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Glyndebourne and Leith’s awarded two star sustainability rating

World famous opera house Glyndebourne, in association with its catering partner Leith’s, has been awarded Two Stars by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

Compass Group news team
Wednesday 27 August 2014

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Glyndebourne Opera House

 This announcement tops off a very special year for Glyndebourne and Leith’s as Leith’s is celebrating its 30th anniversary of catering at the estate and the opera festival its 80th anniversary.

The SRA rating reflects a venue’s ongoing commitment to sustainability by highlighting the actions they are taking to ensure they host environmentally responsible events. Focusing on 14 key areas spanning Sourcing, Environment and Society, the SRA evaluation recognises establishments that source food more sustainably, manage resources efficiently and work more closely with their community.

Glyndebourne’s environmental policies have led to the construction of an onsite wind turbine that produces 100% of the estate’s electricity and a commitment to send no waste to landfill, underpinning Glyndebourne’s focus on sustainability.

As the official caterer for Glyndebourne, Leith’s is dedicated to championing regional produce and sustainable sourcing. With a 270-strong catering team, many of which are recruited from the local East Sussex area, the menus are created to highlight British and local suppliers where possible and include; Kentish asparagus and soft fruits, Harvey’s beer from the local brewery and Sussex wines - Nyetimber and Wiston.

Leith's, the heritage brand of Compass Group UK & Ireland’s sports, leisure and hospitality division (Levy Restaurants UK), has been the catering partner at the Sussex estate since 1984. The long-standing relationship sees Leith’s overseeing a variety of restaurants at Glyndebourne including Middle & Over Wallop, Nether Wallop and Mildmay.

Mark Linehan, Managing Director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, said: “We are delighted to be able to crown Glyndebourne and Leith’s anniversary celebrations by awarding them a Two Star rating. This reflects the all round excellent standard of sustainability in evidence. What better way to enhance a trip to the opera than enjoying a meal prepared using a selection of quality local produce, prepared with renewable energy provided by the turbine, safe in the knowledge that this supports the arts and the local community.”

Glyndebourne’s Executive Chairman, Gus Christie, said: “The importance of sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integral to Glyndebourne for several years. We are delighted to have been awarded the Sustainable Restaurant Association accreditation and this cements Glyndebourne and Leith’s dedication and commitment to sustainability, the environment and championing local suppliers.”

Founded in 1972, Leith’s, a brand of Levy Restaurants UK, specialises in providing conference and banqueting, hospitality and food services to cultural, arts and exhibition locations throughout the country including Hatfield House, Earls Court Olympia and Beaulieu.

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