Ethical Food Policy
Michelin starred Chef Matthew Tomkinson and the staff of The Montagu Arms Hotel believe that free-range organic produce is not just better, because of its purity and freedom from additives but because it tastes a lot better too.
We also believe it is important to know where our produce comes from to help maintain the sustainability of local produce and ensure quality.
The Montagu Arms Hotel is dedicated to using seasonal, free-range ingredients sourced from carefully selected local suppliers and The Montagu Arm's very own Kitchen garden.
Many of our suppliers carry the New Forest Marque, identifying authentic New Forest fare of the highest quality.
Some of the New Forest suppliers that we use include: Owls Barn Farm meat, Lyburn Farm cheese, Clayton Eggs, Merry Orchard Mushrooms and the Eling Tide Mill Flour.
As part of the Green Business Tourism Scheme, we are taking firm steps to being an environmentally friendly, sustainable hotel.
We continue to maintain a respect for natural resources through water and energy conservation and material reuse, purchasing recycled materials and using recyclable packaging and other materials where possible.
The Montagu Arms Hotel has been awarded GOLD by the Green Tourism Business Scheme thanks to a range of good practice measures and strong sustainability.
Our credentials are evidenced by a long standing membership to the New Forest Tourism Association and the local Green Leaf scheme. We are also supporters of the 'Brand New Forest' initiative encouraging new Forest dwellers to shop, buy and eat local in return for various discounts.
The kitchen garden (also an educational resource) has been developed to produce food for use in the hotel restaurant, complete with free-range chickens to provide eggs for breakfast. We have also installed a rocket composter, an in-vessel system that efficiently composts food waste. Food waste is a significant part of our hotel's waste and it is anticipated that the rocket composter will reduce the amount of waste generated by almost half and hotel staff are monitoring the effectiveness of the project.The kitchen garden is proving inspirational among other New Forest businesses and we have run two workshops for people to learn about the project and see its development.
We also maintain strong ties with our local suppliers such as Lyburn Farm and Eling Tide Mill. Many of our suppliers carry the New Forest Marque, identifying authentic New Forest fare of the highest quality.
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