On Saturday 25th March we invited guests to join us at three of our pubs for an evening of environmental activism and candlelit suppers as part of the Earth Hour global initiative. Earth Hour was founded by the WWF, and focus' on promoting reduced energy consumption and pledging commitment to fighting climate change.
Each year millions of people across the globe unite for Earth Hour to show that they care about the future of our planet, by switching off for one hour.
For our pubs, the event came together as a powerful moment of reflection on the wonders of our planet and the importance of lessening our impacts. Guests were so enthusiastic and made the evening great fun.
“The food was delicious, service was excellent, and the atmosphere was particularly special as the pub was candlelit for Earth Hour" - Lucy
The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester, The Wiveton Bell in North Norfolk and The Ship at Dunwich were our three pubs taking part in this years Earth Hour. Beyond simply switching off the lights, the teams at each of the pubs put forward some other ways to help in our journey to be more aware of our impact on our environment.
“Excellent food, service, ambiance, and all made even more special by the electric lights being switched off at 8pm for Earth Hour and the entire restaurant being lit by hundreds of candles. It was magical!” - Carolyn
At The Rupert Brooke the team created a climate change inspired cocktail menu, The Wiveton Bell kitchen team created a sustainable special for their menu and The Ship provided complimentary canapés for guests. The canapés featured Baron Bigod cheese from Fen Farm Dairy just 16 miles down the road.
“Really enjoyed our evening at the Ship - we were dining with our dog and were made to feel welcomed. Food, wine, and service was all very good. We were there when they celebrated "Earth Hour” by turning of the electricity - so we dined by candle-light and the glow of the open fire. Will definitely return” - Millie
We didn't stop at powering down for the evening! Throughout the event we went little bit further and raised money for East Anglian conservation charity – Wild East. Throughout the evening, we raised £225 which will help support Wild East in their rewilding and conservation of our landscapes in East Anglia.
The ethos behind Earth Hour is really about reflecting on what our planet means to us. At Chestnut, we are committed to becoming more environmentally conscious and giving back to our local environments when possible.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the evening, to our teams for the commitment and support. We hope to celebrate Earth Hour again next year, watch this space.