As a Bar & Restaurant on the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, we have always tried to place a great emphasis on being as ‘green’ as possible, making positive changes where possible and listening to customer feedback on how we can improve.
In order to improve our sustainability and reduce our environmental impact while maintaining the highest level and quality of food and service, we have created a ‘Green Team’ to discuss, consider and implement ideas relating to energy, waste, water use, plastic use, the environment and conservation. Recent initiatives include introducing paper straws, offering free water bottle refills, introducing a nature trail, changing to more eco-friendly products and suppliers and supporting local businesses.
We are spoilt for choice with so many fantastic local suppliers, which means we are able to offer the best Westcountry and Dorset food and drink. We love using local produce wherever possible and take great care in sourcing the best local food and drink. In fact, we currently use over TWENTY LOCAL SUPPLIERS, who provide the highest quality products.
There are numerous benefits to this including fresher and healthier ingredients, being more environmentally friendly, supporting the local economy and being able to offer seasonal dishes on our specials menu. In our main menu you can view a map showing the local suppliers we support, including Palmer’s Brewery, Dorset Tea, Framptons Butchers, Dorset Nectar Cider, Purbeck Ice Cream, Westcountry Catch, Lyme Bay Winery and Cain’s Farm Fruit & Veg.
In 2019, Martin’s Bar & Restaurant won the coveted Taste of the West Gold Award at the first time of entering! The annual awards showcase the best food and drink producers in the westcountry and Martin’s Bar & Restaurant was described as a ‘great restaurant with excellent facilities for families, lots of choice of food and an excellent local sourcing commitment.’ We were also delighted to win a Litter Free Coast and Sea Award for helping to create a cleaner, greener environment with litter free beaches and water, by ‘implementing lots of great changes to the business to reduce the amount of litter and waste, as well as developing innovative ways of working to respond to the popular awakening over plastics.’
As a park, we also raise money for the Jurassic Coast Trust as one of their business partners and donate a whopping 20% of the total raised by the JCT’s 63 business partners. Thanks to the kind donations of our customers, we have raised over £73,000 since 2008, which goes towards protecting the Jurassic Coast and engaging people with it so they can understand and enjoy the coastline. Highlands End Holiday Park was also a finalist in both the Dorset Tourism Awards and the Dorset Business Awards in 2019.
Other environmental initiatives around Martin’s Bar & Restaurant and Highlands End Holiday Park include planting wildflowers, creating bug hotels, encouraging recycling, using low-energy lighting with motion detectors, using water butts to collect rainwater, using air source heat pumps, solar water heaters and solar panels and using electric equipment and vehicles wherever possible.
If you have any feedback or suggestions as to how we can improve further, please email email@example.com or speak to a member of the team