A Sustainable Ethos

No more load shedding: from the 15th of October 2023, Summerhill will be off grid!

At The LivingRoom at Summerhill Guest Estate, we are hyper aware of the impact we have and the imprint we leave on our environment. As such, all that we do is approached with a conscious mindset underscored by four pillars, which ensure sustainability is always at the forefront.

The Source

From produce to crockery, we pride ourselves on sourcing from small-scale, local farmers, artisans and makers – favouring those who share our ethos.

The produce itself is as important as the producer and we place emphasis on sourcing endemic, seasonal and ethical ingredients.

Conscious of the effect farming has on our environment, we favour using plants which are indigenous, drought-tolerant and draw little water, and those which are grown without pesticides and herbicides.

The Use

The LivingRoom runs as a minimal waste kitchen, as such recycling, reusing and repurposing are core to our everyday life.

We believe in using ingredients holistically, either in their original form or further processing them into components that can be used elsewhere.  This can be as simple as using the off-cuts or as complicated as making use of fermentation and preservation techniques.

Any organic matter we don’t use in the kitchen is then composted, which is then fed back into our grounds and vegetable garden, giving back to the earth and closing the circle.

Summerhill Guest-Estate | The LivingRoom | Durban-style shoyu made of amabele & dahl, inoculated with koji and fermented

The Energy

Cognisant of the energy we use when cooking, we are striving to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

The installation of 90 solar panels, which have been installed on our former tennis court, now parking, ensures that we’re able to generate our own energy harvested from the sun.

We generate enough energy to run the restaurant as well as supply our guest estate property – taking us off the grid in terms of electricity.

The People

We are passionate about what we do, and we couldn’t do it without our team, who share our passion.

We believe that the people component of sustainability is as important as the rest and, as such strive to ensure that our staff are looked after.

This involves ensuring they are happy, healthy and inspired. We believe in liveable wages, a healthy work environment and suitable time for rest.