Butcombe pubs selling off uneaten roasts in bid to cut food waste

A South West pub group is selling off unused Sunday roasts at a number of its venues in a bid to reduce food waste.

Butcombe Pubs & Inns, part of Liberation Group, has teamed up with surplus food app Too Good To Go, which allows users to buy unsold food from businesses including cafes, pubs, restaurants and supermarkets.

A total of eight Butcombe sites across Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Surrey, will initially be involved in the scheme.

The app can be used to search for the pubs with unsold produce and users can then buy a so-called ‘Magic Bag’, which they can collect at an allotted time.

Butcombe said it would initially be focusing on Sunday roasts as well as cask ales and surplus kitchen ingredients.

Alice Bowyer, executive chef of Liberation Group said: “We take the issue of food waste incredibly seriously and the Too Good To Go app goes a long way in helping us find good homes for unused food and drink products.”

Too Good To Go was founded in 2016 in Copenhagen after a group of entrepreneurs witnessed restaurant staff throwing away fresh food. The app is now used in 17 countries and claims to save more than 100,000 meals every day.

Andrew Furness, account manager at Too Good To Go, added: “We are thrilled to work with the beautiful Butcombe Pubs & Inns sites to help them reduce their food and drink waste and bring sustainability further into the core of their businesses.”

He added: “We’re excited to further entrench the pubs within their communities as key environmental advocates.”

All the Butcombe pubs using the Too Good To Go app

· The Swan Inn, Rowberrow, Somerset

· The Whitmore Tap, Clifton, Bristol

· The Crown, Dyrham

· The Bower Inn, Bridgwater

· The Horse & Groom, Malmesbury

· The Royal Oak, Prestbury, Cheltenham

· The Mill, Haslemere, Surrey

· The Pavilion Arms, Bournemouth

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