National Environmental Restaurant Award
27th February, 2012
Swinton Park celebrates National Environmental Restaurant Award and Landfill-Free status
Staff at Swinton Park have been celebrating this week, following the announcement that the Sustainable Restaurant Association has awarded the hotel’s restaurant, Samuel’s, the status of “Three Star Sustainability Champion”. The award follows a survey of 14 areas of sustainability with a focus on the three key areas of Sourcing, Society and Environment. The overall score was 84%, which is the SRA’s highest score this calendar year in the whole of the UK, with the restaurant achieving 100% in some areas.
Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA, said: “Samuel’s at Swinton Park proved itself to be exceptional across all areas of sustainability. It achieved one of the highest ever scores in the SRA Sustainability Rating impressing us particularly with its exceptionally strong sourcing practices and its outstanding waste and water management.”
One of the measures that was noted for particular praise in the survey was the hotel’s commitment to recycling. Working in partnership with waste management firm F D Todd from Thirsk, the hotel’s glass, paper and cardboard are separately recycled, and more recently ALL residual waste is now used for a “waste to energy” scheme. This means that the waste is treated at the Thirsk plant and then shipped to Rotterdam (utilising empty container space) where it is incinerated to create hot water for local manufacturing plants and also electricity that is fed into the grid. Each ton of treated waste creates 12,000KJ of energy, and FD Todd are expecting to ship 35,000 tons this year – and the outcome for Swinton Park is that NONE of its waste reaches a landfill site.
“We are delighted to have achieved such a high level of recognition within the Sustainable Restaurant Association award scheme”, commented proprietor Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, “Our landfill-free status is something we are very proud of, and the award also recognises our Executive Chef Simon Crannage’s commitment to the local food producers, who are the real champions behind every successful restaurant.”
Press : Felicity C Lister : 01765 680944 : email@example.com
Notes for the Editor :
- Other eco awards that Swinton Park has been awarded are : Green Tourism Business Scheme (Silver); Green Business Award, Yorkshire Rural Awards 2009; Best Business Initiative, Yorkshire & Humber Microgeneration Awards 2007.
- The hotel’s Environmental Statement and details of measures in place can be found at www.swintonpark.com/environmental_statement.html
- Swinton Park is a luxury castle hotel set in 200 acres of landscaped parkland in the Yorkshire Dales.
- The owners of the hotel, Mark and Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, are also setting up The Bivouac at the nearby Druid’s Temple, which is an environmentally friendly luxury campsite and café, opening 3rd April.
- Picture caption “Swinton Park’s Executive Chef Simon Crannage”
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Thank goodness the sun has now come out and we seem to have finally put winter behind us! The Parkland has burst into bloom with clouds of blossom and a colourful carpet of daffodils and bluebells around the trees.
The Walled Garden is also getting going, with bright tulips swaying in the breeze and home grown asparagus bursting forth. Asparagus is at its most delicious when eaten closest to home, so dishes featuring home-grown asparagus are now on all our menus, including the bar and lounge. The garden furniture is out and soon it will be time for afternoon teas on the lawn and evening drinks on the terrace at sunset. English summertime at it’s best.
Please click here if you are making plans for 2013 and want to see our Events and Activities Calendar to book a cookery course, themed lunch or family event. Our inspirational Themed Lunch and Dining Experiences page includes Wine Appreciation Lunches, with talks and tastings led by our new sommelier David Borwick, together with our Gardening Lunches, which include a talk and tour with garden designer Susan Cunliffe-Lister.