My Environmental Footprint

I believe that the biggest environmental change we need to make in our diets is an awareness of where our food comes from and how it is produced and that we should all have a go at growing something we can eat!

My Environmental Footprint

Recycle and re-use

Anything that can be recycled is recycled!

All veg food scraps go to the compost, only the bones and fat make it to the food waste bin. All unwanted and over grown veg go straight from the vegetable garden to the pigs and chickens. The veg we don’t grow mostly comes from the local markets in Buckingham and Winslow, where very little, if any, packaging is used.

Trays from mushrooms and other fruit is reused in the garden as seed trays.

Milk comes in reused glass bottles from Milk & More dairies.

 

Our Energy Source

We have solar panels for electricity, and in 2012 planted a 2 hectare wood to honour the Queens Jubilee, slow to establish, it is finally starting to thrive.  We will manage and coppice the wood so we can eventually use it for fuel.  In 2020 we installed a biomass boiler which fuels our central heating and hot water, moving us away from oil and closer to our dream of becoming carbon neutral.

Wildlife

We’re determined for our tiny piece of the world to be a haven for wildlife. We regularly see hares, fallow deer, foxes, grey partridge, great spotted and green woodpeckers, barn owls, little owls and all sorts of small rodents, birds and insects. The planting in the garden is designed to encourage butterflies and bees, we leave areas un-mown and we are creating wild flower strips.  Every winter we plant a few more trees!

We installed some owl boxes in 2017 and were really pleased to have our first Barn Owl family in 2019. The boxes were installed by the Bucks Owl and Raptor Group (BORG) who have been running a hugely successful programme installing nesting boxes in Buckinghamshire.
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Agriculture and the environment

We all have a responsibly to be aware of our environmental impact on our world. The livestock industry is under constant fire for its negative contribution to the atmosphere. I don’t know the whole argument but you only have to look out across any British viewpoint to realise that in this country our livestock farming is not the problem. Planes, cars, houses, mass development, our throw away society – I’d say that was a bigger problem.

We live in a time when the media and clever advertising campaigns influence us to believe what the best speaker, writer or presenter wants us to believe. I believe to be truly sustainable with diet its not about being something – a vegetarian, vegan, etc. Its about being aware of where that individual product or ingredient comes from and its own impact on the environment. Try reading the ingredient list on a packet of non dairy alternatives, the ingredients include palm oils (not necessarily from sustainable sources), E numbers and other mystery ingredients to name a few.  Are these highly processed foods truly better for our health and the environment than the real thing?

Each products environmental impact is different for every country, every town, every village. It doesn’t matter whether it meat, dairy, fish, vegetable, flowers – its how its farmed, the land its farmed on and the journey its taken to reach your plate. It’s up to us as individuals to find the real facts and not be influenced by media and marketing campaigns.

“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale in our own gardens” – Bill Mollison, the “father” of permaculture

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Testimonials

I recently had the privilege of joining friends for a secret supper at Through the Looking Glass. The food served was exceptional, locally sourced, superbly cooked and extremely tasty. I can not recommend this venue enough.

Farm-to-table

Rachael

Great relaxed evening with excellent food.
Chic décor · Fine dining

John

We had a fabulous experience, great food, beautiful setting and friendly staff. Would thoroughly for romantic dinner for two to a group get together – takes all the stress out of entertaining!

Zoe

We had a fantastic dining experience last weekend. The food was delicious (either home-grown or produced locally), the setting and view fantastic. The table had been laid beautifully and decorated with flowers from the garden. We had a wonderful attentive waitress. I cannot wait to go again! Strongly recommend

Fiona

Group of 12 all loved every aspect! Some comments we shared:
Great relaxed atmosphere.
Excellent service.
Never felt rushed.
Perfect gap between courses to chat and make space for more very tasty, filling and beautifully presented food. All together a fab night out.
If this was come dine with me, I’d give a 10 in the taxi home.
Highly recommended by all of us.
Will book again.

Simone

Wow, so impressed. I am a compulsive diner and Through the Looking Glass comes up tops. Not a chef? You should have a Michelin star. Very unique. Alice the owner is a legend and we were also looked after by the lovely Marcella. Until the next time.
Creative cuisine · Chic décor · Stylish interior · Great food · Scenic views · Farm-to-table

Annette

From the moment we arrived we were welcomed by Alice and felt completely at home. The dining room was beautiful and felt like a fine dining experience. The menu was fresh and delicious, bring your own worked extremely well and we were topped up and served by two friendly and professional waitresses. Highly recommend for a catch up with friends or a romantic meal for two. Looking forward to returning when the summer light is back to enjoy the view!

Rebecca

Alice, you are one remarkable lady! Thank you for hosting an amazing birthday dinner for my Dad. We all had a lovely evening and devoured your delicious 3 course menu. Can’t wait to visit again! Thoroughly recommend Through the Looking Glass.
Farm-to-table · Scenic views · Stylish interior · Great food

Lisa

Had a wonderful meal at ‘Through the looking glass’ last night. Alice cooks brilliantly and both Alice and Emma were absolutely charming. Lovely setting too with great views and comfortable and elegant dining room! We came across this venue by chance on facebook, and it is a well kept secret! We are already looking forward to our next visit!
Scenic views · Cosy atmosphere · Chic décor · Creative cuisine · Great food

Caroline

Thank you Alice for a wonderful evening. on Saturday. Everyone really enjoyed it, the food was delicious and the service was just perfect.
Stylish interior · Scenic views · Cosy atmosphere · Great food

Verity

Had a lovely meal on Friday..thoroughly recommend.

Sharon

Had a really great evening last night at TTLG – great service and concept, I can’t recommend highly enough!
Oh yeah, the food!! You can tell when everything is not only fresh, but also grown and reared locally!!
Looking forward to going back.
Creative cuisine

Nathan

We had a lovely meal. I loved that we just showed up and didn’t have to think about anything more. Great food and friendly atmosphere! Thanks Alice:)!

Lynn

Fantastic private dining experience. We had a delicious three course lunch for our work Christmas party. Highly recommended.
Scenic views · Cosy atmosphere · Great food

Sam

Wow! Thank you for such a wonderful evening last night! The food was superb, with an amazing relaxed atmosphere and impeccable service. Cannot recommend enough…..will be returning very soon.

Alex

Thank you Alice and team for such a lovely evening for our late Christmas party. Everyone had a great time and as always the food was absolutely delicious and great vegan options as well. Thanks from all at Piglets Bottom Farm ?x

Jackie