Hastings Hotels, Northern Ireland’s independent hotel group, has installed special edible herb gardens in all six of its hotels.
The group has just opened its latest addition on the roof of the Europa hotel in the centre of Belfast, in a bid to highlight the hotel’s commitment to sustainability. The development programme of herb and edible flower gardens began last year at the five-star Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast, and since it was so well received, the scheme was then rolled out across the rest of the Hastings Hotels’ portfolio.
Howard Hastings, managing director of Hastings Hotels commented: “These new herb gardens illustrate our continued dedication to food provenance. The island of Ireland has a proud heritage of farming and fishing, resulting in an abundance of sensational produce and we at Hastings Hotels are striving to give all our guests a true taste of this in everything we serve. When sourcing our food, we look for produce which stands out from the rest – from where it originates, to the way it is produced and for its flavour.”
Each herb garden and greenhouse will be home to micro-herbs and pea shoots from April to October, while raised beds hold rhubarb, bay trees, thyme, rosemary, parsely, sage, coriander and chives for the chefs to use at their disposal.