Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 09:00

The Eden Project has topped a new league table ranking the health of food served to children and families in the UK’s most popular visitor attractions.

The Soil Association’s Out to Lunch survey – published today – employed a team of ‘secret diner’ parents who gave Eden glowing reports for its food and dining experience.

All the attractions were ranked on the follow criteria: Food you can trust, healthy choice for children, healthy choice for adults, healthy choice attraction and eating experience to give an overall score.

Eden’s Procurement Director Andrew Holden said: “We’re delighted to have topped the Soil Association’s Out to Lunch league table. Good food is at the heart of the Eden Project experience. We make sure that meals are freshly prepared and that our ingredients are responsibly sourced, fairly traded, organic, local and seasonal.

“At Eden we join the dots between the food on the plate and the stories we tell in our exhibits. Our ingredients are healthy and sustainable, and we use the food we serve to connect people with each other and with the living world.”

The survey was launched to gain an understanding of food and dining offers nationwide and to find the best attraction for freshly prepared, healthy and sustainable food. A similar survey last year of high street restaurants ranked Jamie’s Italian, run by TV chef Jamie Oliver, in the top spot.

Eden takes pride in its “Plant to Plate” policy by aiming to educate children about the science of food and encouraging them to interact with the natural world.

Meals are freshly prepared in front of diners at the main venues - the Med Terrace inside the Mediterranean Biome and the Eden Kitchen. Some dishes use ingredients taken from products grown at Eden’s nursery, strongly supporting an understanding of where food is sourced.

Eden is inspired by different regions of the world and judges were impressed with the ways Eden relates to the climactic zones displayed within the Biomes. The Burrito Bar, located outside the Rainforest Biome, is a Mexican-themed restaurant - an obvious link to South America.

The Med Terrace offers a selection of pizzas, pasta and seafood paella. A selection of herbs and vegetables surrounds the restaurant and it boasts an open kitchen for customers to interact with the chefs.