National Railway Museum recognised by Food for Life

A Yorkshire family attraction have received a prestigious award for their cafes and restaurants which recognises their commitment to sustainability and fresh local food.

The National Railway Museum in York, whose official catering partner Levy Restaurants UK run the venues three catering facilities, have been awarded a Bronze Food For Life Catering Mark which give visitors a guarantee that they are eating meals which are freshly prepared, healthy and sustainable.

The museums three catering outlets, the Countess of York, Dining Car Café and Mallard Café, were all recognised for their commitment to ethical, sustainable and fresh food by Food for Life which 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 which had to meet the standards from the Soil Association to receive the award include a large number of locally sourced products including their meat, bread, craft beers and tea as well as local cheese, seafood, ice cream and crisps.

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.”

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 a nutritious children’s menu. The Countess of York is a beautifully restored railway carriage offering luxury afternoon tea experiences surrounded by opulent decor and furniture.