Sunday, 20 August 2017

Orwells nominated for sustainable pub award

A RESTAURANT with an environmentally friendly ethos has been shortlisted for an award

A RESTAURANT with an environmentally friendly ethos has been shortlisted for an award.

Orwells in Shiplake Row is one of only three restaurants in the UK to be nominated for sustainable pub of the year by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

The restaurant, which is part of the Brakspear estate, was selected from hundreds around the country.

The nomination comes just months after Orwells achieved a three-star rating from the association.

Ryan Simpson, who runs the business with Liam Trotman, said: ?We were delighted when we were given our rating by the association after many months of hard work proving our sustainable approach.

?To reach the finals of its awards is the icing on the cake.?

The chefs took on the pub in 2010 and sustainability was part of their vision from the start.

From May to September, 80 per cent of the produce served at the restaurant is grown in its smallholding, including broccoli, cauliflower, cavolo nero, radishes, rhubarb, raspberries, tomatoes and tomatillos ? a cross between a tomato and a gooseberry.

The chefs are careful to avoid waste by preserving tomatoes for use in recipes all-year round.

They also go foraging for hedgerow herbs and wild garlic in nearby woodlands.

The pair?s latest venture is bee-keeping with an apiary at Shiplake.

The honey is flavoured by nearby lime and chestnut trees and is added to dishes and used in a new cocktail at the restaurant called Mills Lane Bees Kiss.

Mr Simpson said: ?We save £10 per bin, per week, on our waste disposal costs and we?re reducing our carbon footprint at the same time.

?We wanted to make a positive impact on local suppliers and reduce our carbon footprint. We didn?t know everything about sustainability at first but we were committed so we found out what we needed and we?re still learning.?

Orwells is up against two London pubs for the award.

Mr Simpson said: ?Winning would be incredible, not just for Orwells but also for Henley.?

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on Monday.

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