Anton and Gail are committed to running a modern and sustainable business within the confines of a grade II listed building in an environmentally sensitive area. Their sustainability policy ensures compliance with environmental legislation and conservation of natural resources by responsible use of energy and water. This, together with a commitment to purchase as much as they can from companies based in Cornwall or Devon, whenever possible, maintains food quality with minimum impact on the local environment.
The additional benefits for other South West businesses, by purchasing locally, are support of the local economy and provision of sustainable local employment.
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To maintain awareness of the local environmental issues, we are members of CoaST. For details go to: www.coastproject.co.uk
We work closely with other local businesses to our mutual benefit, including cross merchandising our services with local B&B’s, holiday cottages, wine merchants and local taxi firms. We welcome any ideas from guests which may help us be more environmentally friendly, while not affecting our diner’s enjoyment
Reducing Waste and Recycling.
Our style of menu and prior table reservation enables us to keep waste to a minimum. We then recycle as much as possible any, unavoidable, waste. Initiatives employed include:
- Recycling ink cartridges, batteries and energy saving light bulbs.
- Paper, cardboard, bottles, tins and some plastics are collected separately and recycled via the Council Recycling collection service.
- Water Management
- Energy Management
- Composting of food waste
- Use of our own allotment for fruit and vegetables
- Customer Communications
- Wine bottle corks and cardboard packaging donated to Cornwall Scrap Store for use within creative art by schools and other organisations.
Staff are encouraged to conserve water, turn off taps to avoid unnecessary waste, economy cycles used on dish washing machines.
Staff are encouraged to turn off lights when not needed, dimmer lights are used throughout the restaurant. Low energy bulbs used wherever possible, LED low energy lights used to illuminate window and menu display.
Unfortunately, as we are a town centre restaurant we do not have our own garden attached to the building. We do have an allotment within walking distance and are able to take green waste there for composting. Egg shells are dried and broken to provide a soil nutrient and slug deterrent to protect our plants.
We have tried experimental planting of unusual vegetables to be able to offer customers a different experience. So far we have had success with baby carrots and turnip’s, purple, yellow and white carrots as well as the more familiar vegetable and fruits, beans, strawberries, raspberries and black currants.
Email is the primary method of written communication to save paper.
We use electronic methods of marketing communication such as mail chimp e-newsletters to keep in touch with our customers.
Gail also sends personal e-cards to customers to mark a birthday or anniversary.
Cornwall Scrap Store
Recycling waste is commendable but providing materials to enable children to use in creative art is a double winner. The Cornwall Scrap Store’s mission is to take unwanted materials from industry and pass them on to community groups, such as schools, playgroups and charities who then use the materials for art and play activities. The work that Cornwall Scrap Store undertakes helps prevent useful items going to landfill thus helping the environment, saving both industry and the community of Cornwall money by providing free materials and, stimulates creativity within education. For more information go to: http://www.cornwallscrapstore.co.uk/
Supporting our Local Economy and Community
Regular fundraising events have enabled us to support local Cornish charities.
For more information about our Charity Policy and current charitable projects, go to Charities on this website.
We are active members of Callington Town Forum. Gail is the Forum’s Treasurer and prime instigator of the Community Project “Callington in Bloom”. This ongoing project aims to provide attractive, floral, sustainable displays to enhance the environment.
In 2011 Gail founded The Callington Traders Association in a bid to gain a voice for the traders in local council matters. The Association has subsequently taken on the role of marketing the town business section, to the mutual benefit of town centre businesses.
We employ students from Callington Community College. They live locally and their journey into work has minimum impact on the environment as they live close enough to be able to walk.
We consider ourselves a training ground for young, local people, who start here with little or no work experience and leave with transferrable skills for future employment, plus an increased personal confidence.
We use local labour and materials for the restaurant’s ongoing maintenance.
We are fortunate to be located within the Tamar Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We encourage our guests to make return visits and recommend local accommodation providers for those wishing to enjoy a break in the area.
We are passionate about sharing this experience with our diners, at the same time minimising our impact on the environment by our sustainability policy, use of local produce, energy efficiency and employment of local people we make a positive contribution to the local economy.
For more information go to: http://www.tamarvalley.org.uk/