The distance our food ingredients have to travel before they arrive on our guests’ tables is important to us. We buy local to support neighbouring suppliers, in order to lessen our environmental impact and contribute to the wider Dorset economy. Some significant examples of this are as follows:
Our fish and shellfish arrive from Bridport, just along the coast from us, courtesy of Paul at Davy’s Locker, a business he founded in 1987.
Craig’s Farm Dairy at Osmington have been providing milk, butter, ice cream and sorbets to the locality of over 30 years.
Jurassic Coast Meats of Dorchester specialise in producing grass-fed, free range Aberdeen Angus beef which is reared on the family farm.
There are no prizes for guessing what we source from the Fantastic Sausage Factory just down the road in Weymouth.
Portland Shellfish is a third-generation fish merchant, based in the old naval dockyard which provides access to clean water with a stable salinity perfect for holding live shellfish.
The majority of our fresh fruit and vegetables come from Graingers Food Specialists of Dorchester. Graingers is a local family-run business that has been providing quality food to the Dorset area for more than 25 years. They always try to source locally when the seasons allow, and sell Dorset cheeses and locally grown salad leaves. Graingers re-use packaging boxes, and they do not single wrap where possible to reduce plastic use. 70% of their staff have been with the company for between 15 – 25 years so they really are a family business.
You’ll see from our menus that our choice of ingredients includes Dorset Blue Vinney and Dorset Red cheeses, fish fillets fried in Dorset Gold Beer, and mussels steamed in Dorset Orchard Haze cider.
The used cooking oil from our food outlets is collected and converted into bio diesel, which is environmentally friendly and reduces reliance on Petro-chemical products.
We have also replaced plastic drinking straws with paper or plant starch alternatives in all our food and drink outlets, and use recyclable and biodegradable packaging in our takeaways.