UK’s first 100% vegan hotel wins top award from National Geographic

Read Time:   |  7th September 2020

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The UK's first entirely vegan hotel has scooped a prestigious award and been listed as one of National Geographic's top 48 new hotels in the world


The UK’s first hotel where guests can enjoy a getaway completely free from animal cruelty has won National Geographic’s prestigious ‘GOOD EGG’ award and been listed as one of the top 48 new hotels in the world.

Saorsa 1875 in Highland Perthshire in Scotland is entirely free from animal products from the furniture to the food, right down to the electricity to the uniforms worn by the staff.

Speaking about the vegan hotel, National Geographic said: “Founded by mother-and-son duo Sandra and Jack McLaren-Stewart, [the hotel] goes far beyond just sustainable, plant-focused grub: everything here is vegan, from the booze in the hotel bar to the cleaning products and upcycled furniture in the lounge.

“Naturally, the heating comes from 100 percent renewable energy. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Australian chef Deborah Fleck conjures up five-course dining extravaganzas using produce sourced locally or from the hotel’s gardens, with a tree planted for every dinner served.”

No compromises

Co-founder Jack McLaren Stewart said that the idea for Saorsa 1875 was “born out of a frustration at the options available to vegans in this part of the world. We’re Scottish ourselves and like all Scots, we’re intensely passionate about our country and all the amazing things it has to offer.

“Unfortunately, outside of the main cities there aren’t a whole host of options for vegans, which can make travelling through the area very difficult and sometimes quite distressing.”

He continued, “we wanted to create a space where anyone, vegan or otherwise, can come and experience the beauty of the Highlands without feeling like they’re compromising on their ethics.”

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