Food and associated Waste


Food Policy

  • We will seek to purchase fish from sustainable sources.
  • We will consider welfare standards when sourcing meat.
  • We will aim to use locally-sourced produce where feasible and appropriate, and incorporate seasonal produce into our menus.
  • We will seek to purchase traditional ales from local suppliers.
  • We will communicate the sustainable nature of our food and drink to staff and customers.
  • We only use paper straws.

We are already achieving all of the above policy aims and more. To read more, click here.


Food Waste

All of our food waste is collected by , who convert it into biogas via anaerobic digestion ( We're averaging at 5 wheelie bins of waste a week, and this provides sufficient energy to power a 3kw oven for over 30 hours.

This includes all of the waste from food preparation in our food outlets, along with whatever is left over on the plates from our customers, the waste coffee grounds from our outlets, and the used orange skins from making fresh juice in our outlets.


Waste cooking oil

All of the waste cooking oil from our kitchens is collected by and turned into Biodiesel. In turn, the biodiesel is supplied to large fuel companies so they can meet the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). This UK requirement means that transport fuel suppliers must ensure a small percentage of all road vehicle fuel is supplied from sustainable or renewable sources. The SU is therefore aiding the government’s initiative to help ensure millions of road users get access to more sustainable road fuels.


Locally Sourced Beers

All of our Real Ale comes from local breweries, the majority within a 30-miles radius of the SU. This is important with regard to the environmental benefits of millage reduction.