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City Harvest partner, Hawksmoor’s trademark side dish!

City Harvest London’s supporter and recently B-Corp certified restaurant chain, Hawksmoor, shares its iconic creamed spinach recipe with us. Will Beckett, Hawksmoor co-founder and sustainability champion, is on City Harvest’s Food Council.

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  • 500ml double cream
  • 1 large sprig of rosemary
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • a good pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
  • a good pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 10g anchovies, chopped
  • Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1kg spinach


  1. Place the cream, rosemary, garlic, nutmeg, cayenne, anchovies, salt and pepper in a pan and bring to a gentle simmer, then remove from the heat and leave to infuse.
  2. Blanch the spinach in boiling water until just wilted, then refresh in cold water to keep the colour
  3. Drain well, squeeze dry and chop roughly.
  4. Pour the infused cream through a sieve to remove the solids and return it to the pan. Add the chopped spinach and let it warm through, seasoning to taste.

Will Beckett, co-founder of Hawksmoor restaurant chain, is a member of City Harvest’s Food Council

Hawksmoor has been decorated with a number of awards by the Sustainable Restaurant Association and the Best Companies award, and has recently become a certified B-Corp. The restaurant chain has sustainability at its core and works with local, national and international charities to make a positive impact, including City Harvest. Our relationship with Hawksmoor began in March 2020 when the hospitality industry closed overnight due to COVID-19.

City Harvest Food Council

From restauranteurs to retailers and farmers to financiers, our Food Council works with us to achieve our overall aims – Rescuing Food, People and Planet – through thought leadership, engaging with decision-makers and more.

They’re helping us to shed a light on the biggest problems and opportunities around food, hunger and waste while setting new standards amongst the industry for compassionate, sustainable ways to do business and help our fellow Londoners.

About City Harvest

Est. 2014, City Harvest London rescues nutritious surplus food from manufacturers, suppliers, producers and retailers, and delivers, for free, to 375+ London charities feeding those facing food poverty. City Harvest rescues food, people, and planet by preventing food waste, providing life-changing support to communities in every London borough through food, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from waste.

City Harvest believes in the right to food and is passionate that, in this day and age, every child should have access to fresh nutritious food to thrive and not simply survive. City Harvest is a supporter of the Free School Meals campaign. We want to ensure no child goes hungry and we encourage food partners to use our networks to make a huge difference. By delivering to food banks, community centres and school programmes we try to make sure we help fill the gaps all year round.

City Harvest vans equally deliver to homeless shelters, hostels, soup kitchens, mental health charities, projects supporting the elderly and socially isolated, social pantries, community kitchens, refugee hostels, nurseries, family centres and domestic abuse refuges.

City Harvest tripled in size in 2020 to meet the demand of people facing food poverty. Now distributing free food for more than 1.2 million meals a month the need continues to rise as the cost of living tightens its grip.

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