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Taste good, do good, feel good

Our Sustainability Promise shapes everything we do at The Beach Hut – from the food on our menus to how we recruit our teams and run the restaurant.

Driven by creating a positive impact for people and planet, and drawing on the core principles Watergate Bay has championed for decades, we’re working hard to:

Become a B Corp

We want to use our business as a force for good, both environmentally and socially. That’s why we’re currently going through a rigorous assessment to become B Corp certified.

B Corps balance profit with people and planet – reaching the highest environmental and social standards. Far from a tick-box exercise, becoming a B Corp will fundamentally change the way we do business – and we’ll be legally required to report on our impact every year.

Work with nature and what’s in season

We thrive off the creative challenge of delivering a sustainable menu using seasonal produce. So, we offer plenty of plant-based options (50% of our mains and side dishes are plant-based), and always fresh, local ingredients that showcase the best of the season.

From Buck Beckett crab caught in the local waters outside our windows and landed in Newquay harbour; to only sourcing Mediterranean avocados from November to May, seasonality and sustainability underpin The Beach Hut menu.

Keep it local

From biodynamic Cornish farm fruits to the fishermen’s morning catch, we’re passionate about working with local producers – helping us to minimise food miles and maximise freshness, quality and flavour…all while supporting our community.

We like to keep the journey from soil to kitchen as short as possible. So, our summer tomatoes and soft fruits come from Buttervilla, who we’ve worked with since their initial vision of biodynamically-grown heritage varieties here in Cornwall.

Our fish and squid are sustainably caught in local waters, while our goat’s cheese, beef and quinoa all hail from UK farms.

Collaborate with conscious suppliers

Having suppliers who share our high standards means everything. We’re proud to work with like-minded companies who show a commitment to treating the planet and people with kindness (and prioritising flavour!), such as B Corp certified speciality coffee roasters, Origin, and luxury Cornish ice cream makers, Treleavans.

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Grow a happy, healthy team

Whether through flexible shift patterns or free surf lessons, we keep our team’s spirits high and create a positive working environment – making our sustainable goals more achievable.

We understand the importance of investing in our people, recently launching two forward-thinking development programmes for chefs and gap year students.

We want our team to benefit from our beachside location, encouraging them to get active in the elements. This energised approach boosts morale and strengthens team spirit.

Go paperless, cashless & plastic-free

We now have a handy self-order and pay at table app. This supports our team, minimises our environmental impact (bye bye printed menus, receipts and cash), and puts you in control. We never use plastic straws, picks or stirrers, and, in our kitchens, food is delivered in reusable crates or recyclable cardboard.

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Minimise food waste

To tackle food waste, we’ve split dishes into mains and sides so people only order what they want to eat – meaning sensibly-sized meals and no more binning unwanted bread, chips or salad….

While our menu is carefully designed to support the reduction of food waste, we can’t insist everyone finishes every last morsel on their plates. So, any waste we do generate is processed at a local anaerobic digestion facility and converted into renewable energy. Our waste cooking oil is also reused in biodiesel.

Reduce our carbon footprint

We only use 100% renewable energy (supplied by Brook Green Energy) and committed to reducing both energy usage and carbon emissions across the business.

Our lights are all energy-saving LEDs, and our kitchen hobs are induction – increasing efficiency and reducing indoor air pollution. We support electric car users with four universal electric vehicle charging points on site (for hotel guests only; fees apply).

Give back to the community

We’re excited to partner with Newquay Community Orchard and Cornwall Wildlife Trust – two causes chosen by our teams. Meanwhile, our ‘You Days’ provide paid days for employees to volunteer at a charity of their choice.

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