Health and nutrition

food health nutrition
  • We offer wholemeal and Genius (gluten free) bread as an option in our sandwich sections
  • We have a strong redevelopment programme in place to reduce salt content in our products and no new lines are launched unless they achieve 2017 salt targets
  • Our menu development strives to offer non-fried options in each section
  • Our children's menu has won the MIDAS award for Best Kids Menu on three occasions and allows parents to select healthier options for their children
  • Our new Children’s menu focuses on delivering more healthy choices. Furthermore, we’re advertising ‘Gimme 5’ which demonstrates how kids are able to get 5 of their 5 a day by opting for certain products from different courses
  • Marston's advertises 5 a day vegetable portions on our Children's menu. However, wherever a main meal is served with vegetables on our main menus it provides at least one of your 5 a day
  • Our future plan is to focus on sugar and fat reduction across our whole product range

Case study: Healthy Menus

British Beef & Pedigree Ale Pie

Energy Fat Saturates Carb Sugars Protein Fibre Salt
Kcal % g % g % g % g % g % g % g %
1,324 66 67 96 27 135 135 52 10 11 41 81 12 52 3 57

British Beef & Pedigree Ale Pie (as a “Light Bite”)

Energy Fat Saturates Carb Sugars Protein Fibre Salt
Kcal % g % g % g % g % g % g % g %
1,010 50 49 70 20 99 108 42 6 7 27 54 11 48 2 35

Fish & Chips

Energy Fat Saturates Carb Sugars Protein Fibre Salt
Kcal % g % g % g % g % g % g % g %
1,250 63 71 101 21 107 89 34 7 8 57 115 12 51 3 46

Fish & Chips (as a “Light Bite”)

Energy Fat Saturates Carb Sugars Protein Fibre Salt
Kcal % g % g % g % g % g % g % g %
1,150 57 70 99 21 106 88 34 6 7 36 72 11 46 3 42

Wiltshire Ham & Eggs

Energy Fat Saturates Carb Sugars Protein Fibre Salt
Kcal % g % g % g % g % g % g % g %
834 42 40 58 42 71 55 21 10 11 58 116 6 26 6 104

Roasted vegetable Jalfrezi

Energy Fat Saturates Carb Sugars Protein Fibre Salt
Kcal % g % g % g % g % g % g % g %
1,102 55 32 46 6 30 154 68 32 36 25 50 17 70 4 73

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.

Allergen information

Allergen Information
  • Our Rotisserie   Grills Children’s menu now offers dairy free options
  • Some of our NGCI menus have been integrated within the main menus
  • The allergy app continues to give customers the opportunity to remove dishes that contain an allergen they wish to avoid using our simple filter system
  • We are compliant with the Food Information for Consumers Regulation 2014 which requires us to provide allergen information on the food we serve in our pubs
  • All our team members have received training in provision of allergen information
  • Our highest requests for information on food are from customers who are coeliac or intolerant to gluten and wheat and to make their visit to our pubs more enjoyable we have developed our product range so that approximately 66% is free of gluten. Development has not stopped with the product itself. We have NGCI (non-gluten containing ingredients) menus for the majority of our company menus - these feature dishes made with ingredients which do not contain wheat or gluten were launched so that customers can choose their food along with the rest of their party. The kitchen tickets clearly identify that the dish is from the special menu, avoiding potential customer discomfort. Pubs love these menus as they relieve pressure on staff, particularly at busy times, removing the need to remember or locate very complex information to answer the customer's questions
  • We now have an allergy app available in our pubs and online. This gives customers the opportunity to remove dishes that contain an allergen they wish to avoid using our simple filter system
  • We recognise the growing need for dairy/lactose free meals and will be producing menus that feature those dishes that do not contain lactose or milk

Case study: Food Information

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:

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.

Food sourcing

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.

  • We have a loyal, trusted supplier base which has been with us for decades. Many of the suppliers are family owned and enjoy a close working relationship with Marston's
  • All food suppliers are either BRC approved, complete a self audit or are audited independently
  • We source 5,600 tonnes of chips from a supplier who uses the potato remnants for animal feed, fertiliser and renewable energy
  • All our burgers are made to our own recipe. We use a combination of quality beef cuts, simply mince them, add a pinch of salt and pepper for flavour and gluten free rusk to help bind the ingredients together then shape them into burgers
  • Our steak/beef pies use 100% British meat
  • Our canned tuna is Dolphin friendly
  • Our chicken tikka masala and curry sauces are manufactured by a family business using recipes handed down through the generations of the same family. Chicken breast and sauces are marinated in spices sourced from India, then blended with a classic tomato based sauce and finished with cream
  • Our lasagne supports British farmers as we use British farm-assured minced beef and then for a true authentic Italian taste we use Italian egg pasta

Case study: Sustainable supply: Brew Tea Co

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:

  • Everybody at Tea HQ has 2 days per year to take volunteer leave, working with a cause of their choice;
  • 0 tonnes of our waste has gone to landfill;
  • Energy usage at Tea HQ has reduced Tea HQ energy consumption despite more than doubling the size of the team and increasing manufacturing output;
  • Brew has committed to the ongoing sourcing of 100% Rainforest Alliance English Breakfast tea

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