Historic British pub group, Young’s, with sites across London and the South, has been awarded the top three-star Food Made Good rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Awarded to businesses at the forefront of creating positive change across the foodservice industry, the accreditation showcases Young’s commitment to operate sustainably across sourcing, society and environment.
With over 220 pubs in its portfolio, Young’s was applauded for its seasonal menus which highlight the best of British produce, with an emphasis on the majority of its ingredients sourced from local British suppliers. This includes beef sourced from ex-dairy cattle, asparagus from Young’s own field in the Oxfordshire countryside and sea vegetables, wild mushrooms and nettles from a forager in Norfolk.
Other areas highlighted include the reduction of food waste, with 334,325 litres of cooking oil recycled for biodiesel across the group, and its focus on renewable energy, with 100% of electricity coming from renewable sources, plus the trial and rollout of solar panels and EV charging points across a number of the pubs.
Young’s is also dedicated to giving back to the community. Over the past year, the pub group has collectively raised £100,000 for charity through a range of fundraising drives, such as supporting the Ocean Conservation Trust through donations made via sales of Plymouth Gin. Other community initiatives included the launch of ‘Meet-Up Mondays’ at select pubs, which were introduced as a way of overcoming loneliness by offering a place for residents and those in need to come together and meet for complimentary refreshments.
The accreditation marks the continued progress by Young’s in its roadmap towards a sustainable future, from reducing its carbon footprint across its estate and supplier chain to supporting its local communities.