Edinburgh Smokehouse Meats Demand To Reduce Food Waste

Published on : Thursday, May 18, 2017

unnamed (6)A SPECIALIST smokehouse restaurant has become the first in Edinburgh to embrace an eco-friendly initiative which offers fantastic bargains to hungry customers – while reducing food waste.

Reekie’s Smokehouse, on Holyrood Road, is an independent, husband-and-wife run restaurant that uses classic American BBQ techniques to smoke top quality local meats with a Scottish twist.

Now the popular joint has signed up to Too Good To Go, an environmental social enterprise which – through an online app – links hungry customers with food from local restaurants that would otherwise be thrown away at the end of the night.

Through the innovative scheme, Edinburgh food lovers can collect authentic smoked items from Reekie’s carefully crafted menu just after the restaurant closes at 9pm, and for as little as £3.80 per person. Owners Craig and Felicity Cameron spoke of how the scheme has already proved beneficial to their restaurant business.

Craig said: “As we prepare all our meats in advance by smoking them overnight for 22 hours, it can sometimes be tricky to predict just how much will be used on any given day.

“We wanted to make sure that anything left over wouldn’t go to waste, and to do so in the most eco friendly way possible, which is why we jumped at the chance to sign up to Too Good To Go.

“We’re a small business, so this is a fantastic way to ensure as many people as possible can experience our top-quality BBQ while also being environmentally conscious.“We’re delighted to be the first Edinburgh restaurant to be taking advantage of this scheme, and we hope we can encourage others in the capital to get on board.”

Chris Wilson, Co-Founder of Too Good To Go, said: “We’ve been keen to bring Too Good To Go to Edinburgh for some time and couldn’t have been more delighted when Reekie’s came aboard our food waste revolution.

“We’ve had a fantastic reception from local users who are seizing the opportunity to grab a great meal at an even better price, all whilst helping reduce food waste.

“At a time when over one-third of all the food produced around the world is being thrown away, we hope Reekie’s can be the example for Edinburgh food businesses to follow and pledge their commitment to sustainability.”

Reekie’s Smokehouse’s menu features a variety of locally sourced, slow cooked meats including tasty pork shoulder and mouth-watering ribs from specially selected Scottish Pork. It also offers succulent beef brisket using Scotch Beef PGI, the legal protection which guarantees the meat is from an approved Scottish farm.

The restaurant prides itself on using only 100% Scottish meats and local produce where possible with uniquely specified quality meats from East Lothian butcher J Gilmour, locally supplied vegetables, honey, and small-hold free range eggs.

All of these can be drizzled in Reekie’s exclusive, made-from-scratch Scottish-themed sauces such as Buckie Broon, Whisky Jerk, Craft Beer Mustard and the must-try Irn Bru BBQ.

All drinks from beer to soft drinks are also Scottish with a great range of craft beers and local sodas and juices. Even the coffee roast was designed by Craig and Felicity and is produced by Home Ground Coffee in Cardross.

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