We’re very proud to announce that our member Victory Services Club – London’s only tri-service club solely for the Armed Forces has taken blooming marvellous and ingenious measures to become more green. This year, in order to become more sustainable and reduce its carbon footprint, as well as to create some tasty ‘homegrown’ dishes, the Kitchen Team embarked on creating a roof garden with an array of herbs, vegetables and salads, which you’ll be able to enjoy on the Club’s summer menu in August.
The original idea for the garden consisted only of herbs, however after some evaluation, the team realised there was scope to increase the scale of the garden and the Victory Services Club invested in doubling the space. The garden is now providing most of the Club’s herbs, with some salad items and now vegetables including Cavolo Nero, Fennel and Courgettes.
The garden has contributed to the reduction in the Club’s packaging along with other successful initiatives that the team has worked on with its food suppliers. As a bi-product it has become a training tool for the kitchen team and has been the point of interest with visiting chefs. Looking forward, there is further room for expansion and next year Victory Services Club hopes to double the footprint once again. The garden is producing amazing food for the Club’s members and guests, just steps away from the kitchens while supporting its sustainable initiatives.
By growing its own products, the Club has reduced the amount of pesticides and other chemicals that are usually consumed in shop bought products – staying true to the Club’s goal of delivering a healthier, tastier and more sustainable menu for its clients.
The new summer menu at the Club Dining Room is full of goodies from the roof garden. By using organic food on its plates, Victory Services Club aims to eliminate chemicals, pesticides, and other unnatural techniques from its patrons’ diets.
Paul Mattocks, Executive Chef at Victory Services Club, ensures all products are well looked after and receive all the necessary care required to fully grow.