I ate nothing but leftover restaurant food using an app called Too Good to Go
A friend of mine showed me an App of the Play Store called “ Too Good To Go “, the strap line of the app says “ JOIN OUR FOOD WASTE REVOLUTION! Download Too Good To Go for free and fight food waste. Rescue delicious food at great prices so you can eat well with a clean conscience.”
Now I do not want you all rushing to give me a Blue Peter Badge, well even a gold one in that case, but I have really done my bit for our planet’s wellbeing. Let’s face it there is not a day that goes by without the climate featuring on the news or in the press.
I’ve been eating the fresh food that restaurants would otherwise have failed to sell, picking it up just before closing time at about half the usual price.
Now according to the Guardian Newspaper almost 900,000 perfectly edible, freshly prepared meals end up in the bin in the UK every day, new figures reveal, because they haven’t been sold in time by restaurants and cafes.
This means that more than 320m meals are thrown away by British food establishments every year – enough meals for everyone in the UK five times over, according to food waste app Too Good To Go.
While consumers are increasingly aware of the food wasted in their homes and by supermarkets, waste by restaurants is still largely overlooked. Figures from the government’s food waste advisory body Wrap state that the problem costs UK businesses over £2.5m every week.
Now unfortunately there was not many restaurants or food outlets taking place in my hometown of Hinckley, but just a few miles down the road was the Longshoot Pub & Carvery, which serves all day carvery and other meals every day of the week.
So, I downloaded the app, selected the restaurant and paid the set price of £3.29 for my magic bag. My collection time was between the hours of 8:15pm-830pm, which was the closing down of the daily food operation.
The app every now and then sent me a notification on how long I had to go before I had to go and collect. So, while watching Netflix I kept an eye on the app. Finally, the time arrived and headed in the car a few miles down the road to the Longshoot Pub & Carvery.
When I arrived, there were two young ladies in front of me with there phones out waiting to be served. I simply showed my receipt on the app and I was given a box and a tub, I then made my way over to the Carvery which was still very well stocked, and the chef asked what meats I wanted and I selected Turkey, and then he gestured me over to the vegetables and said help yourself.
I selected my vegetables and poured gravy into my lidded pot and made my way to the car and arrived home. When at home I got a plate out laid my food out poured the gravy over which was still piping hot and proceeded to eat my carvery.
You to can give it a go all you need is the Too Good to Go app from either the Play Store or the Apple Store.
Date of Visit: 29/06/2019
Location: The Longshoot Pub & Carvery 250 The Long Shoot, Nuneaton CV11 6JH
Carried out my our staff Designer and Social Media
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