charge to support networking / community action targets


Remove palm oil from the supply chain by 2020

Make the menu 75% vegetarian / 25% meat based by December 2018

Increase % of organic meat on the menu to 40% by 2020

We aim to use less popular cuts of meat to support ‘nose to tail’ dining


Reduce overall electric usage by 10% by 2020


Reduce food waste by 10% by December 2018

Reduce general waste by 20% by December 2018

Reduce supplier packaging by 10% by December 2018


Increase funds raised annually for charity partners to a minimum of £1000 by 2020


Buy a YURT LUSH coffee cup, save the planet!

All of us at Yurt Lush are delighted to be selling re-usable Ecoffee cups made from natural bamboo fibres to help make A dent in the 100 billion single-use coffee cups that go to land fill each year!

Every time you use your Ecoffee Cup you're helping...  But imagine if we all did it? It could really add up to a lot of cups per day – and even more per year. So with the powers of social media to help us in our quest to raise awareness – and effect some real change in the way people drink their takeaway coffee – we're seeking your help to spread the word by tweeting #stopthe100billion. 

At £8 each from Yurt Lush, not only are you helping save the planet but you also get a free coffee with your purchase. 

Furthermore, whenever you bring your own mug for a coffee, we'll give you aN EXTRA discount TOO! Wahoo!

Join Team Root!

We are recruiting for two roles at Root, our new veg led restaurant at Wapping Wharf! Do you fancy joining the Eat Drink Bristol Fashion family? 


We're looking for a highly professional Front of House Shift Manager to join our team at Root.

The role is for a full time Shift Manager who is available to work variable shifts throughout the week. It is vital that you have a strong experience of management in hospitality positions - including staff and cash management. Barista, bar and table service experience is essential.

The applicant must have excellent customer service skills, good initiative, a genuine passion for sustainability, food and the desire to be a positive, professional part of our team. The role is rewarding and will require a creative and flexible approach from our staff members.

To apply, please email us a CV to root@eatdrinkbristolfashion.co.uk highlighting your relevant experience.


Root is currently recruiting for a Front of House Team Member with passion and experience to the highest of standard and it would ideally be suited to a candidate in a similar role.

Reporting directly to the General Manager as a Team Member you will be responsible for:

* Serving our customers to the highest standard

• Supplying the highest possible level of guest care and service to the customers

• Ensuring that all areas are stocked and ready for operation

• Having a fully understanding of the drinks and food menu

We are looking for someone who is able to work a variety of shifts across the week, including weekends. In addition, you must be able to retain information regarding our menu and be of a sunny disposition.

If you have effective communication skills, good attention to detail and are clearly customer focused with a dynamic and flexible approach then this is the job for you.

We value all applications, however due to the volume of response we are currently receiving, we are only able to contact candidates whose skills and experience closely match the requirements.

Contact root@eatdrinkbristolfashion.co.uk

New opening hours at Root

From Sunday 17th September Root will close on Sundays and instead open for dinner on Monday and Tuesday evenings!

Both lunch and dinner services will continue from Wednesday to Saturday.

Those after a Sunday feeding can continue to do so buy heading to Yurt Lush for our award winning roast!

To book, please call 0117 930 0260

Root's new opening times will be as follows:


18:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 22:00

Kitchen last orders approximately 21:00


Join us for A Seastainable Supper this Autumn

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We’ve teamed up with charity Wildscreen to bring you an evening of sustainable deliciousness, Yurt-style.

Join Josh and the fabulous Yurt Lush team on October 6th for an alternative, Seastainable Supper at Yurt Lush. With a menu designed around sustainable sea produce and farming methods, this imaginative and innovative supper is not one to miss.

Wildscreen are a Bristol-based charity who convene the best photographers, filmmakers and creative professionals with the most committed conservationists to create compelling stories about the natural world; that inspire the wider public to experience it, feel part of it and protect it.

Witness the Wild is back and will take place between 30 September – 8 October with a programme of cycle powered screenings, a rubbish art trail, outdoor exhibitions and pop-up food events. Witness the Wild is about bringing the sea back to the city, encouraging people to think responsibly about what they eat, where it comes from and what they throw away. 
Even though half of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometres of the sea, it’s suffering from a bad case of out of sight, out of mind.

Working with Wildscreen, Josh has imagined a menu that focuses on utilizing abundant species like jellyfish and herring, alternative farming methods like aquaponics and edible coastal plants that grow within 20 miles of Bristol.

Part of Witness the Wild, Future Plates: A Seastainable Supper will deliver an evening of experimental dining examining untapped resources, innovative sustainable farming techniques and the wealth of sea plants growing just outside Bristol.

Come down to Yurt Lush and sea what the food-ture looks like !

 Future Plates: A Seastainable Supper will be held at Yurt Lush on Friday 6th Of October.
Get your tickets on Wriggle now: 

 All profits from this event will be donated to Wildscreen

See you there...

The SRA comes to Root to #FlipTheMenu

Fancy flipping the menu?

Join us on Tuesday 22nd August 2017 for a chance to join the vital conversation about what we put on our plates - in particular the proportion of veg and meat.

To support our August campaign for restaurants to serve ‘More Veg & Better Meat’, Josh Eggleton, Rob Howell and the team at Eat Drink Bristol Fashion will be flipping the menu upside down by offering their new menu at Root which includes ten main veg dishes with five optional meat and fish sides. Blazing the trail for sustainable eating, the transformation will ultimately reduce the environmental impact of meat production, support animal welfare and encourage diners to consider the health benefits of eating less meat as well as provide them with truly vegelicious dishes. You can expect:


Roasted garlic, Salted Tomatoes


Roasted cauliflower, walnuts, smoked rapeseed

Strode Valley leaves




Peas and corn

Broad beans,cabbage,ewes curd

Late Summer fruits


Josh will be there to share the thinking behind Root and as a self-confessed vegetable lover, to provide some inspiring tips and tricks for making them the stars of the plate. SRA CEO Andrew Stephen will also be on hand to impart some of the other trade secrets we’ve learned from chefs ploughing a plant-based furrow through their menus with stunning results.

Don’t delay, buy your tickets here for just £20! For more details about how to support our More Veg & Better Meat campaign, visit our website and discover how you can #FlipTheMenu.

We hope to see you there!

YOUR Christmas PARTY at Yurt Lush!

"Ittttt'ssss Christmassssssss!" Well nearly. Well not really, but it's definitely time to book for your Christmas shinding!

Our Christmas party period runs from 20th November up to 23rd December 2017.

The whole venue will be available to hire Monday to Saturday, though please note we will  only have one side yurt available for hire on a Friday.

You can book either the whole venue, a smaller yurt or tables for smaller groups (minimum of 8 guests) and parties can be held from 2pm onwards. 

The whole venue can hold 90 seated, 100 standing, whereas individually the side yurts can hold 35 people.

We are licensed until midnight Sun-Thu and until 1am Fri-Sat. For live music, we can provide a PA and decks for a hire fee of £70. This is only available for whole venue hire.  We cannot have any live music after 11pm and DJs must finish at 12.30am. 

We have two different food menus for you to choose from;

SET MENU - Two or three courses for groups of up to 40

To start

- Cream of salsify soup, charred sourdough, rapeseed & butternut

- Vodka cured Valley smokehouse salmon, horseradish & apple

- Monkfish, wild mushroom ragu, bacon & pine nut


- Portobello mushroom, salted peanut & squash loaf, celeriac veloute & roasted chestnut dukkah

- Pan roasted fillet of cod, English gruyere croquette, salted salisfy mash, roasted tomato & ginger sauce

- Powells’ Rolled Salt marsh lamb belly, roasted garlic & anchovy stuffing, smoked bacon & coconut haricot stew


- Roasted pistachio & brown butter ice cream

- Bread & butter pudding & custard

- Selection of English cheese, crackers & chutney (3.00 supplement)

Sides - Roast potatoes 2.00 / Greens 2.00 / Braised red cabbage 2.00

BUFFET MENU -  for groups of over 40 guests

- Field mushroom tortilla#Crudités, hummus & olives

- Chew valley mackerel pate on marks sourdough toast

- Chew valley smoked salmon on marks rye bread

- Charcuterie sliced meats & pickles

- Vintage Montgomery cheddar board & chutney

- Homemade chips, green salad & breads all included

16.00 per head

Dessert options

- Bread & butter pudding & custard

- Crumble & custard

4.00 per head

All allergies can be catered for.  Please notify us when making the booking.  Your food will come out strictly 30 minutes after your arrival time, please ensure your guests arrive with enough time to get a drink and get settled before the meal.

A non-refundable deposit of £10.00 per head will be required to finalise your booking and will be deducted from your final total on the evening of your hire.

We cannot refund the deposit ahead of the booking in the event of a cancellation.

If you wish to be invoiced for the cost of your event this needs to be agreed at least a week prior to the hire date. We will hold credit/debit card details which will be used to process the payment if the invoice is not paid within 7 days. 

All Christmas parties are organised via the General Manager strictly on e-mail only.

Please get in touch with us at yurtlush@eatdrinkbristolfashion.co.uk