This year, we introduced a new sustainability pledge which aims to shine a light on the unsung hero of the British orchard – delicious, seasonal apples. There are over 2,000 types of apples grown in the UK alone, all of which thrive in different environments. Apples are a great example of sustainable local produce. They grow over a 4–6-month period and come into season at different points throughout the year, meaning you can try a variety over the course of the year.
We have created a seasonal apple calendar that celebrates a different apple every month of the year. Alongside the calendar, our chef director Darren Deadman has developed recipes that explore the versatile nature of apples. From sweet to savoury, apples can be used to create an exciting range of different dishes throughout the year.
This September we have chosen the Early Windsor, which originates from Germany and was re-named in the UK in 1996. It has orange and red stripes that lie over a golden background. The Early Windsor is perfect for eating fresh due to its rich, aromatic and honey flavours, with a slightly sharper finish than a Cox. You can find the Early Windsor in our café’s and meeting rooms across our venues over September.
Below is a recipe for a delicious, autumnal apple and cranberry chutney, delicious with cheese and made using Early Windsor apples.