PubAid Launches Sustainability Awards for 2024

PubAid Launches Community Pub Hero Sustainability Award for 2024

PubAid launches new sustainability award as part of it's Community Pub Heroes 2024
By Abi Owers, Contributor, PubAid

29 November 2023

We're delighted to announce the launch of a new category for our Community Pub Hero Awards 2024 – the Sustainability Pub Hero Award. This award is designed to recognise pubs at any stage of their sustainability journey, celebrating both small and significant steps towards making a positive environmental impact.

We're observing an increasing number of pubs taking impactful steps towards sustainability, both locally and nationally. It’s vital to recognise and celebrate these efforts, as they play a crucial role in community sustainability and can inspire other pubs to embark on similar journeys.

Are you a pub striving for sustainability? Or do you know a pub that deserves recognition? Find out more and enter or nominate a pub for their sustainability efforts here.

Spotlight on the UK's Most Sustainable Pubs

To inspire and guide pubs on their sustainability journey, we’ve rounded up some exemplary practices from across the UK.


Tigh an Truish Inn, Oban: Powered by 100% renewable energy, this inn is known for its restaurant featured on Masterchef the Professionals. Key sustainability initiatives include:

  • Powered by 100% renewable energy

  • Locally sourced food

  • Foraging practices

  • Serving local ales

  • Tesla Electric Car Charging available

More details

The Red Squirrel, Stevenston, North Ayrshire: Actively working to save 10% of energy use in 2023 compared to 2022, with innovative approaches like:

  • An appointed “energy hero”

  • Target to save 10% of energy vs 2022

  • Fast EV-charging available

  • Recycling of various materials

  • Sustainably-sourced ingredients

Find out more

North West

The George, Castleton, Derbyshire: A BII Sustainability Champion, this pub is nestled in the picturesque village of Castleton and managed by Jon, Vicky, and Jess. Their commitment to green practices includes:

  • Cultivating their own produce garden

  • Implementing a 'switch it off' energy-saving programme

  • Educating staff on sustainability

  • Aiming for zero waste operations

  • Supporting the community village swap shop

  • Utilising community-sourced food to create chutneys

  • Find them on the BII Sustainability Champion website

The Black Bull, Sedbergh, Cumbria: Chef-patron Nina Matsunaga focuses on local produce to keep food miles low, with sustainable practices like:

  • Seasonal and local menu

  • Sustainably sourced ingredients

  • Sustainable strategy framework

  • Locally produced bathing products

  • Decoration with native flowers


The Strines Nightingale, Stockport: Aiming to be highly sustainable, this pub offers a plant-based menu and vegan-friendly beers, along with:

  • 90% waste recycling

  • Ban on single-use plastics

  • On-site greenhouse to grow food

  • Future plans for solar panels

More information

Wales and West Midlands

Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd, Wales: Renowned for its commitment to reducing food waste, the Bunch of Grapes has partnered with Guardians of Grub. Key initiatives include:

  • Reducing food waste

  • Electricity powered by renewable energy

  • Use of LED lighting and sensors

Find out more

Castle Inn, Monmouth: Shortlisted for Best Sustainable Pub, the Castle Inn's team is making a significant impact with their green initiatives:

  • Gift trees initiative for carbon offsetting

  • Conscious purchasing and refuse disposal

  • Locally sourced ingredients

Discover their story

Tollemache Arms, Harrington, Northampton: A community-focused gastro pub with a commitment to sustainability, featured in the Green Pub Guide UK. Their efforts include:

  • LED lights with movement sensors

  • Coffee waste turned into compost

  • Locally sourced food

  • Large insect house in the garden

  • Plans for a zero waste village shop

  • Cycle and lift sharing scheme for staff


The Unicorn Inn, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire: A small but characterful venue led by Tracey, committed to eco-friendly practices. Sustainability features:

  • SmartDispense technology

  • Energy-efficient light bulbs

  • Bee and insect-friendly hanging baskets

  • Strong recycling commitments

View their sustainability story

East England

Riverside, Aymestrey, Herefordshire: Winner of Best Sustainable Pub at the Great British Pub Awards 2022, Riverside is a local gem with a strong focus on sustainability:

  • Kitchen garden and smallholding

  • Nature walks for guests

  • Homemade cobnut liqueur and vermouth

  • Sustainable products in bedrooms

  • Green community fund raising £15,000 a year

  • Responsible approach to food waste

  • Support for local producers

South East England

Dog and Duck Inn, Canterbury, Kent: A family-run pub that’s making big strides in sustainability, with initiatives like:

  • Low wattage lighting

  • Strong recycling policy

  • Use of a 100% electric van

  • Installation of an EV charging point

More information

South West England

Stroud Brewery, South West England: Winner of Best Sustainable Pub at the Great British Pub Awards 2023, this brewery is a stellar example of sustainability in action:

  • 25% of energy supplied by solar panels

  • Rainwater collection for toilet flushing

  • Organic sourcing for food and drinks

  • Compostable crisp packets

  • EPoS system to track sustainable sales

  • B-Corp Certified

  • Hosts local events and classes

Visit the website

Keep tuned – over the next few weeks, we will be sharing more success stories to inspire others on their route to being more sustainable.

Don’t delay enter or nominate someone today!

PubAid is encouraging as many pubs as possible to enter the new sustainability category in the Community Pub Hero Awards. The more entries we receive, the more we can highlight the vital role pubs play in a sustainable future.

It's free to enter via our online platform. Enter now.

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