GBPA 2022

Meet the winner: Best Sustainable Pub sponsored by Heineken UK – the Riverside, Aymestrey, Herefordshire

By The Morning Advertiser

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Green credentials: the Riverside has a huge focus on being as environmentally friendly as possible
Green credentials: the Riverside has a huge focus on being as environmentally friendly as possible

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This charming pub, located deep in the Herefordshire countryside with a beautiful riverside location, is a sustainability star with excellent initiatives impressing the judges including growing its own produce, offering nature walks to guests, championing local food and drink and running a fundraising initiative to support local sustainability projects.

The Riverside’s enticing menu features dishes created to showcase the region’s finest seasonal produce, including amazing ingredients produced on-site from the pub’s two kitchen gardens and two-acre smallholding which has bees, pigs, chickens and a heritage orchard. The pub’s talented chefs also utilise many Slow Food Ark of Taste ingredients, designed to preserve at risk foods.

Sustainable passion

Chef-patron Andy Link and general manager George Parkes are passionate about sustainability and engage and enthuse team members around it.

As well as helping with the gardens, which guests are encouraged to visit, staff dry out grasses and flowers to decorate the pub during the winter and forage for dish and drink ingredients.

Products crafted in-house include cobnut liqueur and a vermouth which is made with over 30 foraged and homegrown botanicals.

Judges were also impressed with the waste reduction strategy at this Coach House Inns’ pub, which includes whole animal butchery, composting for the kitchen gardens and analysing food waste to use in ingredients such as carrot top pesto.

Initiative highlight

The nine guest rooms at this 16th​ century pub, which include three quirky garden lodges, also have a strong focus on sustainability with natural and British products, including wool, used to furnish the rooms and carefully curated products enjoyed by guests.

Another standout initiative is the Riverside’s green community fund, launched earlier this year, to generate money through customer donations for local projects, such as tree and meadow planting, with about £15,000 a year being raised.

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