The New Inn pub lets you swap homegrown vegetables for pints

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The New Inn pub lets you swap homegrown vegetables for pints



The New Inn has launched a new scheme to encourage local produce (Picture: The New Inn Great Limber/BPM Media)Few things make us want to ditch London more than seeing the price of a pint outside the city.
News from The New Inn, in Great Limber, has pushed us even closer to packing our bags.
The pub has launched a new concept called a Barter Board, that allows visitors to swap homegrown fruit and veg for pints or puddings.
Guests can swap asparagus, cauliflower, Jersey Royal potatoes, broccoli, radishes, rhubarb, or spring greens for an item off the pub’s menu, including a Carlsberg Lager, Somersby Cider, a guest ale, or a sweet treat.
If you can bring in some home-grown radishes, for instance, you can swap them for a pint. Lovely.

Guests can swap their home-grown vegetables for a free pint (Picture: BPM MEDIA)General manager at The New Inn, Lewis Phillips, said: ‘The New Inn is situated in a great place for local produce and with so many farms nearby, we wanted to utilise this.’
There are two rules when it comes to the Barter Board – produce must be homegrown and grown in Lincolnshire, except Jersey Royal potatoes which can only be grown in Jersey.
‘We have been inundated so far,’ said Lewis. ‘People have been coming in saying “If we knew you wanted veg, we would have brought some in”, and they have just handed it over.
‘They didn’t want a free pint or pudding so we haven’t actually given one away yet. I’m sure that will come soon.
‘The produce on our Barter Board is in season right now. It will be updated and altered throughout the year to suit the season.

A bunch of rhubarb can get you a pint or a pudding (Picture: BPM MEDIA)‘There are no set amounts – that’s where the bartering comes in. But if someone comes in with too little, we will send them back to pick some moreproduce.
‘We also have another board in our dining area which lets our guests know what we’ve used their produce for. Right now we have rhubarb crumble on there.’
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The veg is used by the pub to make more tasty treats, so it’s a brilliant way to encourage growing veg and using local produce.
Under 18s and teetotallers can swap their veg for a free pudding instead.
If the scheme is a success, the Barter Boards will be rolled out to other branches of the Coastal Country Inn, which owns the place.
Here’s hoping more pubs and restaurants pick up on this great idea.
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