Cubana was one of the first restaurants to have an 100% free-range policy. We prepare our food with fresh, quality produce, which we do our best to source ethically – we have received RSPCA and Compassion in World Farming awards for our ethical sourcing policies, as well as being certified by the Marine Stewardship Council for sourcing sustainable wild fish
All of our chicken, pork and eggs are free-range. Our organic, free-range chorizo comes from one family farm in Avila, Spain and our other Spanish cured meats are all free-range or organic and free-range.
ANIMAL WELFARE – as well as food quality – is one of our top concerns. We of course also have a wide range of fresh vegetarian and vegan dishes. If you want more info on specific products, please read on – and feel free to email us at [email protected].
CHICKEN – our chicken is 100% free-range and comes from small farmers in France’s Loire Valley.
PORK – we only use UK-produced Blythburgh free-range pork from the sandy soils of the Suffolk coast – we cure our own ham and bacon from Blythburgh herd pigs.
EGGS – our free-range eggs come from Farmgate Eggs, which delivers direct from the farm to Cubana.
CHORIZO – our chorizo is organic, produced from free-range pigs farmed on organic land by the Martin brothers in Avila, Spain – their herd of 1,200 pigs roam the lowlands of the Sierra de Gredos mountains and are fed on a wild diet, balanced with organic maize, oats, soya and chestnuts.
SEAFOOD – we are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council and all of our wild fish is MSC certified as coming from sustainable stocks. We serve BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices) farmed prawns rather than wild species – this is because prawn trawlers kill an estimated 150,000 marine turtles a year, along with other species including seahorses. BAP certification ensures high environmental, welfare and social responsibility standards. Our prawns are also un-glazed and additive-free. It is possible to buy sustainable wild prawns, but the supply can be unreliable and the costs high, which is why we use BAP-certified farmed prawns. We do not serve lobsters for welfare reasons.
FAIR TRADE AND FOOD MILES – our free-range chicken is French and the rest of our meat and eggs (except for chorizo) is UK-sourced. However, local sourcing is not an option for tropical fruits, although we buy British strawberries in season. Food miles are also a complex issue – food usually takes less energy to grow in the tropics; and trade with less developed countries is crucial to their development.
FRESHNESS – all of our fruits and vegetables are fresh – these include papaya, mango, guava, pineapple, limes, oranges, pink grapefruits, passion fruits and bananas. We also use only fresh herbs such as cilantro, flat-leafed parsley, mint and oregano. The only juice which we buy in is cranberry and all of our vegetables and salads are fresh – except that we sometimes use canned tomatoes, in addition to fresh ones, in salsas and sauces as canned tomatoes often offer better quality.