Custom House, Barnstaple

Restaurant specialising in classic British and American comfort food.

Owner Matt Spencer

Actions to date (to remove single-use plastics):

  • Replaced plastic straws with paper or biodegradable straws (paper straws included with cocktails, other straws on request)

  • Replaced polystyrene takeaway containers (‘doggy bags’) with cardboard

  • Plastic cutlery (used for giving out samples) replaced with wooden

  • Use large re-fillable condiment bottles with food instead of sachets.

  • Recycle glass and cardboard with North Devon Council.

Working on:

  • Recycling plastics, possibly with other provider.

Compared to other changes we’ve gone through in recent years – adapting so we can offer gluten free and vegetarian food, and we’re looking at vegan food at the moment – these were far bigger challenges for us than going Plastic Free. There are lots of alternatives already available, so this has been one of the simplest changes we’ve made!
— Matt Spencer
BusinessRachael Hunter