Scilly Hotel Achieves Top Sustainability Award

St Mary's Hall Hotel

St Mary’s Hall Hotel

St Mary’s Hall Hotel has become the first eating establishment in Scilly to win a top rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

The hotel’s Spirit bar and restaurant has gained a silver three-star award following a rigorous audit from the organisation.

Manager Joan Shiles says it’s something they’ve been working towards since 2010 and she’s delighted with the recognition for the hotel’s hard work.

Joan says achieving sustainability on an island is even more difficult than on the mainland.

Spirit scored highly for it’s approach to sourcing food, and that’s something Joan is particularly passionate about. She says they’ve worked hard to build a supply chain of producers in Scilly and Cornwall, and have put a ‘buying embargo’ on the hotel to ensure they buy local.

The SRA praised the hotel for using seasonal seafood and slow-grown traditional breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs. Much of the meat is reared on owner Clifford Freeman’s own farm.

The restaurant also won plaudits for its approach to recycling, the use of cleaning products and energy consumption.

The way it treats its staff was commended.

Joan says they’re now working towards an even higher level, with a five star gold rating in their sights.

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