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Every little change we make helps us to play our part in a more sustainable future for everyone.  With community and the environment at the heart of our core values, we understand how everyday operations at The Castle Hotel can impact the local community and we take the responsibility to mitigate that impact very seriously.


As we take steps along our sustainability journey, we will continually look to improve, make sustainable choices and embed sustainable practices across everything we do and the way that every person in our team thinks.  We will:

  • Work diligently to minimise our waste and conserve natural resources, particularly through energy and water conservation.
  • Reduce and measure our CO2 emissions on an annual basis using the Hotel Carbon Management Initiative (HCMI) measuring tool.
  • Aim to become single-use plastic free across our hotel.
  • Reduce use of pollutants and harmful chemicals both outside and inside our hotels. Wherever possible making sure cleaning materials are eco-friendly.

Sourcing locally

Our menus are crammed full of quality ingredients produced by suppliers based locally to Royal Windsor and Berkshire.  Our responsible sourcing makes a significant reduction to our carbon footprint and contributes back into our local community and regional economy. It also means our seasonal dishes are bursting with quality flavours which adds to the overall dining experience.

Take for example Darvilles of Windsor tea, a local family-run business since 1860 that also supply Windsor Castle with tea too.  The eggs that you will find served at breakfast are also supplied by local Beechwood Farm.  These free range eggs are usually in our kitchen 36 hours after being laid making them a deliciously fresh way to start your day.

We recognise there is a growing need to provide plant-based and vegetarian options on our menu to help guests stick to a healthier lifestyle and lower our impact on the planet. You will find Leaf has various delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options for you to dine on.


The Castle Hotel plays a pivotal part in the local community.  We are key partners to the local tourism board Royal Windsor & Maidenhead Borough who drive visitors into our local region and we are proud to support and partner with local attractions such as the Theatre Royal, Windsor.


We support a number of local charities with their events.  Our local charity of the year is Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice where we organise a number of initiatives such as joining their annual Christmas Santa dash and hosting the Alexander Devine annual charity dinner.

Green Tourism

To promote a greener, cleaner environment for people, places and our plants we are involved with the Green Tourism Accreditation programme. The Green Tourism programme is acknowledged worldwide as an indicator of a good environmentally friendly practice.

Green Tourism Focuses on:

  • Reducing energy use.
  • Saving water.
  • Efficient and eco-friendly waste disposal.
  • Ethical buying.
  • Staying local and seasonal.
  • Minimising food miles.
  • Promoting biodiversity.
  • Adopting a smart, sustainable outlook from top to bottom.
  • Helping to conserve local heritage.

How you can play your part

You can help us and play your part on our journey.  Here are some ideas of how, including suggestions for low-carbon-impacting activites during your stay:

  • Where feasible, travel to the hotel by train or local bus. We are just a short walk from both Windsor Riverside and Windsor & Eton train stations which connect quickly to London mainline stations.
  • If you are hiring a car, choose electric, you can charge at our EV charging point.
  • Travel around the local area on two wheels. We have a partnership with The Bike Company for local bike hire and can highly recommend trying out some of these rides.
  • Separate your waste. We provide bins that made it easier to separate waste so that we can recycle anything paper, glass or plastic.
  • Enjoy our local region and explore new areas. There a number of wonderful walks close by along the River Thames or surround yourself by royalty by a walk down the famous Long Walk or through Windsor’s Great Park.
  • Dine with us and enjoy our locally sourced produce. The team in Leaf cannot wait to welcome you.