The National Trust

Electric 'Munch Buggy' Provides Green Solution for Mobile Ice Cream & Drinks Sales

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The National Trust's Lyme Park, near Manchester, is providing additional refreshment facilities for visitors using the innovative Munch Buggy Mobile 2, an electrically powered vehicle fitted with energy-conserving refrigeration.

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Munch Buggy is parked and charged overnight near the Main House and driven to its location in the morning, near the 'Crow Play Park' children's area. Battery-powered operation ensures no untoward noise or pollution to spoil the idyllic setting.

A single operator manages the Buggy, which provides additional catering for the site during busy times, especially weekends and bank holidays, easing demand on the Lakeside Restaurant. 

The Buggy can run the whole day from its batteries and, recharged overnight, is ready for use again the next day. 

Lyme Park's Munch Buggy Mobile 2 is configured to offer: -

  • Ice creams and ice lollies from the freezer top drawer
  • Cold drinks from the refrigerated bottom drawer
  • High quality teas and coffees
  • A selection of biscuits, tray bakes, crisps and confectionary

Other configurations including espresso coffee are available. The National Trust uses a Munch Buggy Mobile 1 golf cart variant in several other locations. At Sheffield Park in East Sussex where there is no specific catering outlet, Munch Buggy Mobile 1 quickly became a popular attraction for park visitors. 

National Trust 3Lynda Brewer, Catering Development Manager, identified and defined The National Trust requirements, which assisted in the equipment layouts of the vehicles. She says: "We are always looking for innovative and creative ways to provide environmental solutions for our commercial activities. 

These catering mobiles are ideal in that they are based on electric vehicles with energy efficient refrigeration. They offer mobile catering solutions that provide ice cream, sandwiches, cake and hot and cold beverages whilst meeting our environmental credentials. 

"The traditional wisdom is that you can't have an electrically powered fridge or freezer running without a generator. But the refrigeration in these battery powered catering mobiles lasts the whole day and keeps excellent temperature."National Trust 2


Lowestoft-based Adande manufactures the refrigeration, whose unique insulated drawer technology offers the most energy-saving and consistently reliable refrigeration available in the UK or worldwide today. 

Powered solely by the batteries of the Munch Buggy, the temperature range can be varied to suit frozen or refrigerated product at the flick of a switch, providing unique flexibility. 

The National Trust uses Adande in several sites, including Dunwich Heath in Suffolk, Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire, Tyntesfield in Somerset and Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk. 

The golf cart version is fitted with high quality stainless steel fabrication, provided and installed by Contract Catering Equipment Group, based in Essex. 

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The National Trust is Europe's largest conservation charity with 3.7 million members and more than 56,000 volunteers. Each year it welcomes tens of millions of visitors to its historic properties, coastline and open countryside. 

Our commercial activities raise much needed income to support the charity's conservation work. 

The Trust's income generating activities include shops (both properties and on the high street), restaurants and cafeterias, plant centres, holiday cottages, a brand licensing programme, corporate partnerships, wedding and function hire, publishing activities and a film location business.

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