For other customers a healthy and balanced meal is more important and for that reason our menus enable customers to swap the accompaniments to their main meal, for example chips swapped to a jacket potato or salad. We also highlight where a dish contributes to a child's 5 a day intake of fruit and vegetables - please see a copy of one of our children's menus
We recognise that a growing number of customers are interested in the nutritional values of the food they eat and in additional to highlighting dishes on menus with under 600 calories we also provide full nutritional information for our core menus. These can be found on each pub's web page. Each nutritional list provides the daily reference intakes (RI) as they enable a customer to see how a particular dish from the menu contributes to the daily dietary requirements of an average adult. More information on RIs can be found on the NHS website.
We maintain an online app for all our core menus to show the allergens present in each dish on our menus. The app is interactive and allows our customers to highlight the allergens they need to avoid and the app generates a menu specific to their requirements.
For instance our pub the Oddfellows (Compton, WV6 8AA) includes on its website a link our allergen app: rotisserie.marstons.co.uk/.
This allows customers to conveniently view the menu before arriving at the pub, or in pub itself where our staff are trained to assist.
In addition to allergen information on the app we also offer Non-gluten containing ingredient (NGCI) menus in the majority of our pubs. These make it easy for our customers to see a range of dishes that are free of gluten or have been adapted to be free of gluten.
We are aware that a growing number of customers are turning to vegetarian and vegan diets either full time or restricting their consumption of meat on certain days of the week. All our core menus offer a range of vegetarian dishes and we endeavour to ensure we have a vegan choice of starter, main course and dessert for each of our menus.
As part of our ongoing commitment to our customers and investors and to strengthen our brand integrity, we launched a Food Supplier Charter in 2017 which all suppliers are
required to work to. The Food Supplier Charter sets out our expectations and minimum standards for suppliers to meet that will enable them to continue as an approved supplier to
Marston’s. The Charter is reviewed on an annual basis and in 2018 was updated with strengthened sections on antibiotics, free range egg commitment, healthy eating and use of plastics.
The Charter is available here to read.
We partner with Brew Tea Co for a range of hot drinks offered in some of our pubs. They were founded in 2012 and since then they have grown their range of rolled, whole leaf tea with Marston’s. Our English Breakfast Tea is 100% Rainforest Alliance certified.
Set up by Phil Aideen back in 2012, Brew Tea Co has a simple plan - to do tea properly. No dust, no cheap bags - just proper leaves. They've grown from just the two of them to 18 people and we’ve worked with them since the early days, bringing fantastic cups of tea to our customers.
Brew only use rolled, whole leaves, no dust; and it doesn’t just look better, it tastes better too. The leaves are handpicked from some of the most established tea growing areas of the world, rolled to preserve flavour and then blended and packed in the UK.
We’ve been serving loose leaf tea and proper tea bags to our customers from nearly four years now - taking the quality of our tea as seriously as our coffee. Most recently we’ve they have gained the Rainforest Alliance certification for their English Breakfast because of their commitment to ongoing sourcing.
Brew’s determination to doing things properly extends beyond the taste of the tea, and whilst in 2017 they signed up to Rainforest Alliance and the Ethical Tea Partnership they also worked hard on the impact the business has elsewhere.
Earlier this year Brew became the UK’s 146th B Corporation - joining the likes of Ella’s Kitchen and ONE Water. It’s a relatively new certification which sees for-profit companies undergo a rigorous audit of their social and environmental performance. Encompassing more than just the sourcing of tea, B Corporation covers governance, the environment, the community and people.
Here are just some of the outcomes: