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Ramsgate's Empire room launches gourmet takeaways

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Ramsgate’s Empire Room launches gourmet takeaways

Tiffin Club to cut plastic pollution and preserve marine wildlife

The critically acclaimed Empire Room restaurant at the Royal Harbour Hotel in Ramsgate in Kent, has announced a Tiffin Club takeaway scheme, aimed at reducing marine plastic pollution. The takeaway Tiffin Club service for local residents will launch in the New Year.

As an alternative to single use plastic containers, multi-use tiffin tins are widely used in India. They usually consist of a tower of four interlocking steel containers, which clamp together with a carry handle.

Explaining the decision for his archetypal British restaurant, serving seasonal menus of locally sourced ingredients, hotelier James Thomas said,” I was attending a wedding in India recently and thought tiffins would be ideal containers for delivering hot meals to guests in the hotel’s 27 bedrooms.”

“Regulars to the Empire Room, disillusioned with the standards of typical fast food takeaways, have expressed an interest in options with higher culinary aspirations, like those available in London – and using tiffins is a logical, environmentally friendly, solution,” said Thomas.

“I was moved by David Attenborough’s excellent Deep Blue BBC TV documentary series, showing the damage plastics cause to the environment, I decide we should be making a contribution to the health of our seas.

Guests at the Royal Harbour Hotel regularly take sea safaris to see a local seal colony, basking on sandbanks at low tide in a national nature reserve.
The Empire Room’s Michelin-trained head chef, Craig Mather, expects his gourmet tiffin takeaway menus, costing around 25 per cent less than dining in the cosy, club-like 40-cover restaurant, to be especially popular for dinner parties.

Members of the Empire room’s Tiffin Club scheme will pay a joining fee of around £25, which includes a deposit on the tiffin tins and a £5 donation to an environmental group committed to removing plastic waste from Thanet’s 7-Blue Flag beaches. Customers simply wash and swap the tins with their next takeaway.

“Because of the Empire Room’s theme – recalling days’ of the Raj, the fact that we over-look the sea and are dependent on locally landed sustainable seafood – an environmentally sound Tiffin Club, aimed at protecting marine life, makes perfect sense,” said Craig.

Mather is also considering offering a small optional donation of 25p for marine conservation, matched by the restaurant, in the price of each tiffin takeaway order.

To launch the Club, the restaurant is looking to host a charity fund-raising dinner in aid of marine conservation and will be donating £5 Tiffin Club meal vouchers to Thanet Coast Project volunteers taking part in their annual ‘Beachwatch clean up, as part of the Great British Beach Clean. Details at www.thanetcoast.org.uk/how-to-help/beach-cleans.

The restaurant is backing Chancellor Philip Hammond’s intention of introducing a levy on single-use plastics to tackle an issue which Greenpeace has deemed "a global emergency". The 5p tax on plastic carrier bags has been sufficient to cut their usage by 85%.

Tiffins are ubiquitous in Indian cities and at railway stations along the country’s 40,000 miles of tracks. India has one of the longest rail networks in the world. The introduction of the railways by the British during colonial times, saw the advent of ‘Railway’ mutton and chicken’ dishes served in tiffins. The dishes can still be found on some UK curry house menus today.
Editors’ Note:
The stylish Empire Room restaurant is decorated with warm red walls and furnished with Victorian and Georgian wooden tables and chairs, linen napkins, Georgian style wine glasses, original Empire magazine covers on the walls and history books on library shelves with stone and wooden floors. It is heated in winter by a wood burning fire.
The Royal Harbour Hotel is a quirky 27-bedroom townhouse hotel that stands on a picturesque Georgian crescent with views of the harbour and beyond.
Its coastal-inspired rooms, individually styled with antiques and period furnishings, come with smart TVs, free WiFi, and tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms have 4-poster beds, sea-view balconies and Nespresso machines, while suites also feature living areas with fireplaces.
The hotel is rated highly on TripAdvisor; it has ‘Hall of Fame’ status for having won their Certificate of Excellence five years in a row. Three homely sitting rooms feature stripped floors, armchairs, crackling fires and an honesty bar. Furnishings include a roll-top desk, a large collection of beautiful art spread throughout the building, gramophone player with an extensive collection of vinyl records and library. Herbs for The Empire Room restaurant are grown in the courtyard garden.
Double rooms start at £90 a night with a full cooked breakfast and evening cheese board included. Public areas include 3 sitting rooms with fireplaces and honesty bas, plus a walled garden at the rear. There is free on-street parking plus a small private, off-street car park.
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Media Contact: To review contact George Shaw at Avocado MediaT: 01892 750851 M : 07860 695555 E : geo@avocadomedia.co.uk
The Empire Room Restaurant T: 01843 582511 Tw: @EmpRoom W: www.theempireroom.co.uk
Royal Harbour HotelT: 01843 591514 E: info@royalharbourhotel.co.ukTw: @RHHotel W: www.royalharbourhotel.co.uk

10-11 Nelson Crescent, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9JF

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