Scottish hotel ‘BANS’ mince pies this Christmas: Bosses announce decision not to serve festive treat for the first time in 53 years due to ‘years of low demand and high wastage’

Scottish hotel ‘BANS’ mince pies this Christmas: Bosses announce decision not to serve festive treat for the first time in 53 years due to ‘years of low demand and high wastage’

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A lodge has made the choice to ‘ban’ mince pies from their festive menu for the primary time in 53 years on account of ‘years of low demand and excessive wastage’. 

Company on the Glynhill Lodge & Spa in Renfrew, Glasgow, will as an alternative be supplied different dessert choices.

These will embrace a cheesecake of the day with vanilla ice cream, sticky toffee pudding, a banana break up and combined fruit pavlova. 

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Different selections on the 147-room lodge will embrace a brownie sundae and vegan chocolate fudge cake. 

Chef Willie Millar stated: ‘Yearly, we purchase them, we serve them, then with a only a few exceptions we bin them – which seems like an terrible waste.

Chef Willie Millar (pictured) stated many of the mince pies the lodge orders at Christmas are discarded

Alternative dessert options at the Glynhill Hotel & Spa (pictured) will include a cheesecake of the day with vanilla ice cream, sticky toffee pudding, a banana split and mixed fruit pavlova

Different dessert choices on the Glynhill Lodge & Spa (pictured) will embrace a cheesecake of the day with vanilla ice cream, sticky toffee pudding, a banana break up and combined fruit pavlova

The mince pie custom 

Mince pies have been round for hundreds of years however have modified past recognition since their first point out from information from the 14th century. 

They had been a lot larger, oval-shaped and initially stuffed with meat.

In addition they contained the substances they’re stuffed with right this moment – dried fruit, nuts and spices.

The mix of very candy substances with savoury was quite common in medieval instances – particularly in case you had been wealthy. 

Mince pies additionally was once a lot bigger, as they had been designed to feed a big medieval crowd. 

The primary point out of mince pies being seasonal was in 1557, in accordance with Zester Day by day, and it’s thought that the customized of consuming them at Christmas started round then, if not earlier. 

‘Not very many individuals in any respect appear to love them, even much less need them on the finish of their meal, so it seems like a little bit of a no brainer to easily ban them this Christmas and concentrate on providing desserts and candy treats which our clients do need.

‘We predict we is likely to be the primary venue in Scotland to take away mince pies from their Christmas menus nevertheless it’s according to buyer suggestions – and also will imply a discount in wastage which might solely be a superb factor.

‘Bye bye mince pies. Gone… and forgotten!’

The lodge, which fees a median charge of £85 per evening, stated the response has been principally optimistic. 

However shocked locals took to social media to share their outrage concerning the finish of the mince pies.  

One individual wrote ‘I really like them!’

One other stated: ‘Get your kitchen to make their very own! Folks do not need to pay a premium for one thing we will purchase within the retailers.’

Mr Millar stated the lodge often ordered round 5,000 mince pies yearly to cater for Christmas events and occasions. 

However a staggering 80 per cent of them ended up in bin baggage, in accordance with the chef. 

Greater than 70 million mince pies are thrown away throughout the UK yearly, in accordance with estimates. 

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