First Green Pub Guide launched

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Sustainability credentials: operator of the Green Man in Eversholt, Bedfordshire Candice Brown has partnered with the guide
Sustainability credentials: operator of the Green Man in Eversholt, Bedfordshire Candice Brown has partnered with the guide

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The first ever Green Pub Guide has been launched to highlight venues that are looking to be kinder to the planet.

Unveiled by Heineken SmartDispense, the Green Pub Guide​features more than 50 venues, showcasing how they are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact.

These include reducing energy usage, starting their journey towards becoming carbon neutral and low food mile menus.

Furthermore, it urges licensees to take inspiration from fellow operators and look at ways their green credentials can improve.

British culture cornerstone

Heineken UK head of sustainability Chelsey Wroe said: “Pubs are a cornerstone of British culture, steeped in tradition and fondly admired within communities up and down the country.

“Now more than ever, it’s crucial for pubs to do their bit for the planet by taking steps – big and small – to reduce their impact on the planet and to make the pub experience that little bit greener.

“We’ve been delighted to see the range of initiatives introduced by pubs, bars and restaurants across Britain included in the inaugural Green Pub Guide​, from installing their own more energy-efficient kitchen and wildlife gardens to modernising their energy and water supplies.

“We want this guide to not only inspire consumers to make sustainable choices and support green venues in their area but also encourage publicans across the country to implement their own ideas.

“We hope this will inspire more pubs and venues to join the national movement for sustainable hospitality across Britain.”

Inspired initiatives

Licensee and winner of The Great British Bake Off ​in 2016 Candice Brown partnered with the Green Pub Guide ​powered by SmartDispense.

She said: “I’m delighted to be working with SmartDispense to launch the very first Green Pub Guide​, celebrating innovative and inspired initiatives across the country.

“My pub, fittingly called the Green Man, has been around for nearly 200 years and so making environmentally conscious modernisations while keeping its charm and authenticity has been so important to me.

“I’m always looking for new and inventive ways to make the venue more sustainable and I’ll be taking inspiration from the fantastic eco-conscious venues that we are proud to be listed alongside in the guide.”

Sustainable Restaurant Association managing director Juliane Caillouette-Noble said the guide was a welcome innovation, helping people plan and enjoy a pub visit to their nearest eco-friendly pub.

Caillouette-Noble added: “We’re delighted to see pioneering pubs championed and hope the guide encourages them and all pubs, to serve pints and plates that can not only taste food but do good too.”

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