Energy price increases came into effect in the UK on October 1st. The nights are getting colder and darker, and everyone is feeling the pinch. Oh, and climate change is fast at work everywhere, with Pakistan currently in the firing line.
Restaurants are not usually known for their green credentials, and they tend to be the first places you visit less when money is tight. But Taste Tibet is working hard to help you and our planet in all the small ways that we can. Recently we read this Tony Naylor piece in the Guardian entitled “How to Choose a Restaurant and Help Save the Planet“, and it struck us that Taste Tibet is already fully signed up to all of this – and more. Why should you support us during these dismal times? Here are a run-down of some of the reasons (none of which have anything to do with Yeshi’s delicious dishes):
- Food Surplus: When you buy our freezer food, you are helping us to ensure that nothing left over at the end of Saturday night service goes to waste. We package up our curries and momos and make these available to you at approximately 2/3 of the price on the hot food menu (this week don’t miss the return of our super-popular 30-momo freezer packs, where momos work out at just £1 a piece). Any leftover ingredients we whip up into nutritional meals that go out every Sunday to Oxford Mutual Aid, giving at least 50 people a week the chance to enjoy momos and more at our expense (click here to contribute towards this effort).
- Simple Menu, Mostly Vegan: Our menu is short and the dishes we serve share many core ingredients: this reduces the risk of food spoilage even further. Over 70% of our dishes are vegan. We source vegetables through a local supplier who delivers to us once a week to tie in with drops to other local eateries.
- Saving Paper, Saving Water: You may have noticed that we there are no paper menus at Taste Tibet, and we don’t offer paper bills or receipts either. Tablecloths are something else we’ve never used. Our kitchen has no dishwasher, so we are in full control of our water usage.
- Decor: Have you noticed our old lab stools – both inside and outside the restaurant? We sourced almost all our furniture locally, second-hand. Our sharing tables were built by RAW, an Oxford-based social enterprise training disadvantaged people in the art of woodwork.
- Locally-Brewed Beer: If you missed last week’s newsletter, you may not know that we are now stocking Earth Ale beer. Earth Ale is a small-batch brewery based in Frilford Heath near Abingdon, and their seasonal craft beers are delicious! Make sure you grab one from the fridge on your way in, or ask our staff to pop a couple in your delivery bag this week.
- Deliveries: Last week we launched our own pedal-powered service. We’re delivering within 2 miles of the restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights. Our riders are paid by the hour, not the drop, and all tips go directly to them. The delivery fee per drop is £4, but this week we are donating 100% of this fee to Pakistan flood relief efforts managed by Nimuri. If you are not after delivery but would like to support Nimuri’s fabulous Raffle, click here.
Here are our opening hours this week:
Wednesday: 5-9.30pm (dinner only)
Thursday – Saturday: 12-3 (lunch) / 5-9.30pm (dinner)
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Julie and Yeshi
Opening hours this week:
Thurs – Sat: 12-3pm 🥢 5-9.30pm
☏ 01865 499318