An Oakham pub has ditched traditional plastic straws in favour of biodegradable alternatives in a bid to reduce the amount of waste it is sending to landfill.

The Grainstore Brewery Tap in Station Approach, Oakham, made the switch to eco-straws and wooden drinks stirrers last week to complement the work it already does to reduce its impact on the environment.

Bar manager Wayne Gaines explains: “As soon as the straws are put into liquid they begin to break down and within a few months have degraded entirely, leaving no impact on the environment.

“The Grainstore already limits the amount of plastic it uses, opting for glass wherever possible, so this was the next step for us.”

The brewery uses traditional methods to produce its award-winning Rutland ales and has already reduced the amount of water it uses to make one pint of beer from the national average of 15 pints to six.

Director Peter Atkinson said: “Most breweries use lots of pumps and machinery to brew beer, whereas we only use two pumps and clean all of our equipment by hand, enabling us to significantly reduce the amount of water we use per pint.

“It’s something we have been doing ever since the brewery opened in 1994 and we have always been conscious of doing our bit for the environment, both in the brewery and the tap.”

The Grainstore’s infamous festivals bring visitors to the area from miles around and punters are always asked to buy a festival glass, which can be returned or kept as a souvenir. The only time The Grainstore uses plastic glasses is at external events.

Peter added: “Drinking real ales and ciders out of a glass makes the taste and experience so much better and people visit our Cider and Sausage Festival in May and Beer Festival in August to collect our glasses each year.

“As a society, we have become too dependent on single-use plastics and while there are circumstances where they’re used for health and safety reasons, we’re determined to reduce our use of them in any way we can.”

The Brewery Tap also launched its new menu last week featuring pub classics such as lasagne and traditional pies, as well as several additional dishes using their own real ale as an ingredient.

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Photo: Bar manager Wayne Gaines serves a drink using biodegradable straws

About The Grainstore Brewery:

The Grainstore Brewery Tap opened its doors in September 1995 and today is recognised as one of the best brew pubs in Britain.
The combination of superb beers, brewed on the premises, and a traditional pub setting has proven to be a winner, earning the accolade of The Good Pub Guide ‘Own Brew Pub of the Year’ on no less than four occasions in 2003, 2011, 2014 and 2016.
It was named best pub in Rutland for two consecutive years, 2016 and 2017, by The Pub and Bar Awards.