Battlesteads shines with second Three Star Rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association

Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant in Wark, near Hexham, is delighted to have been crowned a Three Star Sustainability Champion for a second year by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). The hotel’s restaurant is one of only five restaurants in the North of England to have achieved the title of ‘Three Star Champion’, the highest accolade bestowed by the SRA and demonstrates the hotel's continued commitment to an ethos of green credentials and a responsibility to the local community and environment at large. To become a Three Star Champion, Battlesteads Hotel received a rating of over 75% in three core sustainability areas; sourcing, the environment and the community.

Multi-award winning Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant is renowned for its superb food, welcoming hospitality and outstanding ‘green’ credentials. In fact, it’s widely recognised as one of the UK’s top sustainable tourism destinations.

Originally built as a farmstead in 1747, the stone-built pub, hotel and restaurant features a cosy open fire, sunny walled beer garden and conservatory. The food is prepared using only fresh, local produce, much of it grown on site. The bar offers a great choice of organic, Fairtrade and biodynamic wines plus four cask ales, including two from local micro-breweries.

The SRA is a not for profit organisation that helps restaurants become more sustainable and aids diners in making informed choices of where to dine. Their star ratings system enables restaurants to be independently judged by an SRA representative across 14 key areas of sustainability and benchmarked against a One Star, Two Star or Three Star rating. A Sustainability Champion Star Rating Badge is the hallmark of a restaurant that goes the extra mile to achieve sustainability, with a highly commended status rewarded by Three Stars.

Mark Linehan, Managing Director of the SRA, said: ‘Attaining an outstanding Three Star Sustainability Champion award for the second time is an exceptional achievement for Battlesteads. The restaurant demonstrates outstanding standards across all areas of the business, exemplified in its total commitment to sourcing quality local and seasonal produce. Consumers tell us they want to eat in restaurants that share their values. Battlesteads is meeting that demand and setting an example for other restaurants in the area to follow.”

Richard Slade, owner of Battlesteads Hotel adds: ‘Sustainability is a word we hear banded around often, but true sustainability is seen through commitment, hard work and a dedicated drive to make positive changes to your business. We’re delighted to have maintained our Three Star Rating and through initiatives such as our ‘Responsible Visitor Charter’ and promotion of our environmental policy, we can help inform guests of the big steps we are making so our business makes a small one on the environment.’

‘This isn’t an award you can win on your own, and huge thanks must go to our fantastic local suppliers, our invaluable staff and the Hexham and Northumberland community at large, who we continue to engage with and who have offered us great support over the years.’

Sustainability is an on-going focus for Richard, Battlesteads and the team, with plans for further eco-development of the hotel and restaurant in the pipeline for 2014.

For more information and to book a visit to Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant please email [email protected] or call 01434 230209

Other awards recently won by Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant:

* Sustainable Restaurant Association 3 Star Rating 2012

* Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award 2012 and 2013

* Your Northumberland Guide Best Sunday Lunch in Northumberland December 2011

* Green Hotel of the Year in the 2011 Hotel Cateys

* Best Accommodation for the Environment in the 2011 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards

* Pub Wine List of the Year in the Academy of Food and Wine Service Awards for Excellence 2011

* Considerate Hotel of the Year 2010/11 by the Considerate Hoteliers Association

* Silver in the Sustainable Tourism category of the 2011 EnjoyEngland Awards for Excellence

* Great British Pub of the Year 2010 also Green Pub of the Year in the same awards run by The Morning Advertiser