Scottish sustainable honey company Webster Honey has positioned several colonies of beehives at its first hotel hive site in Edinburgh, with Eden Locke in George Street agreeing to put four hives on its roof.
Last year, in what was its very first deal with a hotel in Scotland, Webster Honey tied up with Monachlye Mhor Hotel in Balquidder.
Webster Honey offers all sorts of organisations, from schools and nurseries to businesses, the opportunity to look after its hives for a year or longer, supplying them with the honey from their hives when it is harvested, which they can then sell, or in the case of businesses with a food offering, such as hotels, use in dishes they serve, and at breakfast time. Webster Honey is currently looking at bespoke labeling for hotels that want to sell their own branded luxury range of products to guests.
Commenting on the deal at Eden Locke, Daniel Webster, Managing Director of Webster Honey, said: “We are delighted to secure our first hotel in Edinburgh. Locke is a fantastic brand to work with, with an excellent food provenance at its heart which I’m confident our honey will enhance. Hives can be sited anywhere, you don’t have to be out in the country to have bees, as we already have a hive on a roof at a nursery in Edinburgh. Roofs are a great and very safe place in which to put a hive and these ones will enjoy a spectacular view of Edinburgh, not that the bees will notice, they will be far too busy, but it will certainly be nice for Meik, our beekeeper!”
“Let’s hope for another Summer of fine weather as last year our bees did really well with the warm Spring and less pollution due to lockdown.”
Jamie Mackie, General Manager at Eden Locke, said: “It’s been so exciting to have the four hives positioned today and filled with over 20,000 bees. We are thrilled to partner with Webster Honey and provide a safe new home for bees at Eden Locke, where they can thrive. We’ve no doubt that our guests will enjoy sampling some homemade honey, while learning about the important role bees play in our environment – and if they’re lucky, even catch Meik for a chat!”