We have refreshed our menus to include more vegan, gluten-free, and locally-sourced options than ever before. More than three quarters of dishes on the menus are suitable for coeliacs, or dishes that can be altered for gluten free requirements.
According to recent consumer research by Kantar, 29% of British consumers now consider themselves to be more environmentally conscious, which increased from 23% on the previous year. With the COP26 conference set to take place in Glasgow in the next few weeks, sustainability, protecting the environment, and provenance are valued more than ever by customers. Because of this, people are continuing to evolve their diet and choosing to eat more mindfully.
The fact that our new autumn and winter menus cater to a larger audience is an aspect that Head of Food, Lewis Allington, is particularly proud of. Commenting on the launch of the new menus, Lewis said:
“We are proud to be unveiling our most inclusive food menus to date across our pubs, inns, and hotels, catering to a more diverse audience than ever before. All our menus still deliver the delicious pub classics that our customers know us for - such as fish and chips and burgers - but we have been able to make these options gluten-free and vegan-friendly, catering to a much wider audience in the South West and providing more choice for our customers. For example, our vegan ‘fish’ is made with banana blossom and the beer batter is created with one of our delicious gluten-free ales, making it suitable for coeliacs too.”
The new menus also highlight our strong relationships with local suppliers across the West Country including Etheringtons for meat produce, Mathew Stevens for fresh fish, Tilley’s gluten-free bread, and coffee from the Cornish Coffee Company.
Discussing his inspiration behind the autumn and winter menus, Lewis continued:
“We are continually striving to learn more about our customers, both within our local communities and those that visit us in our region, and we constantly evolve our menu based on that research and knowledge.
“We’re always taking inspiration from the exciting South West food scene and the fantastic produce available to us in the area too. This has allowed us to collaborate with our head chefs – who are also able to submit their own creations for our menus - to create unique dishes with quality ingredients.
“It’s a privilege that we have so many fantastic local producers right on our doorstep, including Rodda’s – a 125-year-old creamery – and Mathew Stevens, a fifth-generation family business who supply fresh fish for all our Cornish sites.
“We are excited to be showcasing the best of the South West at a time when our customers want to actively support local businesses and producers, while making more sustainable choices.”
The full list of St Austell Brewery pubs and inns can be found here.