Bib & Tucker Bees
Bib & Tucker boasts some amazing views for our patrons to enjoy, but we have saved one of the best vantage points for some special friends.
The rooftop of Bib & Tucker is home to two beehives that house tens of thousands of bees between them. Delivering delicious honey and honeycomb which is then used in many of the desserts on our menu, the beehives are part of our efforts to use house-made produce and minimise our carbon footprint. You can also buy the jarred honey from Bib & Tucker and at our sister venue in East Fremantle, May Street Larder.
Though our location limits what we are able to produce ourselves, beehives are a fantastic and sustainable way to create our own produce with the added benefit of providing a home for such crucial and threatened members of our ecosystem. It goes hand in hand with our commitment to serving patrons dishes made from the freshest ingredients possible.
The hives are personally harvested by co-owner Eamon Sullivan and executive chef Scott Bridger and produce over 60kg of honey during a 6-month period over spring and summer. Their proximity to the ocean has meant the bees produce a honey that is often slightly salty in taste, giving a beautiful unique ‘Bib & Tucker’ flavour to many of our dishes.
More about bees:
Bees will fly up to 5km from their hives to collect pollen and as such the taste of honey will vary with every batch as bees collect from different areas and different plants as they are in season.
Bees pollinate more than 70% of the world’s crop species and Australia is currently the only country in the world whose bee population is not being devastated by pests and diseases such as varroa and colony collapse disorder (CCD). Many experts say it is only a matter of time however until these threats make it to our shores. Urban beehives are becoming a growing trend that is taking off around the country in an effort to create a strong and thriving ‘bee culture’.
Albert Einstein famously said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” We’re happy we can do our bit for bees at Bib & Tucker!
For more information about establishing and maintaining your own urban beehive contact our friends at the WA Apiarists Society.