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Sustainability-focused restaurant Kindle opens in Cardiff

The restaurant has ‘reused and repurposed’ almost every element of the original building, using materials with high recycled content, such as wall tiles made from 90% recycled glass.

Kindle has announced the opening of a sustainability-focused independent restaurant in Cardiff city centre, following a two-year process of fundraising, planning and renovation.

In an effort to make the restaurant entirely sustainable, the owners revealed they worked closely with Object Space Place (OSP), an interior architecture and design company with a focus on sustainability, recommended by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

The restaurant is the latest venture from Phill and Deb Lewis, and joins their portfolio of Dusty’s, an award-winning micro-chain of Neapolitan pizzerias in South Wales, and Nook, a bistro in Cardiff.

According to Kindle, “a high proportion” of the materials are reclaimed, including all internal doors, flagstones, railway sleepers and scaffold boards.

The restaurant has also said it works closely with local farmers, gamekeepers and gardeners, to use “ethical produce” with an emphasis on provenance and sustainability.

Tom Powell, formerly of The Walnut Tree, will create seasonal menus as part of the restaurant’s offerings.

Phill Lewis said: “Our vision was to create a restaurant which gives back more than it takes from the environment, and to challenge what it really means to create a sustainable hospitality business from scratch.”

David Chenery, from Object Space Place, added: “Kindle has been such an exciting project to work on as the whole team were keen to make the design and fit out as sustainable as possible.

“Wherever possible we have made decisions to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of what we are doing, whilst still creating a beautiful restaurant experience. It has really been such a rewarding process.”

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