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One of Brighton's oldest restaurants moves to zero-waste model

19 February 2019 by
One of Brighton's oldest restaurants moves to zero-waste model

One of the oldest restaurants in Brighton, English's Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar, has achieved zero waste status.

Established by the the Leigh-Jones' family, who continue to run it, in 1945 in the city's Lanes, the restaurant enlisted local recycling firm Paper Round Brighton to help design its approach in a move expected to be roughly cost neutral.

General manager Nick Emmott told The Caterer: "We work in a very confined space. Our building is 400 years old, we have narrow spaces, our kitchen is in the basement, we don't have back access to the property so your typical yard out the back with all the wheely bins doesn't exist.

"It shouldn't be easy, but by the introduction of just a few systems, and a few different collection points within various parts of the business - mainly in the kitchen but in other areas as well - it's actually made it quite simple for us to segregate our waste]."

It follows a growing trend towards building restaurants around sustainability. Elsewhere in the city Silo became Britain's first zero-waste restaurant when it launched in 2014 based on the eco-friendly principle.

Emmott added: "Brighton is such a green conscious town… and we're not perhaps typically seen as one of the forefronts of that type of thing. We're an old established Brighton business and we're not one of the new funky trendy green sites. But rather than ignoring it we want to say ‘no look guys, we really embrace this'."

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