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We are conscious of the impact a business like ours has on the social and physical environment. Through recycling, sourcing local food where possible and reducing the amount of food going to waste, we are careful to provide our customers and employees with a more sustainable approach to their daily feasting.

Seasonal

We source, where possible, local, seasonal food because it tastes better, has travelled fewer food miles, offers optimal nutrient benefits and supports the country’s micro economies. It also keeps our menus relevant and interesting, adding over 70 new dishes a year to our lunchtime repertoire alone.

Sourcing

We source accredited ingredients for our recipes wherever we can. Our milk is British and organic and sourced through ethical trade partners accredited by the Soil Association and the Organic farmers and Growers Association. Our kale is British and carries the Red Tractor accreditation so is traceable from field to fork, and our sausages are British and made of quality pork. Our unique Arabica blend coffee beans are Rainforest Alliance Certified and fairly traded, our beef pasture fed and our chicken is British.

Pod’s eggs and some of Pod’s chicken is supplied from free range chicken farms, who work hard to keep their chickens to a high standard. However due to external factors, the chickens occasionally need to be housed for protection. On the rare occasion that they need to stay inside for longer than 12 weeks, they are no longer free range. Currently Europe is going through one of these unforeseen periods, meaning Pod’s eggs and chicken are not currently free range.

As soon as it is safe for our suppliers chickens to run back outdoors and stretch their wings, they will do so.

Not to worry, the Food Standards Agency has made clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

Shops

We have used as many sustainable materials in the construction of our shops as possible. This has included amongst many other things, biofa natural paint made from raw, renewable, non-toxic materials; recycled glass counters; floor tiles made with 40% recycled materials; sustainably sourced FSC certified timber; some of our table tops are made from recycled yoghurt pots and some of our furniture is recycled British vintage.

Serving

We serve all our dishes in widely recyclable, compostable or 100% bio degradable packaging….boxes, bags, napkins, cutlery… the lot.

Scrap

Before any leftover food reaches the bin, we offer it half price to our customers in the last half hour before we close. Beyond this, over 98% of our rubbish is recycled. Any waste food is largely processed through anaerobic digestion to create renewable energy, or incinerated creating electricity with the bottom ash used again in creating construction aggregates. Other waste is sorted and either incinerated creating refuse-derived fuel or recycled and our staff bring their own coffee cup to work, cutting down on the wasteful use of packaging.

Healthy Living Philosophy

We invest in our people providing training, team-building weekends away, legendary parties, succession plans and support. It’s one of our core values to ensure our people are the best they can be.

We have an ongoing commitment to our charity the Teenage Cancer Trust – read more about that here.

Vesna, our in-house nutrition and well-being experts checks through all of our menu’s, so we can be sure to promise you delicious dishes brimming with health benefits for your body and mind.