Oddfellows Chester makes ‘no brainer’ sustainability step


Design-led boutique hotel Oddfellows has become the first hotel in Chester to pledge to remove palm oil from non-sustainable sources from its operation.

The hotel, which is operated by Jonathan Slater and his team, said it has already taken steps to change catering suppliers that use non-sustainable palm oil.

Head chef, Elliot Hill, said that making this change was a “no-brainer” for his team.

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“We have recently launched our restaurant Cultivated with the ethos of locally-produced and ethically-sourced produce. I’m planning on growing more and more onsite in our secret garden area so that we can cultivate some of our ingredients within the city walls. It is simply a matter of looking into suppliers and making changes wherever we can so that if palm oil is used, we know it is from a sustainable source.”

The initiative, led by Chester Zoo, is to make Chester the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City as part of a campaign launched three years ago to help protect rainforests across South East Asia and the wildlife found within them.

Hill hopes other businesses in the city follow suit and encouraged other hospitality firms to start looking at labels and questioning their sourcing strategies.

Chester Zoo’s sustainable palm oil city project officer, Faye Sherlock, added: “Our bid to make Chester the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City is really gathering pace and it’s wonderful that Oddfellows have come on-board – the first of what we hope will be many hotels and B&Bs from across the city.”

Oddfellows Chester opened in 2001 and has been hugely successful since. The group’s second boutique, Oddfellows on the Park in Cheadle launched in 2017.

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