Yummy Dover tea room celebrates success in national competition

Contributed by editor on Jun 08, 2016 - 11:50 AM


The Pines Garden Tea Room has been voted runner-up in the national Community Footprint Award in recognition of its dedication to sustainability.



...Pines Garden Tea Room beat 40 nominees from across the UK .....


It is the first time that the tea room, at St Margaret’s Bay, near Dover, has entered the annual Footprint Awards, which celebrate the work that businesses in the food service sector are doing to embrace sustainability and responsible practice.

Organisations from across the UK competed for awards in 12 categories. The winners were announced at the Footprint Awards Dinner on May 26 at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill.

The Pines Tea Room


The Pines Garden Tea Room beat 40 nominees from across the UK to finish second in the Community Award category after members of the public voted for their favourite food outlet.

The Pines Garden Tea Room is run by leading environmental education charity The Bay Trust and is at the heart of the organisation’s ‘garden-to-plate’ food project, with most of the vegetables, fruit and salad served at the tea room being grown by the Trust’s gardeners and volunteers. All organic vegetable waste is composted in a wormery and put back into the garden.

There is also a ‘sustainability trail’ in The Pines Garden, which is aimed at children, and customers are encouraged to take an interest in organic growing and how they can minimise waste.

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The tea room is run by chef and coastguard station officer Michelle Spain, who has already won a host of awards, including a Trip Advisor Award of Excellence and a Visit England Hidden Gem Award. The garden’s fruit and veg is produced by expert grower Sean Giles.


Grower - Sean Giles

The tea room’s cooks and gardeners also work with the Trust’s hospitality team to provide the same garden and locally sourced produce for guests and delegates at its popular conference, weddings and events venue, The Pines Calyx.

Michelle Spain says: “We’re thrilled to receive this award. Like many local initiatives, we are dedicated to supporting local producers. Our free range meat is sourced from butchers in Brogdale; we have a range of local beers, wines and ciders; and any veg and salad that we are unable to grow ourselves is sourced from a local supplier who champions local growers.”

The Bay Trust’s Chairman, Alistair Gould, says: “The catering and hospitality team at the Pines, and across the entire Bay Trust, have always been focused towards how the end result of our footprint can be not just a reduced negative impact but a clear positive impact on our natural environment and our local community.

“The recognition given by this award provides great encouragement to the team members as they continue undertaking creative, fun and practical approaches towards healthy and sustainable ways of living.”

For further information about The Pines Garden Tea Room, visit . For more about the work of The Bay Trust, go to .


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