Christmas mince pies BANNED by Scottish hotel amid 'years of low demand and high wastage'

Mince pies

80 per cent of the hotel's pies typically end up in the bin

Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop

Published: 29/11/2023

- 14:56

The hotel will not serve mince pies for the first time in 53 years

A Scottish hotel has axed mince pies from its menu for the first time in 53 years, due to “years of low demand and high wastage”.

Glynhill Hotel & Spa’s chef Willie Millar said that the festive treats are simply not as popular as other deserts and the hotel is producing a huge amount of waste due to the uneaten pies.

Millar said the hotel usually orders around 5,000 mince pies but an unbelievable 80 per cent typically end up in the bin.

He said: “Every year, we buy them, we serve them, then with a very few exceptions we bin them - which feels like an awful waste.

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“Not very many people at all seem to like them, even less want them at the end of their meal, so it feels like a bit of a no-brainer to simply ban them this Christmas and focus on offering desserts and sweet treats which our customers do want.

“We think we might be the first venue in Scotland to remove mince pies from their Christmas menus but it's in line with customer feedback - and will also mean a reduction in wastage which can only be a good thing.

“Bye bye mince pies. Gone... and forgotten!”

This is the first time in over 50 years that the £85 a night hotel has not ordered the festive classics.


Guests will be offered alternative dessert options instead of the pies.

Options include a cheesecake served with ice cream, sticky toffee pudding and mixed fruit pavlova.

Other alternatives at the 147-room hotel will include a brownie sundae and vegan chocolate fudge cake.

People took to social media to react to the snubbing of the Christmas treats.

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Glynhill Hotel & Spa will not be including mince pies on their festive menu this year

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One person wrote “Love mince pies. Send them here chef....”

Another who was shocked by the news said: “I don’t believe a mince pie has ever been thrown away in all of history.”

However, some were happy with their removal from the menu.

One said: “I'm not surprised, they're absolutely stinking and even for those that like them, it's not something you have immediately after a Christmas meal. Part of a buffet or with tea maybe, but there are better festive options.”

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