How does the Duke of Cambridge
get its organic certification?
The Duke of Cambridge has received an organic certification license from the Soil Association – the only gastropub in the UK to have ever done so. 'Organic' is a term defined by law and all organic food production is governed by a strict set of standards and guidelines. To be certified by The Soil Association we must keep detailed records of all the ingredients used to ensure a full and traceable trail from food production to the dining table. We have an annual inspection and audit of these records, and must maintain the standards required. We are subject to random inspections. We pay the Soil Association an annual fee for our certification license, and having this license provides a guarantee to the consumer that what they purchase and eat is produced and processed organically.
Do you have to be certified
organic when catering?
No you don't. Recently the government re-interpreted the EU guidelines on organic certification, and catering has been made exempt, allowing organic companies to regulate and police themselves. However, we've always been certified by the Soil Association and don't intend to change our policy on this. We believe that allowing companies to police themselves is extremely dangerous to the integrity of the organic movement.