Top marks for Swinton Park and three star award

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Staff at Swinton Park are celebrating after their restaurant received top marks and a prestigious award.

The hotel’s restaurant, Samuel’s, has been awarded Three Star Sustainability Champion status by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

To gain the award a survey of 14 areas of sustainability takes place with a focus on the three key areas of sourcing, society and environment.

The overall score for Swinton Park was 84 percent, which is the SRA’s highest score this year across the country, with the restaurant scoring 100 percent in some areas.

Owner of Swinton Park Felicity Cunliffe-Lister said: “We are delighted to have achieved such a high level of recognition within the Sustainable Restaurant Association award scheme.

“Our landfill-free status is something we are very proud of and the award also recognises our Executive Chef Simon Crannage’s commitment to the local food producers, who are the real champions behind every successful restaurant.”

The hotel’s food sourcing and commitment to recycling came in for special praise. Thirsk waste management firm F D Todd recycle all the hotel’s glass, paper and cardboard, and all other waste is now used for a waste to energy scheme.

Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA, said: “Samuel’s at Swinton Park achieved one of the highest ever scores in the SRA Sustainability Rating impressing us particularly with its exceptionally strong sourcing practices and its outstanding waste and water management.”