Braying with success – Michelin’s ‘UK Pub of the Year’


An award winning pub owned by food alchemist Heston Blumenthal is showcasing an innovative, cutting edge product – in the gents’ toilet.

The Hind’s Head pub in Bray was acquired by the chef in 2004 and since then has garnered international acclaim, including the Michelin Guide’s Pub of the Year award for 2011.

Chemex UK supply the pub with the use of a biological cleaning device which harnesses the enzyme technology used in nature to keep urinals clean, clear and odour free.

Supplied by hygiene and cleaning specialist Chemex, the simple toilet block uses friendly bacteria employed in processes like cheese or wine making to break down dirt and uric acid scale – the cause of smells.

It gets rid of the use of chemicals and also cuts out the need to flush urinals, which can save an average of 1,000 litres of water a week at a cost of between £150-£400 ($200 – $600 Cdn) per year.

Chemex UK director Seán Derrig said he was very pleased that the Hind’s Head had chosen the block and cage system, which has also been installed at locations as diverse as football stadia and the labs at the Wellcome Trust.

“We are delighted that a restaurant as internationally acclaimed as the Hind’s Head was one of the first establishments to chose the system and that it has delivered such positive results for them,” he said.

“Our team of microbiologists have worked hard to create a product which is long lasting, effective and harnesses nature’s technology to solve cleaning problems without resorting to chemicals and with no harmful by-products.

“This enzyme rich cleaning technology is now being implemented in a range of our products and is delivering fantastic results in sectors ranging from care homes to the licensed trade.”