Food & drink

Introducing new menu items and drinks to meet the changing tastes of our guests is exciting for our business. As we recover from the pandemic, we have reduced the size of our menus to allow kitchen teams, with limited capacity, to deliver guests their most loved dishes to the highest of standards. Our guests have appreciated the shorter menus and have praised the level of quality that we have achieved. We continued our ongoing investment in systems and work practices that provide accurate information on allergens and nutritional content. From our suppliers through to our kitchens, and to the information provided to our guests, we have worked to enhance the flow of this data to increase its accessibility and reliability.

We recognise that a growing number of guests are interested in the nutritional values of the food they eat, so we provide full nutritional information for our core menus on each pub's web page. Each nutritional list provides the daily reference intakes (RI) to enable a guest to see how a particular dish contributes to the daily dietary requirements of an average adult. More information on RIs can be found on the NHS website.

What else we do

  • Calorie labelling on menus will be compulsory from April 2022. Marston’s has been involved with the Government’s consultation, offering feedback on the draft guidelines and has set up a cross functional group to prepare for this.
  • Collaborative work with our suppliers has continued to reduce the sugar and calorie content in our menus ahead of calorie labelling. This is being achieved through dish and product redevelopment, and exciting new products.
  • Natasha’s Law became compulsory in October 2021 and has introduced mandatory labelling of wrapped food prepared on site. We have reviewed the food offered by our different pub formats, and by our partners in our pub estate. Where the law has an impact, we have changed products to comply or provided training.
  • We are meeting the existing salt reduction targets set by the Government (Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID)) when creating new menu items. We are working towards the 2024 targets on all our items and (based on our previous work in this area) we are in a good position to achieve these targets.
  • We are continuing to commit to redeveloping all own brand products, where egg is used as an ingredient, to be cage free by the end of 2025. All our shell eggs have been cage free since early 2019.
  • We have maintained our great range of low and no alcohol drinks options. We offer a wider range of soft drinks, from traditional draught favourites to bottled fruit drinks and more adult focused premium minerals.
  • We continue to meet the growing demand for hot drinks, keeping our coffee machines at a level of quality that meets the tastes of our guests. We partner with suppliers who source their own Rain Forest Alliance accredited coffee bean.

Food & drink

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