Pub introduces mini portions in bid to tackle food waste

A TOWN centre pub and restaurant has introduced smaller portions of some of its most popular dishes in a bid to combat food waste.

The Sun in Ulverston has created a British Classics menu for senior citizens, some of whom had commented the pub’s generous portions were too much.

Now smaller versions will be cooked up by the chef, reducing food waste levels - and making lunchtime more manageable for those with smaller appetites.

Kirsty Mackenzie is a director of Lakeland Inns which owns The Sun. She said: “We take the feedback of our customers very seriously and it has become clear in recent months that many of The Sun’s older clientele find our standard portions too large.

“It never feels good to be throwing perfectly good food away, but that has been a reality, which is why we have launched the new menu to help cater for what our customers want, and also reduce the level of food waste in the pub.

“As a business, we are passionate about the environment. We make a conscious effort to ensure we do our bit - for example, our family-owned brewery, Stringers, is 100 per cent renewably powered, while all of our pub stirrers and straws are 100 per cent biodegradable. We’re of the view that every little helps.”

Major players from the worlds of food retail and hospitality, along with social media influencers and chefs, joined forces yesterday (MON) to pledge ground-breaking action to tackle food waste, which is a driver of climate change.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Minister Thérèse Coffey were among the first to sign up to the pledge – which includes a goal to halve food waste by 2030 – and were joined by players in the world of food including Nestlé, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose to help halve food waste by 2030.

Speaking at the event, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “Every year, millions of tonnes of good, nutritious food is thrown away.

“This is an environmental, economic and moral scandal, and I am determined to tackle it.”

The new menu will include classics such as slow-cooked steak and ale pie, haddock and chips, scampi and sausage and mash with onion gravy. They will be served from noon-3pm Monday to. Friday

Said Kirsty: “It is difficult to strike a balance with a single menu when it comes to portion size, so the new addition of our lighter bites choices for senior citizens will help to introduce greater choice - and of course

Editor’s Notes

Lakeland Inns is a family business which is run by husband and wife team, Scott and Kirsty MacKenzie.

The company operates three pubs across the south Lakeland area; The Sun in Ulverston; The Commodore in Grange and The Black Cock in Broughton-in-Furness.

Lakeland Inns creates its own beers and ales from its 100% renewably powered brewhouse in Ulverston. The beers are sold in all Lakeland Inns pubs under the Stringers Brewery brand, and are also available at pubs across the north west.

The Sun Inn is the proud holder of a Cumbria in Bloom gold award.

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