Here at Cubana we take animal welfare very seriously. We try and make sure that sustainability is more than an empty advertising slogan. Have a read through our policies on ethical farming and sustainability at Cubana restaurant and cocktail bars – we also have plenty of delicious vegan dishes!
One of our top concerns – we only serve free-range chicken, pork and eggs. Our organic, free-range chorizo comes from one family farm in Avila, Spain and our other Spanish cured meats are all free-range. 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 is by far the most common meat served in UK restaurants – and unfortunately, very few adhere to decent welfare standards. Many restaurant groups talk of serving ‘higher welfare’ chicken – what they mean is factory-farmed chickens raised in marginally better than the most basic standards, rather than proper free-range chicken which costs around twice as much. At Cubana, our chicken is 100% free-range and comes from small farmers in France’s Loire Valley – these slower-maturing birds taste better and have a much better life than factory-farmed chickens
We only use UK-produced free-range pork which we buy direct from Paddock farm as well as from the Norfolk Blythburgh Herd and Anna’s Happy Trotters in Yorkshire
Our free-range eggs come from Barradale Eggs, which delivers direct from the farm to Cubana
Our chorizo is organic, produced from free-range pigs farmed on organic land by the Martin brothers in Avila, Spain – their herd roam the lowlands of the Sierra de Gredos mountains and are fed on a wild diet, balanced with organic maize, oats, soya and chestnuts
VEGAN and VEGETARIAN
We serve a variety of tasty, slow-cooked vegan and vegetarian dishes, including Cuban classics such as Quimbombo (okra casserole), Feijoada (a two-bean casserole), Falafel Cubana and plenty of yummy salads such Fresh Papaya+Quinoa and Avocado salad – at our Smithfield branch we also serve plenty of veggie and vegan sandwiches and salad pots
We are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council and all of our wild fish is MSC certified as coming from sustainable stocks. We serve responsibly 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. 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. Fair Trade in controversial as it can penalise independent farmers and too much of the additional cost goes to middlemen
All of our drinking straws and takeaway coffee cups, lids, stirrers, food boxes, cups and cutlery are compostable and plastics free. Our drinking straws and takeaway cutlery are made from plant starch. We have also always used only 100% bio-degradable coffee cups and lids which have long been available, but which the multinational coffee chains refuse to use on cost grounds. Bring your own container for Street Food and you’ll save £1 on your bill!
Please note that our policy on straws is now only to provide them when asked – there is evidence that even plant-starch straws take time to break down and can still be a hazard to marine life. Our drinks are therefore now served without straws, though if you want them, please ask. We donate the savings to marine conservation charities
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