The Duke of Cambridge is the first (and only) organic gastropub in the UK to achieve Soil Association accreditation. Everything it serves is organic.
What does organic mean?
In essence, organic farming is a method of farming that works in harmony with the land while respecting the environment and its animals. It is a way of farming crops and animals without the use of chemicals such as fertilisers, pesticides and medicines. It helps develop a fertile soil by growing mixed crops and encouraging earthworms to keep the soil healthy, and nurturing insect and animal life to naturally deter crop pests. Farmers rotate the crops to keep the soil healthy – for example, allowing sheep to graze the land to increase its fertility, then planting wheat the following year. Animals are reared without the routine use of antibiotics and other drugs common in conventional farming, and to achieve Soil Association certification they must be raised according to very high standards of animal welfare.
Why is The Duke of Cambridge organic?
We believe in what's best for the health of the environment, and are certain that organic farming is the only way forward – conventional farming causes serious environmental damage and costs the taxpayer millions. Not to mention that organic food tastes so much better – it is literally bursting with flavour! If you've never tasted an organically-grown apple, we challenge you to do a comparison with a chemically-sprayed one and see what we mean. Also, we believe that organic food is better for you – studies have shown that levels of chemicals in non-organic foods exceed the legal levels set by government regulations. Anything that is certified by the Soil Association is free of all these chemicals and additives, and means that the food is unadulterated – not saturated with hydrogenated fats, artificial sweeteners and colourings, monosodium glutamate and other nasties.